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Missouri lawmakers pass e-cigarette regulations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Monday to legislation barring people younger than 18 from buying electronic cigarettes, while exempting the nicotine products from other tobacco sales restrictions.E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices used to heat a flavored liquid nicotine solution and create vapor that is inhaled by the user. Current law allows those products to be purchased by anyone, regardless of age.Supporters argue the legislation would protect teenagers from early exposure to nicotine, while holding off on future regulations until more research is conducted. The federal government is spending millions on research to supplement independent studies on the health risks of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as who uses them and why.“It’s a first step, but I would say it’s a good step given what we know today,” said Rep. Caleb Rowden, a Columbia Republican who is the House sponsor of the legislation.The House voted 127-19 to send the bill to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk. It passed the Senate earlier this year.Opponents said the measure wouldn’t go far enough to restrict access because it exempts e-cigarettes from some restrictions on tobacco sales and advertising, including the state’s 17 cent-per-pack cigarette tax. The bill states that e-cigarette sales should be subject to local and state sales taxes, but “shall not otherwise be taxed or regulated as tobacco products.”“It pre-empts our opportunity to ensure that our young people don’t become tomorrow’s addicts,” said Rep. Jill Schupp, a Creve Coeur Democrat.The American Cancer Society estimates that almost 30 other states have passed measures similar to Missouri’s that prevent e-cigarette sales to kids but don’t subject the devices to the same regulations as tobacco products.Missouri’s measure would define e-cigarettes as “alternative nicotine” or “vapor products” and place some restrictions on them, including requiring they only be sold at licensed dealers and giving fines to teens who try to buy them illegally.Monday’s vote comes a few weeks after the Food and Drug Administration announced plans to regulate the $2 billion e-cigarette market by banning sales to minors, adding warning labels and requiring agency approval for any new products. The FDA is currently taking public comments on its proposed rules.PrintEmail|Original author: Reyes
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Clueless prohibitionists: the West was not wild (but is now, due to prohibitions)


by Carl V Phillips Frequently the scientist in me is appalled by the drivel coming from “public health” regulators and “researchers” about tobacco products.  Every now and then, the more general scholar in me is equally appalled. In the 2000s, … Continue reading →Original author: Carl V Phillips
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E-cigarette debate is smoking hot in Albany and Washington, D.C.

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Politicians on both the state and national level are holding hearings this week on e-cigarette safety concerns.Original author: James
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Caution urged with e-cigarette chargers

After responding to Lompoc’s first fire involving electronic cigarette chargers Thursday, the city’s Fire Department is now advising residents to be careful while using the equipment.Crews responded to a report of a fire around 10:40 a.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of North Jasmine Street. A working smoke detector alerted a resident to a fire in the kitchen, where an e-cigarette had been charging.Investigators determined the cause of the fire was an overheated e-cigarette charger, located near combustibles such as a paper towel roll, said Fire Prevention Specialist Dena Foose.The residents escaped and no one was injured in the blaze. The home incurred $5,000 in structural damage and $200 in damage to contents, according to a press release by fire Chief Kurt Latipow.But the damage could have been much worse if not for the smoke detector, Foose said.“This could have been a tragic event,” she said. “The smoke detector saved two lives in this case. It was an event where something went wrong, but the emergency response did everything right.”Fire safety specialists had not analyzed the new unit and its electrical components, Foose said.The Fire Department recommends residents use the in-home safety survey program, an initiative that began in August, to ensure their smoke detectors are working and to identify any potential fire hazards.Another way to prevent fires caused by the chargers is to ensure that the e-cigarettes do not overcharge, Foose said. They should only be charged in a clutter-free area, far from flammable and combustible devices. The chargers should also be unplugged before the resident leaves the home and before they go to bed, she said.Latipow said the e-cigarette chargers are now proving to be a serious fire hazard that needs to be addressed by its developers.“We believe this is going to continue to lead to more fires, if awareness is not increased and there is no corrective action by the manufacturers,” he said.He said he was surprised that the Department of Consumer Affairs has not published an alert regarding the chargers, and said the department may refer its research to a local agency.“This isn’t isolated,” Latipow said. “The manufacturers have a responsibility to distribute items that are safe. (Fires are) occurring more and more often.”Lompoc isn’t alone in warning e-cigarette users about the danger.In February, officials in Medford, Oregon, issued “a warning to consumers,” cautioning residents to be aware of potential fire dangers after two incidents within a month.Original author: Keitha
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Scientific claims in the FDA deeming regulation (part 3 of ???)


