IS VAPING SAFE?

It’s a good question. It’s an important question. The answer I can give you is a very confident, “I DON’T KNOW!” One of the reasons I say in all my reviews as well as the disclaimer of this website to “Use any electronic cigarette product at your own risk”.

THE SAFEST WAY TO VAPE IS NOT TO VAPE AT ALL, BUT DON’T SMOKE EITHER!!!

Before I became an electronic cigarette user, I did a lot of research, read a lot of articles, and came to my own informed decision. The decision was to make the switch because, based on what I’d read, it was a far safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes.

As I said in the “About Me” section, “Months after I started vaping, I noticed a few things. First, EVERYTHING tasted better! In my case, not necessarily a good thing 🙂 . So my sense of taste along with my sense of smell improved. Second, I didn’t become winded as quickly as before. I could work in the yard or around the house without gasping for air. Finally, after a night out of heavy smoking, that first deep breath of the morning would hurt. I think many of you current and/or ex-smokers know what I’m talking about. Since vaping, NO MORE!! I could take that first deep breath of the day without any pain.”

A very measurable result was the number of sick days I was taking which drastically reduced. I’ve always been prone to upper respiratory tract infection. Sense I switched from smoking to vaping, I have had a single one.

As more and more people move to vaping, more and more data will become available. In both short and long term exposure.

Below is one of the best articles I’ve read. Take a look and make your own informed decision.

If you know of an article that should be here, please let me know.

Electronic cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy for tobacco control: A step forward or a repeat of past mistakes?

 

WHAT’S WRONG WITH E-CIGARETTES?

Simple, concise, to the point, and worth sharing. Very well done!!

May 8, 2017 Presented by CAROLINE KITCHENS
Are e-cigarettes a safe alternative to cigarettes? Could they help millions of smokers quit smoking? If so, why would anti-tobacco activists oppose e-cigarettes? Get the truth about e-cigarettes in this short video.

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Vape Shop Air Sampling by California State Health Department Suggests that Secondhand Vape Exposure is Minimal

As part of its investigation into the potential health effects of electronic cigarettes, the California Department of Public Health has been conducting air sampling and personal exposure monitoring in vape shops throughout the state. The results of sampling in one of these vape shops, obtained by The Rest of the Story, reveal that “secondhand vaping” appears to result in minimal exposure of bystanders to hazardous chemicals.

This study, although conducted under very high exposure conditions in a small, non-ventilated vape shop with many employees and customers vaping and clouds of vapor visible, did not document any dangerous levels of exposure to any hazardous chemical. Nicotine exposure was essentially non-existent. Formaldehyde exposure was no different than in many indoor and outdoor environments at baseline. Acetone, acetoin, other aldehydes, toluene, benzene, and xylene were not detected. Chemicals that have been associated with “popcorn lung” were also not detected by the standard method.

Read more HERE.

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E-cigarettes do not promote cancer growth in lab tests

A new study found no evidence that a commercially available e-cigarette vapor promotes the development of cancer in laboratory cells. In contrast, smoke from a reference cigarette was positive for cancer-promoting activity at very low concentrations.

Read more HERE.

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CANCER RESEARCH UK CONFIRMS – E-cigarettes safer than smoking says long-term study

Cancer Research UK-funded scientists found that people who swapped smoking regular cigarettes for e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for at least six months, had much lower levels of toxic and cancer causing substances in their body than people who continued to use conventional cigarettes.

Will yet another positive study on harm reduction when it comes to vaping help us here in the US?

Probably not as we all know by now that our lungs are different from those found in the UK.

“This study adds to growing evidence that e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative to tobacco, and suggests the long term effects of these products will be minimal.

“Understanding and communicating the benefits of nicotine replacements, such as e-cigarettes, is an important step towards reducing the number of tobacco-related deaths here in the UK.”

Are you reading FDA?  Here, let me point this part out to you again….

“Understanding and communicating the benefits of nicotine replacements, such as e-cigarettes, is an important step towards reducing the number of tobacco-related deaths here in the UK.”

Would love to see that read… “here in the US” as well.

Read the entire article HERE.

