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2014-05-22 P-D: “Study: E-cigarettes help smokers quit”

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Can mosquitoes tell the difference between e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes?!

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MoGASP question: Can mosquitoes tell the difference between e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes?!

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently republished a news article about a favorable British study of e-cigarettes, adding to the debate over these still-unregulated nicotine delivery devices. If e-cigarettes genuinely help smokers quit and don’t encourage smoking initiation, they should be seen as a welcome but regulated alternative to cigarettes. Regulation includes not permitting e-cigarette use in smoke-free areas to ensure continued compliance with smoke-free air laws.

Please also see an earlier blog about the glamorization of e-cigarettes, reminiscent of the former promotion of regular cigarettes: 2013-07-12 P-D: New health concern about e-cigarettes?

Also, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, Marie French, wrote a May 12, 2014, article titled Measure barring minors from e-cigarette purchases sent to Missouri governor in which Rep. Jill Schupp reportedly expressed concerns about the bill, SB 841:

Rep. Jill Schupp (D), Creve Coeur

Rep. Jill Schupp

Rep. Jill Schupp (D), Creve Coeur, said on the House floor Monday that this definition and exemption from regulations applying to tobacco products could limit the ability of the FDA to impose future regulations on e-cigarettes. She called it a “pre-emptive strike” against the FDA’s authority.

“Even though the FDA did come out with regulations that increase the taxes on e-cigarette products we need to leave the door open,” Schupp said. “We know it takes more than just not selling these products to 18 year olds to stop young people from smoking.”

Recently, the Greene County Medical Society called on Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to veto SB 841. A link to their letter is below, courtesy of Jim Blaine, MD, followed by the e-cigarettes article.

Greene County Medical Society June 3, 2014, letter to Gov. Nixon requesting veto of SB 841

Study: E-cigarettes help smokers quit
May 22, 2014 2:00 pm • Abby Phillip
The Washington Post

People who used e-cigarettes to try to quit smoking were significantly more likely to succeed than those who bought over-the-counter cessation aids or tried to go cold turkey, according to British researchers.
         The study — of 5,863 adults who wanted to stop smoking — was conducted by University College London researchers and is scheduled to be published in the journal Addiction on Wednesday.
         Twenty percent of those who used e-cigarettes reported they had quit smoking tobacco and were still off cigarettes at the time the survey was taken. Ten percent of those who used nicotine patches or gums said they had quit, and about 15 percent of those who used nothing said they stopped smoking.
         “The potential public health aspect to e-cigarettes is they seem to tap into a widespread appeal that these types of cessation methods have never managed to do,” Jamie Brown, one of the study’s authors, said in an interview Tuesday. “In so far as e-cigarettes helped people to stop, then the fact that they are so widely used could suggest that it would have a quite positive public health effect.”
         About 42 million Americans smoke tobacco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 68 percent are trying to quit.
         E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a nicotine-laced liquid that produces an inhaled vapor. Still, they are lightly regulated in the United States, their nicotine levels vary and there have been some reports of carcinogens present in the vapor.
         E-cigarettes appear to be better at helping people quit because they are a novel way of consuming nicotine. “Vaping” provides a similar “sensory experience” to smoking, Brown said.

Letter from Greene County Medical Society to Gov. Nixon, dated June 3, 2014:


2013-02-05 P-D Letters: ‘Over 21’ exemption would reverse progress on smoke-free workplaces

Smoke-free air opponent, Bill Hannegan, whose blog KEEP ST. LOUIS FREE extols indoor air pollution if it’s from tobacco smoke, has been fighting a losing battle for years. His current untenable position is promoting an “Over 21” exemption so that he can smoke in his favorite bars. His recent letter to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reprinted below, urges St. Louis County Council to support his argument and relax restrictions at a time when they’re considering tightening them.

My letter in response is fortuitously published in today’s newspaper, just in time for a Perfection vote this evening on a smoke-free air bill sponsored by County Councilman Mike O’Mara. Mr. O’Mara has gone on record as saying he wants to remove existing unfair exemptions, such as smoking in small bars and the gaming area of casinos so I hope that’s what this bill does.

Both letters are reproduced below, starting with Mr. Hannegan’s:

Mr. Bill Hannegan being interviewed outside council chamber

Mr. Bill Hannegan being interviewed outside St. Louis County Council chamber in July 2009

County Council should consider ‘over 21’ rule on smoking ban
Published January 31, 2013

St. Louis County Councilman Mike O’Mara has announced that the current exemption system in the St. Louis County smoking ban is hurting some establishments that serve too much food and too little alcohol to qualify for an exemption. O’Mara wants to redo the smoking ban to make it more fair to all establishments and less economically harmful.
         I would like to point out that establishments currently exempted from the St. Louis County smoking ban can, and do, allow minors to enter their smoking areas. The County Council could both tighten the current ban, and make it more fair, by substituting an “over 21” rule for the current food vs. alcohol sales exemption criterion. The rule would be simple: When an establishment allows smoking, it must exclude minors. Minors thus would no longer be exposed to smoking in St. Louis County establishments. Nor would a special exemption for bars and casinos any longer be needed. The playing field would then be level. Every establishment of every type would have a choice: Allow smoking or allow minors. Pick one. What could be more simple, commonsensical and fair?
         Bar owners have consistently told the council that an “over 21” rule would be a more reasonable exemption criterion than the food percentage requirement and that such a rule would be far less harmful to county businesses. O’Mara and the rest of the council could largely resolve the smoking ban issue in St. Louis County if they finally heed their advice.

Bill Hannegan  •  St. Louis

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Martin Pion debating Bill Hannegan on Fox News
The Charles Jaco Report in October 2009

‘Over 21’ exemption would reverse progress on smoke-free workplaces
Published February 5, 2013

I’d like to respond to Bill Hannegan’s Jan. 31 letter urging an “over 21” exemption from smoke-free air laws for establishments serving alcohol. Mr. Hannegan has been pushing this proposal for years so that he can smoke in his favorite venues, but it’s totally illogical.
         When I first got a job transfer to the U.S. from Britain in 1977, I found myself cooped up in a windowless two-person office with a colleague and Ph.D. who smoked Camel cigarettes incessantly, the nearest thing to torture I’ve ever endured.
         When I got a job in St. Louis in 1980, the open office situation wasn’t much better. The norm was smoking allowed everywhere, except the computer room to protect the mainframe computers.
         It’s taken literally decades to finally achieve a situation where almost all workplaces in metro St. Louis are smoke-free. The most glaring exceptions are for standalone bars and casino gaming areas, which St. Louis County Councilman Mike O’Mara has indicated he wants to remove.
         If we accept Mr. Hannegan’s logic, then we should extend his exemption to every adult workplace. I trust we have more sense than to go back to the smoky Stone Ages.

Martin Pion  •  Ferguson