Friday, August 9, 2013

New study confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes pose minimal health risk



 [UPDATE: The peer-reviewed journal version of this paper is now published: Burstyn I. Peering through the mist: systematic review of what the chemistry of contaminants in electronic cigarettes tells us about health risks. BMC Public Health 2014, 14:18 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-18]

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8, 2013/PRNewwire-USNewswire -- E-cigarette users can breathe a little easier today.  A study just released by Professor Igor Burstyn, Drexel University School of Public Health, confirms that chemicals in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) pose no health concern for users or bystanders.  This is the first definitive study of e-cigarette chemistry and finds that there are no health concerns based on generally accepted exposure limits.  


E-cigarettes are devices that heat a nicotine solution to create an aerosol (called “vapor”) that the user inhales, similar to smoking a cigarette.  They are used as a low-risk substitute for smoking by millions of former smokers, and their increasing popularity seems to account for the current downward trend in smoking in the U.S. and some other countries.  While experts agree that the risks posed by e-cigarettes are significantly less than those posed by smoking, there had been some debate about how much lower the risk was.  


By reviewing over 9,000 observations about the chemistry of the vapor and the liquid in e-cigarettes, Dr. Burstyn was able to determine that the levels of contaminants e-cigarette users are exposed to are insignificant, far below levels that would pose any health risk.  Additionally, there is no health risk to bystanders.  Proposals to ban e-cigarettes in places where smoking is banned have been based on concern there is a potential risk to bystanders, but the study shows there is no concern.


This was the first study funded by the by The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives (CASAA) Research Fund.  CASAA, the leading consumer advocacy group promoting the availability and use of low-risk alternatives to smoking, is an all-volunteer, donation-funded organization.  CASAA President Elaine Keller said of the study, “Over the years, there have been a lot of small studies of e-cigarette liquid and vapor, but those studies were either ignored or misinterpreted.  Those that showed even the slightest contamination were used for propaganda by those who object to e-cigarettes because they look like smoking. We realized that an expert review was needed to give an unbiased explanation of the available scientific evidence for our membership and policy makers.  We reached out to our membership and they enthusiastically donated to make it possible.”


CASAA Scientific Director, Carl V. Phillips, summarized the importance of the study, saying “It has always been clear that e-cigarettes were much lower risk than smoking, but there was uncertainty about whether continuing to inhale a mix of chemicals posed a measurable risk. Even those of us who have long encouraged smokers to switch are a bit surprised that even the worst-case-scenario risks are so low. This study assures us that e-cigarettes are as low risk as other smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products, like smokeless tobacco and NRT.  All of these products are about 99% less harmful than smoking, and so smokers who switch to them gain basically the same health benefits as if they quit tobacco and nicotine entirely.”  


Dr. Phillips added that “there has been a call for ‘regulatory science’ by the FDA.  This is exactly the type of science that is needed to make good regulation and informed individual decisions: it summarizes all of the available knowledge and puts the numbers in a useful perspective.”


The study did caution that e-cigarette users are inhaling substantial quantities of the main chemicals in e-cigarette liquid (propylene glycol and glycerin).  While these chemicals are not considered dangerous and the levels are far below occupational exposure limits, Dr. Burstyn did suggest ongoing monitoring to confirm that there is no risk.  The chemical contaminants are of even less concern.  While there have been many claims that formaldehyde, acrolein, nitrosamines, metals, and ethylene glycol found in e-cigarette vapor poses a health hazard, the study concluded that all of these have been found only at trivial levels that pose no health concern.


The study did not address the effects of nicotine because e-cigarette users are consuming it intentionally.  Nicotine, when it does not involve smoking, is very low risk and has not been clearly shown to cause any disease. However, like caffeine and other common indulgences, it may cause some tiny risk of heart attack and stroke, and so e-cigarettes, along with other tobacco and nicotine products, are probably not risk-free.  If there is any risk from nicotine, however, it is so low that it is similar to everyday hazards like drinking coffee or eating dessert, and is far less than the risk from smoking.


For summary and discussion go to
http://antithrlies.com/2013/08/08/breaking-news-new-study-shows-no-risk-from-e-cigarette-contaminants/

Contact: Prof. Igor Burstyn Igor.burstyn@drexel.edu

106 comments:

  1. study done one propylene glycol. safe.
    http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/91/1/52.abstract

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  2. That link is useful feedback for the research author.

