Do you vape? If so, how is that working for you? Controversy about electronic cigarettes is blazing an electronic trail across the internet. ‘They are safe. E-cigarettes are not safe. They are expensive. Electronic cigarettes cost less than real cigarettes. They will help you quit smoking. No, they won’t.’ Etcetera!
If you’re not familiar with vaping e-cigarettes or even if you are, you owe it to yourself to learn the truth about this trending, quit smoking device.
What are Components of e-cigarettes?
The first and perhaps worst is propylene glycol, a solvent contained in anti-freeze! Of course, there is nicotine and various flavors like bubble gum, cherry, menthol and coffee. For those who smoked tobacco, there is an authentic tobacco flavor. Also, vegetable glycerin and water are contained.
The quit smoking device looks like its tobacco equivalent. E-liquid comprised of the above components is inserted into a cartomizer (cartridge).
Believe it or not, the FDA considers these components GRAS or Generally Recognized As Safe for human consumption!
Make-a-Note: smokeless cigarettes do not contain tar or carbon dioxide.
How do Electronic Cigarettes Simulate Smoking?
A battery-operated heating element heats e-liquid to a vapor stage, which is inhaled and in the process, a cloud of vapor is exhaled. It looks a lot like smoke. A cute LED lights-up the tip of the e-cig to mimic fire of a tobacco cigarette.
Make-a-Note: Per 10 puffs, 1 mg of nicotine is absorbed from real cigarettes; 0.1 mg nicotine is absorbed by vaping.
No fire, no ashes, no ashtrays, no smoke, no yellowed fingers, no stinky clothing are a few benefits. You can vape in restaurants, clubs, in your office and other public places that disallow smoking cigarettes.
Make-a-Note: Vaping bars are trending, particularly in California!
What Do Authorities Say?
While the Food and Drug Administration is authorized to regulate electronic cigarettes they have failed to take action. In 2010, the FDA did issue a warning letter to distributors to cease uncorroborated claims they were using as marketing strategies.
The American Lung Association is concerned about kid-friendly flavorings such as bubble gum, cherry and chocolate. Also distributors imply health benefits, which is in reality a marketing tactic to entice smokers to change to their products.
American Cancer Society cautions that inhaling anything except pure air is risky. However, they are cautiously optimistic that e-smokes might prove less harmful than tobacco products.
Do e-cigs Provide Quit Smoking Help?
There is currently no definitive answer. Lancet , a well-respected medical journal recently published research that found e-cigarettes comparable to various smoking cessation aids. The caveat was the study only lasted six months.
Make-a-Note: Several short-term studies, involving a small number of participants have reported that participants quit smoking or were less likely to recommence their habit. Long-term effects of inhaling propylene glycol are unknown at present.
To Vape or Not to Vape?
Best guesstimates agree, electronic cigarettes may prove “somewhat” successful as the next quit smoking device. Until long-term studies are completed, vaping remains a personal decision.