E-Cigs and Second-Hand Vaping

Today we are going to be looking at E-Cigs and second-hand smoking and the potential hazards they each pose but first let’s talk about smoking. Smoking is bad for you and everyone around you. So if vaping is less bad for you, is it also less bad for everyone around you. The nicotine in smokes is highly addictive and causes increased blood pressure, higher cholesterol, and heart disease. Cigarettes yellow your teeth and nails, cause premature wrinkling, and the American Cancer Society estimates about half of the people who start smoking and never quit will die of cancer. But, if despite knowing all this you still choose to smoke, it’s your decision and you know the risks. The problem really arises for people around you who choose not to smoke, and yet they’re going to suffer a lot of the same effects if they breathe in your smoke regularly.

What You Need to Know About E-Cigs

Enter the e-cigarette. The idea is you do away with tobacco and instead have extracted nicotine in water. A heating element vaporizes the water that carries the nicotine into your lungs and you exhale water vapor that’s harmless to the people around you. At least that’s what the advertisements say, but what does the science say? Short answer: It’s less bad but still not great. Yes, it’s true, without the tobacco and tar, the vapor you exhale has a tenth the carcinogens as normal cigarette smoke so second-hand vapor indoors from one e-cigarette is considered no significant risk, while a regular cigarette is.

Potential Hazards of E-Cigs

Still, the vapor can have a negative effect on your immune system. Mice exposed to e-cigarette vapor were more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections because of free radicals in the smoke that damaged cell DNA. There’s a new problem e-cigs have too: because you’re heating a metal tube, the vapor can carry heavy metals. Some of them, like lead or zinc, are in lower levels than you find in normal tobacco smoke. But one heavy metal in the vapor that’s not found in cigarettes is chromium. Chromium comes in a couple different forms based on how easily it bonds with other elements, trivalent chromium [Cr (III)] and hexavalent chromium [Cr (VI)]. Trivalent Chromium isn’t absorbed well by the body so it’s pretty harmless, but hexavalent chromium is a different story. Chronic inhalation can cause lung scarring and lung cancer.. E-cig smokers can choose different cartridges with a range of nicotine levels from none to pretty high. The nicotine will still cause a wealth of cardiovascular problems so that aspect is no better than regular cigarettes.

Hazards of Second Hand Smoking

How much of that nicotine is in second-hand vapor? According to Oxford University, about a tenth as much that’s in tobacco smoke. It’s still present and so the Oxford researchers warn to hold off on vaping near children, pregnant women, or people with cardiovascular conditions until more studies are done. So as of right now, for the most part, it looks like second-hand vapor poses a significantly lower health risk than tobacco smoke. But remember, it took decades of observation and study to realize the effects of passive tobacco smoke inhalation. E-cigarettes have only been on the market since 2007, and to really know what we’re getting into we need to be able to see the effects of the vapor over a person’s lifetime. That’s right, say it with me, more research is needed. E-cigarette smoke is apparently a lot less bad, nice, myth confirmed. We can’t say as much for Hookah smoke though.

The health risks of second-hand vaping if you will I would say are similar to the comparison of vaping versus smoking there’s no question whatsoever that secondhand vaping is much safer than secondhand smoke. There’s no comparison between breathing in the tobacco smoke that you get if you are exposed in an environment where there are some to an environment where people are vaping.

The Surgeon General’s Report on E-Cigarettes: Quitters & Starters

 

A written report on e-cig released by the end of last year by the US Medical expert General’s office shows lots of hazards related to the popular product — particularly regarding young people — that should make them much less popular, but likely won’t. The act of “vaping” is often thought of as a safer alternative to smoking, but that’s not necessarily the situation. Listed below are the risks and potential potential issues people should be paying attention to related to e-cigarettes:

The Debate

E-cigs are in the center of one of the very most contentious debates in public areas health. The availableness and selling point of using e-cigs as an alternative to smoking has been growing quickly through the years for both those who are new to smoking, as an introductory product, and to those who find themselves trying to quit smoking, who see it as a more “healthful” way of looking to kick the smoking behavior.

However, e-cigs don’t solve the nicotine problem by any means. Yes, e-cigs eliminate tar, and yes, e-cigs get rid of the cigarette — both dangerous elements to one’s health.

New Users

For those who have never smoked and who are enthusiastic about the experience, e-cigs are an entry-level product which have been advertised and marketed to be safe. They’re not. They may be “safer” than tobacco, but that’s only by degree.

