Category Archives

    PSA

  • All
  • This is one of the child vapers.. Vaping on the best e-liquid vaporizers for beginners. NSW Makes Vaporizers Equal to Cigarettes

    Separating vaporizers from Tobacco products seems to be a never ending battle within the vaping community. Rather than seeing vaporizers as the new tool to fight addiction, a new version of the patch or gum (but that actually works), the public views vaporizers as the new way to smoke. The same old bad habit brought into the modern age.

    This ever popular parallel is seen perfectly in a piece of new legislation  recently passed by  the New South Whales Parliament. Without getting into the nitty gritty of the law I can say that it, essentially, regulates Vaporizers in the same way Tobacco products are regulated, both in their sales and use. To highlight this parallel Green’s member of the New South Whales Parliament Jeremy Buckingham said, “Tobacco smokers who want to switch to e-cigarettes will still be allowed to do this, but aggressive marketing campaigns aimed at making e-cigarettes attractive and re-normalising smoking will now be banned.” To re-normalize smoking, he said.

    This is what the vaping community needs to combat. In order to prevent the spread of equal to cigarettes regulations and judgements we need to find a way to separate vaping from smoking. We need to do it fast, as well. Part of this enacted legislation in New South Whales is that vaporizers are no longer allowed to be advertised. This means in New South Whales the anti-vaping crowd controls the entire dialog.

    We need more studies showing just how vaporizers are different than analog cigarettes and we need, ourselves, to stop being ashamed of our vapes. I know many people who deny they vape, even deny they vape eLiquid with 0 mg of nicotine in it due to the quickly growing stigma.  If we silently hide away that stigma will only grow and soon ecig sales will be controlled by big tobacco. So get out there and spread just what vaping has done for you!

    Happy vaping!

  • Cloud chasing Ecig Vapor Causes Similar Effects to Normal Air

    Do you continue to wonder about the safety of your vaporizer? With all of the hog wash in the media it can feel tough to always think you’re doing the right thing by switching to vaping. There also seems to be very few helpful studies around. All you hear is your neighbor from two doors down telling you that eLiquid is twice as dangerous as cigarettes and your mother fearing the sight of your vaporizer (I’ve actually had that one happen to me many a times.) New research posted in Toxicology in Vitro should keep those doubting fears from entering your mind again though.

    British American Tobacco and MatTek Corporation’s scientists banded together to do a series of tests to find out just what negative effects ecig vapor has on airway tissue compared to typical analog cigarette smoke. According to spokesman Dr. Murphy ‘By employing a combination of a smoking robot and a lab-based test using respiratory tissue, it was possible to demonstrate the ability to induce and measure aerosol irritancy and to show that the different e-cigarette aerosols used in this study have no cytotoxic effect on human airway tissue.’ In other words, they used a robot as well as respiratory tissue to test just what effects ecig vapor will have on your respiratory system. Their results are a huge step forward for the vaping community.

     

    In a 6 hour period they essentially submerged two sets of cells. One with smoke and the other with ecig vapor. The cells affected by smoke in those 6 hours reduced their viability by 88%, which is nearly complete cell death. The ecig vapor effected cells showed no loss in viability. In fact, their results were extremely similar to the results of the control group that was only exposed to normal air.

    While there is still more research to be done this study is a huge win for the vaping community. It may be too soon to say ecig vapor is completely safe, but there is now no shadow of a doubt in my mind that it is safer than cigarette smoke.

     

    Happy vaping!

  • Surgery Vaping Potentially Useful for Surgery Patients

    Anyone who has ever undergone a scheduled surgery is no doubt familiar with the strong invective against smoking tobacco products in the weeks leading up to surgery. Failing to abstain from smoking before undergoing invasive medical treatment can lead to numerous complications, ranging from slowed healing and a heightened risk of post-surgical complications to a heightened risk of strokes and other permanently debilitating conditions.

    While nicotine is mostly eliminated from the body after around two days of complete abstinence, the reason doctors advise patients to abstain from smoking for as long as eight weeks prior to undergoing surgery is that other risk factors related to smoking can linger for far longer. Lung tissue takes weeks to recover following regular smoking, and most of the damage related to heightened risk of complications is attributable not to nicotine or even to the carbon monoxide exposure caused by smoking, but rather to other harmful chemicals produced in the combustion of tobacco leaves, especially in their commercial formulation. Since these same compounds can also affect healing rates, doctors also advise that smokers abstain from smoking for a while following surgery in order to ensure speedy recovery.

    The problem with all this, however, is that if most smokers were somehow able to simply stop smoking for two months at a time on demand, there would likely not be very many smokers at all. It is thus common that patients continue smoking for most or all of the time period where they are supposed to be abstaining, and this often leads to dire consequences.

