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E-Cig Accessories: Experience New Freedom

Are you wondering if you can experience something better with your blu cig? Aside from a nicotine-free life, electronic cigarettes (or e-cigs, for short) offer a portable and environmentally-friendly solution to an age old problem: smoking. If you haven't quit the habit yet, now's the best time to start. Consider yourself an e-cig fan? Amp up your current experience with a whole host of practical (and pretty) accessories. Regular Add-onsCartridge Refills The best thing about e-cigs is variety. Never thought you could smoke pina colada? Well, apparently, you can. Many manufacturers produce dozens of varied flavors to suit every taste, lifestyle, and preference. For the classic lovers, there's always mint, menthol, and tobacco. Adventure seekers may want a hit of cherry or cola. Cartridge sets typically come in three's or a variety pack.Chargers This is only applicable for rechargeable e-cigs (there are disposable ones). It comes in two forms: the USB stick charger and the standard DC car charger. The USB variant is more popular than the latter because of convenience. Plug it into your laptop for example, and it will recharge your cig in minutes. If you're in for a road trip with friends, be sure to bring along your car charger for a worry-free ride.Clamshell CasesThe durable and ideal housing for your beloved e-cig. Nowadays, they come in all sorts of colors and materials. The inside should be lined with foam or soft velvet to provide maximum protection. Most clamshell cases can accommodate electronic cigarettes, extra cartridges, plus your USB charger. Standard length is typically 4-5 inches and 2-3 inches wide. E-cig cases are also a great way to showcase your personality. Feeling a bit classy? Get a leather case to match your satchel. Want to look playful? Grab a case in fun colors like yellow, blue, pink, or purple.Special AccessoriesEU Main Adaptor Going abroad? You'll be needing this to ensure a headache-free trip from Paris to Rome. The problem with a conventional adaptor is that it won't fit the European standard sockets. So don't forget to pack one in your luggage so you can smoke wherever you go.Shotgun Tips Are you the experimental smoker type? Then you've probably dreamed of mixing your favorite flavors together. With this accessory, you can. It also works great for folks who like holding their cigarette between teeth. Simply slip it onto two of your e-cigs, puff, and enjoy. Depending on the manufacturer, this product comes in double or triple barrel types.E-cig CharmsCustomize your electronic cigarettes with cute charms. This accessory however, is NOT sold by e-cig manufacturers. It must be bought elsewhere (like on online shops or your local e-cigarette accessory shop).E-cigs are all about freedom; so it's no wonder that their accessories pretty much add value to that. Imagine quitting nicotine altogether, while still enjoying the experience and taste of smoking. That's exactly what electronic cigarettes is all about. The freedom to be yourself, to be healthy, to have choices, and to simply enjoy life.Original author: James
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Call for ban to extend to e-cigarettes

They may be faking it but e-cigarette smokers could soon be tarred with the same brush as real smokers.Invercargill City Council has been asked to consider forcing e-cigarette smokers to stub out their electronic devices as part of its smokefree policy. But a ban on e-cigarettes in parks, reserves and playgrounds is taking political correctness too far, a councillor says.Councillor and community services committee chairman Lindsay Abbott said he was not happy with the recommendation."How politically correct do we get?" Abbott quipped from his chair at the community services committee meeting yesterday.A smoking habit was harder to kick than a heroin habit, he said. "Smokers are already legislated against harshly."Community development manager Mary Napper recommended the use of e-cigarettes be included in relevant council policies.The use of e-cigarettes continued to normalise smoking, she said."It reinforces the practice of smoking as being acceptable and normal. This is of particular concern as it can contribute to young people taking up smoking."There was no research available that confirmed e-cigarettes led to young people taking up smoking, however, public health units were keen to normalise smokefree and so were recommending that these products be excluded in relevant policies, she said.E-cigarettes had recently become available in New Zealand. They were promoted and sold as a stop-smoking aid.Those e-cigarettes did not contain nicotine but it was easy to buy nicotine e-cigarettes online, Napper said.E-cigarettes looked similar to regular cigarettes and worked by vaporising liquid, delivering a mist to the airways when users drew on the mouthpiece.Councillor Lindsay Thomas said e-cigarettes were developed to help people quit smoking. Going cold turkey was very hard so banning the use of e-cigarettes in outdoor areas would not help those trying to quit, he said.Several councillors backed Napper's recommendation for the council to include e-cigarettes in its smokefree policy.Councillor Lloyd Esler agreed allowing e-cigarettes to be used where smoking was banned promoted smoking.Councillor Rebecca Amundsen said if people couldn't smoke real cigarettes in a playground, e-cigarettes should also be banned.It helped spread the smokefree message, she said.Councillor Peter Kett said the e-cigarettes looked just like the real thing. "A certain councillor was puffing on one in the committee room and was scolded by another councillor who thought they were smoking a real cigarette," he said."It gives the impression, especially to young people, that smoking is OK."Kett said he remembered when lolly cigarettes were renamed and banned, and e-cigarettes were much more like the real thing.In May, End Smoking New Zealand chairman Dr Murray Lurgersen told The Southland Times normalising smoking was not going to kill people, but smoking a real cigarette would kill people, "in fact, it would kill one in two people", he said.- The Southland TimesCommentsOriginal author: Margrett
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E-cigarettes don’t fall under AZ no-smoking law

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Trendy vapor tanks muscling into e-cigarette sales

