What Are You Inhaling?

Eating cherry candy and consuming cherry-flavored drinks may be good, but using cherriesinhalation products like electronic cigarettes with cherry and other flavor chemicals, not so good, according to a new paper from Portland State University.

While the e-cigarette industry says they use “food-grade chemicals,” these chemicals “haven’t been proven safe for inhalation.”  In fact, according to The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers, the safety of the flavors only applies to food.

In the study 30 different e-cigarette refill bottles with flavors such as “tobacco, menthol, vanilla, cherry, coffee, chocolate, grape, apple, cotton candy and bubble gum” were analyzed.  The flavor chemicals ranged from more than 1% of the liquid volume in 13 of the products to higher than 3% in two of the liquids. That’s why the products taste so good. Flavor chemicals, such as vanillin (a synthetic form of vanilla) and benzaldehyde, which are known to cause respiratory irritation, were found to be high in the analyzed samples.  When the authors estimated consumption rates (about 5ml per day), they discovered the amount of flavoring in the e-liquid  “put users at an exposure of twice the recommended occupational limits.”

This study used only a small sample size, but the authors conclude that “the results are likely what a broad survey would have revealed.”

At the moment, users don’t know what is in the liquid they are vaping.  One of the authors of the flavor study feels the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “should limit levels of flavor chemicals and require ingredient identification.”

According to the latest information out in Reuters, “use of e-cigarettes among middle- and high school students tripled between 2013 and 2014.”  High school use jumped from 4.5% in 2013 to 13.4% in 2014.  More high school students use electronic cigarettes now than traditional cigarettes with that number falling from 12.7% to 9.2% for traditional cigarettes.  Scarely numbers, especially since the products are too new on the market for long-term health studies.

Just because vape shops tell you the products are safe, doesn’t mean they are.  Didn’t the tobacco companies tell us cigarettes were safe too?

 

Click HERE and HERE for the articles on these topic.

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What’s Going on in April

Need ideas for your latest blog?  Just check the monthly observances to find some great ideas for tobacco-themed interest stories.

smoking_in_carsFor example, did you know April is Car Care Month?  Winter is releasing its final claws on most of the U.S. and it’s time to open those car windows and freshen up the inside.  If you are a smoker and trying to quit, now is a great time to vacuum out the dirt and shampoo the carpeting and upholstery to rid the car of that stale smoke smell.   Ditch any lighters or extra packs of cigarettes, cigars or smokeless tobacco and replace them with gums, mints, and breath spray.  If you aren’t a smoker, here’s some information you need to know: smoking in your car decreases its value, even if a passenger smokes.  If you hang that cigarette out the window, the fumes still come inside.  Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and more than 50 of them are known to cause cancer.  And those chemicals and that smell lingers long after you quit smoking and could cause stains in the carpet and ceiling of the car.

Speaking of cars, April is also Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  Although the focus of drivingdistracted driving is the use of your cell phone or hands-free device while driving, lighting up a cigarette or picking up a lighted cigarette off the car seat or floor can also be just as distracting, especially for teen drivers.  And how about that can of smokeless tobacco that ends up rolling around on the floor?  Or the little pieces of tobacco all over your seat? Or that wad of spit that doesn’t make it out the window.  Talk about a distraction!

Need to take a look at your finances?  April is also Financial Literacy Month.  And what does tobacco have to do with finances?  Most tobacco users know what it costs them for their tobacco, be it cigarettes, cigars, smokeless or electronic cigarettes, but they fail to take into account tobacco’s true cost.  Many businesses no longer hire tobacco users because of higher health insurance costs.  And if they do hire you, expect to pay more out of your pocket for those higher costs.  In fact “a 30-year old smoker can expect to pay between 16 and 41% higher insurance premiums than non-smokers do.” Even if you use electronic cigarettes, a urine sample will show nicotine (or cotinine), and you will be saddled with higher premiums.  If you are a smoker and smoke in your car, you will get less for your trade in. Cigarette smoke is nearly impossible to remove from car interiors.  A smoker will also pay more for home insurance, and will get less money when it comes time to sell, even if you smoke outside.  The smoke that lingers on you comes into the house with you.  Then there are all those medical costs and dental bills.  What exactly is that $6 pack of cigarettes really costing you?

petsDuring April and National Pet Month it’s time to think about what your smoking is doing to your pet.  If smoking is harming your body, imagine what it is doing to a pet that can’t escape your smoking.  The smoke that clings to your skin and clothes also clings to your pet’s fur and they ingest those chemicals as they groom themselves.  Dogs can develop lung and nasal cancer and cats can develop malignant lymphoma.  Even if you smoke outside, those toxins follow you in and increase their discomfort.

