Where nicotine is a ‘secondary primary ingredient’

njoyI know, I know — today’s supposed to be

CISPA Blackout Day

… except when something important comes up …

It took me forever to give up the evil cigarette, so every chance I get  to emphasize  the tricks cancer stick purveyors use to  make sure people stay addicted, or to add  to the number  of addicts, I don’t hesitate.

Because although I knew the day would eventually come  when I didn’t have to  inhale superheated tobacco smoke to get a nicotine fix,  I didn’t know it would take me more than half a century  to quit.

But even today my nicotine addiction exerts a pull  🙁

That’s why I’m breaking CISPA Blackout Day.

I’ve been reading about e-cigarettes  and the thought crossed my mind ….

But No: that would be tempting providence.

Meanwhile, “The cigarette, a product so politically passé that even the wiliest of Mad Men stopped selling it, is looking for second shot on Capitol Hill,” writes Reity O’Brien in her Center for Public Integrity post, going on,  “the  [justifiably] maligned cancer stick has assumed a sleek new identity — the electronic cigarette — that capitalizes on societal pressure to quit smoking yet faces increased governmental scrutiny”.

She goes on:

“NJOY, the leading  manufacturer, has hired a team of congressional staffers-turned-lobbyists to do its bidding on Capitol Hill, according to records filed with U.S. Senate.”

Ah: a faux cigarette! 😉

And it’s clearly a hott; after all, brags a company puff piece: “NJOY, America’s most popular electronic cigarette brand, announced today that it has received a $20 million investment from Catterton Partners, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm.  The investment, which is being made by Catterton Growth Partners, L.P., will be used to accelerate NJOY’s brand awareness, growth and other business development opportunities.”

Says NJOY proudly:  “NJOY is the only e-cigarette company to have had its marketing practices reviewed by Federal District and Appellate Courts and found to have not made or implied health claims”.

It adds:  “The FDA is prohibited from restricting NJOY product imports as a drug or drug delivery device. Other electronic cigarettes may continue to have importation risks.”  [See below]

Note to self — what’s an ‘importation risk, when it’s at home’? Must find out.

Anyway,  “ the primary ingredients are glycerin and propylene glycol, and the secondary ingredients are nicotine and flavors to replicate the taste of traditional smoking.

Oh.  So nicotine is only the ‘secondary primary ingredient’, huh? Excellent bafflegab 🙂

How’s it delivered?

With a vaporizer.  You just suck it back — like smoking a real cigarette.

But  no worries. It’s only an e-cigarette  and the implication is, taken in this way, the nicotine isn’t addictive   (or as addictive?)

So forget about lung cancer.

And when it gets down to hard cash, how much?

According to  Njoyreviews:

  • Each NJOY cartridge is equal to approximately 1/2-2/3 pack of traditional cigarettes
  • NPRO – 5 Cartridges – $19.99 ($4.00/cartridge)
  • NCIG – 5 Cartridges – $17.95 ($3.59/cartridge)
  • 5 Flavors – Traditional Flavor, Apple Flavor, Strawberry Flavor, Vanilla Flavor, and Menthol Flavor
  • 4 Nicotine Levels – Regular (18mg), Light (12mg), Ultra Light (6mg), and None (0mg)
  • Tan Cartridges

Battery

  • NPRO – Rechargeable Battery (White, Silver, Black, Burgundy) – $14.95
  • NCIG – Rechargeable Battery (Black, Burgundy, White) – $14.95
  • Battery Life 1-3 days & can be recharged 300 times before needing to replace
  • The indicator light tip will blink 30 times for about 9 seconds when the battery is getting low on power

Charger

  • NPRO Battery Charger – $19.99
  • NPRO Auto Charger with USB Cord – $19.95
  • NCIG Battery Charger – $19.99
  • NCIG Auto Charger with USB Cord – $19.95

All good, eh?

But wait!

Cigarettes are bad for you — even e-cigarettes says an FDA report, which analyzed the chemicals in the electronic nicotine cartridges from ‘Smoking Everywhere Inc’, and ‘NJOY’.

Results ?

They can cause cancer. The  FDA states »»»

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that a laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples has found that they contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze.

Electronic cigarettes, also called “e-cigarettes,” are battery-operated devices that generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. The electronic cigarette turns nicotine, which is highly addictive, and other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.

These products are marketed and sold to young people and are readily available online and in shopping malls. In addition, these products do not contain any health warnings comparable to FDA-approved nicotine replacement products or conventional cigarettes. They are also available in different flavors, such as chocolate and mint, which may appeal to young people.

Public health experts expressed concern that electronic cigarettes could increase nicotine addiction and tobacco use in young people. Jonathan Winickoff, M.D., chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium and Jonathan Samet, M.D., director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Southern California, joined Joshua Sharfstein, M.D., principal deputy commissioner of the FDA, and Matthew McKenna, M.D., director of the Office of Smoking and Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to discuss the potential risks associated with the use of electronic cigarettes.

“The FDA is concerned about the safety of these products and how they are marketed to the public,” said Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., commissioner of food and drugs.

Because these products have not been submitted to the FDA for evaluation or approval, at this time the agency has no way of knowing, except for the limited testing it has performed, the levels of nicotine or the amounts or kinds of other chemicals that the various brands of these products deliver to the user.

The FDA’s Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis analyzed the ingredients in a small sample of cartridges from two leading brands of electronic cigarettes. In one sample, the FDA’s analyses detected diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze that is toxic to humans, and in several other samples, the FDA analyses detected carcinogens, including nitrosamines. These tests indicate that these products contained detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals to which users could potentially be exposed.

The FDA has been examining and detaining shipments of e-cigarettes at the border and the products it has examined thus far meet the definition of a combination drug-device product under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA has been challenged regarding its jurisdiction over certain e-cigarettes in a case currently pending in federal district court. The agency is also planning additional activities to address its concerns about these products.

Health care professionals and consumers may report serious adverse events (side effects) or product quality problems with the use of e-cigarettes to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, fax or phone.

 Would I have tried these, whilst struggling with the agonies of nicotine withdrawal?

ecig

Indubitably 😉

There’s even Kalin Nacheff’s helpful e-cigarettepedia!

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