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.
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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