Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Study Suggests that Electronic Cigarettes May Encourage Maintenance of Tobacco Use

The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary
by Dr. Michael Siegel, Boston University

Dr. Michael Siegel
A new study, published online ahead of print in the journal Tobacco Control, concludes that electronic cigarettes may encourage the maintenance of tobacco use.

(See: Cheah NP, et al. Electronic nicotine delivery systems: Regulatory and safety challenges: Singapore perspective. Tobacco Control 2012; doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050483.)

The study examined 20 brands of electronic cigarettes, and analyzed the contents of their cartridges for nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and tobacco-specific nitrosamines.

The results were reported in the study abstract as follows: "Varying nicotine amounts were found in ENDS cartridges which were labelled with the same concentration. Chemicals such as PPG and glycerol were found to be present in the nicotine-containing liquid of the cartridges. ENDS varied in their contents and packaging information. Limited information was available on the contents of nicotine and other chemicals present in a variety of ENDS sampled."

The paper concludes as follows:

"While the current attention on traditional tobacco products is important, it is also necessary to focus on novelty products like ENDS, which may encourage maintenance of tobacco usage behaviour and slow down the impact of national smoking control programmes. Tobacco control policy makers and professionals are seriously urged to find ways to address the gap in the scientific understanding and the legal framework of such products, as this gap may impede efforts at curbing tobacco use."

The Rest of the Story

If you read the introduction, methods, and results of this study, and then proceed to the discussion, you will be shocked and you might think you are reading the discussion to a different study. This is because the discussion has very little relevance to the actual findings in the paper....READ MORE >>


Red Dragon Vapors said...

I tend to agree with this article. I became a supplier of E Juice, E Liquid as I found my local supplier's nicotine content to vary. As a former smoker myself, I was concerned with the levels and possible side effects. However, I enjoy the taste and effect of nicotine and will continue to use my products.

Tatiana Rodriguez said...

I guess it depends on you that what level of nicotine you need, this is the good thing about these electronic cigarettes, you can select the nicotine level, you have various flavors to choose from, you don't get the smell of tobacco and above all they are smokeless.

Gavin Timothy said...

There are many brands out there which offer different levels of nicotine in electronic cigarettes, a heavy smoker should go for the maximum amount to meet the requirement and a light smoker should select the lowest.

Blake Persson said...

There is no doubt that electronic cigarettes do contain chemicals, according to my information these devices doesn't harm your health like the tobacco filled ones does, so it doesn't matters if they are carrying some chemicals as long as it is safe won't do the damage.