Dawn here and let’s be real, if you have made it through parts I, II, III, IV, V, V.2, VI, VII and VII.2 then you rock and you are the best weapons this industry has in the battle to educate. If you have not had a chance to look at them and you want to stay up to date on some of the most important issues facing the electronic cigarette and vapor industries take a minute to do so. It’s worth it, there are over a billion lives at stake here.
Please remember that this particular blog series is a report of what I saw and understood at the E-Cigarette Summit in Washington D.C on May 8th. The opinion and statements reported on from the summit do not necessarily represent the thoughts and opinions of A Clean Cigarette brand electronic cigarettes. Nothing you inhale besides clean air is good for you. A Clean Cigarette brand electronic cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical. If you are a never smoker. Never Start. Ever. Never ever… However, if you are a smoker and have tried to quit but can’t, consider making the switch. Just saying…
Okay on to the good stuff
Most of you know that I really only started blogging because it was something I was asked to do. I do not pretend to be great at it and I certainly don’t pretend to have mad reporting skills, but I try. Most days it’s a great gig really, I get to talk about all types of electronic cigarette related things and I get to meet people that like me, believe this industry has changed their lives. In the case of the Summit, an opportunity that came to me in huge part due to the blogging I do, I was honored to have the opportunity to meet people with all types of viewpoints. Some I really just agree with and some I have a harder time with. That being said it’s very important to me that I report fairly because every viewpoint is important if we are going to find the best way to regulate these products.
In the case of our next speaker, I really wanted to go into his lecture with wide open ears. Not just because I want to be fair to everyone, but also because his subject matter is something that is very important to me. Mathew L. Myers is the President of The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. His work in the fight to reduce tobacco’s deadly consequences both here and around the world is definitely noteworthy. One look at his portfolio and there is no denying that he has a real passion for preventing tobacco use in the youth populations, and I support him in that effort.
Unfortunately, it was not very far into his discussion before it became evident that Mr. Myers was not interested in hearing any other opinion than the one he had come to the event with. His lecture lumped all products into one large child targeting group. He appeared to ignore most of the data that the speakers before him presented. Instead of focussing on how “little evidence” is available and how these products are not a “harmless Product”. He also went into how the pre-market tobacco application is an absolute must. Implying that it would rid the market of players only looking to have free run of the market. He insisted that big tobacco would not be the ones to benefit from this and that any manufacturer could get through the processes.
For my part: If any of my readers would like to take a look at the deeming rule to decide for yourself how realistic it is for companies to do, just drop me a line. I will get you a copy of the 500-pagedocument for you to look over. lol Also, he is right, e-cigarettes are not a harmless product, but the evidence is leaning towards the 95% less harmful number, which is a pretty HUGE number. However, his arguments about some of the players in this industry are hard to ignore. It’s absolutely horrifying to me when I see products that are shaped like toys and candy or product flavor names that are obviously directed at the young market. He pointed to large cloud blowing units as public displays that entice children and non-smokers to try out new and fun flavors like unicorn milk as a huge threat to his life’s work. To prevent as much tobacco-related harm to children as possible. To the companies and brands that are messing it up for the rest of us…Thanks for nothing.
Also, he is right, e-cigarettes are not a harmless product, but the evidence is leaning towards the 95% less harmful number, which is a pretty HUGE number. However, his arguments about some of the players in this industry are hard to ignore. It’s absolutely horrifying to me when I see products that are shaped like toys and candy or product flavor names that are obviously directed at the young market. He pointed to large cloud blowing units as public displays that entice children and non-smokers to try out new and fun flavors like unicorn milk as a huge threat to his life’s work. To prevent as much tobacco-related harm to children as possible. To the companies and brands that are messing it up for the rest of us…Thanks for nothing.
Our next speaker is a man I have had the privilege of connecting with in the past through my work here at A Clean Cigarette. Dr. Kevin Walton, Ph.D is the Chief Officer of the Clinical Research Grants Branch, Therapeutic and Medical Consequences Division at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). A few years back Dr. Walton reached out to A Clean Cigarette through me personally in regards to a project that NIDA was working on. I was honored then and I was even MORE honored when after his lecture Dr. Walton approached me to ask if I remembered him… (Okay, that blew my mind. Did I remember HIM?!?!?! How awesome that He remembers me!!! Of course, I remember him lol. He’s kidding right?!?….fan girl rant over..)
His lecture focused on e-cigarettes and health research, specifically what is needed to support clinical research in regards to these products. He spoke about the key questions that come up around e-cigarettes such as:
Dr. Walton pointed out voids in already existing research, but he didn’t stop there. He went on to communicated ideas on how to improve the tools that e-cigarette researchers have to improve the quality of the research. According to Dr.Walton NIDA is very interested in aiding the research of these products in an effort to use the results of these studies to sway regulations regarding e-cigarettes and vapor products. The better the quality of research, the better the quality of public health policy.
Another subject Dr. Walton made comment on was the need for standards in regards to the industry. Specifically standards in regards to the pre-market application process. He noted that one of the main arguments used by the industry is that it’s impossible to adhere to a set of standards that have not yet been created. Which is exactly what the FDA deeming rule does. It requires manufacturers of electronic cigarettes and vapor products to abide by standards it has not yet released. That is something that Dr. Walton claims needs to be reminded and that NIDA is working hard to get a standardized set of products that can be used in research supplemented by NIDA.
For my part: I was truly honored that he remembered my name and just as honored to have the opportunity to hear what Dr. Walton had to say about things. In my opinion, he is exactly the kind of man we want to be working on this. I have full faith that Dr.Walton will be looking for the truth and that is what really matters. I use this product, my family uses this product and a lot of my friends use this product, the truth matters. Thank you, Dr. Walton, for joining us and I look forward to hopefully crossing your path again someday very soon. Let’s find the truth to do what’s best.
Well, I did it again, another 1500 words and another blog post too long to be allowed to go on. LOL. Thank you again for coming and if you have any thoughts or questions leave a comment below or reach out to me personally at AccAnswers@gmail.com. If you would like more information regarding A Clean Cigarette brand electronic cigarettes drop by our official website: acleancigarette.com. Also, drop by our Facebook and give us a click! Every Click Counts!!