    In order to curb the prevalence of these consequences, doctors at the Mayo Clinic are now looking into a new potential use for vaping: helping smokers avoid smoking for as long as possible before and after undergoing surgery. Multiple studies have shown that replacing smoking with nicotine replacement therapies such as nicotine gum and nicotine patches is helpful in reducing smoking-related complications for frequent smokers, indicating that nicotine intake alone poses far lower risks for complications than actually smoking. The thought behind this latest initiative, then, is that, since vaping devices do not appear to expose smokers to harmful compounds other than nicotine, the same philosophy could be applied here. Since, as has been shown in much of the literature surrounding this subject, vaping is much more effective than other NRTs in actually helping smokers abstain,  encouraging patients to switch to vaping instead of smoking would likely lead to a heavy reduction in the number of smokers who continue smoking surrounding their surgery despite their doctor’s strong advisement against it.

    After conducting a study to ascertain whether smokers would even be willing to consider vaping as an alternative to smoking leading up to their surgeries (the findings say that a large majority would), the Mayo Clinic is now set to start an expansive trial to test their hypothesis. Based on the preliminary study, it appears that e-cigarettes would be provided to smokers free of charge at pre-operative consultations. Among all the news of ignorant lawmakers spouting off baseless nonsense, this initiative really is a breath of fresh air. You should probably still stop vaping for two days leading up to your surgery, though.

    Happy vaping!

     

  • Does Vaping Release Formaldehyde?

    If you’re at all attuned to the coverage of e-cigarettes in the media, you will have noticed that the latest research making the rounds in health reporting warns us of the dangers of “Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols.” According to a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at Portland State University have found that “more than 2% of the total solvent molecules [in e-cigarette liquid] have converted to formaldehyde releasing agents, reaching concentrations higher than concentrations of nicotine.” Given that formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, the researchers warn that, at least with respect to that particular class of molecules, vaping is even worse than smoking. Before you throw your vaping device in the trash and run over to the gas station to pick up a pack of Pall Malls, let me propose several objections and try to set your mind at ease.

    First, the high levels of formaldehyde releasing molecules quoted here, and in many publications where the findings of this study have been disseminated, are only present when liquid is heated at high voltage. At low voltage, the researchers acknowledge that no formaldehyde releasing agents were found at all. At “medium” voltages (though these imprecise descriptions are obviously totally useless outside of the context of normal usage, where 3V might well be towards the higher end of possible voltages), it’s anyone’s guess. A logical follow-up to the initial research would be to attempt to assess the voltage, or, better yet, the wattage at which common users vape, and to calibrate the average voltages used in the study to accurately model real-life vaping conditions. This, combined with a method of extracting smoke that would actually accurately mimic human smoking (it is unclear how the vapor was extracted in this study), would actually lend some credibility and context to the results gathered. While this calibration should have been a part of the study to begin with, do the researchers at least plan to address these problems in follow-up studies? It appears not. A remark made to NPR by one of the researchers indicates that he is convinced that regular vapers do in fact use e-cigarettes and other vaping devices at high voltages, primarily because ”as [he] walks around town and look[s] at people using these electronic cigarette devices it’s not difficult to tell what sort of setting they’re using. You can see how much of the aerosol they’re blowing out. It’s not small amounts.” Impeccable adherence to the scientific method, Dr. Peyton.

    Second, both the media and the study itself have failed to justify the implied link between the detection of “formaldehyde releasing molecules” and the actual exposure of lung tissue to formaldehyde. The researchers do admit that “how formaldehyde-releasing agents behave in the respiratory tract is unknown,” yet they proceed to base the entirety of the paper on the premise that there is a 1:1 correspondence between these compounds. What is most striking here is that these molecules are formaldehyde releasing precisely because they only release formaldehyde under specific circumstances. Without further details about exactly which formaldehyde hemiacetals were detected in this study, not much more can be said on the topic, but it suffices to say that their presence does not in any way justify the conclusion that formaldehyde, the carcinogenic agent with all its reactive potential, is released into the lungs as a consequence of vaping, even at a high voltage. A quick look at the literature cited in the footnotes does nothing to alleviate this worry.

    Third, and most damning, I think, is the direct implication of this study: that vaping is potentially even more dangerous than smoking. While it is unclear to me whether that was the initial intent of the researchers, reporting on the study (and it has been extensive) often hints that vaping might not, after all, be better than smoking. Framing the study in those terms is absolutely unconscionable, as it fails to remind the public that even if the numbers somehow turn out to be accurate, vaping is still, as far as we know, not even comparable to smoking in the dangers it poses to the regular vaper.

    In short, this study and the reporting surrounding it appear to basically be another instance of morally motivated blindness to actual scientific shortcomings. So, for now, I would advise patience, and, if you’re at all worried, maybe lowering the power at which you use your vape.

    Happy vaping!