Proper electronic cigarette education is what vapers need to arm themselves with as they welcome this new year of 2014. Proper knowledge about electronic cigarettes can help vapers defend themselves against ecig detractors that are appallingly ignorant about these revolutionary smoke alternatives.
Below are some of the crucial things about vaping that must be a part of proper electronic cigarette education.
Ecigs Are Not Hazards To Public Health
The majority of proposed bills contain this argument on the call for ecig bans like tobacco bans; but ecigs are really not hazards to health. They use results of some studies where nitrosamines were found in a few early ecigarette cartridges. These nitrosamine levels found were comparable to the nitrosamines of nicotine patches and were 14,000 times fewer than of tobacco cigarettes. Toxic nitrosamines in vapors from an ecig are yet to be determined.
The Clearstream-AIR study, in addition found no detectable levels of toxic substances in the air of an enclosed room that can harm any non-vaper in the room.
According to Dr. Michael Siegel from Boston University School of Public Health, scientific evidence suggests that ecigs have positive impact on public health; deaths and diseases are fewer.
Gregory Conley, the legislative director of CASAA or Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association stated that there is no evidence it is harming others so ecig use must not be banned. In fact, a lot of evidences show that ecig vapors release chemical levels that are not hazardous based on many toxicological standards.
Vaping Is Still Smoking
Ecig opponents are assume that since ecig vapors look so much like tobacco smoke, bystanders would not know or realize that a person is vaping, not smoking. Vapor is produced from the liquid solution at a higher temperature so it appears smoke-like.
Dr. Murray Laugesen, the most experienced researcher from New Zealland on Smoking Policies and Cigarettes, vaping and smoking looks pretty the same at first glance. When a person smokes, he/she needs to light up a cigarette; when a person vapes, there is no need to light up anything. Cigarettes, he said, burn, while ecigs create vapors.
Vapors Have Dangerous Metallic Micro Components
An April-published study found metallic particle traces in the vapors created by one ecig brand. These metals are known to cause complications to the respiratory system. Nonetheless, the levels found still fall within the USP standards of maximum allowable everyday exposure to metals that can be inhaled through medications like nicotine inhalers that are approved by the FDA.
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a well known cardiology researcher also stated that indeed, there were particles found by the researchers in nanometer sizes that can penetrate the lungs deeply. Yet, numbers show that these ecig metallic particles are 880 times lesser than the particles from conventional cigarettes.
Ecigarette Flavors Are Geared Towards Youth
Electronic cigarettes do come in various flavors that are tempting and delicious, but they are not targeted at children as detractors accuse ecig manufacturers of.
The Vaper and vaping commentator David Dorn remarked that vapers move away from tobacco flavors toward more palatable flavors as their taste buds are becoming used to the flavors. In fact, one of the ecig studies led by Dr. Farsalinos found that these flavors are crucial in enabling smokers to remain vaping.
Detractors like American Lung Association CEO and National President Harold Wimmer, argue that kids begin to try ecigs out of curiosity and out of temptation to try the flavors and could possibly start nicotine addiction.
Paul Bergen who is the former Research Associate from the Public Health Sciences in University of Alberta said that migration from ecigs to real cigs would be likely if flavors are outlawed.
Phil Busardo, a known vaper, reviewer and vaping blogger said that he fully supports any ban on ecig sale to minors, but said that ecig flavors are enjoyed by adults like him.
Ejuices Have Antifreeze
This is according to the 2009 study of the FDA on some early ecig products. Vice President of CASAA Kristin Noll-Marsh said that no testing has ever been done, including that of the FDA that showed there are harmful diethylene glycol amounts in the e-liquids. The amount found in just a single cartridge is not worth mentioning except if the agency would like to spread unnecessary commotion among the ecig users or the public.
Vaping Is Gateway To Real Smoking
Another well-known vaping blogger and reviewer is Steve K who said that this claim is impossible. This will only happen, he said if prohibitionist indeed managed to ban ecig. Former smoker and vapers would just switch back to smoking real cigarettes because their ecigs are no longer easily accessible for them.
Scientific Director of CASAA, Dr. Carl V. Philips, also said that this is a major lie. There are no evidences supporting these claims. Attorney Azim Chowdhury also shares the same belief and stated that no real data supports the notion of kids becoming addicted to ecigs.
Vapers Do Not Know What They Inhale
Vapers do know what they inhale as many respectable companies publish the list of their ingredients and even provide batch test results. A study also analyzed vapor particles and found that the volatile organic compounds are in levels far lower than the set exposure limit.
Nicotine Can Cause Cancer
After ecigs vapor were found not to cause secondhand vaping harms; detractors decided to give it another go by claiming that nicotine delivered by ecigs are dangerous and cancer-causing.
If nicotine is the harmful component of tobacco cigarettes, the FDA would have not approved the nicotine replacement therapies like patches, lozenges or gums and the inhalation medications like nicotine inhalers.