May 15, 2010
CASAA Position Statement on Electronic Cigarettes
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is very concerned about the
misleading information about electronic cigarettes publicized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and
widely disseminated by organizations that oppose allowing smokers to switch to alternatives that reduce their
risks of smoking-related disease and death.
U.S. Federal Court Judge Richard J. Leon granted an injunction against FDA seizures of electronic cigarette
shipments, ruling that the products are intended to be used as a substitute for smoking. He advised FDA to
regulate them under the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Judge Leon also
Pointed out that FDA presented no evidence to support its claim of danger to public health
Noted that there have been no reports of people being harmed by the products.
Legislators, medical professionals, the press, and the general public require truthful and factual information to
make good decisions. The following facts invalidate the misleading and inflammatory claims made by the FDA.
Surveys show that the average consumer is a middle-aged, long-term smoker:
More than 80% of users are over age 30 and smoked for 10 or more years;
More than one-third of users are older than 50 years and smoked for 30 or more years.
There is no evidence that electronic cigarettes are marketed to minors.
Published scientific studies show that using an electronic cigarette reduces the desire to smoke.
Approximately 80% of daily users have substituted electronic cigarette use for all of their tobacco
More than 90% of users report they have experienced health improvements since switching.
Electronic cigarettes do not deliver tar, carbon monoxide, or particulates because they operate using
vaporization rather than combustion.
The vapor has been tested by numerous laboratories and none of these tests—including those performed