And before you pick up another cigarette because you think it relieves your stress, there is something you should know…it’s Stress Awareness Month.  Did you know “stress levels of adult smokers are slightly higher than those of non-smokers,” because “nicotine dependency seems to exacerbate stress.”  If you are a smoker, or use tobacco and are dependent on nicotine, the best way to de-stress is to quit smoking.  kite

Now, you may want to tell us to go fly a kite, and we’re okay with that because it’s National Kite Month.  What a wonderful way to get outside, de-stress and breathe in some fresh, smoke-free air and have some fun with family and friends while you fly your kite and think of all the money you will save when you give up tobacco.

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What the Tobacco Industry Is Up to This Month

Trinkets and Trash “monitors tobacco industry marketing in magazines, direct mail, e-mail, websites, and other channels” so you know what Big Tobacco is up to.  It’s more than just information about cigarettes and smokeless tobacco; it’s all forms of nicotine delivery products, including electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine products produced by the leading tobacco companies.  Here is the latest from their March surveillance.

NJOYBack in 2009 NJOY discontinued flavors saying “they wanted to dissuade underage people from using their product,” but they are doing an about-face since sales fell off.   In 2014 they came up with 10 new flavors and a “Vape Mixology Recipe Book” on how you can mix your own custom, “designer” flavors.  So much for dissuading underage users.  The recipe book can be found in convenience stores starting in March.  Not to be outdone, blu is offering you a chance to save green.  No, not the planet, but some cash.  You can get “12 blu menthol disposables for only 1200 reward points.”  They also have their own promotion: “Spring is a time for growth and renewal,” and their flavors have grown by two adult beverage flavors.

While the electronic cigarette market is gaining momentum, California is fighting back by launching their own campaign about e-cigarette dangers called “Wake Up.”  Click HERE if you want to see one of these great videos.

Grizzly smokeless tobacco is trying to make users feel good about using their product by donating “$250,000 to wildlife conservation on behalf of great outdoor-loving members like you.”  But don’t get too caught up in that feel-good feeling – that amount is just a tiny spit in the bucket for them, so to speak.  According to Wikipedia, in “December 2014, Grizzly was cited as the flagship brand of Reynolds Americans with a 31.1% market share in snuff brands.  This company makes a lot of money off the health of its users.

Camel_WhiteThere will soon be new Camel cigarettes on the market in 21 western states that are already strong Camel geographies.  Camel White will offer a mellow and a menthol flavor with a “two-piece filter” system.

Marlboro invites people to check out their website and “track down the bar team.”  Use your cell to check in on the Marlboro.com site Marlboro_mentholwhile at the bar.  They give you a screenshot to present to the team members and you receive a gift  “(i.e., a $5 cash gift card and two buy one get one free coupons for Marlboro).”  Can the cash gift card only be used to purchase their product?  Marlboro also has a contest to win a trip to the Marlboro Ranch in Montana.   Marlboro sends you a secret word which you have to text back to enter the sweepstakes.  The ad (right) is part of their March 2015 email to users.  It’s a great shot of the valley behind you, but if Marlboro makes the night, you are missing out on the great view behind you by smoking!

Finally, Black and Mild has their own sweepstakes for you to win “thousands of prizes” in their “Rich Days and Smooth Nights” contest.  Of course, they encourage you to play once a day, and other than showing you a lighter, a small speaker, a helicopter, a concert and a cityscape, they don’t tell you the prizes.

