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?

 

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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SOME OF MY OWN THOUGHTS ON THE DI/AP ISSUE

I’m sure this post will get some flames, but I need to rant a little bit anyway, so here goes…

I guess I’m just a little surprised and disappointed that the Harvard report on DI/AP has taken so many people by surprise when it’s been a known issue for so long now and discussed at length in so many different forums.

THE HARVARD REPORT

The biggest thing I’m hearing is… well, we don’t watch those shows, or follow the forums and the online community, so we didn’t know.

Sorry to be harsh here, but IMHO – Ignorance is no excuse. You’re putting this stuff into your body. You don’t have the due diligence to research it and know what’s going on with it? Be adult and take some responsibility.

When I THOUGHT about vaping back in 2009 I researched the piss out of it, learning everything I could before trying it. At least what was available back then.  There is far more research and resources available for you today.

What are my own feelings on the DI/AP issue? Am I even educated on the subject enough to comment?  Maybe not, but I’m going to anyway. 🙂  I’ve also tried to gather some links to information and invite you to make up your own mind.

From a high level, it’s very simple… If it’s an avoidable risk, let’s avoid it. Might as well do it ourselves before someone tells us to.

  • Do I think it’s being blown WAY out of proportion? Yes I do.

How The Media Totally Exaggerated Study On Risk Of ‘Popcorn Lung’

New Study Finds that Average Diacetyl Exposure from Vaping is 750 Times Lower than from Smoking

A new study finds diacetyl in e-cigarettes but exaggerates risks and fails to discuss about smoking

Public Panic – Researchers Push to Skew Vaping Regulation – Reg Watch

Media Bias Exposed: ‘Popcorn Lung’ Chemical 750 Times Greater In Tobacco Vs. E-Cigarettes

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  • Do I think vaping is far safer than smoking? Yes I do.
  • Even with the DI/AP? Yes I do.

But I also think there are some legitimate concerns brought up by people who are far more intelligent than I when it comes to this topic.

For example, From Dr. Farsalinos:

If you talk about the case for tobacco cigarettes not causing popcorn lung disease, we have responded to this through our study last year. I quote:

“A recent study raised doubts about the association between DA and AP exposure and development of bronchiolitis obliterans (Pierce et al., 2014); high levels of these chemicals were found in tobacco smoke while smoking is not a risk factor for development the disease. However, cigarette smoke contains many respiratory irritants, which probably act synergistically and cause a different pattern of lung disease. The prevalence of chronic obstructive lung disease in active smokers is estimated to be 15.4% (Raherison & Girodet, 2009), by far higher than the prevalence of bronchiolitis obliterans in patients exposed to diacetyl. Moreover, it is quite common that the condition is often misdiagnosed (Kreiss et al., 2002). Finally, post-mortem examinations have shown that many smokers have histopathological features of respiratory bronchiolitis (Niewoehner et al., 1974).”

Finally, let me note that diacetyl is indeed generally recognized as safe for ingestion because the damage is coming from direct contact of diacetyl with the lung epithelium (lung surface) and not by the presence of diacetyl in blood after it is absorbed!

What does that mean? It means the DI/AP contained in cigarettes when combined with the other toxins could lead to something other than popcorn lung, which could still potentially be… popcorn lung.

What else does this mean? It means we don’t know for sure.

But just because we don’t know and some may feel it’s being blown out of proportion, brushing it off, IMHO is irresponsible given the research we have.

  • Do I think vaping DI/AP is going to kill you overnight?  No I don’t.
  • Do I think vaping DI/AP at the levels we do even from the biggest offenders has the potential to be of no concern at all?  Can’t answer that one.  Time and research will tell.
  • Do I still think there is cause for concern?  Yes I do.