    Comments that might be useful to the author can be posted at http://antithrlies.com/2013/08/08/breaking-news-new-study-shows-no-risk-from-e-cigarette-contaminants/ (live link at the end of the post above under "For summary and discussion")

    The author will be checking comments there! :)

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    1. I am a 36 year old mother that smoked outside our home and outside the car for 20 years. In December of 2013, I promised my children that I would stop smoking. I knew this would be difficult but I didn't realize how hard it would be to stop. I tried patches and gums, I thought about going to a doctor to see if a prescription approach would be better for me, but the side effects were just as scary as the one for smoking, for me at least. I was suffering from the lack of nicotine and struggling with the decision of going back on my promise to quit. I decided to try the e-cig. The result was a blessing especially after eating. I was filling the physical need for nicotine and the need to actually puff on something. Within a week of switching to the e-cig I noticed that I didn't cough once when I got up in the morning, as to almost gasping for air the week before. That was amazing to me and my family who used to have to hear me hack all over the house. My gums are so healthy after a few months, my clothes and breath no longer stink. I am grateful for this blog post and the attention it is giving to what our government is trying to do to the e-cig business. I have so much more energy and I can honestly say that it is due to the fact that I switched from regular tobacco use to e liquids. Thank you for listen to what I see as a success story.

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    2. Congrats Wendy! Your message might as well be mine like so many out there! I'm on day three now and hope it continues. After 35 years of smoking.!! E-cigs are a blessing!

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  3. Very good news now I'd we can just get it in front of the people that need to see it

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    1. It has been made public for peer review. As CASAA promised when fundraising, the researcher would not keep the study results a secret from the public during the review process.

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  5. I think we need to be a bit more careful in calling this a "study". As much as I was excited to see this post, I was just as much dismayed to find that the author refers to it as (appropriately) a "Technical Report".

    A very good report, but I just hope no credibility is lost in important places by calling it a study.

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    1. According to CASAA's Scientific Director, Dr. Carl Phillips, "study" refers more to the act of what Dr. Burstyn did. Referring to a paper as a study is just shorthand for "a report about a study."

      So, it would be appropriate to refer to it as a "study."

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  6. In working with a lot of people in the electronic cigarette industry I have to say most seem to be in the business for the right reasons, a lot of ex smokers etc. They do feel persecuted to some degree, all the previous negative hype has made it hard for them to advertise, to get payment gateways, or accept payments. This is welcome news.

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  7. I'm definitely curious to see if the study becomes peer reviewed and published. Otherwise I have a difficult view on believing the findings. I will wait and keep an eye out.

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  8. I have smoked for twelve years and I stopped cold turkey

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    1. Congrats JM! Me too ( except for 20 years a slave) and now free.

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    2. I smoked over a pack a day for 10 years, and the day I started vaping was the day I stopped smoking cigarettes and never even looked back or cared. I felt no ill effects, and afterwards when smelling a cigarette or trying to smoke one, I was disgusted!

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    3. I smoked 40 cigarettes a day for 40 years, but switched to e-cigarettes 3 months ago. After only two weeks my coughing was reduced considerable. I was surprised how easy it was to substitute my beloved cigarettes with a e-cigarette.

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    4. I was a 1 - 2 pk a day 30 year smoker. Diagnosed with COPD. Quit smoking over 3 months ago just lowered my nicotine level from 28 to 16 to 11 and haven't looked back. No longer need my nebulizer or inhaler!! Also had a positive effect on my gastric ulcers! I only need my meds twice a wk at most from daily! My Drs are thrilled, and so am I. Never thought I could or would do it!!

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    5. I was as dumb as they come at 17 years old & while I was in Army Boot Camp, I let a "D. I." talk me into smoking because it was "What Every Solder Did." & the Army even promoted smoking by including a tiny pack of 6 to 8 smokes in every "C-Ration" box.

      These tiny packs even looked like their bigger siblings in the "PX" & the cost of a pack of smokes there was like $,75 cents a pack & about $7.50 a carton! Bloody Hades, they even included a small book of 10 matches in the "C-ration" box as well for lighting your smokes!

      I am 56 now & I have been smoking since I was 17 with a few breaks in there where I tried to quit & bloody damn near made it! But something always came up to push me over the edge & I would start smoking again!

