I had the opportunity to speak with Michelle Jamison, MD a Medical Correspondent with ABC News. She was very polite and was very open to listening to what the industry has to say about criticisms that we are directly selling and marketing e-Vapor products to minors and as such, we are a gateway product for teens to begin smoking tobacco cigarettes and to then use other illegal substances. Here was my reply to her request for further information:
Thank you for taking absolutely more time than typical by a media source to listen to our industry’s position, history and challenges we face in simply providing for smokers a vastly less harmful option than tobacco cigarettes-the one product we know kills over 450,000 Americans annually.
Let me reply to your story items factually and scientifically as I see you are a highly educated person and as such rely on science and fact to base your opinion in this case on e-vapor products.
1) You stated that I answer you about the “claim” that e-Vapor products are a gateway product for kids to use then begin smoking tobacco cigarettes then you insinuated moving on to other drugs. I stated, “are you citing a specific scientific study that found, scientifically, that yes, indeed, e-Vapor products are a gateway product and Tom, what is the industry’s reply or simply citing an unsubstantiated assumption”. I will reply with two actual scientific studies done on this specific topic/concern:
1) American Journal of Preventative Medicine from January 2015 titled “Which Nicotine Products Are Gateways to Regular Use”, that concludes ” Hookah and ETPs read (Electronic Tobacco Products) are increasingly becoming the first tobacco product ever tried by youth; however, uptake of ETPs is poor, unlike cigarettes and SLT, and does not appear to lead to significant daily/non-daily use of cigarettes and SLT.”
2) From a February 2015 study by Drug and Alcohol Dependence to assess the dependence levels of e-Vapor users concludes “Some e-cigarette users were dependent on nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, but these products were less addictive than tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes may be as or less addictive than nicotine gums, which themselves are not very addictive.”
I will forward to you now as you stated you had a deadline of a couple of hours. Please review the CDC ad that is currently running. It is a disgusting, purposely misleading hit piece on our industry produced to imply that e-Vapor products led to her lung collapsing. The CDC has a conclusion that e-Vapor is harmful yet no facts to base on that assumption. Revolting.
Michelle, all we as an industry have ever claimed is that we are a VASTLY less harmful product for tobacco cigarette smokers to transition to. We are not making any claims otherwise. Governmental bodies are making false claims about us and not supporting them with actual Americans harmed by e-Vapor products-because there are none when used as intended.
I have many ,many other items that support our industry’s product efficacy and I hope you and ABC News will delve further into why governmental agencies are lying to Americans about e-Vapor products. There are big money entities involved in these efforts and I can show you their path.
Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association
From: Jamison, Michelle X. [mailto:Michelle.X.Jamisonxxxx@abc.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:29 AM
To: Thomas Kiklas
Subject: RE: test
It was great speaking with you, thank you for your time. Any additional statements or information specifically regarding teens use of e-cigarettes would be greatly appreciated.
Michelle Jamison, MD
Medical Correspondent, ABC News