E-cig bigwigs reveal plan to SILENCE health critics after raising $110,000 fightback fund in THREE HOURS – Mirror Online

Growing health scare around the safety of ‘vaping’ provokes industry backlash and stern threats of court action

The fog of war: e-cig companies are gearing up for a long battle

The electronic cigarette industry is preparing to launch a legal bid to silence critics who raise “misleading” health concerns about the safety of “vaping”.

At a fundraising event in California last night, a global group called The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) raised a massive $110,000 (£72,000).

The “Line in the Sand” meeting was hailed as the most successful fundraiser in the history of the e-cigarette industry.

It is part of a global effort to challenge critical voices and tackle legislation designed to clamp down on the potentially dangerous tobacco replacement technology.

More events will be held in the coming weeks to pump even more cash into the war chest.

Stefan Didak, co-President of the Northern California SFATA, tweeted the words “fear us” following the success of the fundraising event.

He said the industry backlash was provoked by “disinformation campaigns” from scientists and public health authorities.

“Several state funded tobacco control coalitions have taken their approach too far and crossed a few lines that we are going to have examined by lawyers,” he told Mirror Online.

“Misleading arguments can and will end up in court in front of a judge,” he added.

The cash will also be used to hire spin doctors to evangelise about e-cigs and lobbyists to put pressure on politicians.

“The only way to combat influence over public opinion would be to present the facts… combined with political pressure through lobbyists,” he continued.

“To top it all off [there will be] some specific litigation against the worst offenders who knowingly engaged in publishing misleading information.”

Anti-vaping critics could end up in front of a judge

The so-called “vape community” is vast and passionate, with a massive internet presence.

It claims scientists are scaremongering about e-cigs and tries to debunk health studies showing the dangers of vaping.

The community is also gripped by conspiracy theories about “big tobacco”, a shadowy alliance of firms alleged to use their money and influence to fund negative research.

According to the editor of an influential British journal called Addiction, there may be truth to some of these claims.

Professor Robert West, from University College London’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, told Mirror Online that researchers behind studies showing the positive health implications of e-cigs often found it difficult to publish their work.

He said: “Bad studies on e-cigarettes are easy to do and easy to get into top journals, which are hungry for publicity.

“Good studies are hard to do and are difficult to get into top journals if they do not lead to scare stories.”

Regardless of what’s going on behind the scenes, health warnings about electronic cigarettes keep coming.

Even though many doctors regard them as safer than cigarettes, there are serious concerns that they could cause major illnesses.

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, warned of the lack of “conclusive evidence” of the long term impact of e-cigs.

“Amongst the wider population, we know many smokers have found e-cigarettes a useful aid to quitting,” she said in an emailed statement.

“However, until such time as more research has clarified the long-term health impact of vaping, we wouldn’t advise their use by non-smokers.”

E-cigarette vapour has NO toxic effect and is as safe as AIR, shock study claims – Mirror Online

Tobacco giant uses smoking robot and human lung cells to test the health risks of ‘vaping’ – with astonishing results

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E-cigarette vapour has NO toxic effect and is as safe as AIR, shock study claims

Tobacco giant uses smoking robot and human lung cells to test the health risks of ‘vaping’ – with astonishing results

Electronic cigarettes pump out vapour which has NO toxic effect on the cells found in human lungs, scientists have claimed.

Fresh research funded by British American Tobacco has suggested inhaling nicotine vapour could be as safe as breathing air.
To perform its experiments, the tobacco giant teamed up with the MatTek Corporation, which makes models of human cells used in ‘in vitro’ laboratory experiments.

Scientists then used a “smoking robot” to expose these lung cell replicas to tobacco smoke, the vapour from two different brands of e-cig and just plain old air.

When exposed to old-fashioned smoke for six hours, the cells died.

But after subjecting the cells to an “aggressive and continuous” dose of vapour, researchers claimed the damage to the airway tissue was “similar to that of air”.

‘By employing a combination of a smoking robot and a lab-based test using respiratory tissue, it was possible to demonstrate…. the e-cigarette aerosols used in this study have no [toxic] effect on human airway tissue,’ said BAT spokesperson Dr Marina Murphy.

There are now plans to carry out the same tests using the vapour from a wider variety of e-cigs, to prove its results.

“Currently there are no standards concerning the in vitro testing of e-cigarette aerosols,” said Marina Trani, ‎Group Head Scientific Product Stewardship at British American Tobacco.

“Our protocol could prove very useful in helping the process by which these guidelines might progress.”

A debate about the safety of e-cigarettes has now been raging for several years.

Study after study have highlighted health risks, although most experts agree vaping is much safer than smoking cigarettes.

Dr Michael Siegel, professor in the department of community health sciences at Boston University’s school of public health, welcomed the latest study as evidence of the safety of electronic cigarettes.

“Despite the limitations of the research, it adds additional evidence to support the contention that vaping is a lot safer than smoking,” he said.

He called on public health bodies and anti-tobacco groups to encourage smokers to swap to vaping – a step which would “transform the nicotine market and achieve a huge public health victory”.

Such a phenomenon would result in the greatest public health miracle of our lifetimes,” Dr Siegel proclaimed.

However, the health expert warned that overheating liquid nicotine could produce dangerous toxins.

Vaping advocates previously claimed the results of research which found e-cigs pumped out dangerous chemicals were false because the nicotine liquid had been exposed to high temperatures.

Earlier this year, British American Tobacco announced the release of a device called Voke which is licensed as a medicine and produces no heat, working more like an asthma inhaler than an electronic cigarette.

Tom Pruen, chief scientific officer of the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association, told Mirror Online he was satisfied the latest research was accurate.

“While I’m sure that for many the source of the research will be a problem, of recent years the science conducted by the tobacco industry has been of very good quality, and despite the historic issues I wouldn’t view it with any greater scepticism than research conducted elsewhere,” he said.

“The results are not unexpected.

“Not only are the components of an e-cig aerosol expected to be of low toxicity, based on a large number of analytical studies, but this research broadly agrees with a previous study.”