Wow, Wow, Wow! First, let me thank each and every person who has stopped into this blog to learn more about the E-cigarette Summit. I am humbled and honored to not only have had the opportunity to attend such an amazing event but to then share what I learned there with so many of you. Whether you are a customer, a team member or just an interested party in this topic, thank you. You are what makes this all possible and what makes sharing this information so important. #AbillionLives
Before we get started I need to remind everyone that this series of blogs is intended to report on the events at the 2017 E-Cigarette Summit in Washington D.C. Not all of the thoughts or opinions are in line with A Clean Cigarettes thoughts and opinions. If you have not had the chance to check out Parts I, II, III, IV, or V have a peek before you go on, it’s worth the time I promise. 🙂 It is also important that you know NOTHING you inhale into your lungs besides clean air is good for you and that A Clean Cigarette brand electronic cigarettes DO contain nicotine and nicotine IS addictive. If you are a never smoker, Never start! Also, A Clean Cigarette brand electronic cigarettes are not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any illness.
Okay, let’s get started!
A Peek Inside the 2017 E-Cigarette Summit: Part V.2
If you have been following this blog series then you know we have talked about a number of great speakers who took the time to show up at the First Anual U.S. 2017 E-Cigarette Summit that was held in Washington D.C. on May 8th. This event which is organized in part by the Royal Society of England has taken place every year for the last four years in the UK. The impact of this annual event can be seen on that side of the pond in a variety of ways, including the ability for last years Public England release to claim E-Cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than burning tobacco.
All of the speakers that we have heard from so far have had quite the portfolio of accomplishments, and our next speaker is certainly no exception. Dr. Raymond Niaura, Ph.D., is the Director of Science at the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Truth Initiative. He oversee’s both the Pre and Post Graduate Doctorate programs there. This incredible man is also associated with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Georgetown University Medical Center. Add all of that to the fact that he has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and has focused much of his research on smoking cessation project including authoring “The Tobacco Dependence Treatment Handbook: A Guide to Best Practices.” and you can see that he is passionate in this area.
This incredible man is also associated with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Georgetown University Medical Center. Add all of that to the fact that he has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and has focused much of his research on smoking cessation projects including, but not limited to, authoring “The Tobacco Dependence Treatment Handbook: A Guide to Best Practices.” and you can see that he is passionate in this area.
During Dr. Niaura’s lecture he focused in on nicotine and it’s possible harms. Harms including addiction as well as nicotine’s other characteristics and how they are altered depending on the mode of delivery. According to Dr. Niaura, when delivered via the burning tobacco delivery method, nicotine has devastating harm potential. But can the same be said for nicotine when it is delivered in other ways? And to what extent does the harm potential increased or decreased based on the delivery system? According to Dr. Niaura when nicotine is separated from toxic burning tobacco and it’s combustible by-products, such as tar, evidence supports possible harm reduction as far as alternative forms of nicotine delivery are concerned.
Dr. Niaura reported that there are really three main concerns in the science world regarding nicotine ‘s harm potential.
- Cancer: Although rumors abide, Dr. Niaura says there is little to no evidence that nicotine by itself is a carcinogen. He even went so far to say that “Epidemiology does not support nicotine as a cancer causer”
- Addiction: Nicotine is addictive. This has been demonstrated many times in science and dependency can be witnessed in the user’s inability to quit, despite harm as well as the inability for the user to maintain craving control.
- The Brain: Nicotine has had many effects on the brain, some harmful, some useful. The table below demonstrates a few of the way that nicotine may affect the brain regardless of delivery method.
You can clearly see that the benefits to nicotine outway the risk for all demographics with the exception of the teen and pre-teen demographics. This is further evidence according to Dr. Niaurathat all efforts should be made to protect underage nicotine usage regardless of how that nicotine is delivered. Another risk Dr. Niaura hit on in regards to nicotine was the cardiovascular risk. Although he points to the fact that while nicotine may, in fact, contribute to cardiovascular disease, it is unclear to what degree that risk is mitigated when delivered in a cleaner way than toxic burning tobacco.
Dr. Niaura goes on to talk about the evidence supporting the idea that the “one-size-fits-all” tobacco control methods do not take into account the risk differences in delivery methods. He pointed at SNUS’s extremely long, pre-market application’s rejection as evidence of that topic.
For my part: I was relieved to hear someone with the credentials of Dr. Niaura talk about the differences in nicotine’s health risk depending on how that nicotine is delivered. This subject, in particular, is very important to me on a very personal level. I lost my father to Parkinson’s disease a few years back. In an effort to help my dad I began looking into all different opinions on the disease and it’s treatment options. Over and over I found articles and research documents supporting the theory that nicotine could be useful in the treatment of not only Parkinson’s but also other illnesses of the brain such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Since I am no doctor and have no qualifications to prove what I think that I am seeing in these documents, it’s very warming to my heart that a man of this caliber can confirm to me what I thought the evidence suggested.
Maybe someday nicotine research will help people like my dad. And maybe, just maybe the industry I am a part of, will help move that research along. Thank you, Dr. Raymond Niaura! #bucketlist
Thank you so much for checking back this week for our second post! Wow, we are already at nearly 1200 words! Typically I only do one a week, but the information shared at this summit is so powerful and so informative it deserves to be out so it can be shared and passed along. (But in bite-sized bits so you all don’t fall asleep while you’re reading!!) That’s really what will help us as smokers the most. Real research and real answers by some of the greatest minds of our time. Check back again next week for the next speakers. They have great information to share, and I am ready to share it!! Also if you have any questions or comments drop me a line to AccAnswers@gmail.com or if you would like more information on making the switch off burning tobacco to A Clean Cigarette brand electronic cigarettes just visit us at www.acleancigarette.com. Thank you again!