by Carl V Phillips Continuing this series with page 21 of the draft regulations. I will skip the paragraph that is about little cigars basically being the same as cigarettes, and thus perhaps subject to their flavor bans, but will use … Continue reading →Original author: Carl V Phillips
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First Call to Action for FDA Proposed Regulations - Consumer Request for an Extension of Comment Period

On Thursday, May 8th, CASAA released the Overview of its Action Plan Regarding Proposed FDA Regulations.  This is the first of several Calls to Action anticipated in CASAA's Action Plan.   (You will recall from the Action Plan that we are not going to publish our suggestions for substantive comments until a few weeks before the deadline, and we urge consumers to wait until then to offer substantive comment.)

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Scientific claims in the FDA deeming regulation (part 2 of ???)


by Carl V Phillips Continuing from Part 1, I will skip the Executive Summary (the claims there are mostly redundant with those in the main body) and the Legal Authority (which actually does include some scientific claims), and pick up with … Continue reading →Original author: Carl V Phillips
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When is More Technology Too Much?

Bluetooth e-cig phones?
Biometric e-cigarettes?

It’s safe to say the electronic cigarette industry has undergone rapid change. What started – just a few years ago – with a series of devices aimed to closely replicate the look and feel of cigarette smoking has become an ever-widening landscape of “bigger, better, faster and more.”

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Overview of CASAA's Action Plan Regarding Proposed FDA Regulations

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Early on, we asked CASAA members to be patient and to refrain from making formal comments about the proposed regulations until CASAA leadership  had sufficient time to review the regulations and offer guidance. The membership has been patient at a time when every instinct we have is to react, do something -- do anything! -- because we know that these regulations, if enacted in anything remotely resembling their current form, will decimate the industry and destroy the diversity in the marketplace. And, of course, it's the diversity in the marketplace, the ability of customers to customize the experience, that  makes this product such an extraordinarily effective alternative to smoking. There is a very real possibility that such regulations would eliminate the entire legal market for e-cigarettes.

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UK E-cigarette Market to Grow at a 39.8% CAGR Says a New Research Report at Sandlerresearch.org

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) May 08, 2014An e-cigarette/e-vaping device/personal vaporizer/e-nicotine delivery system is a type of electronic inhaler used to simulate tobacco smoking. It contains a heating element that vaporizes the liquid solution, which may be nicotine or a flavored liquid. In short, e-cigarettes are battery-powered nicotine inhalers that are designed to mimic traditional cigarettes.The e-liquids used in e-cigarettes are available in different flavors such as pink bubble gum, menthol, watermelon, peach, and many more. As yet, the effects of e-cigarettes on the human body are not fully known. However, e-cigarettes are considered less toxic than traditional cigarettes as they produce vapor instead of smoke. They are considered an effective aid in smoking cessation.Analysts forecast the UK E-cigarette market will grow at a CAGR of 39.8 percent over the period 2013-2018.Covered in this ReportThis report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the E-cigarette market in the UK for the period 2014-2018. To calculate the market size, the report takes into account revenue generated from sales of e-cigarettes and related products such as cartridges, refills, and e-liquids. The forecast takes into consideration the fact that sales of e-cigarettes during the forecast period are not affected by the sociopolitical and legal dynamics in the UK.E-cigarette Market in the UK 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the E-cigarette market in the UK landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.Key RegionUKKey Vendors    British American Tobacco plc    Lorillard Inc.    Nicocigs Ltd.    Vivid Vapours Ltd.Purchase E-cigarette Market in the UK 2014-2018 Report @ http://www.sandlerresearch.org/purchase?rname=16884.Other Prominent Vendors    Altria Group Inc.    FIN Branding Group, LLC    Gamucci Ltd.    Green Smoke Inc.    Imperial Tobacco Group PLC    Logic Technology    NJOY Inc.    Reynolds American Inc.    Vapestick Group Ltd.    Vapor Corp.    VMR Products LLC    Zandera Ltd.Key Market Driver    Increased Desire among Consumers to Quit Smoking Tobacco.Key Market Challenge    Stringent Government Regulations and Standards.Key Market Trend    Changes in Lifestyle and Preferences.Key Questions Answered in this Report    What will the market size be in 2018 and what will the growth rate be?    What are the key market trends?    What is driving this market?    What are the challenges to market growth?    Who are the key vendors in this market space?    What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?    What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?Table of Contents01. Executive Summary02. List of Abbreviations03. Scope of the Report04. Market Research Methodology05. Introduction06. Market Landscape07. Product Life Cycle Analysis08. Buying Criteria09. Market Growth Drivers10. Drivers and their Impact11. Market Challenges12. Impact of Drivers and Challenges13. Market Trends14. Trends and their Impact15. Vendor Landscape16. Key Vendor Analysis17. Other Prominent Vendors18. Other Reports in this SeriesList of ExhibitsExhibit 1: Market Research MethodologyExhibit 2: Comparison of E-cigarettes and Traditional Tobacco CigarettesExhibit 3: Global E-cigarette Market 2013-2018 (US$ million)Exhibit 4: E-cigarette Market in the UK 2013-2018 (US$ million)Exhibit 5: E-cigarette Market in the UK: Product Life Cycle Analysis 2013Exhibit 6: Major Advertising and Promotional Expenditure by Market Vendors in the E-cigarette market in the UK from January-December 2013Exhibit 7: Price vis-à-vis Average Battery Life of E-cigarettesExplore other new report on Semiconductor & Electronics Market.About US:Sandlerresearch.org (http://www.sandlerresearch.org/) is an online market research store for research reports on multiple industries. These reports provide market analysis, trends and opportunities and forecast about industries that helps to make a right decision for the business.Original author: Daren
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CASAA's Basic Background for Understanding FDA Regulation of E-Cigarettes