One thing all the tobacco companies have in common is that in order to access their websites you must be 21, even though the legal smoking age is 18 in most areas in the U.S. Right now there is a debate brewing in the U.S. to raise the legal age for tobacco from 18 to 21.  This change would mean fewer premature deaths from tobacco, essentially saving a “quarter-million” lives.  If you have to be 21 to sign up and enter tobacco company contests, doesn’t it make sense to make it 21 to use the product as well?

Click HERE for the March edition of Trinkets and Trash.

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Tobacco Companies Are Addicted To Underage Smoking

Participants are required to submit assignments throughout the Florida Statewide Tobacco Prevention online course, and this year we have been fortunate to have some outstanding submissions.  Tracy N. from Broward County recently submitted her assignment for Media and Marketing, and we would love to share it with you.

Tobacco Companies Are Addicted To Underage Smoking

There are many ways to describe a child. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of childrenthe Child defines child as “a human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier. Research has proven that children go through stages of social development and are not able to make serious decisions before the age of 18. Generally, children have fewer rights than adults and a lower maturity level. Tobacco companies have done their research and use these facts to lure children into the tobacco market.

It is a proven fact that the tobacco industry spends approximately $34 million dollars a day to advertise their product. Tobacco is one of the most heavily marketed products. To purchase tobacco products you have to be an adult (at least 18 years of age), however, tobacco advertising is not solely directed toward the adult consumer. Why you ask? Because of the addictive ingredients in tobacco, tobacco marketing targets youth who are immature and impressionable. Tobacco companies have learned that luring children to use tobacco products at an early age most likely guarantees a long term adult consumer.

Tobacco companies place ads in store locations that are more tobacco_adsprone to be seen by children. For example, the next time you walk into a convenient store, notice the eye level of tobacco advertisements on the entry doors. The average adult male is 5 feet 9 inches and the average adult female is 5 feet 4 inches. Why then would tobacco companies place advertisements at or below three feet? According to Tobacco Company Marketing there are many more marketing efforts directly aimed to reach kids.

To begin with, many companies have internal documents revealed in lawsuits that show tobacco companies have targeted children as young as 13 with the hope that this age group will develop unbreakable habits and become future consumers. Excerpts of quotes by some of the large tobacco companies report the following: Phillip Morris – “Todays teenager is tomorrow’s potential regular customer…” RJ Reynolds – “Evidence is now available to indicate that the 14-18 year old group is an increasing segment of the smoking population.” and Lorillard Tobacco – “The base of our business is the high school student.”

Secondly, tobacco companies advertise near schools and playgrounds. The advertisements are large and highly visible from outside the store. It has been reported that tobacco companies use themes and messages that resonate with youth. Smoking advertisements often suggest popularity, attractiveness and risk taking.  All are behaviors that target children ages 13-17. A 2002 survey in a California community found that stores where adolescents shop have three times more cigarette advertisements compared to other stores in the community.

Lastly, a Sun-Sentinel article reported fruit flavored tobaccoWhere does it end products for sale behind the counter at convenience stores are used to target kids. It is clearly arguable that candy flavors and candy-like packaging is meant to attract children not adults. Children connect candy with enjoyable flavors and something they get as a reward. Tobacco companies create flavors that children will like, hoping they will become addicted at an earlier age. By the time they reach the age of adulthood, the addiction will be more important than the flavor.

In conclusion, it has been proven that ninety percent of all regular smokers began smoking at or before the age of 18. If kids stopped smoking, the tobacco companies would lose their major market and sales would plummet. It’s no wonder tobacco companies are addicted to underage smoking.

 

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American Diabetes Association ALERT! Day

Alert_dayIf you have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, it means your body does not use insulin properly.  Your doctor may treat the condition with oral medications and insulin and discuss lifestyle changes, such as changes to your diet and exercise level.  You may also need to monitor your glucose levels by checking your blood several times a day. If you are a smoker or use smokeless tobacco products, it’s time to ditch your habit for your health, because using these products will make it difficult for getting your blood glucose numbers under control.

