Monday, 4 April 2011

It's Not Poisonous When WE Profit From It

Following swiftly on from Saturday's article highlighting the effete lily-livers amongst us - for whom even the exhalation of e-cig water vapour is too much for their limp, soulless personalities to deal with - comes news which could finish the poor, self-centred, wheyfaced jellyfish off for good.

"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.

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.
Hmm, sounds very much like an e-cig to me.

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.
• 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.
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.

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?



Kate said...

Propylene glycol is the main ingredient in eliquid, Dick. It's what creates the visible vapour and Wikipedia reckons that "propylene glycol is metabolized in the human body into pyruvic acid ..."

So yeah, that eejit is basically selling ecig liquid and pretending it will be a medical product to 'cure' smokers I guess.

The antis will still want the commercial market closed in favour of pharma monopoly because (as you say) that's where the money is.

Anonymous said...

Whats my stance on the likes of Bannatyne?
- I despise them !

Anonymous said...

"In the 1990s, Jarvik, along with Jed Rose, then a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA and now the director of the Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research at Duke University, were curious about "green tobacco illness," a malady striking tobacco farmhands harvesting the crop in the South.
That led to research on the potential positive implications of absorbing tobacco through the skin, which resulted in the creation of a transdermal patch that delivers nicotine directly into the body.

When the researchers could not get approval to run experiments on any subjects, Jarvik, in an article in UCLA Magazine, said they decided to test their idea on themselves.

"We put the tobacco on our skin and waited to see what would happen," Jarvik recalled. "Our heart rates increased, adrenaline began pumping, all the things that happen to smokers."


Green tobacco sickness (GTS) is an illness resulting from dermal exposure to dissolved nicotine from wet tobacco leaves; it is characterized by nausea, vomiting, weakness, and dizziness and sometimes fluctuations in blood pressure or heart rate"

Not the best start.


James Higham said...

Do smokers need to be cured?

Anonymous said...

James Higham

It appears so, as our small pleasure has been declared as a disease.

Theoretically if we all had a disease, we would surely want to be cured?

So just to be helpful -


"This partnership with the World Health Organization offers great promise in the effort to reduce tobacco dependence and thus reduce the significant health costs and burden of tobacco-related illnesses and deaths," said Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman, Glaxo Wellcome plc. "As a company, our commitment is to fighting disease.

Tobacco dependence is in every sense of the word a disease with major but reversible health implications.

Together, we can defeat this disease."

But the partnership is with pharmaceutical companies, not e-cigarette manufacturers.

It's a very serious business,we are supposed to be being "cured", not enjoying ourselves.


Ian R Thorpe said...

The Corporate oligarchy wil not care about our health until there is a profit to be turned fron euthanasia

Anonymous said...

Amazing!I must be utterly mistaken about the fact that, since buying an E-cig 2 weeks ago I've only been smoking a couple of roll-ups a day as it does nothing to reduce people's use of tobacco products. If ASH say so I MUST be wrong!