Respiratory Toxicologic Pathology of Inhaled Diacetyl in Sprague-Dawley Rats

HAZARD COMMUNICATION GUIDANCE FOR DIACETYL AND FOOD FLAVORINGS CONTAINING DIACETYL

Necrosis of Nasal and Airway Epithelium in Rats Inhaling Vapors of Artificial Butter Flavoring

Fixed Obstructive Lung Disease in Workers at a Microwave Popcorn Factory — Missouri, 2000–2002

FLAVORINGS-RELATED LUNG DISEASE

A new study verifies the lower risk-potential of e-cigarettes but identifies an avoidable risk

So is this a call to remove all AP & DI from all liquids?  No… maybe, well yes… kinda, but not really.   No because we as adults should be able to decide for ourselves what we use and how we use it, and what harm level we may want to expose ourselves to.  Yes to protect the very same people who sparked this post.  Those people who have no idea what AP & DI is.  The seventy year old grandma who goes into a vape shop and buys a super tasty flavor not knowing the contents and potential risk and not given that information by the shop owner or the liquid vendor, thinking they are being as safe as possible.   Should the industry sell these products to that person responsibly and ethically, protecting that person to the best of it’s ability?  I think so.  Maybe you can see my dilemma here.

  • Do I think regulations will require it to be removed if being sold to the public no matter how we feel about it?  Absolutely.

We at least need proper testing done on the liquids and the results clearly and publicly presented, giving vapers the information they need to make up their own minds. You always have to remember, what may not be important to you may be extremely important to someone else.

It’s up to us as adults to choose the level of risk we are willing to subject ourselves to whether or not that risk is even founded… If you don’t feel comfortable using it or doing it, don’t!

Just as important, research needs to continue in using AP/DI in the way we do. Perhaps someday we’ll find out that at our exposure levels, there are no concerns at all and we can go on happily vaping our deliciously creamy & buttery AP/DI laden flavors with no worries at all, but we’re not there yet and may never be.

The same can be said for the materials we use…

  • Is using kanthal any safer than using nichrome or titanium or nickel or stainless steel or greekmantium?
  • Is using organic cotton any safer than using rayon or silica or hemp or mesh or ceramic?

That goes for how we vape as well…

  • Is vaping at lower temperatures safer than higher temperatures?
  • Is a shorter draw safer than a longer draw?
  • Is vaping lower nicotine levels, but consuming more liquid safer than higher nicotine levels and less liquid?

We don’t know, but we need to, and studies need to continue using all of these materials in all of the different ways we use them.

Vaping is a very interesting game folks. It’s not like smoking (no shit Phil). I believe, at this point, we know that it’s far safer than smoking. I’ve read as much as 95% safer than smoking. With vaping, however, you also have control over how much safer than smoking it is.  I personally would love to know how that 95% number changes based on what we use and how we use it.

I truly believe we’re going to come to find out that vaping in different ways increases or decreases risks to your health. Some will be happy with “who cares, it’s all still safer than smoking”. Others will not and continue to look for the safest ways to vape. Some will accept potential risks associated with their style of vaping, others will not.

It’s similar to my current feelings on NI and TI. I continue to use the materials and I’m comfortable using them at temperatures I do. However, if research into using these materials the way we do presents a legitimate concern, I may very well re-think my ways.

But remember what I said before… “If you don’t feel comfortable doing it or using it, don’t!”

Research is needed!

Issues with vaping need to be identified. When they are identified we need to not freak out, solve the problem, learn from it, and move forward.  They need to be made public. Mainstream media blowing these issues out of proportion is something we’re going to have to get used to and deal with.

I feel worst for the smoker in this situation.   Those people who may be swayed by what they see and hear in mainstream media pushing them away from a potentially lifesaving or extending product.  We need to continually educate those people and guide them to the truth.

They are being given only one side of the story.  These mainstream news articles, when presenting the ills of vaping MUST compare them to the ills of smoking.  Doing anything less is completely irresponsible.

We have a long way to go before we get the answers everyone is looking for, but in the meantime it’s very important to understand that vaping is about harm REDUCTION not harm ELIMINATION.  Use these products at your own risk, but do your best to educate yourself on potential issues and concerns.  And always remember, that the safest way to vape is to not vape at all… but don’t smoke either! 😉

Here endeth my rant!

Vape happy everyone and have a great weekend.

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How The Media Totally Exaggerated Study On Risk Of ‘Popcorn Lung’

Read the article HERE!

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NICE WORK BY THE ASHTRAY BLOG…

Some real nice work here by the Ashtray Blog.  Click the image to read the details.

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