      These E-cigs have been a life saver for me. I got my "Voodoo" kit with two "ego-T" type batteries & a great tank that does not leak like I have heard about some tanks doing! this past Friday the 20th of Sept. & I MAY have about 4 to 6 "Analog smokes" in an entire day now (I was a pack & a half to a two pack a day smoker!) & even then, I do not finish them. I could give them up right now & it would not bother me at all now that I have my "Voodoo" kit! I am so close to being a smoker no more that it is not even funny at all!

      I have been thanking The Blessed Mother everyday since this past Friday for the man that invented these things!
      I hope that he knows just what kind of a legacy he will leave behind when his time comes?

      I called my Doctor to tell her what was going on with me & these E-cigs" & she is just as tickled as they come & wants me to give up the 4 to 6 "Analog smokes" I have a day RIGHT NOW!

      I can honestly say that by the middle of October, I will be smoke free as long as I can keep the "Smoke Juice" I like ("Johnson Creek Smoke Juice," "Tundra!") in stock here at home!

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    6. I smoked for 30 years and I started feeling the effects then a friend turned me on to an e-cigarette and I have not touched a cigarette in 3 months and I actually can breathe and my energy level has skyrocketed I prefer fruity flavored e-juice and I do not intend to smoke cigarettes the smell now sickens me I was kicked out of a smoking cessation class for gaping on my e-cigarette I told them the patch was not working bit they ignored me

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    7. I feel like I just read what l would have said. 7 weeks, off my Nat Sherman's and moved to a coffee flavor. Lowering nicotine by 1 unit with, 1 without.

      Tobacco now stinks to me and on target to zero nicotine by the end of the year.

      I have concerns the established tobacco firms will do their best to stop this revolution.

      FDA approved quit smoking attempts did not work for me. YMMV.

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    8. I am worried too! My dad smoked for over 30 years he started smoking e cigs and has not smoked a cigarette for over 8 months. He feels a ton better and his doctor has confirmed that his health is a lot better. I have tried to quit multiple times and failed. I started using an e cig 2 weeks ago and have not smoked since. I feel better and could have not quit with out it. If they ban e cigs my dad and I will go back smoking which scares me. We have finally found an alternative to smoking and the government wants to take it away from us. It makes me so angry! I know there has not been a lot of studies to confirm that they are safer than cigarettes but they should try asking people how much better they feel?????

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  9. Wow John. You are so cool. Can I be your friend

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  10. Since insurance rates are going up on smokers soon...Those who switch to vaping with nicotine are still going to have to pay the higher cost because nicotine will in their blood. What can be done about this? Is anything in the works to come up with another way to test tobacco users? (not nicotine users)

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    1. Actually I'm a Texas employee and we have to certify whether we're smokers or not (five or more cigs in the last four months). I'm now not paying the $30/mo fee smokers are charged, and e-cigs are explicitly listed as not being tobacco, along with nicotine gum, patches, and other "smoking cessation aids."

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    2. "Those who switch to vaping with nicotine are still going to have to pay the higher cost because nicotine will [be] in their blood."

      That's like saying, "They'll have to pay a higher cost because water will be in their blood." Nicotine has been tested ad nauseam for decades, and has never credibly been shown to cause any disease or detrimental health effects as long as a user doesn't overdose on it. And that an overdose is possible with nicotine isn't a disqualifying argument either, as you can die from an overdose of almost anything, including water...

      (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill/)

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    3. I have been smoking for about 14 years since I was 14 I tried everything patches, gum ect. I moved over to ecigs and never touched cigarettes again for about a year I think that the fact that the fda is trying to ban or regulate them is ridiculous. Its just about the money the big tobacco company is earning more than 40 billion dollars a year its so obvious to be a scam!

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  11. They have e liquid with 0 nicotine in it. Problem solved.

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  12. I do not think an e~cigarette is an aerosol it does not come out under pressure like a spray can!

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    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerosol#Definitions

      it is indeed an aerosol...even clouds are considered aerosol, when you boil water on the stove, the vapor rising is an aerosol.

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    2. this is the problem with a lot of this. People just talk without actually understanding what they are talking about. Its like a girl I had in my class saying nicotine is what causes cancer in a cigarette. I told her to go look it up and read it and bring me proof that it caused cancer. day after day for the rest of the semester I kept asking her for her evidence in front of the whole class and she never found anything obviously but it was fun to make my point over and over again.

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  13. This is interesting and helpful info. One thing that it doesn't mention is that nicotine is addictive, which is why it's a little different from some other "indulgences", but it does mention the health risks from nicotine per se.