American cigarettes use two types of tobacco.  One type of tobacco, Virginia tobacco, is high in sugars, while the cured Burley leaf tobacco loses a significant portion of its sugar through the curing process.  Adding sugar to the tobacco once it reaches the factory enhances the flavor and the smoke of the cigarette.  One example, Virginia Slims by Philip Morris USA, lists the ingredients for this product and sugar is the third ingredient in every style of this cigarette.  The same can be said for Marlboro and Parliament cigarettes.  Here is Philip Morris’ entire list so you can see for yourself the amount of sugar in their cigarette tobacco.

A 2002 Conference on Smokeless Tobacco in Sweden, provided product information on various forms of smokeless tobacco, many of which are sold in the U.S.   Most of these tobaccos are flavored and sweetened with licorice, but their sugar contents are high.  One type of tobacco, loose leaf chew, was shown to have an average sugar content of approximately 35%.  Moist plug was shown to have about 24%.

One doctor stated the range of sugar for “pouch tobacco tested was between 24% and 65% and for plug tobaccos 13% to 50%.”  In addition to the sugar causing problems with your blood glucose levels, since this form of tobacco is held in the mouth against teeth and gums, it can cause cavities, tooth loss, receding gums, and mouth sores.

Take a moment to take the Diabetes Risk Test by clicking the blue highlighted words.  If you noticed changes to your health or score 5 or higher on the test, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss what you can do to get back on the healthy track of life.

Click HERE for the ALERT! Day Fact Sheet for more information.

 

 

 

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Kick Butts Day 2015

kick_butts_dayTobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  But while there have been great strides in the fight against tobacco, sadly “every day, more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers.”  After all, someone has to replace the more than 480,000 people die every year from using this product.  For 20 years students have been kicking butts and making a statement to Big Tobacco that they will not be their target.  While March 18, 2015 has been designated as the official Kick Butts Day, every day is a good day to fight against tobacco.

Kick Butts Day started in 1996 and since then over 20,000 events have been organized by teachers, youth and health advocates across the U.S. “to educate their schools and communities, and to advocate for policies to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.”

Kick_butts_buttonIn the U.S. 480,000 people die every year from tobacco related illness, and the tobacco industry has to seek “replacement smokers” to fill their spots.  The tobacco industry knows that about 90% of adult smokers started by the time they were 18.  They spend vast amounts of money, about $8.8 billion every year, or $1 million every hour, to market their products by using the following strategies: promoting and discounting products in stores; eye-catching ads in magazines with large youth readerships; marketing flavored tobacco products such as cigars, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes; and re-glamorizing tobacco use through e-cigarettes.

Stand up to tobacco and tell them that you are #NotAReplacment, and send a message to this billion dollar industry that you can’t be bought.  Take action today and click on the link above to send your message to Big Tobacco.

Click HERE to read more about Kick Butts Day and how you can take action.
Click HERE to read more about how tobacco seeks out teen replacements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poison Prevention Week

poisonThe week of March 15-21 is National Poison Prevention Week 2015 and what better time to learn how to protect your family and make your home a safer place to live.

Most people associate poisons with household cleaning supplies or chemicals in the garage or used in yard work, but it is so much more than that.  In the past several years, electronic cigarettes have become more popular and calls to poison control centers have dramatically increased.  In 2012, that number of calls was fewer than 100 cases. In 2014 the number skyrocketed to 4,000.

Liquid nicotine used in the devices is very toxic and children coming in contact with the liquid, either by getting it on their skin or consuming it, have become very ill requiring ER visits.  In the past year one toddler has died after consuming the liquid.  Adults can also suffer skin irritations, become poisoned or die from the liquid if consumed.

At this time, most liquid nicotine is sold in bottles without child-resistant caps and the sweet flavors and brightly colored containers draw the interest and curiosity of young children.  Many states are in the process of requiring liquid nicotine be sold in child-proof packaging. But whether the liquid nicotine is in a child-proof container or not, always keep this product out of the reach of children.  If they don’t see you using the product, they may not develop an interest in it.  Always dispose of these materials in a manner in which young children can not retrieve it.

