5: Electronic Cigarettes and Your Health

VAPING GUIDE: Chapter 5: Electronic Cigarettes and Your Health
Traditional tobacco cigarette smokers that need to find an alternative for health reasons turn to electronic cigarettes in ever increasing numbers.  This is a very sensible decision since electronic cigarettes do not pose the health risk that traditional tobacco cigarettes do.  
While the electronic cigarette does contain some nicotine in the water that turns to vapor, it certainly does not contain the long list of harmful ingredients that consumers will find in the traditional tobacco cigarette, the smoke that they inhale, and the second hand smoke that they produce.  When seeking alternative sources to the traditional damaging tobacco cigarette a very viable option is the water vapor emitting electronic cigarette, which does not produce the tar and other toxins that have been proven to cause lung cancer, a very damaging and deadly disease that affects so many consumers every year.
The Food and Drug Administration has expressed mixed reactions to electronic cigarettes.  While they understand the health benefits versus a traditional tobacco cigarette, they are concerned because of the nicotine that is contained in the electronic cigarette.  Of course, when the options of inhaling just the nicotine without the tar and cancer causing toxins and chemicals that are commonly found in traditional tobacco cigarettes, the option to select electronic cigarettes become very clear, indeed.  Many American businesses have stepped up to meet the high manufacturing demand both currently and what they are projecting for the future success of the electronic cigarette market.
There are many different opinions regarding electronic cigarettes within the professional medical community, however, no matter which side of the debate that the medical scholars are on, they all seem to be in agreement that it comes down to which is safer, traditional tobacco cigarettes or electronic cigarettes, and that electronic cigarettes are the clear choice.  Doctor Konstantinos Farsalinos, MD, Ornassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece, has gone on the record to state:  “Considering the hazards associated with cigarette smoking, currently available data suggests that electronic cigarettes are far less harmful, and substituting tobacco with electronic cigarettes may be beneficial to one’s health.”  A statement such as that, coupled with the clear benefits that electronic cigarettes provide the traditional tobacco cigarette consumer, the health benefits are very advantageous.

Ingredients of Electronic Cigarettes

What makes electronic cigarettes so effective are two components: one is Propylene Glycol and the other is nicotine. Electronic cigarettes don’t contain tar, which is the most harmful ingredient found in regular cigarettes. They also don’t contain tobacco. Moreover, according to a study of FDA’s NJOY e-cig, the level of carcinogens in electronic cigarettes is thousand times lower than the level of carcinogens in regular cigarettes. Moreover, the study also looked into the vapor emitted when a person smokes e-cigs and the vapor did not have toxins.

Propylene Glycol

The main ingredient of e-cigs, Propylene Glycol has been approved by the FDA for several different application usages including the following:
  • It is used as food color and flavorings
  • It is used as a solved in injectable and oral formulations
  • It is used in saline solutions
  • It is used as a cooling agent
  • It is a food additive
  • It is also used to add moisture in medicines, toothpastes, mouthwash and cosmetics
Apart from these uses, Propylene Glycol is also used in other applications. The main ingredient of e-cigs is already an FDA approved chemical which shows that it is safe to use. There are also many studies that show that this chemical is not a carcinogen or a skin sensitizer as it has low chronic oral toxicity. Propylene Glycol fulfills its function in electronic cigarettes just as it fulfills its function in other applications and substances. Moreover, the chemical has been used severely since 1942 in pharmaceutical products and is enlisted in the U.S Pharmacopoeia.

Nicotine

The other main ingredient in electronic cigarettes is nicotine. Nicotine level in an e-cig can vary from 0 percent to 2.4 percent. The major concern health experts have over e-cigs is due to nicotine but the amount of nicotine that e-cigs contain is a lot less than the amount of nicotine in regular cigarettes. Moreover, users always have the option of choosing the level of nicotine in their e-cig cartridges.
It is upon the users’ discretion to choose 0 percent level of nicotine to eradicate all sorts of effect of nicotine intake or eventually drop the nicotine level. However, it is safe to conclude that because e-cigs don’t contain as much nicotine as regular cigarettes do, they are a safer choice.
To support the claim that nicotine level in e-cigs is drastically lower than that of regular cigarettes, an FDA analysis revealed that e-cigs comprise of a lot less nicotine than real cigarettes and several other studies in New Zealand and America have both supported this claim.

What Other Ingredients Do Electronic Cigarettes Comprise Of?

The two main components of electronic cigarettes are Propylene Glycol and nicotine but there are other chemicals in the product as well. However, due to the fact that the other chemicals are found in very less quantity in e-cigs, they are mostly ignored in studies.
Electronic cigarettes also contain the following ingredients:
  • 0.5-4 percent of water
  • 1-4 percent flavoring
  • 10 percent Ethanol (provides a cooling effect)
  • 3 percent Malic acid (it is found in sour foods and tarts/ also the main component of unripe fruits)
  • 2.5 percent Vanillin (primary component of vanilla bean extract; used in vanilla flavored cartridges)
  • 1 percent Acetylpyrazine (used for flavoring)
  • 1 percent Menthol (minting effect)
  • 10 percent Linalyl Alcohol

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