By Jilian Mincer Aug 1 (Reuters) - The electronic cigarette, touted as a way to cut smoking, is facing a serious contender that even smokers find sexy. Vapor tanks are typically hunkier and allow smokers and would-be quitters to customize nicotine levels, as well as to puff thousands of blissful flavors. A cult following is likely to grow as "vaping" becomes more fashionable and more stores, such as Walmart, carry the battery-powered metal tubes in a wide range of colors. As a result e-cigarette sales, like its shape, are slimmer this year, prompting manufacturers to invest in the next generation of inhalant products ... as well as smokers. Tank makers are introducing new models at a rapid clip in the fledgling market, ramping up research into products that may even evolve into puff pipes for medicine or marijuana. E-cigarettes are typically used to smoke nicotine-laced liquids. When users puff, the nicotine is heated and released as a vapor containing no tar, unlike conventional cigarettes. Tanks give smokers "something that more closely resembles a combustible cigarette because of the bigger plume of vapor," said John Wiesehan Jr., chief executive of Mistic, one of the largest private e-cig makers, which has added a tank device to its product lineup. RAPID GROWTH, BIGGER MARGINS After surging in the last two years, e-cig sales declined 12.9 percent in the four weeks ended July 5 from the prior period because of lower prices and as smokers migrated to tanks, Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog said. She estimates tanks and e-cigarettes have a combined market of about $2.5 billion, and believes that tanks will overtake the latter in the next decade. Retailers, Herzog said, are starting to discontinue or take shelf space away from e-cigs to make room for tanks, "given their attractive growth and margins." The three big tobacco companies said they are focusing on e-cigarettes and declined to discuss product plans. But they could acquire their own tank products after the technology is more developed. Lorillard Inc, which leads the U.S. e-cig market, already sells a vapor tank in the United Kingdom. It reported Wednesday that increased competition is hurting its blu eCig, whose sales slipped last quarter by 35 percent as its U.S. market share fell to 40.9 percent. Reynolds American Inc and Altria Group Inc are rolling out their own e-cig brands, Vuse and MarkTen respectively, nationwide this summer. They had only been available in two states. "There is clearly more competition than there used to be," said Craig Weiss, CEO of NJOY, a top U.S. e-cigarette seller which has filed more than 80 patent applications in recent years. That, he said, has led to increased innovation. Demand for NJOY's e-cigs has slowed in the last year, and the company plans to roll out a new tank device in August. None of the current technologies "are the perfect delivery system but people that want a cheaper and more socially acceptable way of smoking will try what's out there until something sticks," Morningstar analyst Philip Gorham said. "I am confident that e-cigs have a future and will likely get bigger," he said. "What I don't know is which technology will win out." (Reporting by Jilian Mincer; Editing by Richard Chang)Consumer DiscretionaryAddiction & Substance Abuseelectronic cigaretteOriginal author: Vince
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E-ciggs less harmful than conventional ones

A new study has revealed that although long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are unknown, they are less harmful to users or bystanders than conventional cigarettes.The study carried out by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) concluded that despite gaps in the knowledge which require further research, the current evidence about e-cigarettes does not justify regulating them more strictly than, or even as strictly as, conventional cigarettes.Peter Hajek said that the evidence they currently have is clear: e-cigarettes should be allowed to compete against conventional cigarettes in the marketplace. Health care professionals may advise smokers who are unwilling to cease nicotine use to switch to e-cigarettes. Smokers who have not managed to stop with current treatments may also benefit from switching to e-cigarettes.The study was published in the scientific journal Addiction.(Posted on 31-07-2014)Original author: Leanora
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New York Times’ Call for Marijuana Legalization Advances Harm Reduction

A milestone in the fight for harm reduction was reached on July 28, when the New York Times formally endorsed the legalization of marijuana. A Times editorial, “Repeal Prohibition, Again,” called for reversal of the government’s 40-year ban on the popular weed (here). Legalization is overdue, as use of this psychoactive substance that is less dangerous than alcohol has led to the senseless prosecution of hundreds of thousands of Americans. In 1994, as I was developing my tobacco harm reduction strategy, I read a brilliant article on drug policy reform in the prestigious scientific journal Science. Entitled “Drug prohibition in the United States: costs, consequences, and alternatives” (abstract here), the article was written by Ethan Nadelmann, a pioneer in drug harm reduction. Later that year, I described my strategy in a letter to Whitney Taylor of the Drug Policy Foundation (now the Drug Policy Alliance, here):“Thanks for taking my recent phone call. First, the proposal: that smokers unable or unwilling to quit consider switching to smokeless tobacco, which is far safer than smoking. Smoking-related cancers, heart diseases and lung disorders are responsible for 419,000 deaths every year in the U.S.A. In contrast, if all 46 million American smokers instead used smokeless tobacco, annual tobacco-related deaths (from a small risk of oral cancer) would number only 6000 [references here and here]. In fact, smokers who switch to smokeless tobacco reduce their risk for all smoking-related illnesses, including oral cancer. Newer smokeless tobacco products deliver the nicotine kick smokers crave and they can be used almost invisibly; spitting, once the stigma of smokeless tobacco use, is minimal or nonexistent with these products. Smokeless tobacco is already working for many Americans. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 1.5 to 2 million former smokers have chosen this option on their own [reference here].“I realize that your organization is only concerned with illicit drugs. However, the current tirade against tobacco use(rs) demonstrates alarming parallels to the long-term crusade against other drugs. First, as tobacco use is increasingly characterized as not just unhealthy but immoral and criminal, users are now experiencing an alienation process similar to that of narcotics users in the first three decades of the century. Health professionals with ideas on the medical management of nicotine addiction are being ignored or attacked. A cadre of prohibition-minded anti-tobacco activists has insisted on increased federal regulation (FDA, OSHA, EPA etc.) of tobacco use, which is endorsed without a hint of dissent by all major medical organizations. In fact, tobacco use is the only major medical issue in which there is no debate whatsoever. Prohibition may not be imminent, but smuggling from low to high tax states and the disastrous effects and ultimate reversal of the recent Canadian tax increase offer a great preview of where the crusade is headed and what the consequences will be.“This proposal has much in common with harm reduction models proposed for illicit drug use with one important exception: smokeless tobacco is legal. No new regulatory or legislative measures will be required. Only interested and informed smokers.” Mr. Nadelmann invited me to share my observations at drug policy reform conferences in 1999 and 2001. Tobacco harm reduction has been explored at various other drug policy meetings over the last decade. The Times editorial board echoed the principals of harm reduction in its marijuana statement, as it weighed the relative risks of using various substances: “We believe that the evidence is overwhelming that addiction and dependence are relatively minor problems, especially compared with alcohol and tobacco. Moderate use of marijuana does not appear to pose a risk for otherwise healthy adults. Claims that marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs are as fanciful as the ‘Reefer Madness’ images of murder, rape and suicide. There are legitimate concerns about marijuana on the development of adolescent brains. For that reason, we advocate the prohibition of sales to people under 21.”Advocates of tobacco harm reduction will recognize several themes in this passage. First, there are no apparent health risks for moderate marijuana use (and even fewer health risks for smoke-free forms versus combusted), just as there are no significant risks related to the use of smoke-free nicotine/tobacco products. Second, the “fanciful” gateway claim is as illegitimate for smoke-free tobacco as it is for marijuana. Finally, while it is appropriate to protect children from substance use, there is no credible reason to deny adults access to alcohol, tobacco or marijuana. The Times has effectively advanced the cause of harm reduction, perhaps to the ultimate benefit of tobacco users and of public health generally.Original author: Leanora
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Many Anti-Smoking Advocates Actually Do Not Want Smokers to Quit Smoking Using E-Cigarettes

