Ex-Lung Association Chief Leases His Lungs to E-Cigarette Industry

'Science should triumph over opinion,' says past president of the American Lung Association.

Gabrielle Ortiz smokes an electronic cigarette at Vape New York, an electronic cigarette store, on June 10, 2013 in New York City.
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The budding e-cigarette industry has its own champions. In addition to ECIG and Connor, the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association organizes thousands of avid fans to advocate for the products and the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association, another e-cigarette industry group, is conducting a "fly in" to meet with congressmen on Oct. 3-4 in Washington, D.C. Criss, the ECIG leader, said he communicates on a regular basis with SFATA leaders.

Scientific analysis of e-cigarettes may tilt the debate. Studies on the devices are beginning to sprout up, and so far the results have been largely positive for e-cigarettes.

E-cigarette liquid is typically, although not always, laced with nicotine. The e-liquid is mainly comprised of vegetable glycerin – which studies found may reduce the incidence of tumors in mice – and propylene glycol, which a 2001 Environmental Protection Agency review found was not carcinogenic.

An analysis released in August by Drexel University researcher Igor Burstyn said the chemical composition of various e-cigarette liquids pose a negligible risk to second-hand smokers. Further, Burstyn wrote, "[t]here are no known toxicological synergies among compounds in the aerosol, and mixture of the contaminants does not pose a risk to health."

And a study published in March by the journal Tobacco Control looked at 12 brands of e-cigarettes and found they had far fewer toxins than conventional cigarettes. Large-scale, comprehensive studies on long-term health outcomes, however, haven't been performed yet.

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