While electronic cigarettes pose a serious poisoning risk, traditional tobacco cigarettes and smokeless tobacco are also dangerous if ingested.  Look around your neighborhood, a park or the beach and you can see discarded butts littering public areas.  Although the bitter taste may stop a child from totally ingesting the butt, the filter can pose a choking hazard, and the nicotine toxins trapped in the filter can seriously sicken a young child or an animal.  A young child may think putting smokeless tobacco in their is normal, especially after watching a family member, but the nicotine levels in smokeless products are high and could poison a child.  Leaving a spit can or bottle in easy access of a child can also pose a poisoning situation.

Accidents do happen, no matter how careful you may be, so keep the toll-free Poison Help Line number (800-222-1222) close to your phone or programmed into your mobile device in case of an emergency.  Read “50+ Poisoning Prevention Tips” for more information to help safeguard your family.

 

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Reveal the Truth, Part 3

Our last two blogs featured sections of the Reveal the Truth infograph on electronic cigarettes versus traditional cigarettes.  This blog features the third and final portion of the graphic and deals with the Additional Benefits of E-Cigarettes (What’s More!!)

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The graphic claims e-cigarettes are affordable which has some truth as the disposal models are equivalent in price to a pack of traditional cigarettes.  Most disposals deliver about 400 puffs, and depending how you puff, it could be the equivalent of 1 or 2 packs of cigarettes.  Some smokers take a few puffs on a cigarette before throwing it away, essentially wasting half a cigarette or more.  With an electronic cigarette, you can take a couple of puffs and put it in a pocket or purse to use again.  The more expensive, refillable models tend to be more cost-effective.  You don’t need to purchase lighters as the devices are charged by pulling them into an electrical outlet, but you do need to remember to charge them.

The second statement says it is eco-friendly. Perhaps with the refillable models, but not so with the disposal models which can’t be taken apart.  The entire disposable device, including a battery and any liquid nicotine still in the device, is thrown away.  If you have ever participated in a beach clean up, the disposal e-cigarettes and cartridges are found scattered everywhere.  So much for being eco-friendly.

In the second statement they mention the “battery can be used for longer by replacing the cartridge or filling the e-cigarette juice.”  Some models allow you to change out the cartridge for a new, pre-filled cartridge, but you still need to dispose of a cartridge with toxic nicotine still in it. The larger e-cigarette models need to be refilled with liquid nicotine, which if spilled, is a hazard itself.  Could that possibly constitute an EPA hazard substance? You would still need to dispose of the refill bottles which could be deadly if a young child comes in contact and puts it in their mouth.

That second statement also mentions the vapor is water mist which is a selling point of the devices; however, most devices do not list water as an ingredient in the device.  So is it “water” mist or rather aerosol mist that is emitted?  They also mention it “doesn’t leave any mark in the atmosphere,” but studies are insufficient to “determine whether the levels of exhaled vapor are safe to involuntarily exposed bystanders.”  If you can smell the scent from the device, you would think you are also breathing in whatever chemical particles are being emitted when exhaled.

Since it operates on a battery, they say it prevents fire burning damage and holes in clothes.  But what about all the devices that have exploded, knocking out teeth, burning bodies, and causing fire damage to buildings?  Not every device may be a fire hazard, but would the devices sell if they had a warning that stated “May Explode Without Warning?”  Holes in clothes are the least of your worries while using an e-cigarette device.

Reveal_the_Truth9Another one of the most important selling features, next to “100% safe” and “water vapor,” is that you can use the devices anyplace you want.  Not so fast.  If there are no smoking bans in place, many establishments also ban e-cigarette use, such as airplanes, restaurants and bars, and places of business.  Hospitals also ban them due to the fire hazard when oxygen is being used.  One patient caught fire at a hospital when she used an e-cigarette while receiving oxygen therapy.  You may not have as much “freedom to smoke” as you think.

The final statement says you have the ability to control nicotine consumption and can try different variations of nicotine refills.  If you had the ability to control your nicotine consumption, you probably wouldn’t need a device that provides nicotine on demand. The company that sponsored this infograph has different nicotine strength devices, from 0 mg to as high as 20 mg and offer disposables, rechargables and shisha-type devices.  They also offer several flavors.  If you are trying to quit using products with nicotine, using the device with lesser amounts of nicotine in order to cut back on nicotine would make sense.  But some users have said they vaped more because they could use the devices anywhere thus becoming more addicted to nicotine because of the never ending ability to use it.