One lesson that has become apparent in the past few months is that for many anti-smoking advocates and groups, it doesn't matter whether you quit, the only thing that is important is how you quit. According to the thinking of these groups, there is a right way to quit and a wrong way to quit. Forget about the fact that you've just quit smoking and possibly saved your life. If you quit the wrong way, you are to be scorned.And what are the right and wrong ways to quit? The wrong way to quit is using electronic cigarettes, which have been so effective in reducing cigarette consumption that some tobacco analysts have predicted that there could be as much as a 50% decline in the combustible tobacco market due to e-cigarettes. The right way to quit is using FDA-approved medications that have been proven to be quite ineffective, with long-term success rates of less than 10%.In fact, it appears that many anti-smoking advocates and groups do not actually want smokers to quit using e-cigarettes. They would rather smokers continue to smoke than to use a device which looks like a cigarette but is actually much safer. After all, for most smokers who quit using e-cigarettes, advice telling them not to use the e-cigarette is tantamount to instructing them to return to cigarette smoking. The chances that such smokers will succeed with FDA-approved methods is near nil. In fact, the very reason that most of them have tried e-cigarettes in the first place is because they had tried FDA-approved methods in the past and failed or they had little confidence that such methods would work.A recent op-ed piece from the Grand Island Independent demonstrates this phenomenon. In the article, a physician with the St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center strongly discourages smokers from using e-cigarettes to quit smoking. Instead, he insists that smokers rely only upon FDA-approved drugs.After blasting electronic cigarettes, the author writes:"The best advice for smokers is to stop using any form of tobacco and/or nicotine as soon as possible. Smokers who want to quit can try stopping on their own with or without other guidance. They can also try one or more of the options that can help them quit, such as a telephone quitline; one or a combination of the seven FDA-approved cessation medications (five nicotine replacements [gum, patch, inhaler, lozenges, and nasal spray] and two prescription medications [bupropion and varenicline]); and/or counseling from their physician, nurse, pharmacist, or other qualified health care professional."This advice is all fine and dandy for smokers who feel confident that they can quit using FDA-approved drugs. However, what about smokers who don't have the self-efficacy to quit using such drugs? What about smokers who have tried and failed with these approaches and are quite sure that it would be a waste of time to try the same dismal methods again? And what about smokers who are particularly excited about the possibility of using electronic cigarettes in a quit attempt?In my mind, it is virtually malpractice to recommend to such patients that they stick with the traditional FDA-approved therapy and do not give electronic cigarettes a chance.Not only does this column provide bad medical advice, but the advice itself is based on misinformation. For example, the article claims that e-cigarettes have been shown to be a gateway to smoking: "Most dangerous of all is the appeal to children. Vapor is less irritating than smoke, and comes in flavors such as bubble gum, cola and chocolate. Some children who would not try regular cigarettes will be tempted by e-cigarettes. As soon as they start, they will become addicted to nicotine and suffer from the health effects and expense of that addiction. Others who start with e-cigarettes will go on to use real cigarettes, and face the deadly diseases they cause." There is absolutely no evidence that youth who try e-cigarettes will progress to cigarette smoking and face the deadly diseases associated with tobacco cigarettes. But if you just make up this evidence, then of course it makes sense to argue against electronic cigarettes. Anyone can make a persuasive argument if they are allowed to just make up the supporting evidence.At the Rest of the Story, I don't have that luxury. I make the call based on what I see as the most credible scientific evidence available. And at the current time, I believe that for many smokers, electronic cigarettes are a reasonable option for smoking cessation or dramatic smoking reduction. These benefits of electronic cigarettes are demonstrable and there is no evidence that they are being undermined by these products serving as a gateway to tobacco cigarette addiction. In fact, all the evidence at the current time points to a strong relationship between e-cigarette use and decreased overall use of tobacco products, not the other way around.Original author: Michael Siegel
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Lorillard e-cigarette sales slip as competition rises

