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E-cigarettes not endorsed by American Lung Association

Posted 07-08-2015 at 09:01 PM by BenCollver

The purpose of this post is to set the record straight on e-cigarettes.

I received a problem report on my personal web page [1]. It resembled spam, but I replied anyway. The response appealed to my sense of charity, and suggested that they are supported by the American Lung Association [2]. I asked the American Lung Association and they responded [3] that they do NOT support this charity nor do they endorse e-cigarettes [3].

The tobacco habit drains the wallets and vitality of several friends and family members. I whole-heartedly endorse the American Lung Associations's efforts to help people live longer, healthier lives and end the harm caused by tobacco to children.

http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/how-to-quit/

That is all,

-Ben

[1]
I found a few links that seem to be broken on your website. Could you tell me who I should contact about them?

[2]
Thanks for your quick response! I was on your resources page earlier
(...), and the broken link I found was to Linux For U (http://www.linuxforu.com/).
I hope that helps Links can be tough to maintain (especially when you have so many)!

Also, I'm curious, are you still accepting suggestions to this page? There are two really great organizations I volunteered with in the spring that could use some attention and would fit in well in your resources section: ..., who has a great guide on quitting smoking so that people can live longer, healthier [lives] and also end the harm caused by tobacco to children (...) and the American Lung Association, who also supports ...'s cause (http://lung.org/). They're both great organizations dedicated to helping people, and I'm always trying to spread the word when I can. Do you mind including those pages?

[3]
I hadn't heard of ... before so I had a look at the site. They don't say who runs the site, which is a significant red flag. They seem to be promoting e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid, which is pretty alarming and out of line with every major public health organization. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has not found any e-cigarettes to be safe or effective at helping smokers quit. There is also no regulatory oversight of e-cigarettes and no one really knows the short- and long-term health effects of using these products. The American Lung Association does not support the use of e-cigarettes and we do not recommend that you link to ... . Thanks for your question and please let us know if there's anything else we can help you with.
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  1. Old Comment
    I'm an ex-smoker who had to move to quit. That's not why I moved, but moving removed me from the associations that would remind me, "You used to light up here." During the transition time, I was able not to smoke at my new location but would lapse immediately on the drive back to my previous location.

    The nicotine pushers, once they get their hooks in you, do not give up without a fight. As far as I am concerned, "vaping" is just the cool new way of pushing one of the world's most addictive drugs.
    Posted 07-10-2015 at 04:01 PM by frankbell frankbell is online now
  2. Old Comment
    I knew one man who quit decades ago. His daughter wouldn't hug him because she said he stank. He quit cold turkey and went through withdrawal symptoms. He said it was worth it. Goes to show the social element works both ways.

    Glad to read you kicked the habit. Interesting that it helped to move.
    Posted 07-10-2015 at 06:54 PM by BenCollver BenCollver is offline
  3. Old Comment
    Yeah, well, I still chew the gum, but at least I'm not sucking stuff into my lungs.

    I do miss my pipe collection though. Throwing my pipes out was quite traumatic. I still have one Turk's head meerschaum for old times' sake.
    Posted 07-10-2015 at 09:37 PM by frankbell frankbell is online now
  4. Old Comment
    I took my daughter to the store one day many years ago to give my wife a break and so I could buy a pack of cigarettes. My daughter asked me for a toy while we were walking up to the store, and I told her we didn't have the cash for it.

    Got to the checkout and I asked for smokes, and my daughter pipes up with "Oh, so you can afford cigarettes but not a toy, hrmmm?"

    Wife and I quit cold turkey shortly after that. It really put everything in perspective hearing a 4 year old set the record straight.
    Posted 07-11-2015 at 12:57 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 07-11-2015 at 12:59 AM by rocket357
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    Posted 07-11-2015 at 08:11 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
 

  



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