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CASAA White Paper: Guide to Civil Disobedience


The following is the fourth in the series of CASAA White Papers.  As with the others, it is posted here to allow discussion.  Unlike the previous three, this is not considered a draft.  But discussion is welcome and revisions are … Continue reading →Original author: Carl V Phillips
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Contaminants in E-Cig Vapor Also Found in Human Breath and Outdoor Air

Concentrations of VOCs in exhaled human breath
formaldehyde ecigs vs human breath
acetone human breath vs ecig vapor
metals outdoor air vs ecig vapor

 

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The New York Times Plays Patsy for Anti-Tobacco Voices

In the tabloid tradition of “If it bleeds, it leads,” The New York Times ignored the lack of peer review and wasted no space on critical analysis when it ran a May 3 article by Matt Richtel titled “Some E-Cigarettes Deliver a Puff of Carcinogens.” (here). Based on two unpublished studies, the Times reported that “the high-power e-cigarettes known as tank systems produce formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, along with the nicotine-laced vapor that their users inhale. The toxin is formed when liquid nicotine and other e-cigarette ingredients are subjected to high temperatures... This finding suggests that in certain conditions, [e-cigarettes] might expose their users to the same or even higher levels of carcinogenic formaldehyde as tobacco smoke.” The Times also said the new research shows that when users are “dripping” – placing drops of e-liquid directly onto an e-cig’s heating element – “formaldehyde and related toxins ‘approach the concentration in cigarettes.’”The studies are the work of Roswell Park Cancer Institute assistant professor Maciej L. Goniewicz, and Alan Shihadeh at Virginia Commonwealth University and the American University in Beirut, respectively. Goniewicz’s article will reportedly appear in the May 15 edition of Nicotine & Tobacco Research, while Shihadeh’s has not been accepted or peer-reviewed anywhere (the Times says it “is being prepared for submission to the same journal”). The Times story represents a deeply troubling development: the global publicizing of research before publication or even submission to a medical journal.This high-profile pre-release tactic has become commonplace for anti-tobacco pronouncements from the CDC and other federal agencies. Media outlets give these biased stories wide distribution free of critical analysis or balance. Historically, release of findings prior to a journal’s publication date was grounds for cancelling an article. In a recent post I suggested that peer review of tobacco research is nearly nonexistent at some journals (here). It is further disappointing that journals are active partners in the selective release of research findings to the public.Original author: Reyes
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Should African-American celebrities join the e-cigarette industry?

