It is interesting to see just how much the Mayo Clinic is against electronic cigarettes.
The well-known and universally trusted clinic has been involved in some very high profile cases recently, and is generally viewed as a voice of reason when it comes to high profile medical issues.
However, when it talks about the e-cig and the impact of these devices, it seems to think it is appropriate to damn the products as being untested and unsafe. What is most staggering is the fact that this respected source of medical information seems to think that electronic cigarettes are anything other than an incredibly useful and safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes. With this obvious point of comparison in front of it on a daily basis, it still points out ‘facts’ and data that is sorely lacking in any kind of evidence.
In this piece of writing, the first thing that jumps out at us is the statement that no studies have been done to verify the safety of e-cigs. This is absolute lunacy, because as anyone knows who has been following the amazing growth of e-cigs, there have been a countless number of studies on e-cigs and their safety. These things have been turned upside down and inside out in an attempt to ascertain whether or not they are safe.
However, we have seen a totally new angle.
The piece is old news, but what is striking to us right now is the continued reliance on the idea that the FDA does not regulate electronic cigarettes. This ‘reason’ for mistrusting them has been brought out by so many experts that it seems ridiculous.
What does regulation by the FDA actually do for these products other than stamp an illusory seal of “A OK” for the masses?
Probably not much if anything (what it probably means most honestly is the FDA approves big pharma to make a mint off the substance or product in question). There are so many products that are regulated by the FDA and still provide a significant health risk to users that there is almost no point talking about them in this article. But we will talk about this one anyway as the current reality is that most doctors and the highest authorities the public look to for guidance (such as Mayo Clinic) – as it stands right now – are warning smoker’s NOT to consider using E-Cigarettes which have no proven health risks of substance (let alone associated case of death) while they DO SUGGEST you consider approved stop-smoking drugs – primarily Champix.
In fact the FDA stamp of approval can – as in the case of Champix as a clear example (Dr. Seigel on his ‘Rest of the Story’ blog calls for the drug’s withdrawal from market) – lead to a false sense of security in product safety where massive concerns, even the most grim health-risks of all, hide behind.
Champix is fully FDA-regulated but is has caused so many problems to people’s health it is almost funny if it weren’t so tragic
As noted on another of Dr. Seigel’s posts and quoting a Thomson Reuters posted article:
“The United States’ largest drugmaker has entered into agreements to settle around 80 percent of the more than 2,700 lawsuits over Chantix, costing the company around $273 million in 2012, according to the report filed on Feb. 28. Pfizer also said it has set aside $15 million to resolve all of the remaining claims in the United States.”
This means that the FDA has regulated some products that will actually do more harm than an e-cig ever could, but e-cigs are still pushed away by people like the Mayo Clinic simply because that all-elusive regulation is not in place yet.
There are hundreds and thousands of products out there that are more dangerous than an e-cig could ever be. Many of these are regulated by the FDA and used in a medicinal context. But no one ever talks about these and the danger that they present through side effects and other avenues. This is because certain people just don’t like electronic cigarettes, and don’t feel that they are appropriate, because they look like cigarettes. Until the Mayo Clinic, and other bodies, gets over the fact that the e-cig looks like a cigarette, expect much more opposition.