By Jilian Mincer (Reuters) - Lorillard Inc. on Wednesday reported significant declines in its electronic cigarettes sales, raising questions about the strength of the nascent market. The 3rd largest U.S. tobacco company owns industry leader blu eCig, which once had 47 percent of the U.S. market share. Sales of its electronic devices dropped 35 percent to $37 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014 compared to $57 million for the same period last year. Its retail share fell 1.1 percentage point to 40.9 percent. Lorillard blamed much of the decline on greater competition from rivals Altria Group Inc and Reynolds American Inc, which are rolling out this summer their own e-cigarettes brands - Vuse and MarkTen - nationwide. Until now, they've only been available in two states. But industry analysts are concerned that consumers are shifting from the smaller e-cigarettes to so-called tank devices, which typically are larger and have longer-lasting stronger batteries and a puff that is more similar to a combustible cigarette. The tanks also can be customized with thousands of different flavors ranging from bacon to bubble gum. "The eCig category possesses none of the wide moat characteristics of cigarettes, and we are concerned that today's market leader could be usurped by one of the emerging technologies," said Morningstar analyst Philip Gorham. E-cigarettes are slim, reusable, metal tube devices containing nicotine-laced liquids that come in exotic flavors. When users puff, the nicotine is heated and released as a vapor containing no tar, unlike conventional cigarettes smoke. After initially soaring, e-cig sales declined 12.9 percent in the period ending July 5 because of pricing declines and slower sales, according to Bonnie Herzog, a senior analyst at Wells Fargo, who estimates that the entire vapor market is about $2.5 billion. She said the sales decline is more reflective of "a move to vapors-tanks" and expects the industry to keep growing. Gorham said he is confident that one or more of the new technologies will emerge but "What I don’t know is which technology will win out, and that is why I question the wisdom in buying the market leader at such an early stage. Why pay up for something with no guarantee of success?" Earlier this month Imperial Tobacco Group Plc agreed to buy a group of brands from Reynolds and Lorillard as part of their merger, including the blu e-cigarette unit. E-cigarettes are consider crucial business for big tobacco companies, which have bought or developed their own brands in recent years to offset shrinking sales of conventional tobacco cigarettes. "It’s a new technology.  People are experimenting," said Gorham. "Think VHS-Betamax in the 1980s.  You wouldn’t have done very well from buying Betamax, but you wouldn’t have known it at the time because people were buying the Betamax technology." Lorillard was down about 1 percent in mid-day trading. (Reporting By Jilian Mincer; editing by Andrew Hay)Investment & Company InformationCompany Earningselectronic cigarettesReynolds American IncAltria Group IncOriginal author: Cody
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Call to Action! Massachusetts E-Cigarette Usage Ban -- HB 3726 (formerly HB 3639) (UPDATED 7/30/14)

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Massachusetts: Bill Would Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors, But Also Add E-Cigarettes to State's "Smoking" Ban -- HB 3639 HB 3726

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A Hot Debate Over E-Cigarettes as a Path to Tobacco, or From It