E-cigarettes are gaining in popularity, and with the amount of artists who embrace smoking cigarettes and cigars (ex. Trey Songz, Jay Z, T.I., Snoop Lion, etc.) should African-American celebrities try to bank on the e-cig industry or avoid it?Here’s the scoop on celebrities who are currently embracing the e-cigarette industry, who’s getting lambasted for it and African-Americans’ current rates of smoking.E-cigarette business investments for celebritiesE-cigarettes have gained in popularity, and some celebrities are taking financial advantage of that. Pop star Bruno Stars stopped smoking as a tribute to his late mother on Mother’s Day of 2013. Since then, according to PR News Wire, Bruno Mars invested money into the e-cig industry with NJOY Kings.Trying-to-quit celebrity picsOther celebrities may not be making an investment buck off of the product, but they’ve also been seen using the cigarette alternative on vacations, around town and even on talk shows. Actress Katherine Heigl is one of the first to make e-cigarettes a public discussion, puffing away on an e-cigarette during her interview on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” even getting the host in on it.“You have no excuse to smoke a real cigarette,” she said on Letterman’s show, after giving him detailed instructions as to how they’re used. This was free promo for the e-cig industry without them spending a dime. Now she may wish she’d have invested in an e-cig industry company during her impromptu how-to session, but she was more concerned with the politically correct industry coming back to haunt her.Other celebrities who’ve been caught enjoying water vapors are music artists Katy Perry, Ronnie Wood and Britney Spears; actors John Cusack, Jack Nicholson, Lindsay Lohan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, Robert Pattinson, Kevin Connolly, Stephen Dorff, Natasha Lyonne and Dennis Quaid; and TV personalities Paris Hilton, Jennifer Ann “Jenny” McCarthy and Simon Cowell.E-cig spottings on televisionIn the older days, before people knew all of the cons of smoking nicotine, it wasn’t unusual to find guests on popular talk shows, such as “The Johnny Carson Show,” smoking while they were being interviewed. With e-cigarettes considered the healthier alternative, will TV shows and talk shows do the same? This is still uncertain, but there is a possibility. In a recent episode of “2 Broke Girls,” actress Jennifer Coolidge (who plays the role of Sophie Kachinsky) was seen puffing away on an e-cig during a door scene.Celebrity backlash from e-cig industryHeigl’s concern about the backlash of the products was a lesson learned for talk show host Jenny McCarthy. While the health industry continues to do research about potential health problems with e-cigs, which do have nicotine in them, anti-smoking industries are paying attention to celebrity endorsements. According toRadarOnline, Freedom Laser Therapy, Inc. is offering $1 million to McCarthy to work with their company instead of doing videos like the “Freedom” taping for blu eCigs. So far, McCarthy hasn’t released a public response.African-Americans’ role in cigarette industryAccording to the American Lung Association, “African Americans accounted for approximately 12 percent of the 46 million adults who were current smokers in the United States during 2008.” Although the verdict is still out on whether the nicotine in e-cigarettes is too addictive to use to curb smoking, African-Americans are definitely big customers for the industry. ALA also reports that magazine advertising for mentholated cigarettes increased from 13 percent in 1998 to 49 percent in 2005. Menthol cigarettes are the most likely choice for African-Americans. And Forbes reports that the e-cigarette industry could be over $1 billion.Do you think African-American celebrities, who have always been influential when it comes to clothing, cosmetics, shoes and even fragrance advertising, should put more of an effort into anti-smoking or take baby steps like moving towards the e-cig industry instead?Shamontiel is also The Wire Examiner, and for the gladiators, she’s the Scandal Examiner, too.Follow Shamontiel on Pinterest for all of her latest TV, book, music and movie reviews; photo galleries; entertainment saving tips and other entries, or subscribe to her National African American Entertainment channel at the top of this page. Also, follow her @BlackHealthNews, and follow this Pinterest board to read her celebrity interviews. Should African-American celebrities join the e-cigarette industry?Original author: Gwen
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What is YOUR Take on E-Cigarette Etiquette?

So much of e-cigarette advertising – past and present – centers on the idea that users can simply break out their e-cig, and vape away indoors or outdoors, with no worries of repercussions, or bothering others, because vapor isn’t “smoke,” per se.

