There are a couple of misguided beliefs about e-cigarettes I would like to discuss. Although some is speculation, much of this opinion piece is based on research and law.
Myth 1: It doesn’t matter if an e-cigarette contains nicotine or not, they will be regulated the same.
Busted? Currently the FDA is fighting in Federal Court to regulate the e-cigarette as a new drug. But without a drug in it, it can’t be a new drug. Many speculate that the FDA will loss and it will be regulated as a tobacco product. But without nicotine, no part of the unit or liquid would be derived from tobacco, thus excluding it from being a tobacco product.
Myth 2: Without Nicotine, the e-cigarette is useless.
Busted? A recent study by Dr. Eissenburg found:
“In spite of delivering no measurable nicotine, both electronic cigarettes tested in this study reduced ratings of “craving a cigarette” and “urge to smoke” and increased subjective ratings of product acceptability (e.g., “satisfying,” “taste good,” “pleasant”). These results are consistent with anecdotal reports from long-term electronic cigarette users and support the notion that electronic cigarettes may provide an alternative, perhaps a substitute, to cigarette smoking in some cases.”
Please note that further testing is needed to determine nicotine intake with differing nicotine levels, time of use, and proficiency of users.
And this study found that the many smokers may want the action of smoking as much as the nicotine itself.
There are many ways to get nicotine including Nicotine Replacement Therapies such as nicotine gum, patches, inhalers, and lozenges as well as smokeless tobacco products such as snus and chew.
But only 1 product, regardless of nicotine, mimics the action of smoking; the electronic cigarette. If you just want nicotine, there are many forms. If you want the action of smoking, try an e-cigarette with or without nicotine, as we offer both.
Myth 3: Electronic Cigarettes are banned in Canada
Busted? Health Canada stated in it’s press release to stakeholders,
“In the absence of evidence provided by the sponsor establishing otherwise, an electronic smoking product delivering nicotine is regulated as a New Drug under Division 8, Part C of the Food and Drug Regulations.”