Yet another e-cigarette study that the FDA will not like!

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Hello again, it’s just me Dawn once more ranting about the moving and shaking currently happening here in the electronic cigarette industry.

Quick question for you. Have you ever went on line to ask a medical professional a questions? I am willing to bet that most of us would have to say yes to that questions. Weather it is a question about a skin tag in a funky location or a throbbing pain running down your arm, most of us have had cause to fire up the computer and seek internet answers.

There are a ton of sites available for this and how trust-worthy they are seems to be up for debate. That being said there is one site in particular that has recently caught my eye.  Why? Because it first caught the eye of a group of researchers from Stanford in relation to electronic cigarettes (1). They conducted an observation study that had some very interesting findings. (Find the study PDF here)

The site: Health Tap

  • Est 2010 to connect patients with questions to providers with answers via a free internet based platform.
  • Approximately 100,000 medical professionals in their network
  • Claim to have answered over 4.9 Billion questions and to have saved over 23,000 lives to date.
  • Free site to connect patients with providers.

The questions: What do health experts say about electronic cigarettes when they are asked related questions by patients. Are the answers positive? Negative? Neutral? As well as how do the patients respond to the answers provided. I think these are good questions.

The Method:

In their own words-

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In my words – So basically they took a look at the questions asked about e-cigarettes on this site using a key word search. Then they looked at the answers that were given in response. They then broke down and ranked both the provider answers and the patient responses to said answers as positive, negative or neutral.


The conclusion: 

In their words – results

Pos.Neg responce table

“31% suggested quitting cold turkey or did not identify a formal cessation method (n¼52); 15% recommended first-line cessation medication, counseling support, or both in combination, and did not include ecigarettes (n¼26); and 54% included e-cigarettes as cessation aids, with or without reference to other cessation treatments (n¼90).”

In my words – It seems that there is not much surprising about this. Basically Doctors are NOT going to say that anything that you inhale into your lungs is “safe” and certainly they are not going to suggest that starting a nicotine habit regardless of the delivery mechanism is a good idea.   BUT a large majority, 54% vs cold turkey at 31% and other cessation items at 15%, of responses say electronic cigarettes are a useful tool when used as a smoking cessation device. As I have said before, A Clean Cigarette can not make claims like this, but it is nice to see that doctors out there are at least seeking out some facts and helping their patients make choices in regards to their nicotine delivery options. It’s also super telling that the FDA regulated cessation tools are only suggested 15% of the time with out an electronic cigarette being mentioned. Hmm……wonder why THAT is???

Here is a sample provided in the study to indicate how a provider response was broken down for the purposes of this study.
Here is a sample provided in the study to indicate how a provider response was broken down for the purposes of this study.

The other thing this observation study showed is that patients that received positive feedback in relation to electronic cigarettes were far more likely to give a positive response back to the provider. That in itself says a lot about public opinion of electronic cigarettes.

The example to the left here shows how each question and answer was broken down. Based on just this question alone it seems obvious that some in the medical world feel that electronic cigarettes are at a minimum a harm reduction product, even if the FDA does not agree.

Well I am sure now you can see why this study drew my interest. I sure hope that you find this information as useful as we do! Please feel free to take a look at the entire study and if you have any questions drop me an e-mail to I look forward to hearing from you and will get back to you ASAP with the answers that you deserve! Also if you are interested in making the switch stop on by to any of our store locations OR visit our full on-line store at! Thank you for stopping in and please stop by again!



(1): Online Patient–Provider E-cigarette Consultations Perceptions of Safety and Harm Cati G. Brown-Johnson, PhD,1 Andrea Burbank, MD,1,2 Eric J. Daza, DrPH,1 Arianna Wassmann, BS,1,3 Amy Chieng, BA,1,4 Geoffrey W. Rutledge, MD, PhD,5 Judith J. Prochaska, PhD, MPH1

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