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Are E-Cigs Really Safe PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 08:43

4 Reasons Why Some E-Cigs Are a Safer
Alternative to Traditional Smoking
CEO Applauds FDA’s Proposed Regulations

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to get a handle on new smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, with newly proposed regulations that include banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to register all of their products and ingredients with the FDA.

“I like these proposals; the public needs clarity on smoking alternatives because we have 42.1 million adult tobacco smokers [CDC, 2012] who may be able to benefit from them,” says Anthony Sarvucci, CEO of American Heritage International, (, a company that develops e-cigarettes expressly for adult tobacco smokers who want to quit but have not succeeded.

“The bottom line is that we know how terrible traditional cigarettes are for people, but there has been a vacuum of information about e-cigs, which leads to a great deal of misinformation, some fear-mongering, and even simply making stuff up.”

Sarvucci gives four reasons why some e-cigarettes are easily a better alternative.

•  According to the American Lung Association, the average cigarette contains acetone, found in nail polish remover; acetic acid, an ingredient in hair dye; ammonia, a common household cleaner; arsenic, used in rat poison; benzene, found in rubber cement; butane, used in lighter fluid; cadmium, active component in battery acid; carbon monoxide, released in car exhaust fumes; formaldehyde, embalming fluid; hexamine, found in barbecue lighter fluid; lead, used in batteries; naphthalene, an ingredient in moth balls; methanol, a main component in rocket fuel; nicotine, used as insecticide; tar, material for paving roads; and toluene, used to manufacture paint.

•  “Adult consumers of e-cigarettes deserve to know what they’re smoking,” says Sarvucci, who adds that minors “absolutely should not be smoking or vaping, period.” American Heritage’s vapor fluid contains water and three food-grade quality ingredients – kosher vegetable glycerin and vegetable propylene and natural flavoring, and the nicotine is derived naturally. “We’re the only e-cigarette company for which all of the e-juice ingredients are sourced and mixed in the United States,” he says. “Fluid for most other e-cigarettes is sourced and mixed in China and it often contains dozens of ingredients.”

•  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarettes harm nearly every organ in your body and cause dozens of diseases. Cigarette smoke causes more deaths – combined – than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol consumption, motor vehicle injuries and gun incidents. “We’ve made significant progress against cigarette smoke in recent decades, but it’s not only a problem of the past,” he says. Almost half a million Americans will continue to die each year, even though they know the statistics as well as anyone, because they are severely addicted. “Mimicking an authentic smoking experience, like my company tries to do, at least gives these people a better option that’s also healthier for the people around them,” Sarvucci says.

•  Smokers deserve hope … In American culture, we have a can-do attitude that is unique to the world, which largely accounts for our influence. We often have a tough time, however, admitting that an individual has a problem that’s beyond his or her control. Smoking cigarettes is that problem for more than 40 million of our friends, family and neighbors.

“Look — I wouldn’t have gotten into this business if it were to create new smokers,” Sarvucci says. “I went this route because, yes, it’s a highly profitable space, but it’s also an extremely helpful alternative for traditional smokers. If you’re a nonsmoker, ask yourself: What would you rather have in your body, a few edible compounds, water and naturally sourced nicotine, or nicotine accompanied by the chemical used to exterminate rats?”

About Anthony Sarvucci

Anthony Sarvucci is the CEO of American Heritage International, (, a publicly traded company that manufactures, distributes and sells disposable premium electronic cigarettes. The product uses ingredients that are exclusively sourced and mixed in America, and is designed strictly as an alternative for tobacco smokers and chewers. Sarvucci is past president and co-founder of Prairie West Oil and Gas Ltd. and serves as an investment banking consultant.

Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of Legislation to Protect Pregnant Women PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 14:05

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 8, an important bill strongly supported by the Governor to provide job protections for pregnant women. This legislation will protect moms-to-be in the workplace.

“It's a great day for expectant mothers in Illinois. Women in Illinois will no longer be forced to choose between having a job and having a baby.

“This is a landmark bill that will end a common but often overlooked form of workplace discrimination. The accommodations contained in this bill are simple, proper and definitely needed. They give employees peace of mind and will lead to healthier mothers and babies. And they make Illinois a better place for our moms-to-be.

“I commend sponsors State Representative Mary Flowers and State Senator Toi Hutchinson for championing this cause and all the legislators who worked to pass this important legislation.

"I look forward to signing this bill to continue the progress we’ve made to protect and empower women in Illinois.”

House Bill 8 has passed both chambers of the General Assembly, but needs to be voted on one last time by the Illinois House to approve minor technical changes made in the Senate.


Sens. Harkin, Franken, Roberts, Barrasso Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Rural Health Care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 13:56

Senators’ Legislation Will Help Ensure that Rural Residents Have Equal Access to Quality Care

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Al Franken (D-MN), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a bipartisan bill to help rural communities address the challenges they face when it comes to providing quality health care.

The Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act (R-HoPE) would support the efforts of rural health care systems to provide innovative, sustainable health care solutions for patients in rural America. Specifically, the legislation would extend several programs that provide access to hospitals, doctors, and ambulance services in rural areas.

“This bill would be a critical first step toward equalizing Medicare reimbursement between rural and urban areas,” said Sen. Harkin, who is Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. “Giving Iowa’s hospitals, physicians, ambulance companies, and home health agencies the resources they need to serve the many rural communities around our  state is essential to fulfilling the promise of quality healthcare for every American. States with large rural populations face a significant disadvantage in access to healthcare compared to other parts of the country and this bill will help to ensure that Medicare patients in rural states, like Iowa, will have access to the best service regardless of where they live.”


“Providing quality health care to Minnesota’s rural communities requires innovative solutions,” said Sen. Franken, who was recently named co-chair of the Senate Rural Health Caucus, as long-serving co-chair Sen. Tom Harkin retires this year. “We can’t afford to ignore the complexities of health care delivery in our rural communities. Our bipartisan bill will help health providers expand access to quality care, and help ensure that rural residents are afforded the best possible health care regardless of their location.”

“The R-HoPE Act recognizes that rural health care providers have very different needs than their urban counterparts and that health care is not one size fits all,” said Roberts, co-chair of the Senate Rural Health Caucus. “I am glad we were able to include provisions to get rid of the ‘condition of payment’ known as the burdensome 96-hour rule, which is particularly troubling for critical access hospitals and in turn, their patients.”

“In Wyoming, we understand the unique challenges our rural and frontier communities must overcome when people need medical care. Washington’s one-size-fits-all approach to health care simply doesn’t serve Wyoming patients well,” said Sen. Barrasso. “Our bill will help create an effective and accessible rural health care system by putting our rural providers on a level playing field with other doctors and hospitals across the country.  Most importantly, this bill ensures that folks in rural states like Wyoming have access to medical care as close to home as possible.”

You can read a summary of the bill here and download a copy of the bill here. The bill number is S. 2359.


Governor Quinn Statement on Illinois Senate Passage of AED Training Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 13:47

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of a bill that will require automated external defibrillator (AED) training for students in all Illinois high schools. The measure, House Bill 3724, has already passed the Illinois House and now heads to the Governor’s desk.

“Illinois’ students should be prepared to act if a health emergency happens in any of our high schools.

“This is common-sense legislation will make sure all Illinois high school students are properly trained to use defibrillators in life-and-death situations.

“I commend Representative Daniel Burke and Senator John Mulroe for sponsoring this bill and all legislators who voted for it. I look forward to signing it into law to make sure our young people are prepared to help their classmates or teachers in case of an emergency.”


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