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?

 

NEW FROM REGULATOR WATCH – Heart Surgeon Says Vaping Is Safer | Unpacking Public Health

Here’s the latest from Brent Stafford at Regulator Watch:

Forget about the morality and look only at the science and you come to the conclusion that vaping is categorically safer than combustible cigarettes. This is the medical opinion of Dr. Gopal Bhatnagar, Head of Cardiovascular Surgery at Trillium Health Center and one of the leading practitioners of ‘beating heart’ surgery in North America.

In this extended edition of RegWatch we sit down with ‘Dr. Gopal’—just minutes after he finished surgery and as we rushed to the airport to head back west.

We do a deep-dive into the complexities and contradictions of the public health war against vaping; how public health lobbies such as Heart, Cancer, Lung misinterpret or misuse data in an effort to mislead the public about the potential health risks of vaping; And, much more—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

Produced by: Brent Stafford
Released December 7, 2017

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From Greg Conley/AVA – Landmark Long-Term Study on Vaping by Never-Smokers Finds No Negative Health Impacts

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November 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Landmark Long-Term Study on Vaping by Never-Smokers Finds No Negative Health Impacts

Despite fears of activists, no harm seen after three and a half years of vaping

LONDON, ENGLAND — In a first of its kind long-term study published in the journalNature, researchers have found no negative health impacts from the daily use of electronic cigarettes by young adult never-smokers.

Researchers from the University of Catania, led by Dr. Riccardo Polosa, tracked nine electronic cigarette users with no history of smoking, as well as twelve lifetime non-smokers and non-vapers, over the course of three and a half years. The researchers found no impact on a variety of health outcomes, including blood pressure, heart rate, lung function, exhaled breath nitric oxide, exhaled carbon monoxide, and CT scans of the lungs. 

“In spite of previous health scares, our study shows for the first time no risk in long-term vapers who have never smoked in their life,” said Polosa, who presented the study at the fifth annual E-Cigarette Summit in the United Kingdom on Friday, November 17th.

Polosa notes that while even longer-term research is needed to rule out any possible negative impacts, changes in spirometry and CT scans can be seen in young smokers after approximately two years of cigarette usage. With the vapers, no signs of lung damage, including COPD, lipoid pneumonia, and popcorn lung, were found in CT scans, even among the study participants with the highest consumption of e-liquid.

In the United States, far less than 1% of adult never-smokers are current vapers, with an even smaller proportion reporting vaping daily, according to the CDC’s 2015 National Health Interview Survey. Despite this, much of the concern in the media and scientific circles revolve around fears of the impact of vaping on nonsmokers. 

“Mouse and cell studies may generate salacious headlines about the supposed dangers of vaping, but they are no replacement for studies on actual humans,” said Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, a nonprofit that advocates for truthful information about vapor products. “If no negative health impacts can be seen from daily vaping among those who previously did not smoke, how is it ethical to continue warning smokers away from using these products?” 

In addition to this groundbreaking research, Polosa also recently published a review of the evidence on the impact of vapor products on COPD patients.

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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 businesses, including our industry sponsors.

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

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NEW FROM REGULATOR WATCH – Fake News | Do Mixed Messages On Vaping Put Lives At Risk?

Here’s the latest from Brent Stafford at Regulator Watch:

Reality is stark and often quite difficult to acknowledge. But, ignoring the appalling state of public opinion towards the potential health benefits of vaping should not be an option. According to Action on Smoking and Health UK the number of adults that believe vaping is as harmful or even more harmful than smoking has quadrupled from 7% in 2013 to 26% in 2017.

How could this be the case in 2017?

Considering the preponderance of news stories biased towards the potential health risks of vaping, it’s not hard to understand why public perception has so dramatically turned against vaping. Join RegWatch for an in-depth examination of media bias in vaping news coverage and hear why Dr. Lynne Dawkins co-author of the British Psychological Society’s Briefing on Electronic Cigarettes says mixed messages on vaping could put smokers’ lives at risk—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

RegulatorWatch.com – November 7, 2017.

WEB EXRA: Could Low Nicotine Levels Cause Harm? | Web Extra

“Electronic cigarettes are not a magic cure,” says Dr. Lynne Dawkins co-author of the British Psychological Society’s briefing on Electronic Cigarettes. That’s why improving ease of use and “not restricting levels of nicotine in the liquid to arbitrary low levels” should be a priority for the industry and regulators, in order to encourage smokers to make the switch.

