Electronic cigarettes are not FDA approved and are not labeled as a smoking cessation device. That doesn’t make them bad, but numerous people along the way would like to make you think they are. Thankfully we have a very strong voice in the community that helps OUR voice get heard when legislation tries to take away something that most of them know nothing about. CASAA.org!
Here’s their mission statement:
“Our mission is to ensure the availability of effective, affordable and reduced harm alternatives to smoking by increasing public awareness and education; to encourage the testing and development of products to achieve acceptable safety standards and reasonable regulation; and to promote the benefits of reduced harm alternatives.”
For those that are new to the world of the electronic cigarette and related devices, we use devices that create vapor to deliver nicotine (or even no nicotine if preferred) and NOT smoke. Most of us in the community call it “Vaping”. You may hear or read a lot of misinformation or terribly bad biased media and press, so don’t be surprised. Big pharma and big tobacco are losing money if you aren’t using their products and you can guess where it goes from there. Some examples are the wild story without all of the facts of the exploding e-cigarette, people getting propylene glycol confused with ethylene glycol that is used as the main ingredient in anti-freeze and even one report that went so far as to blame a forest fire on one. You will probably also run many times into a very small and outdated FDA report from 2009 that really holds no merit for true argument based on what was performed. Don’t let any of that fool you. CASAA.org gives a great breakdown for anyone new to electronic cigarettes that I have listed below directly from their website. You can also be directed to their site by clicking on either of the logos below.
Please support CASAA.org as they are our advocates (and champions!) and do so much for our community!