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Things I Didn’t Know About E-cigarettes

Posted by terrepruitt on June 19, 2014

Recently while riding as a passenger I saw another driver smoking an e-cigarette.  I think it would be more accurate to say, sucking on an e-cigarette.  I mentioned it to my husband and he mentioned something about the manufacturers having issues because laws were being passed in many places that would require them to be treated like regular cigarettes.  I was excited to hear that because I feel that the manufacturers of them “target” young kids.  So I Googled e-cigarettes or something and an article came up “10 Little-known Facts About E-cigarettes” by Maria Trimarchi and Susan Cassidy.  This statement jumped out at me:  “Smoking cigarettes is known to cause damage to every organ in your body, and smoking-related illnesses are responsible for one out of every five deaths in the U.S.”  Holy Moly!  If you have time jump over and read that article or stay here and let me share with you some of the things I found interesting according to that article.

It states that one-fifth of smokers have tried e-cigarettes in attempt to quit smoking.  So basically trading one habit for another.  To me, not truly quitting.  The citation for that statement links to an article that states the e-cigarette helps give the smoker the same sense of smoking.  Well . . . not truly quitting.  So I am unsure as to why they consider an e-cigarette and “attempt to quit”.

I have always wondered what an e-cigarette was, ya know, what it did, this article cleared that up for me with “This is a tobacco-free product. E-cigs are actually vaporizers; instead of burning tobacco, the mechanism heats up a liquid. The liquid turns into vapor, which is then inhaled, or ‘vaped.'”

More info:

Instead of a lighter there is a battery which engages the e-cigarette to heat up and the liquid contained in the cartridge and it vaporizes.

Nothing is burning so there is no secondhand smoke, the “sucker” inhales vapor.

Just because they are tobacco free and don’t burn that doesn’t mean they are nicotine free.  And that is the addictive stuff.  The stuff that is very harmful.  In fact in its liquid form it can be fatal.  Not only through ingestion, but through your skin.  I know I have seen CSI do a story on that.  The article lists some numbers about how there was a significant rise in the calls received by poison control centers in regards to liquid nicotine poisoning.

“The liquid in e-cigarettes is typically a combination of nicotine, flavorings (such as bubble gum or watermelon).”  Oh, yeah, remember I mentioned I believe they are targeting kids . . . . what?  Why?  Because they have bubble gum or watermelon flavor?  Naawwww!

Some have the same amount of nicotine as regular cigarettes.

The article also alludes to the idea that some of the metals released during the vaping may be toxic.

Some tests done on the cartridges used in the e-cigarettes showed they contained an ingredient that is also found in antifreeze.

Some tests showed that the cartridges were not labeled correctly so the consumer was actually getting MORE nicotine than they thought.

Just this year regulations regarding e-cigarettes are starting to come into play.  But according to this article “Manufacturers, however, say the e-cigarette is simply recreational, and should not be subject to FDA regulation.”

There is a possibility for smokers to save money sucking on e-cigarettes instead of “real” or regular cigarettes.

Even though the e-cigarette does not burn the potential for secondhand nicotine exposure is present.  The exposure is less, but still with 2.5 million non-smokers having died from affects of secondhand smoke in a fifty year period, I would rather not be breathing that air . . . thank you.

I never thought they were a good idea, but I found it interesting to read these fact.  Do pop over and check out the entire article as I only highlighted the info to give you the “vaporized” version.

Well, what do YOU think about the e-cigs?  Better than regular cigarettes? 

 

2 Responses to “Things I Didn’t Know About E-cigarettes”

  1. Excellent topic. I did not know these facts about e-cigarets. Thanks for such an informative post. This is real service for humanity by educating us on crucial issues related to health. Take care and God bless.

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    • HI! I hope you are doing well, Samina!

      I have been curious about them because the “hype” was that they were better for you than cigarettes, but . . . whatever . . . I didn’t understand how they worked. I was interested in learning, but never bothered to look up the information. But my husband’s comments motivated me. The education came from the folks writing for the article for How It Works.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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