Dr. Michael Siegel, a public health researcher, says that e-cigarettes could help end smoking. Matthew Cavanaugh for The New York TimesDr. Michael Siegel, a hard-charging public health researcher at Boston University, argues that e-cigarettes could be the beginning of the end of smoking in America. He sees them as a disruptive innovation that could make cigarettes obsolete, like the computer did to the typewriter.But his former teacher and mentor, Stanton A. Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, is convinced that e-cigarettes may erase the hard-won progress achieved over the last half-century in reducing smoking. He predicts that the modern gadgetry will be a glittering gateway to the deadly, old-fashioned habit for children, and that adult smokers will stay hooked longer now that they can get a nicotine fix at their desks.These experts represent the two camps now at war over the public health implications of e-cigarettes. The devices, intended to feed nicotine addiction without the toxic tar of conventional cigarettes, have divided a normally sedate public health community that had long been united in the fight against smoking and Big Tobacco.The essence of their disagreement comes down to a simple question: Will e-cigarettes cause more or fewer people to smoke? The answer matters. Cigarette smoking is still the single largest cause of preventable death in the United States, killing about 480,000 people a year.Dr. Siegel, whose graduate school manuscripts Dr. Glantz used to read, says e-cigarette pessimists are stuck on the idea that anything that looks like smoking is bad. “They are so blinded by this ideology that they are not able to see e-cigarettes objectively,” he said. Dr. Glantz disagrees. “E-cigarettes seem like a good idea,” he said, “but they aren’t.”Science that might resolve questions about e-cigarettes is still developing, and many experts agree that the evidence so far is too skimpy to draw definitive conclusions about the long-term effects of the devices on the broader population.“The popularity is outpacing the knowledge,” said Dr. Michael B. Steinberg, associate professor of medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University. “We’ll have a better idea in another year or two of how safe these products are, but the question is, will the horse be out of the barn by then?”This high-stakes debate over what e-cigarettes mean for the nation’s 42 million smokers comes at a crucial moment. Soon, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to issue regulations that would give the agency control over the devices, which have had explosive growth virtually free of any federal oversight. (Some cities, like Boston and New York, and states, like New Jersey and Utah, have already weighed in, enacting bans in public places.)The new federal rules will have broad implications for public health. If they are too tough, experts say, they risk snuffing out small e-cigarette companies in favor of Big Tobacco, which has recently entered the e-cigarette business. If they are too lax, sloppy manufacturing could lead to devices that do not work properly or even harm people.And many scientists say e-cigarettes will be truly effective in reducing the death toll from smoking only with the right kind of federal regulation — for example, rules that make ordinary cigarettes more expensive than e-cigarettes, or that reduce the amount of nicotine in ordinary cigarettes so smokers turn to e-cigarettes for their nicotine.“E-cigarettes are not a miracle cure,” said David B. Abrams, executive director of the Schroeder National Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at the Legacy Foundation, an antismoking research group. “They need a little help to eclipse cigarettes, which are still the most satisfying and deadly product ever made.”Smoking is already undergoing a rapid evolution. Nicotine, the powerful stimulant that makes traditional cigarettes addictive, is the crucial ingredient in e-cigarettes, whose current incarnation was developed by a Chinese pharmacist whose father died of lung cancer. With e-cigarettes, nicotine is inhaled through a liquid that is heated into vapor. New research suggeststhat e-cigarettes deliver nicotine faster than gum or lozenges, two therapies that have never quite taken off.Sales of e-cigarettes more than doubled last year from 2012, to $1.7 billion, according to Bonnie Herzog, an analyst at Wells Fargo Securities. Ms. Herzog said that in the next decade, consumption of e-cigarettes could outstrip that of conventional cigarettes. The number of stores that sell them has quadrupled in just the last year, according to the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association, an e-cigarette industry trade group.“E-cigarette users sure seem to be speaking with their pocketbooks,” said Mitchell Zeller, director of the F.D.A.’s Center for Tobacco Products.Public health experts like to say that people smoke for the nicotine but die from the tar. And the reason e-cigarettes have caused such a stir is that they take the deadly tar out of the equation while offering the nicotine fix and the sensation of smoking. For all that is unknown about the new devices — they have been on the American market for only seven years — most researchers agree that puffing on one is far less harmful than smoking a traditional cigarette.But then their views diverge.Pessimists like Dr. Glantz say that while e-cigarettes might be good in theory, they are bad in practice. The vast majority of people who smoke them now also smoke conventional cigarettes, he said, and there is little evidence that much switching is happening. E-cigarettes may even prolong the habit, he said, by offering a dose of nicotine at times when getting one from a traditional cigarette is inconvenient or illegal.What is more, critics say, they make smoking look alluring again, with images on billboards and television ads for the first time in decades. Dr. Glantz says that only about half the people alive today have ever seen a broadcast ad for cigarettes. “I feel like I’ve gotten into a time machine and gone back to the 1980s,” he said.Researchers also worry that e-cigarettes could be a gateway to traditional cigarettes for young people. The devices are sold on the Internet. The liquids that make their vapor come in flavors like mango and watermelon. Celebrities smoke them: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Leonardo DiCaprio puffed on them at the Golden Globe Awards.A survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2012, about 10 percent of high school students said they had tried an e-cigarette, up from 5 percent in 2011. But 7 percent of those who had tried e-cigarettes said they had never smoked a traditional cigarette, prompting concern that e-cigarettes were, in fact, becoming a gateway.“I think the precautionary principle — better safe than sorry — rules here,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the C.D.C.E-cigarette skeptics have also raised concerns about nicotine addiction. But many researchers say that the nicotine by itself is not a serious health hazard. Nicotine-replacement therapies like lozenges and patches have been used for years. Some even argue that nicotine is a lot like caffeine: an addictive substance that stimulates the mind.“Nicotine may have some adverse health effects, but they are relatively minor,” said Dr. Neal L. Benowitz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who has spent his career studying the pharmacology of nicotine.Another ingredient, propylene glycol, the vapor that e-cigarettes emit — whose main alternative use is as fake smoke on concert and theater stages — is a lung irritant, and the effects of inhaling it over time are a concern, Dr. Benowitz said.But Dr. Siegel and others contend that some public health experts, after a single-minded battle against smoking that has run for decades, are too inflexible about e-cigarettes. The strategy should be to reduce harm from conventional cigarettes, and e-cigarettes offer a way to do that, he said, much in the way that giving clean needles to intravenous drug users reduces their odds of getting infected with the virus that causes AIDS.Solid evidence about e-cigarettes is limited. A clinical trial in New Zealand, which many researchers regard as the most reliable study to date, found that after six months about 7 percent of people given e-cigarettes had quit smoking, a slightly better rate than those with patches.he findings were intriguing but nothing to write home about yet,” said Thomas J. Glynn, a researcher at the American Cancer Society.In Britain, where the regulatory process is more developed than in the United States, researchers say that smoking trends are heading in the right direction.“Motivation to quit is up, success of quit attempts are up, and prevalence is coming down faster than it has for the last six or seven years,” said Robert West, director of tobacco studies at University College London. It is impossible to know whether e-cigarettes drove the changes, he said, but “we can certainly say they are not undermining quitting.”The scientific uncertainties have intensified the public health fight, with each side seizing on scraps of new data to bolster its position. One recent study in Germany on secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes prompted Dr. Glantz to write on his blog, “More evidence that e-cigs cause substantial air pollution.” Dr. Siegel highlighted the same study, concluding that it showed “no evidence of a significant public health hazard.”That Big Tobacco is now selling e-cigarettes has contributed to skepticism among experts and advocates.Cigarettes went into broad use in the 1920s — and by the 1940s, lung cancer rates had exploded. More Americans have died from smoking than in all the wars the United States has fought. Smoking rates have declined sharply since the 1960s, when about half of all men and a third of women smoked. But progress has slowed, with a smoking rate now of around 18 percent.“Part of the furniture for us is that the tobacco industry is evil and everything they do has to be opposed,” said John Britton, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Nottingham in England, and the director for the U.K. Center for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies. “But one doesn’t want that to get in the way of public health.”Carefully devised federal regulations might channel the marketing might of major tobacco companies into e-cigarettes, cannibalizing sales of traditional cigarettes, Dr. Abrams of the Schroeder Institute said. “We need a jujitsu move to take their own weight and use it against them,” he said.Dr. Benowitz said he could see a situation under which the F.D.A. would gradually reduce the nicotine levels allowable in traditional cigarettes, pushing smokers to e-cigarettes.If we make it too hard for this experiment to continue, we’ve wasted an opportunity that could eventually save millions of lives,” Dr. Siegel said.Dr. Glantz disagreed.“I frankly think the fault line will be gone in another year,” he said. “The evidence will show their true colors.”By SABRINA TAVERNISE A Hot Debate Over E-Cigarettes as a Path to Tobacco, or From ItOriginal author: Raquel
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Electronic Cigarette Opponents Continue to Misrepresent the Science to Support their Positions