While a new “vaper” isn’t exposed to the other chemicals of tar and tobacco such as are found in a standard cigarette, they’re getting focused and stronger dosages of nicotine. That’s not good. And we’re finding younger and younger people attempting these. Also bad.

Quitting Smoking

If you’re seeking to give up smoking, remember the main element drug, nicotine, is still very much available through an e-cig with much higher, concentrated doses. So while you will be reducing the tar and cigarette of a cigarette, you’re amping the availability of nicotine. That’s not exactly a great way to wean yourself from something hazardous — to include more of it to one’s body.

We’re seeing a lot more nicotine toxicity. For instance, little infants we see in the er — sometimes they get a cigarette and they munch on it, which is usually not that harmful..

Being that the smoking is one of the very most addictive substances, it isn’t really assisting you quit your dependency, it’s not the road to completing that. And we’re witnessing younger and younger people engaging in it.

see more: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/how-to-quit-smoking.htm

AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION to Smoking

There’s a increasing “connoisseur-ship” that’s changed in the world of vaping in which vapers discuss vaping just as that wine beverages aficionados discuss the nuances of whatever wine beverages they are sipping. That’s great, but that doesn’t lessen the problems outlined above.

Are vapers being attentive? Not really. In 2013, e-cigarette-related sales were $1.7 billion, that was double what they were in 2012. In 2015, those sales got increased to $2.9 billion. Many cigarette manufacturers are also in the e-cigarette game. More than 250 e-cig brands are on the market.

 

E-cigarettes are posing a threat to youths

E- cigarettes was initially a product targeted to smokers who wanted to quit the habit, but has now become increasingly mainstream as it is touted as being a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. For smoking adults, then, the benefits seem manifold, as e-cigarettes do not involve the combustion of tobacco. But one commonly overlooked fact is the harm posed by these e-cigarette to children.

Enticing flavors

Increasingly new flavors are being released in the market, ranging from vanilla to cherry and berry. Although the major companies claim otherwise, these flavors seem to be produced exclusively for children. The release of these new flavors has caused a worrying spike in the number of individuals smoking e-cigarettes, as evidenced by CDC’s study, where the number of calls to poison centres due to e-cigarettes increased from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. Amongst the callers to poison centres, approximately 51.1 % involve children below the age of five.

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0403-e-cigarette-poison.html

Addictive

Although e-cigarettes lack tobacco and tar present in conventional cigarettes, it doesn’t mean that they are harmless per se. quite the contrary, e-cigarettes often contain nicotine, which causes addiction in both smokers and non-smokers alike. The flavors – cherry, vanilla etc. – are pungent enough to mask the smell and taste of nicotine, deliberately misleading the masses to believe that e-cigarettes are harmless. Granted, for novice smokers, it may even serve as a transitory product of sorts, enticing young smokers to move on to traditional cigarettes.

Advertising

Besides the quirky flavors, companies producing e-cigarettes are appealing to youths through targeted advertisements featuring renowned celebrities and offering free tickets for famous concerts. Their marketing strategy appears to have worked, as the number of high school students using e-cigarettes increased from 1.5% to 2.8% between 2011 and 2012, as evidenced by a recent CDC report. As if that isn’t enough, there has been recent reports surfacing of e-cigarette advertisements appearing in iPad games.

Liquid Nicotine

Despite the claims that e-cigarettes are safe as they typically do not produce second-hand smoke, the liquid nicotine present in e-cigarette are actually highly potent. It is harmful when inhaled, ingested or when absorbed into the skin. Small doses are sufficient to pose hazards and may even be lethal to adults and children alike. As mentioned above, liquid nicotine was related to the 215 poisoning calls per month to poisoning centers, Such a threat seems too obvious to be missed.

Lack of proper control

Unlike traditional cigarettes and alcohol, e-cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA and may therefore be freely sold to individuals even if they do not possess a valid ID. As one of the major legal drugs for youths, it is no wonder that e-cigarette brands are targeting the youth market and making a huge buck out of it. Unfortunately, a lack of proper guidelines also means that the substances present in e-cigarettes may often be prohibited substances that pose a threat to human health. Reports from the FDA has also shown that the liquid nicotine content in e-cigarettes may also differ significantly from the doses shown on the label. Therefore, with e-cigarettes you often get more than you bargained for, but with dire consequences.

With all the vices listed above, it would be appropriate to conclude that e-cigarettes are as bad, if not worse than traditional cigarettes, and that it would do you good to stay away from them, whether you’re a full-fledged adult or a budding youth.