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E-Cig Myths

Why the ‘80s ‘Winston Man’ ThinksE-Cigs Can Benefit SocietyMyths Debunked from Cigarette Spokesman-Turned-Anti Tobacco ActivistCommunities are banning them; vials of “e-juice” are poisoning children; and only recently has the FDA proposed regulations for the $1.5 billion-and-growing electronic cigarette industry.Are e-cigarettes safe? Can they help people stop smoking?David Goerlitz, the “Winston Man” from 1982-88, publicly denounced the tobacco industry in 1988 and joined the anti-tobacco movement. He eventually became disillusioned with that “industry” as well, although he continues to spread his anti-smoking message in schools.“This subject hits very close to home for me; my brother was still a young man when he lost his life due to his cigarette addiction,” he says.Goerlitz knows both sides of the tobacco story well, so when electronic cigarettes emerged, he began researching them.“Most smokers wish they’d never started and would quit if they could,” he says. “E-cigarettes are not for children or for anyone who doesn’t already smoke. But for the 42.1 million adult smokers [CDC, 2012] who’ve been unable to quit, they are a safer alternative – safer for them and for those around them.”Having experienced both sides of the tobacco story extensively, he began researching electronic cigarettes when they emerged. Because of the understandable concern driving headlines, Goerlitz clears the air from some of the myths he’s read about.•  E-cigarettes are just as bad – if not worse – than regular cigarettes.  “No, I wouldn’t say just anyone should use them – or use just any brand without carefully looking at what’s in the e-juice and where it comes from,” he says. “But most smokers would quit if they could, and for them, this can be a healthier option.”We know the health hazards posed by regular cigarettes, he says, and there’s anecdotal evidence suggesting that e-cigarettes help some smokers quit tobacco.•  “E-juice” is just another poison that will find its way to children and pets. First, there are many products around the house that can hurt living things: bleach, candles, etc. – but they serve a purpose. Second, while some e-juice should be examined with suspicion, including those that don’t list ingredients and those that are made in China, a company like American Heritage, (www.americanheritageonline.com), has only three food-grade quality ingredients and nicotine that is naturally derived from the tobacco plant.  All are sourced and mixed in the United States. In contrast, some other e-cigarette juice consists of synthetic nicotine, which is also used as weed killer. •  They’re being marketed to children. Once again, this is an emerging market and companies should be judged on an individual basis. “I like how American Heritage has really gone out of its way to emphasize the fact that its product is not for kids,” Goerlitz says. Also, any product that is restricted to adults may be potentially construed as playing to minors: bubblegum-flavored vodka, mature video games and more.•  Smokers won’t like them; they’re too different from traditional cigarettes. “Many smokers look at the delivery vessel for most e-cigarettes and say, ‘Why would I want to smoke a pen?’ "he says. So, it’s important for many to have that authentic smoking experience.“Quitting smoking is hard, and there are millions of smokers in the U.S. alone whereby nicotine patches, cocktail straws and hypnosis simply doesn’t work,” he says. “I’ve joined American Heritage as their spokesperson because, in part, they’ve made it truly easy for traditional smokers by providing the most authentic e-cigarette on the market today. In my opinion, the more people that switch, the more lives that are saved.”About David GoerlitzDavid Goerlitz, “the Winston man” from 1982-88, left the tobacco industry because of his brother’s death from cancer and became a staunch anti-tobacco activist. He has been recognized for his work by the World Health Organization, the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society. He is the spokesman for American Heritage International, www.americanheritageonline.com, which uses ingredients that are exclusively sourced and mixed in America, delivered with an electronic cigarette designed strictly as an alternative for tobacco smokers and chewers.Original author: Raquel
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Wider E-Cigarette Curbs Survive Key Vote