The purpose of these blogs on “Reveal the Truth” was to point out that the “factual” information on e-cigarettes is biased towards getting customers to use the electronic nicotine delivery devices. They want to remove your concern and worry by using terms like “100% safe,” “eco-friendly,” and “no chemicals.”  They don’t provide links to any websites, and spelling and grammar errors are obvious.  The information they provide is the same information you would hear if you walked into a vapor store.  They fail to mention no long-term studies on the health of users are available since they have not been on the market long enough.  It is up to the consumer to look up the information. Be prudent, ask questions of unbiased people, be an informed consumer.

The entire infograph is above on the left and was found HERE

 

 

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Reveal the Truth, Part 2

cOur last blog featured the first part of the infographic “Reveal the Truth” that compared electronic cigarettes with traditional tobacco cigarettes. It should be noted the graphic was put together by XEO, an electronic cigarette company.  This second part of the graphic deals with what they call “quick facts.”  A statement from the American Association of Public Health Physicians included in the graphic is shown down below.

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Yes, the graphic is correct about tobacco cigarette smoking – it kills people, no one will argue that fact.  The graphic above lists approximately 443,000 deaths per year, however, the CDC has put that number at 480,000 annually.  New data states the number may be higher still.  The statement does not say in the U.S. only, so worldwide tobacco causes more than 5 million deaths per year.  The same CDC document linked above listed the number of deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke at nearly 42,000.

On the electronic cigarette side of the graphic it states that studies proved e-cigarettes are “100% safe” but there is no documentation to back up this statement.  It also states that it is a “better alternative to cigarette smoking.”  While it is true electronic cigarettes do not contain the thousands of chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes, which would make it better than tobacco smoking, to say e-cigs are 100% safe is false. Even the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association says “any substance containing nicotine is not 100% safe.”  The graphic also states it has the ability to regular the smoking habit, but does not state how.

The graphic states “no harmful chemicals,” yet documentation is emerging identifying the chemicals found in e-cigarettes.  A “Chemical Evaluation of Electronic Cigarettes,” from The BMJ (British Medical Journal) from 2014 using literature searches found ingredients and “environmental emissions vary considerably” between devices, as do levels of compounds.  Substances such as nicotine, aldehydes, tobacco-specific nitrosamines, metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds were found.   Nicotine itself is a toxic compound and can be lethal if ingested.  The “Harmful Chemicals in Electronic Cigarettes” lists 42 chemicals identified in e-cigarettes, some of those are found in side stream smoke, and/or mainstream smoke.  Ten of the chemicals found are on California’s Proposition 65 and are known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

True, e-cigarettes produce no tar or ash and you don’t need a lighter to use them.  If you use a rechargeable model, you do need to keep it charged if you want to vape.  But be careful as there have been reports of the charger or device exploding, even while using it. Refillable devices need liquid nicotine, and the concentrated nicotine is highly toxic and can cause irritation to the skin.  Most e-liquid bottles are not yet child-proof and this has proven deadly to one young child, and sent hundreds of others to the emergency room with nicotine poisoning.  If something is that deadly, it is not 100% safe.

The graphic states that “higher stamina, productivity and efficiency have been seem (sic) among people who switched to E-cigarettes.”  Once again, no links to scientific studies are provided.  E-cigarette users have reported they are able to breath better because they are no longer breathing in tar and other chemicals, but beware.  A study released in January 2015 linked the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a considerably higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether or not it contained nicotine.  As for productivity, “no smoking” includes no vaping in many places of business.  Since you can’t smoke or vape, you may be more productive and use your time more efficiently.

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The infograph also includes a Statement from the American Association of Public Health Physicians and we looked on the web to find this quote published under AAPHP.  We found an “AAPHP Statement re: State Regulation of E-Cigarettes” with the exact quote in what looks like a letter from the quote’s originator, written April 2, 2010 but it was posted on an electronic cigarette company website, not on the AAPHP official website.

