Miss La Grone failed to make any mention that on December 7, 2010 the D.C.U.S. District Court of Appeals (that ruled over the FDA’s failed electronic cigarette litigation initiated in 2009) stated “Regarding harm to third parties and to the public interest, the district court observed that the FDA had cited no evidence to show that electronic cigarettes harmed anyone. ” La Grone shamefully continued in her piece to actually take a bottle of anti-freeze and pour it into a glass bowl and made the statement “the FDA tested a small sample and found a number of toxic chemicals including one called diethylene gylcol, the same ingredient used in antifreeze!” This resoundingly refuted statement placed in solely to shamefully shock the public has no merit as the FDA actually ALLOWS diethylene glycol in food as cited by the FDA, HHS 172.818 “ … diethylene gylcol may be safely used in food in the following prescribed conditions.. contains no more than 0.2 percent total by weight of ethylene and diethylene gylcols” There is another ingredient used in antifreeze that is in our daily diet-water. Yes, antifreeze is allowed in foods and its not the element that is toxic but its concentration.
Had La Grone taken any time to research her story and not rely on shameful disinformation for grandeur, she would have learned and disseminated to the public that the e-cigs main ingredient, propylene glycol (that her “expert” American Lung Association’
Miss La Grone’s shockingly ill-researched news piece is a testament to a reporter who followed an agenda and a news organization, WPTV, that had no oversight in her malicious attack on the one product over 1 million Americans are now using as a logical option to the smoking of tobacco cigarettes-the one product we know kills over 400,000+ Americans a year. The true victim of her piece? Gwynne Chesser. A lovely woman La Grone interviewed for her piece who smoked for 40 years and now “has no problem throwing in the trash (her e-cig)” her one logical option and now will be returning to tobacco cigarettes-shameful.
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The TVECA has been established to provide the media, legislative bodies and those that are currently using the electronic cigarette (e-cig) a single industry resource to simply provide the scientific facts behind a new technology that has garnered tremendous disinformation. Not with over 500,000 Americans using the e-cig and over 21 scientific studies of e-cig constituencies it is our mission to disseminate the facts and truths about a new technology smokers are actually using daily and health advocacy groups are aligned against.