In an op-ed piece published last Sunday in the Augusta Chronicle, the director of the Georgia Regents University Cancer Center warns of many potential public health hazards of electronic cigarettes, focusing most directly on what he argues is the likelihood that many youth who try these devices will progress to traditional tobacco cigarette smoking.The author writes:"The electronic cigarette has been designed with the same primary purpose as a cigarette: to introduce nicotine into the human bloodstream. What happens, however, to the vaper who determines that the controlled doses offered by an e-cigarette no longer are satisfying that craving? Chances are, many of them will look toward a more efficient delivery system – the traditional cigarette. The CDC survey found that 76.3 percent of students who had tried e-cigarettes in the past 30 days also had smoked conventional cigarettes."The Rest of the Story First of all, the truth is that electronic cigarettes were not designed with the same primary purpose as a cigarette. Yes, the cigarette was designed to deliver nicotine into the human bloodstream as quickly and consistently as possible. However, in contrast, the primary purpose for which the electronic cigarette was designed was to get smokers off of cigarettes. The primary purpose of these products is clearly not to deliver nicotine most effectively to the bloodstream. To do that, one would design a product that burns tobacco at a high temperature. Instead, the primary purpose of an electronic cigarette is to simulate as much as possible the behavior of smoking, but without delivering the tar, which is the component that actually causes tobacco-related disease and death.In fact, electronic cigarettes are a rather poor method for delivering nicotine to the bloodstream. Real cigarettes have already cornered the market on that goal. Moreover, most electronic cigarettes do not deliver controlled doses of nicotine. To get that, you need to buy a real cigarette!This article, however, is not merely misleading about the purpose of electronic cigarettes. It actually distorts and misrepresents the science.Specifically, the article argues that nonsmokers (presumably youth) who use e-cigarettes are likely to progress to cigarette smoking. After making this assertion, the article cites as supporting evidence a CDC survey which found that the vast majority of students who had tried electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days had also smoked conventional cigarettes. In other words, the article is trying to use the CDC survey as evidence that indeed, youth nonsmokers who try electronic cigarettes are indeed progressing to smoking.The problem is that the survey was a cross-sectional one. You cannot determine from this survey whether youth who tried electronic cigarettes later transitioned to real cigarettes or whether it just so happens that the overwhelming majority of youths who have experimented with e-cigarettes are youth who were already smokers. However, by citing the survey in this manner, the article deceives the reader by making it sound like the CDC survey supports the writer's contention that youth e-cigarette experimenters who never smoked are progressing to established smoking. The reader who is not intimately familiar with the CDC survey will assume that the survey showed that youth e-cigarette experimenters are going on to smoke in high numbers. But the survey didn't identify a single youth who progressed from nonsmoking to smoking due to electronic cigarettes. It simply didn't measure that phenomenon.By misrepresenting the results of the science, the article is able to provide seeming scientific support for its unfounded assertion that e-cigarettes are serving as a gateway to youth smoking.Of course, this misrepresentation of the scientific evidence by electronic cigarette opponents is nothing new. I have documented numerous examples of this sleight of hand over the past few months on this blog. In fact, the greatest magician has been the CDC itself, which used its cross-sectional survey to conclude, and to disseminate widely the conclusion that e-cigarettes are a gateway to a lifetime of addiction to cigarette smoking.Why is it that electronic cigarette opponents are consistently misrepresenting the science to support their positions? The answer is simple: because the actual science just doesn't support their position. When the truth doesn't support your position, you have to fudge things if you want to retain that position. And that's the rest of the story.Original author: Michael Siegel
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Decatur School Board Says No To E-Cigs

The Decatur City School board voted Monday to take the first step toward amending a policy regarding tobacco and tobacco related products.The board voted to add electronic cigarette to the police that bans cigarettes and smokeless tobacco on school property and at school events.An electronic cigarette, known as an e-cig, is a device that simulates smoking using a liquid. In most cases, the liquid has nicotine, but it doesn’t have to use that product to be considered an electronic cigarette. The liquid is vaporized and the process is called “vaping.”The board will take input from the public, and make the final vote to ban electronic cigarettes in a month.Original author: Leanora
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E-Cigarette Measures Go Before San Diego City Council On Monday

Credit: Associated PressAbove: This is an example of an electronic cigarette and the filter end that holds the liquid nicotine solution.The San Diego City Council on Monday will consider proposed regulations regarding vapor inhalers, also known as electronic cigarettes.The two measures would regulate retail sales of the battery-operated devices and restrict their use. They would generally conform to restrictions on tobacco products."Our goal here is to provide some sensible restrictions on these so that adults are able to utilize these safely in places that are not around kids, and that kids under the age of 18 do not have access to these, and also give our local law enforcement the ability to enforce state law regarding the sale to minors," Councilman Mark Kersey told the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee last month.Deputy City Attorney Linda Peter said the proposed retailing ordinance would require store owners who sell e-cigarettes to obtain a police permit; prohibit sales of the devices, vaping juice and other paraphernalia through vending machines; and restrict advertisements or promotions that are visible in public areas.Deputy City Attorney Ken So told committee members that the use of vapor inhalers would be prohibited in the same types of places where people aren't allowed to smoke — such as restaurants, theaters, sports facilities, parks and beaches. Use of the devices would be allowed in residences, vehicles, e-cigarette shops and vaping lounges, according to So.Kersey said he didn't want to prevent people from using the devices but doesn't want it to be allowed where other people would be affected. He added he didn't want to see the creation of "the next generation of nicotine addicts."Proponents of vapor inhalers say the devices have weaned people off smoking cigarettes.Last month, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets sent a letter to Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and the City Council that contends the current city ordinance restricting advertising for cigarettes because they violate the right of free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.Thomas Briant, the executive director and legal counsel of NATO urged the council to repeal the restrictions, and not extend them to include electronic cigarettes.The county of San Diego approved restrictions on vapor inhalers in May.Original author: Odis
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Evidence from UK Casts Doubt on Assertion that Electronic Cigarettes are a Gateway to Youth Smoking Addiction

