More Medical Professionals Back E-Cigarettes As Reliable Adult Alternative

As electronic cigarettes continue to become more mainstream, the Food & Drug Association (FDA) is expected to announce proposed regulations on the industry as early as this month. In preparation for this legislative move, the Smoke Free Alternative Trade Association (SFATA) is urging elected officials and government agencies to consider respected medical professionals expertise on the e-cigarette field when creating recommendations.

E-cigarette advocates and business owners across the United States are concerned that the FDA will make the mistake of lumping e-cigarettes in with traditional cigarette regulation as part of its oversight. Such a move could impose severe restrictions on e-cigarette production, advertising, flavor selection and online sales. If this course of action becomes a reality, not only will access to e-cigarettes be severed, but economic growth will be negatively impacted.

SFATA is encouraging the FDA and elected officials to refer to research established by credible health professionals who offer scientific evidence proving that e-cigarettes are a reliable, adult alternative and that they are producing results that other smoking cessation methods are not.

Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, is a prominent e-cigarette expert and a dependable source for information on why regulation under the tobacco act is inappropriate for these innovative products.  Through his Tobacco Analysis blog and 25 years of experience in the field of tobacco control, Dr. Siegel has learned the science and mechanics behind electronic cigarettes. In addition, he understands why e-cigs offer an alternative for adults looking to switch to a smoke-free lifestyle. Dr. Siegel spent two years working at the Office on Smoking and Health at the Center for Disease and Control (CDC), where he conducted research on secondhand smoke and cigarette advertising. With nearly 70 published papers related to tobacco, Dr. Siegel has the knowledge to assist the FDA in creating fair regulation that would not impede American’s rights or interrupt economic growth.

Dr. Richard Carmona, a former U.S. surgeon general who highlighted the dangers of secondhand smoke and supported a ban on all tobacco products, joined the board of directors of a prominent electronic cigarette company earlier this year. SFATA is hoping that this move will add legitimacy to e-cigarettes as a viable alternative to traditional cigarettes.

The latest medical professional to come out and support e-cigarettes as an adult alternative is Gilbert Ross, a medical doctor and the executive and medical director of The American Council on Science and Health in New York. In a recent Forbes article, Dr. Ross argued that e-cigarettes are actually helping individuals switch from a worldwide condemned habit that has killed millions of people across the world. Dr. Ross stated in Forbes that “e-cigarettes work by delivering a potent ‘hit’ of nicotine in water vapor, with flavorings and propellants of no significant health concerns — neither to the “vaper” (as they call themselves), nor to bystanders.’

If you are an e-cigarette business owner or advocate, make sure to share this blog post with your friends and family members in an effort to further educate & inform the public about electronic cigarettes. To receive further updates on the electronic cigarette industry, “Like” the Official SFATA Facebook Fan Page and follow SFATA on Twitter.

SFATA Member Debunks Common E-Cigarette Myths In NY Times

SFATA founding member and co-founder of VMR Products LLC, published a full-page ad in the New York Times on Monday, October 14th.

In an open letter to elected officials and FDA regulators, thought leader and CEO, Andries Verleur, dispelled common e-cigarette myths while encouraging fair and common sense regulation.

With anti-electronic cigarette and big tobacco groups pressuring the FDA to regulate the e-cigarette industry by the end of October, VMR thought it was imperative to get fact-based information to the officials in charge of monitoring and regulating the industry. In the letter, Verleur focused on three primary myths that are commonly misunderstood by many outsiders who are not familiar with electronic cigarettes, stating, “while the two look similar, their differences are tremendous.”

SFATA continues to promote this same philosophy– how can e-cigarettes be classified as a tobacco product if they do not possess any tobacco?  In addition, well-respected public health experts are advocating for the electronic cigarette industry based on the fact that e-cigarettes contain zero tobacco and are a truly reliable combustion-free, adult alternative.

Following an extremely misleading report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which falsely claimed the percentage of minors using e-cigarettes has more than doubled, Mr. Verleur also offered up facts as to how the e-cig industry purposely does not sell to minors. “We voluntarily label our products ‘Underage Sale Prohibited’ and fully support youth bans, the We Cart initiative and age verification laws for online e-cig sales in all 50 states.” In addition, VMR’s CEO stated that because there are almost 50 million active smokers in the United States, “the need to sell or market to the youth is not necessary.”  VMR, along with other industry leaders and other SFATA members do not conduct youth-oriented marketing promotions and continually enforce that policy.

Please share this blog post in an effort to promote the truth about electronic cigarettes and debunk inaccurate myths. As SFATA gears up for the first-ever Fly-In Event in Washington D.C. on November 4th & 5th, e-cig advocates are encouraged to contact their respected elected officials by telephone, email, standard mail and social media to tell them to not implement harsh regulations on the industry.  To take action, please retrieve the appropriate congressmen and women’s contact info from this post. Make sure to follow SFATA on Twitter and “Like” SFATA’s official Facebook Fan Page for daily e-cig industry updates and news.