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Skeeter Barnes

(994 posts)
Mon Jan 4, 2016, 04:07 PM Jan 2016

Statement by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller on Electronic Cigarettes

December 23, 2015
Statement by Attorney General Tom Miller on Electronic Cigarettes

Miller: “The harm of the combustible cigarette is dramatically greater than the harm of the e-cigarette”

“The harm of the combustible cigarette is dramatically greater than the harm of the e-cigarette. The combustible cigarette is by far the most harmful consumer product known to mankind, killing 480,000 people each year in the United States alone. This is largely due to the many deadly toxins created and released by the combustion. A panel of experts estimates that the e-cigarette is 95 percent less harmful. Some push back on this study, in part questioning the ability to put an exact number on it. Another estimate is 90-98 percent less harmful. But whatever number is correct, e-cigarettes are dramatically less harmful than combustible cigarettes.

“There has been an effort to say that combustible cigarettes and e-cigarettes are equally harmful, that their companies are equally evil, and that they should be strongly regulated the same way. This view is incorrect, but it has gotten significant traction. Polling indicates that 32 percent of Americans believe that combustible cigarettes and e-cigarettes are equally harmful. This means that as many as 13 million adult smokers believe them to be equally harmful, and are very unlikely to switch when switching may save their lives. People making misstatements about e-cigarettes have the best of intentions—to keep kids from being addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes. But adults misleading kids to get them to do what we want has always been a failed strategy.

“There also is a misconception about the prevalence of teen e-cigarette smoking. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, 13 percent of American high school students smoked an e-cigarette once or more in the last 30 days. This includes regular use and experimental use. As the figure is repeated, the number 13 percent is used without that qualification. After a few repetitions, people then tend to assume that 13 percent are regular users. However, regular use—if defined by usage in 20 or more days in the last 30 days—is actually 2 percent. The numbers should be seen together—13 percent used e-cigarettes once or more in the last 30 days; two percent have used an e-cigarette 20 or more days in the last 30 days.”


https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/newsroom/statement-by-attorney-general-tom-miller-on-electronic-cigarettes/
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Statement by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller on Electronic Cigarettes (Original Post) Skeeter Barnes Jan 2016 OP
I was smoking 3 packs per day till I got sick angstlessk Jan 2016 #1
Awesome. Skeeter Barnes Jan 2016 #2
Happy to see something for the PRO side PennyK Jan 2016 #3
That is amazing. Glad to hear it! I'm 17 days away from my one year anniversary. Skeeter Barnes Jan 2016 #4

angstlessk

(11,862 posts)
1. I was smoking 3 packs per day till I got sick
Mon Jan 4, 2016, 06:51 PM
Jan 2016

the second time...

I diagnosed myself (both times) with acute bronchitis. After the first time I just tried to quit smoking...that lasted about a week, at which time I tried to make up for all the time I didn't smoke, and proceeded to 3 packs a day.

The second bout (of self diagnosed acute bronchitis) I decided to at least TRY e cigs...my first was a cig a like..worked, but I began to investigate e cigs and found a support group and one time I ran out of juice and another e cig smoker brought a gift to me at my home of juice, till my vendor shipment arrived.

e-Cigs WORK!

Skeeter Barnes

(994 posts)
2. Awesome.
Wed Jan 6, 2016, 11:13 PM
Jan 2016

Sorry it took me a few days to log in again but I'm glad to hear your story.

I was a compulsive smoker for 26 years. Towards the end, my doctor gave me a breathing test. He told me I had the lungs of a 76 year old but I was only 41 at the time. In 24 days, I'll have a year smoke free thanks to vaping and I'm feeling a lot better. I've got a lot more money in my pocket, too!

Sounds like you are doing great! Thanks for the reply and vape on, vaper!

PennyK

(2,306 posts)
3. Happy to see something for the PRO side
Sat Jan 9, 2016, 05:24 PM
Jan 2016

I'm three weeks away from celebrating two years as a nonsmoker, thanks to my trusty e-cig. Never thought I'd be able to do it! I smoked starting in my teens and had just turned 63 when I gave it a try.

Skeeter Barnes

(994 posts)
4. That is amazing. Glad to hear it! I'm 17 days away from my one year anniversary.
Tue Jan 12, 2016, 04:49 PM
Jan 2016

What kind of gear do you use? Do you DIY your juice? I make a little of the juice I vape. Mostly synthetic tobacco flavors by Hangsen.

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