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    1. Exactly what I thought.

      withdrawal from caffeine is incredibly painful for me, and I drink it in excess...
      I guarantee it's doing more harm than my e-cig habit.

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    2. Caffeine is addicting, you are correct. Nicotine is much more addicting, however. The person who uses nicotine, even in the vapor form need to have some type of "hit" about every 60 to 90 minutes. The same is true for many regular cigarette smokers. It is the nicotine that they crave. Most studies I have read do not deny that nicotine is addicting. Now we need to find out if this is damaging. Last time I checked, air is also addicting. I find myself needing it about every 5 seconds.
      Larry

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    3. Long ago, I had a friend that owned a Mexican restaurant & Pub & he told me that a study was done as to what was harder to quit, Cigarettes or Heroin?

      Believe it or not, the study showed that Cigarettes were MUCH harder to quit then Heroin! Go figure!

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    4. It is common knowledge that nicotine is considerably more addictive (and toxic) than heroin and other opiates.
      The difference is the quantities taken are much lower.

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    5. Has anyone read about how addictive sugar is? Researchers put it on par with cocaine and other big time drugs... And we all know excessive sugar intake leads to major health problems.

      E-cigs have saved my life. Since quitting real cigs, I eat better, have lost almost 40 pounds in weight, started exercising again and just feel better in general. No longer am I depressed or hate myself for smoking.

      Lets get the good news out to the people that need it!

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  14. This reminds me of the studies funded by the tobacco industry that proved cigarettes were not addictive. The only way to get unbiased results is to have a long-term scientific study done by a reputable research agency with absolutely no affiliation with the product being researched.

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    1. Dr. Burstyn is a reputable researcher with absolutely no affiliation with the product being researched, which is one big reason why CASAA asked him to do the analysis. To compare a consuner-funded study (where the consumer had no say in the resilts) to an industry-funded study seems grossly unfair.

      You could say that, being largely consumers of the product, CASAA might have an "affiliation" with the e-cigarettes, but they are also the people most interested in whether or not what they are doing is harmful to themsrlves and their loved ones around them. Wouldn't they want the truth, good or bad?

      The FDA doesn't do real research, it mostly reviews research submitted by the companies. Research done by universities is always funded by someone - usually someone with an interest in the results. Who would be the least biased as a funding source? A company that sells the product, or a researcher getting funding from a competing industry (drug companies fund most anti-electronic cigarette university research), public health groups that are anti tobacco harm reduction (they believe tobacco harm reduction policies lead to continued smoking and public perception that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking is a bad thing) so they want e-cigarettes banned or regulated as both tobacco and a medicine (they also get major funding from drug companies), or the consumers who use the product who have the most to lose if e-cigarettes are dangerous (ie. CASAA)?

      If none of these pay for the research, who will pay for it? And even if you find the 100% unaffiliated funding, how do you guarantee that the researcher isn't actually biased (as most are anti-THR, anti-tobacco and anti-nicotine, like Stan Glantz and just about any "independent" university researcher in California.)

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  15. Noted from the comments here: "One thing that it doesn't mention is that nicotine is addictive,"

    So is coffee.

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    1. So is "Pepsi" & "Mountain Dew" but you do not hear people grouching about that as much as those that grouch about nicotine in E-cigs or about "Analog smokes!" These fools want to have their cake & eat it too!

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    2. I am no longer sure that nicotine is as addictive as advertised. Perhaps nicotine along with the other chemicals in tobacco super charges the addiction to tobacco smoking. Study is needed comparing Tobacco smoke against Vapour nicotine.

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    3. We all know nicotine is addictive, as is caffeine. C'mon people. Give it up already. I don't hear anyone crying about Red Bull, which most doctors call a heart attack in a can. Seriously. We all know the nicotine should be regulated in e-cigs and yes a long term study on any ill effects is warranted, but to toss these things out without any regard to the fact there is no second hand smoke from e-cigs, no stink in the air, no butts lying on the ground and a multitude of other nasty things. Are you really going to stop short of supporting the cause because nicotine is addictive? I mean they just legalized marijuana in Colorado. I can only imagine the smoke in the air there!!

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    4. Let me also mention that I have restrictive airway disease (RAD) and my husband switched to electronic cigarettes 5 years ago. As someone who has trouble breathing, I can tell you that SMOKE DOES irritate my disease. Electronic cigarettes DO NOT bother me at all.

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  16. So is alcohol which kills millions worldwide but most of our lawmakers are social drinkers at minimum and would never consider another prohibition. Hypocritical power mongers!