Get Breaking News FirstReceive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.Sign UpST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — Supporters of defining electronic cigarettes in the same light as traditional tobacco products won a key round Monday in the Minnesota Legislature.By an 11-8 vote, lawmakers pushing for tough regulations on the fast-spreading devices defeated an effort to pare back their bill. The Senate Finance Committee sent a bill putting the e-cigarette devices under the indoor air act to the floor for a vote. If it became law, it would mean e-cigarettes would be barred wherever standard smokes aren’t allowed.“It just asks that the risks that are unknown are not imposed on other people in public places,” said Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato.E-cigarettes are thin, cylindrical devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution that users inhale. Unlike regular cigarettes, they don’t emit smoke or tar, but there is debate over whether the vapor is clean or laden with chemicals on the way out. The Food and Drug Administration is conducting studies on e-cigarettes but has given no indication of when the findings will be ready.The vote to preserve wider use restrictions split more along geographic lines than party lines. Another showdown is expected when the bill hits the floor, which could be this week.“I’m not sure I’m willing to call this activity smoking at this point,” said Sen. John Pederson, R-St. Cloud.Smokers On E-Cigarette RegulationsWCCO RADIOOpponents of the strict regulations said lawmakers shouldn’t get so far ahead of the science. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would sign a bill to restrict children’s ability to buy e-cigarettes and to keep them out of schools, but he has said plans to make them subject to the indoor air law could go too far.Supporters of  e-cigarettes say they are an effective measure to quit tobacco use.“I don’t think the regulations are warranted,” said Kim Green, a smoker who’s used e-cigarettes. “If they want to regulate it, put it through the FDA process.”Josh Korpi, another smoker who’s tried vaping, said he doesn’t understand the need for indoor regulations, but added that he doesn’t mind going outside.“There is very little risk of second-hand smoke with the vapors,” he said.The House e-cigarettes bill is confined to provisions meant to prevent access by minors. A vote on that measure could come at any time.(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)Original author: Reyes
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E-cigarette-inspired inhaler releases measured doses of nicotine to help people quit smoking

(Reuters) - When Noah Minskoff's mother died of lung cancer in 2007, e-cigarettes were just entering the U.S. market. Minskoff, who had just started medical school in Utah, wondered whether the devices might have saved his mother's life by helping her quit smoking. Later, he sent some samples to his boyhood friend Nathan Terry, a mechanical engineer, and asked for his opinion.Terry, who was working in Germany for the French industrial firm Areva, took apart the products to see how they were made. What he found disturbed him: at the heart of the devices were heater wires of unknown quality wrapped around bundles of glass fibers and surrounded by steel wool, silicon, plastic, tape and adhesives.Wires between the heater, circuit board and batteries were connected with lead solder and also housed in tape and plastic. Everything was close to the heat source, meaning consumers were at risk of inhaling fiber and metal particles as well as toxic fumes from hot plastic and lead."There were red flags everywhere," Terry said.AdvertisementStill, he liked the concept and decided to design a version of his own, avoiding the use of fiberglass, plastic and solder and sourcing his materials entirely in the United States. In 2009 he reunited with Minskoff in California and formed a company, Thermo-Essence Technologies, to sell the product.At $300 a piece, the e-cigarette serves a niche market, albeit one with a loyal following among medical marijuana patients and smokers looking for a high-end e-cigarette. As many as 30,000 have been sold.But what began as a quest to develop a better e-smoke has broadened into an ambitious effort to design a new medical device: an inhaler that delivers measured doses of nicotine to help people quit smoking. The technology could also eventually be used as an abuse-resistant delivery device for other drugs, including opioid painkillers.If successful, the inhaler could become the first new smoking-cessation product to emerge from the e-cigarette field and would compete with products such as GlaxoSmithKline Plc's nicotine gum and Pfizer Inc's antismoking drug, Chantix.A STARTUP WITH BIOTECH FUNDINGTo develop the inhaler, Terry formed a second company, Minusa LLC, which is based in Newtown, Connecticut. Minskoff left Thermo-Essence for family reasons and is not involved in Minusa. Terry himself is leaving Thermo-Essence, which is currently being sold, to concentrate on Minusa.The new company obtained initial funding from Michael Breede, a commercial real-estate-turned-biotech investor whose father suffered from drug and alcohol addiction and who is eager to see an abuse-resistant painkiller device."This is in my wheelhouse," he said. "I think we can put a serious dent in this problem."When Terry developed his e-cigarette he assumed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would begin regulating the industry, as it has recently done, proposing a ban on sales to people under the age of 18 and requiring companies to register. Later it could impose product standard and quality controls.Terry wanted to create a product that would pass any FDA inspection. He used a pure metal wire wrapped around a rod made from magnesia-stabilized zirconia, a highly durable ceramic material. Instead of meshes, tape and plastic he used novel porous ceramics and surgical-grade alloys, and instead of soldering parts together he connected them mechanically, fitting components together like Legos to complete the circuits.He built on that design to create his drug-delivery device, known as Envi, a single-user, tamper-resistant, metered-dose inhaler.Envi is about the size of a short cigar and comes with a spare in a case the size of a deck of playing cards.The nicotine or other drug will come in a sealed cartridge that the patient will insert into the inhaler. To activate the device, the user will have to enter a code. The inhaler will be programed to deliver a certain amount of drug and then turn off.When the device is returned to the case, which is required after each dose to activate it for the next dose, data on the patient's usage will be downloaded and available to be viewed electronically by the prescribing physician."It will only let you take your prescription," Terry said. "It will log your usage and transmit it in real time, and make it easier for the doctor to monitor and interact with the patient."BUILDING A BETTER INHALERTerry, 37, who grew up on an organic farm in Ohio to "hippy commune" parents and studied mechanical engineering at the University of Idaho, faces multiple challenges.Inhalers are typically more expensive to develop than pills, and ensuring patients get the right dose is more complicated."I can see a lot of barriers, but the idea is certainly interesting," said Dr. Ben Forbes, a Reader in Pharmaceutics, broadly the equivalent of a U.S. professor, at King's College London who specializes in inhaled medications.There needs to be a good reason to target a drug to the lungs, Forbes said. Drugs that are inhaled may work faster than pills, so a device that offered quick pain relief in an abuse-resistant form would be "brilliant" if it could be produced economically, he added."Changes in inhaler technology have been very incremental over the years, so maybe something like this would have a place."In the meantime, big tobacco companies are developing alternative nicotine products they hope one day will carry a "modified risk" of harm. Some are dispensed through an inhaler.Unlike Terry's smoking-cessation device, which he plans to file with the FDA's drug division, these products would be marketed as less risky alternatives to smoking and be processed through the FDA's tobacco division.However smokers end up using the new products will be the subject of intense research by the FDA.Terry believes he is creating a product that will survive any market configuration. Minusa has a long way to go, and human trials may be two years off. Eventually he hopes to partner with a big drug company."I think we can change how drugs are delivered."(Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Prudence Crowther)Copyright 2014 MedCity News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Share This StoryHear the latest industry news firstGet our daily newsletter or follow us.Please enter your email below:Original author: Leanora
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ProSmoke Electronic Cigarettes Responds to New FDA Regulations on Electronic Cigarette Industry