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FROM THE AVA – New Study of College Students Fails to Find Vaping ‘Gateway’ Effect

New Study of College Students Fails to Find Vaping ‘Gateway’ Effect

Longitudinal study finds vapers are no more likely than non-users to progress to cigarette smoking

WASHINGTON, DC — A first-of-its-kind longitudinal study could cause some to rethink the claim that vaping is acting as a gateway to cigarette smoking.

The study, which is newly-published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, followed 3,757 college freshmen at Virginia Commonwealth University for one year to examine whether vaping at baseline was associated with the progression from never smoking to ever and/or current smoking at follow-up.

In line with other studies on youth experimentation with vapor products, the authors report that current users of e-cigarettes at baseline were more likely to have tried smoking at least once in the year after compared to those who were not using e-cigarettes.

However, in a critical finding that runs contrary to the theory that vaping is leading youth to become regular smokers, the study finds that current e-cigarette users at baseline were no more likely to progress to current smoking than young adults who were not using e-cigarettes.

“The main finding of this study is there is no evidence that vaping is causing youth to become smokers,” writes Dr. Michael Siegel, a Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, at the Rest of the Story. “In fact, the paper provides strong evidence that vaping is not associated with progression to smoking.”

Dr. Siegel notes that even with the large sample size, the researchers were only able to identify six students who transitioned from current e-cigarette use to current smoking. Moreover, some students may have derived benefits from e-cigarette use. There were 20 students who used cigarettes at baseline but had ceased smoking and were only using e-cigarettes at follow-up. An additional 45 students smoked and vaped at baseline, but were only vaping at follow-up.

Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, a nonprofit that advocates for sensible policy towards vapor products, commented:

“For nearly a decade, anti-harm-reduction activists have been claiming that e-cigarette use would inevitably lead young people to become smokers. The data is proving them wrong. As this study shows, young e-cigarette users may experiment with smoking, but that does not mean that these users are actually becoming smokers.

“In the United States, the rise in experimentation with vaping by youth and young adults has been accompanied by record declines in cigarette smoking. We should not lose sight of the significant public health gains these reductions in smoking represent.”

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About the American Vaping Association

The American Vaping Association is a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that encourage the growth and sustainability of small- and medium-sized businesses in the rapidly growing vaping and electronic cigarette industry. The AVA was founded by Gregory Conley, a consumer and industry advocate with a long track record of advocating for vapor products dating back to 2010.

We are dedicated to educating the public and government officials about public health benefits offered by vapor products, which are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine or nicotine-free solution and create an inhalable vapor.  The AVA is not a trade group and does not speak for any particular business, including our industry sponsors.

You can learn more about AVA and vaping by visiting the AVA website. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Toxicant levels are on average 95 percent less in e-cig emissions compared to smoke

In the most comprehensive chemical comparison to date between smoke and e-cigarette emissions, toxicant levels in e-cigarette vapour was found to be on average 95% less than in conventional cigarette smoke.

Read the full article HERE.

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Human respiratory tissue test reveals e-cigarette vapour produced similar result as air

The results show that cigarette smoke reduces cell viability to 12% (near complete cell death) after six hours. In contrast, neither of the e-cigarette aerosols showed any significant decrease in cell viability. Despite 6 hours of continuous exposure, the results were similar to those of control cells exposed to only air. Even with this aggressive exposure, the e-cigarette vapours did not reduce cell viability.

To read the entire article, please click HERE.

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Vaping may lead to fewer respiratory infections for ex-smokers

I’ve been saying this for a while and now we have some science. MAY LEAD?? I can TOTALLY attest to this study and its something I’ve experienced first hand. I may have even talked to some of you about it. I’ve ALWAYS been prone to upper respiratory tract infections. Since I started vaping in 2009, not a SINGLE ONE!!

Read the full article HERE.

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E-cigarettes around 95% less harmful than tobacco estimates landmark review

Expert independent review concludes that e-cigarettes have potential to help smokers quit.

Read the rest HERE.

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E-cigarettes should be offered to smokers, say doctors

The UK’s Royal College of Physicians says there is resounding evidence that e-cigarettes are “much safer” than smoking and aid quitting.

Click the image for the entire story.  Thanks for the heads up Keith!

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