"We wanted to replicate the experience of smoking without incurring the dangers associated with cigarettes, and we wanted to do so more effectively than the nicotine replacement therapies currently on the market," said Jed Rose, Ph.D., director of the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research where the technology is being developed. He presented the data today at the Society for Nicotine and Tobacco Research (SRNT) in Baltimore, MD.Hmm, sounds very much like an e-cig to me.
Duke's new technology employs a unique method to deliver nicotine to the lungs. In today's presentation, the researchers show the new lung delivery technology results in rapid absorption of nicotine that provides immediate relief of withdrawal symptoms and also re-creates some of the familiar sensations that are pleasurable to smokers.
Duke's new technology combines the vapor phase of pyruvic acid, which occurs naturally in the body, and nicotine. "When the two vapors combine, they form a salt called nicotine pyruvate," explains Rose. "This reaction transforms invisible gas vapors into a cloud of microscopic particles which is inhaled, just like a smoker inhales from a cigarette."Semantics aside, very much like an e-cig, in fact.
More research is needed to examine the safety and effectiveness of prolonged use of the inhalation system, and to assess its role in helping people quit smoking. But, Rose says if all goes well, he anticipates the product could become commercially available within three to five years.And this is a really good thing, apparently.
Strangely, current consensus amongst the batty ranks of sociopathic anti-tobacco crackpots is that e-cigs are dangerous, and useless as an alternative to smoking.
• Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, research suggests even more so than cocaine or heroin.Yet the same concept, employing the same principle, is mooted by someone in the smoking cessation industry (otherwise known as the pharma R&D department) and all of a sudden it's promoted as a potential silver bullet in the war on tobacco.
• Nicotine raises blood pressure and cholesterol, increasing the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke.
• Exposure to high doses of nicotine can be fatal for adults; the lethal dose for children is just 10mg.
• Nicotine promotes insulin resistance, also called prediabetes, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
• There is no legitimate scientific evidence that e-cigarettes will help smokers quit or reduce their use of any tobacco product.
These people get more absurd and delusional by the day.
It's the wrong suppliers syndrome again, you see. All one needs do to understand the motives behind manufactured tobacco control hysteria is to follow the money. It was never about health.
Unfortunately for wimpy, addicted finger-waggers, this new development could signal a future of bars and restaurants generously populated by people happily vaping away to their heart's content with full state approval. That's going to cause a right rumpus with the terminally anti-social, and no mistake - there will be tantrums galore!
Can't have people avoiding self-righteous smoker hatred, now can we?