The AAPHP site gives options for quitting smoking such as quitting cold turkey, using nicotine replacements, and other medications. They also suggest using smokeless tobacco products to replace cigarettes.  They go on to say “E-cigarettes and dissolvable tobacco products (sticks, strips and orbs) promise even larger reductions in risk, but they are too new on the market for research to have documented such benefits.” AAPHP provides links for their “Principles to Guide AAPHP Tobacco Policy,”  “For Smokers Only” that favors harm reduction by using smokeless products, and an E-Cigarette Forum.

Two statements in their “Principals to Guide” from above says the healthiest option is to never initiate tobacco/nicotine use, and the best option is to quit.  The 70% of smokers who want to quit would probably agree with those statements.

Check back with this blog to read the third and final installment of Reveal the Truth.

Check HERE to see the infographic in its entirety.

 

 

 

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Reveal the Truth, Part 1

A recent info-graphic states it will “Reveal the Truth” between electronic cigarettes versus traditional tobacco cigarettes, but will it really ‘reveal the truth’ or simply provide some smoke and mirrors much like the tobacco industry is famous for already doing?   Please note that this particular graphic comes from XEO, “worlds most powerful e-cigarette.”  The infograph has been broken in to parts to make it easier for you to view.

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The first comparison the graph makes is on the nicotine levels of the two types of cigarettes: tobacco cigarettes have “heavy nicotine” and electronic cigarettes have “controlled dosage as needed” which makes it sound like a medical term.   What does “controlled dose as needed” actually mean?

According to another e-cigarette company that did nicotine calculations between traditional cigarettes and electronic cigarettes, traditional cigarettes tend to have three levels of nicotine: 6 mg (ultra lights), 12 mg (lights) and 18 mg in regular filter cigarettes. Another website stated a regular pack of cigarettes contains 8-20 milligrams of nicotine depending on the brand.  The e-cigarette company that put together this graph lists nicotine levels as high as 20 mg for full flavor in their disposables, down to 0 mg in some of their shisha products.  The e-cigarette company that did the nicotine calculations also listed levels as high as 36 mg in e-cigarettes, but urged users not to go above 24 mg.  Sounds as if nicotine is a moot point unless you use the 0 mg e-cigarettes.

There is a difference in nicotine delivery between the two types of cigarettes.  A smoker of a traditional cigarette will take about 10 puffs in about a 5 minute time period, some may take fewer, some may smoke for a long time period.  Once the cigarette is smoked down and extinguished, they are finished smoking and are finished taking in nicotine, at least for the time being.  Not so with an electronic cigarette.  Whether the smoker is using a disposable or a rechargeable model electronic cigarette, they can technically continue to puff or vape for as long as they please.  A disposable model can have as many as 400 puffs and a user could go almost all day without stopping.  How safe is it for your lungs to be continually inhaling nicotine vapor?

While it is true that a traditional cigarette has huge amounts of chemicals when smoked, anywhere from 4,000 mentioned above to more than 7,000 as reported by the American Lung Association, is it truthful to say there are “no chemicals” in electronic cigarettes? The liquid nicotine itself is a poisonous chemical and is highly toxic.  At this time manufacturers do not have to disclose what is in their product, so other chemicals in the products are a big question mark.  GASP of Colorado has identified 42 chemicals in electronic cigarettes.  To write a blanket, absolute statement saying there are no chemicals in electronic cigarettes is false.

Traditional cigarettes produce secondhand smoke, but electronic cigarettes produce secondhand vapor, and if you have been around someone who is using one, you can smell the odor.  There are also chemicals in the vapor such as formaldehyde-containing compounds produced when the e-cigarettes are operated at high temperatures.

Tobacco cigarettes are the most littered item in America, according to CigaretteLitter.org, but as the popularity of using disposal e-cigarettes grow, they end up as dangerous litter too.  Traditional cigarettes leach out toxins, e-cigarettes can leach out chemicals from the improperly disposed batteries.  And any nicotine liquid left in the device becomes a chemical hazard and possible deadly to someone who may consume it.

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