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - May 2, 2014) - ProSmoke, a #1-rated electronic cigarette company, has responded to the latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for the electronic cigarette industry. The FDA recently announced new regulations to further the safety precautions surrounding the e-cigarette industry. These regulations now include 18+ age requirements to purchase electronic cigarette products, full disclosure of all ingredients in each product, and nicotine warnings. ProSmoke sees some of the introductory regulations as welcome changes to the industry, and plans to go above and beyond to make any necessary adjustments to their current high standards to comply. "The recent proposed FDA regulations are a step forward in recognizing electronic cigarettes as their own category, distinctly different from traditional combustible cigarettes. The coming months will be very important for the industry and FDA to work together on refining these regulations to ensure they not only protect the public's health interests, but do not stifle industry growth and innovation. We look forward to working collaboratively with the industry and FDA to develop reasonable, fact-based regulations for the electronic cigarette industry. ProSmoke will continue to offer our industry-leading products while this process begins," says ProSmoke. ProSmoke has remained at the forefront of the electronic cigarette industry in product safety and consumer awareness. The company currently has portions of the proposed regulations in place at this time, but plans to make the proper adjustments and additions in regards to these new regulations and build on their esteemed reputation of being an industry leader in e-cigarettes. Full press release available here. http://www.prosmokestore.com/store/blogs/fda-electronic-cigarette-regulation-reaction-149 About ProSmoke Electronic Cigarette: Since 2008, ProSmoke has provided the best e-cig products at a valued price point for consumers. ProSmoke offers the most realistic experience, the most vapor, and the best flavors, at a cheaper cost to provide the best alternative to traditional cigarettes.Consumer DiscretionaryLegislative BranchFDAelectronic cigarette Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.l author: Daren
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