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Russ Sciandra needs to keep up with published research. Dr. Riccardo Polosa has successfully used e-cigarettes as a substitute for smoking with several groups of subjects. Some were followed for as long as 24 months, and experienced no major side effects. So it is incorrect to say that there is no scientific evidence to show that they are a safe substitute. When used with a group of 300 smokers who did not want to quit, "smoking reduction was documented in 22.3% and 10.3% at week-12 and week-52 respectively. Complete abstinence from tobacco smoking was documented in 10.7% and 8.7% at week-12 and week-52 respectively. " That's a phenomenal result for a group that had no intention of quitting.
On the other hand, Sciandra claims, "they may entice young people into trying traditional cigarettes." I have seen no reports in the scientific literature that support this theory. Surveys have reported that youth who already smoke are the ones trying e-cigarettes--perhaps in an effort to switch to something less harmful. It would be a shame if the ACS encouraged these youngsters to stick with traditional cigarettes by convincing them that e-cigarettes are just as hazardous as inhaling smoke.Aug 15, 2013