The Centers for Disease Control has asserted that electronic cigarette use among youth is a gateway to a lifetime of addiction to smoking. This assertion, which has been picked up by politicians and health groups throughout the country, is being used to justify extreme proposals, such as those to ban e-cigarette advertising and to ban all e-cigarette flavorings.But is there any truth to the assertion that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to youth smoking? New evidence from the UK suggests not. Despite the widespread proliferation of electronic cigarettes throughout England during the past few years, and a concomitant increase in youth experimentation with these products, smoking rates among 11 to 15-year olds has declined to an historic low of just 3%.Commenting on these results, Deborah Arnott - the chief executive of ASH - stated:"Some people have been worried that electronic cigarettes could be a gateway into smoking for young people. These figures show that has not happened so far. But we need to keep monitoring use in young people, and make sure advertising and promotion of electronic cigarettes doesn’t glamourise their use."The Rest of the StoryThese data add to the increasing evidence that the dramatic increases in youth experimentation with electronic cigarettes are not leading to increased smoking. The gateway hypothesis - that e-cigarette use leads to smoking - does not appear to be supported by any evidence at the current time.Why is it that youths who experiment with electronic cigarettes do not seem to be progressing on to cigarette smoking?There is a good theoretical explanation: the flavors.It is difficult enough for youth to initiate cigarette smoking because of the harsh taste of the smoke. This is precisely why menthol cigarettes are so popular among youth. Menthol acts as an anaesthetic which makes it easier for a new smoker to tolerate the harsh taste. For smokeless tobacco products, adding flavorings appears to make these products more appealing to youth, probably for this very reason.The problem with e-cigarette experimentation, for the prospects of cigarette smoking initiation, is that youth are getting used to sweet and flavored products. It is going to be extremely difficult to go from the sweet and flavored taste of the electronic cigarette to the harsh taste of a tobacco cigarette. That transition is not favored, at least not on a theoretical basis. Why would a youth switch from a cherry e-cigarette to a Marlboro?It may actually be the case that electronic cigarettes serve as an inhibitor of smoking initiation by getting a youth used to a flavorful experience, thus making it less likely - not more likely - that the youth will move on to the harsh taste of tobacco. It is difficult enough to enjoy the initial experiences with tobacco cigarettes, but it would be expected to become that much less enjoyable if one has become accustomed to a flavored nicotine product like electronic cigarettes.Ironically, banning the flavors in electronic cigarettes could have the perverse effect of decreasing e-cigarette use but increasing use of real tobacco cigarettes. Hopefully, the FDA will examine this issue closely before taking the advice of anti-smoking groups and advocates, who are already calling for a ban on e-cigarette flavorings.Original author: Michael Siegel
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Study: e-cigarette growth outpaces traditional cigarettes

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly half of all young adults in Hawaii have tried an electronic cigarette, according to a new report."Anecdotally, we're told that it's more prevalent in Hawaii than other states," said Pallav Pokhrel, assistant professor at the University of Hawaii's Cancer Center."Right now, it seems like electronic use is even higher among younger adults than cigarette use."Pokhrel is the lead author of a study on e-cigarette use among Hawaii's young adults. The report, which looked at usage among 300 young adult, found that about 43 percent between the ages of 18 and 35 have tried e-cigarettes once.And that 28 percent tried it for the first time during a recent 30-day period."Hawaii has taken to e-cigarettes more quickly than a lot of mainland markets specially because Hawaii has the most smokers per capita," said Scott Rasak, marketing manager of Volcano E-Cigs.There's little doubt that vapors from e-cigs are safer than traditional smoke but some fear that e-cigs are luring more younger people into tobacco addiction."It's definitely a concern that e-cigarettes are like a gateway. Once people get hooked on the nicotine, they they'll switch over to regular cigarettes, which are extremely dangerous," said Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang.Chang and Council Chairman Ernie Martin introduced a measure to increase the minimum age for e-cigs and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.A similar measure was approved on the Big Island earlier this month."The FDA has never cleared e-cigs as safe. In fact the number of calls to poison control centers due to consumption of cigarette liquids has more than doubled," Chang said.But e-cig users said the bill will eliminate a safe alternative for young smokers."It's gotta be better to than smoking. I'm not putting something I set on fire into my lungs," said Makiki resident David Schultz.Copyright 2014 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.Original author: Odis
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Saudi- E-cigarette ban sought: Decades of education against smoking at risk

[unable to retrieve full-text content](MENAFN - Arab News) Prominent professor at King Saud University (KSU) has called for a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes especially to those under the age of 18.Sultan Ayoub Meo a p...Original author: Shirlee
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E-cigarette ban sought: Decades of education against smoking at risk

A prominent professor at King Saud University (KSU) has called for a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes, especially to those under the age of 18.Sultan Ayoub Meo, a professor at the KSU’s College of Medicine, told Arab News on Friday that e-cigarette smoking should be regulated in the same way as traditional cigarettes. “Retail outlets, including pharmacies, must not be allowed to sell it to children and adolescents,” he said.E-cigarettes, which generate a vapor containing nicotine as a tobacco substitute, were initially released as a device to help smokers quit, but Meo fears “the huge rise in users could normalize smoking, and undo decades of anti-smoking education and campaigning.”He pointed out that a number of countries have already banned e-smoking, and some nations have restricted their sales.France is preparing to place e-cigarettes on the same legal footing as tobacco smoking and moving toward its prohibition. Some American states, including New York, have already stopped use of e-cigarettes in public places. Australia, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Lebanon, the UAE, Israel, Norway, Panama, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore have banned e-smoking.Referring to the harmful effects of e-cigarettes, the KSU professor pointed out that electronic cigarettes are not a “smoking cessation” product. “Unscientific and fake claims about e-cigarettes are creating confusion among people about e-cigarettes,” said Meo, adding that e-cigarettes are a nicotine delivery device, whose users are commonly called “e-smokers” or “vapors.”He said e-cigarettes are currently gaining popularity among high-income, urban population. The main components of e-cigarettes consist of an aerosol generator, flow sensor, battery and a solution (e-liquid) storage compartment, he explained. E-cigarettes can be smokeless, the smell fades quickly, and are easy to carry and conceal, he said.Original author: Irving
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STREAMLINED VERSION of Fourth Call to to Action for FDA Proposed Regulations - Submit Comment

Fourth Call to Action for FDA Proposed RegulationsStreamlined VersionCASAA has been producing and posting FDA Alerts and Calls to Action since before the proposed regulations were released. For a full background on this issue, please go here:http://blog.casaa.org/search/label/FDAHowever, we realize there are recent adopters of these products who may not have had time toOriginal author: Julie
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Some East Texas schools taking stance on electronic cigarettes