In this RegWatch Web Extra hear more Dr. Dawkins on why she thinks capping the levels of nicotine could do more harm than good—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.

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NEW FROM DR. FARSALINOS – Aldehyde emissions from e-cigarettes: replication studies challenging previous reports

Both studies clearly show that it is highly important to evaluate for the generation of dry puffs when measuring e-cigarette emissions in the laboratory. Although this has been known for years (from vapers) and has been mentioned in the literature since 2013, still many (if not most) studies fail to examine this.

See the entire article HERE.

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FROM DR. FARSALINOS – Cancer risk from e-cigarettes > 50,000 (thousand) fold lower than smoking

I am certain this study will generate ZERO publicity. This is very common for studies showing anything positive on e-cigarettes. After so many studies published in the past few years, smokers still believe that e-cigarettes as similarly or more harmful than smoking. Sad for public health…

See the entire article HERE.

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FROM GREG CONLEY – Major U.S. Study: Vaping Could Save 6.6 Million American Smokers

Major U.S. Study: Vaping Could Save 6.6 Million American Smokers

Even under worse case assumptions, vaping still saves lives, finds multi-university research study

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In what could turn out to be a transformative moment in the debate over vaping in America, a research team led by investigators from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is now estimating that vaping could save the lives of up to 6.6 million U.S. smokers over the next 10 years. On the basis of this evidence, the researchers are recommending that public health organizations adopt a strategy of encouraging smokers to switch to vaping to hasten the decline of America’s smoking rate.

Published in the journal Tobacco Control, the study is the first to model the best and worst case outcomes of U.S. smokers switching to vaping. In establishing their variables, the researchers considered a range of factors, including differing estimates on the relative harm of vapor products versus cigarettes, as well as the impact of vaping on cessation, switching, and initiation, including by nonusers.

In the most pessimistic scenario tested by the researchers, a strategy of replacing cigarettes with vaping is calculated to save 1.6 million lives, or 160,000 lives per year. (Read Reuters’ report on the study).

“Even the gloomiest analysis shows a significant gain in years of life if nicotine is obtained from vaping instead of much more deadly amount of toxicants inhaled with cigarette smoke,” said David Levy, a lead researcher and professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi. “Old policies need to be supplemented with policies that encourage substituting e-cigarettes for the far more deadly cigarettes.”

The study, which involved researchers from Georgetown University, Yale University, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and others, was funded by the National Institutes of Health. In total, the researchers conclude that as many as 86.7 million years of life could be gained by smokers who make the switch during the ten year period modeled in the study.

Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, a nonprofit that champions vaping for smokers looking to quit, commented on the implications of the study:

“This study could represent a seismic shift in the way the FDA and public health groups look at vaping. For years, harm reduction advocates have relied on quality research from independent European researchers and non-government organizations, only to be told that such research was somehow not trustworthy because the authors were not American. Now, we have some of the most respected American researchers in the field of tobacco control explaining in detail how vaping can and will save lives.”

“If there is a fault with this research, it is that it assumes that a functional vaping market will still exist in a decade. Unless FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb acts to reform the FDA’s outdated tobacco regulatory system, over 99% of vapor products could be banned in or before 2022. We are hopeful that studies like this will give Gottlieb the confidence he needs to truly modernize the way FDA regulates smoke-free nicotine products.”

Other research highlights from this week

  • Banning e-cigarette flavors, with or without a corresponding ban on menthol cigarettes, could harm public health by discouraging adult smokers from quitting. That is according to research conducted by the Yale School of Public Health and the Centre for Health Policy at the Imperial College in London, the results of which are being distributed the National Bureau of Economic Research. (MarketWatch coverage).
  • Among young adults in the Chicago area, e-cigarette use was not associated with later cigarette smoking, according to research published by the journalAddiction 

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 businesses, including our industry sponsors.

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

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NHS Health Scotland: E-cigs ‘definitely’ less harmful than smoking

Dear FDA,

Please take note of the word “definitely”.

“We would encourage people to consider them and we would encourage people providing smoking cessation serves to offer them as an option to people who are willing to pay for them,”

Dr Fraser said vaping was definitely safer than smoking tobacco

See the entire article HERE.

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FROM PENNSTATE HEALTH – E-cigarettes less addictive than cigarettes, PATH study shows

From PennState Health:

People who regularly use electronic cigarettes are less dependent on their product than those who regularly use traditional cigarettes, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

You can see the entire article HERE.

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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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