Some East Texas school districts are banning electronic cigarettes, while others don’t see a need to change policy regarding the devices.This past school year, Sabine ISD was the first area district to take a stance on e-cigarettes.“Electronic cigarettes are to be enforced as if they were a tobacco product, and they are not allowed on campus at any time,” said Superintendent Stacey Bryce.The policy extends to adults at football games and other extracurricular events on district property.An electronic cigarette is a battery-powered device that heats so-called e-juice, a special liquid, into vapor.The e-juices come in a variety of flavors, including candies, fruit and tobacco. Using the device is called vaping.Beyond flavors, e-juice also can be tailored to contain different levels of nicotine, the addictive chemical also consumed by smoking tobacco.“Very little research has been done yet to show what kind of health problems these e-cigs can cause,” Bryce said. “There are some that still have nicotine in them, and in our opinion, these are unsafe.”Christian Stumpf, regional director of policy for the Texas division of the American Lung Association, echoed Bryce’s statements.“That’s the million-dollar question,” Stumpf said when asked if secondhand inhalation of the vapor is harmful. “There is so little research that’s been done. No one knows what the short or long-term effects will be from e-cigs.”In addition to the lack of research regarding the possible health issues of vapor inhalation, the dangers from the e-juice itself are unknown because there is no federal regulation.“There are about 6,000 chemicals in a cigarette, but we just do not know what is in the e-juice,” Stumpf said. “It’s a complete free-for-all. A lot of these convenience stores are selling the juice that’s shipped over from China, and we have no idea what is in it.”Several school districts that do not have specific wording regarding e-cigarettes in their policies are treating the devices and juice as tobacco products or volatile chemicals.“White Oak ISD does not have policy specifically addressing e-cigarettes. As an administrative practice, the e-cigarette device will not be treated any differently than regular cigarettes,” Superintendent Mike Gilbert said. “The device will not be displayed or used by our students on campus or at school-related functions. Events open to the public will be subject to the same guidelines.”Gladewater and Hallsville ISDs’ student code of contact specifically states e-cigarettes are to be treated as tobacco products and are banned from all school-related functions on or off campus.Pine Tree ISD’s policy prohibits e-cigarettes or any vaporizing device on district property at all times.“This policy applies to students as well as adults (parents, community, etc.) on school property,” Superintendent T.J. Farler said.The district was forced to address the issue after finding a student on campus who had a device.“These products are becoming more popular,” Farler said. “We had one student who was found to have an e-cigarette, and we did not have a policy in place to address it.”Longview ISD policy does not have any policy specifically on e-cigarettes or vaping. The district’s website states smoking and tobacco products are prohibited at any school-related function on or off school property.“We have not added any wording specifically pertaining to (e-cigarettes),” board President Troy Simmons said. “We do not have any plans at this moment to take up that discussion.”Spring Hill and Kilgore ISDs do not have policies regarding e-cigarettes.“We have signs up that say no smoking,” interim Spring Hill ISD Superintendent Rick Flanagan said. “We don’t have a policy, and for now we have no meetings planned to address the issue. We would probably have to contact our attorney for legal advice.”Kilgore ISD Superintendent Cara Cooke said the district doesn’t have wording in a policy that specifically mentions e-cigarettes, but the student code of conduct prohibits the possession of any volatile chemical. Cooke said she believes that includes the vapor juice used in an e-cigarette.“We’ve looked at adding that wording and will continue to be proactive but, for now, we feel it is covered under our current policy regarding volatile chemicals,” Cooke said.Gateway to cigarettes?As school districts decide how to handle e-cigarettes, officials nationwide are concerned the devices could be marketed to children.Sean Riley, Kentucky’s deputy attorney general, recently told law enforcement colleagues from across the U.S. gathered in Utah for a retreat that e-cigarettes might be turning into a gateway to cigarette smoking, instead of a way to quit.“We are at the very beginning stages of a new sort of revolutionary product here,” Riley said. “We need to be prepared, to work individually and collectively, to use our consumer protection acts to raise the floor of conduct we are seeing.”Attorney General Tom Miller of Iowa said law enforcement officials must tread carefully.“The price of getting it wrong either way is high,” Miller told his colleagues at the Utah meeting, noting that if they do not regulate the industry properly, e-cigarettes might increase tobacco use among youths, but if they regulate the industry too intensely, it might limit the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a way to quit tobacco.Among the problems with the e-cigarette industry, according to Riley and other senior law enforcement officials at the meeting, are e-cigarettes with flavors like Cherry Crush and Peach Schnapps, which are sold by the e-cigarette company Blu and may be particularly appealing to children.‘Glamorizing’Pine Tree resident Charlie Stuettgen said he is an e-cigarette user, but he agrees schools should keep the devices off campus.“Nicotine is addictive, just like caffeine. It makes your blood pressure and heart rate rise, and I don’t think it’s something to be glorified,” Stuettgen said. “People that use e-cigs are trying to quit something even worse, like smoking cigarettes. We’re glamorizing something that is a method to quit doing something worse.”Stuettgen said smoking an e-cigarette is visually disturbing.“Do you really want a few hundred kids in an area puffing away?” Stuettgen said.Bryce said if adults are allowed to use e-cigarettes on campus, students also will want to.“Kids will do as adults do,” Bryce said. “If adults are doing it, the kids think it’s OK, too.”— The New York Times contributed to this report.Original author: Leanora
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Fourth Call to to Action for FDA Proposed Regulations - Submit Comment

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As noted in CASAA's Action plan, this is not a battle that is going to be won based solely on comments to the proposed regulations. Accordingly, we are attacking this on several different fronts. Before the draft regulations were published, we had envisioned a single Call to Action with several suggested actions. However, upon seeing the details, we decided the best strategy to effect positive change is to prepare a comprehensive Action Plan which consists of several Calls to Action issued at staggered dates to maximize effectiveness, and extending beyond comments to the FDA docket.

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