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  17. This definitely was a good study with concrete data. Many of the studies (probably sponsored by tobacco companies) are just talking about the negative effect of nicotine and hence claim that e-cigs may not be as healthy as promised. Funny that will never compare E-cigs with normal cigarettes to say how much healthier e-cigs are. It is like driving a car. We all know that people can die in an auto accident (and many do die every day) but that does not mean driving needs to be banned. One needs to look at the huge positive impact of e-cigs compared to a small negative. Most of things we eat/drink have a positive and negative impact.

    Tobacco companies and many doctors are trying to get e-cigs regulated as much as possible because of obvious monetary benefit..
    what a shame!

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    1. @Amit Aggarwal: You said. "Tobacco companies and many doctors are trying to get e-cigs regulated as much as possible because of obvious monetary benefit.."

      You hit that nail on the head Luv. These tobacco companies & their stock holders see "E-cigs" as a threat to their wallets & they will do & say ANYTHING to protect that income!

      As to Doctors that are trying just as hard as the tobacco companies to get this regulated & considered a medication it the fact that many Doctors get kick backs from pharmaceutical companies for pushing their product to a patent!
      Never mind that it (Any given drug.) has NOT been proven effective in human tests! All they see is a way to make quick, BIG bucks without even breaking a sweat! These people are NO LONGER DOCTORS! They are "PITCHMEN/PITCHWOMEN" for a given pharmaceutical company & should be STRIPPED of their license to practice medicine!

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  18. I think the main thing to do now is the research on the safety factors. It has to be an independent study and has to be done by non affiliated people that would not benefit either way. Some in the e-cigarette industry may have to pay for the study which I believe could be fairly expensive if done correctly.

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  19. A healthy tax payer will pay taxes longer than a sick or dead one. If to vape keeps me healthy longer than smoking will, it means I will pay taxes longer, thus relaxing the worry about depleting tax revenue from cigarettes.

    I am leaning to a belief that the FDA is more worried that in 10-15 years some health issue will arise from vaping and if they don't regulate it now, they will be more responsible for not regulating it later.

    Government needs to spend more time finding fraud, waste and stopping greed. THAT alone will absorb any decreased tobacco revenue.
    As far as the tobacco industry goes, they can kiss my lily white butt !!

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    1. Not entirely true, Paula.

      Dead tax payers save more money in the long run. Once an individual reaches a certain age, they become a "drain" on society, drawing on social security, medicare, and a host of other benefits. If a smoker dies before reaching that age, the government has received X number of years of taxing that individual, including taxes generated by cigarettes and other luxuries, and then don't have to pay them to continue living for 20+ years.

      The government prefers smokers to die off before reaching retirement age. Bit a harsh reality, but dead people don't cost them money.

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    2. Old people are a drain on society?? Old people are drawing on social security, medicare?? I paid every penny of my social security and medicare. I will not see even one third of what I paid in. Social Security is not a benefit.. it stands alone as a forced retirement... I paid it.. it's mine. Social Security is not a general fund for the government to take and do other things.. We old people are drawing what we paid in for many years..

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  20. "Government needs to spend more time finding fraud, waste and stopping greed." LMAO our GOVT. would have to shut itself down.

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    1. Agree, our government is the most wasteful thing on the planet, definitely riddled with fraud, an they are all greedy suckers.

      Just like the FDA study on e-cigs they find all these toxic chemicals but dont tell you specifically what liquid they used or from where (probably china)....I think their "study" if you can even call it that, has more to do with big tobacco crying about all the money they lose from people like me who FINALLY quit that sick habit..

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    2. I was thinking the same thing...isn't 95% of what govt does just justifing the fact that we NEED them?? They will never take a pay cut or be held to the same standards as the tax payers...or even try to honestly fight greed and waste...that would mean they would be out looking for work like the other 22% of Americans :)

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  22. What will it take to publish this research?
    I've shown this to a couple of people, and their straight up answer is that If it has been published in a respectable science journal it carries weight. If not, its just a paper with words on it.

    So my thoughts... Lets do it then. Lets make sure this research get's published in a peer reviewable journal. What does CASAA need to make this happen? We now have a solid standpoint. So lets give it weight.
    I vote publish it!

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    1. It actually has been submitted for publication. Now we have to wait as it is reviewed.

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    2. Publish for sure. This needs to get out. The REAL study on E-cigs silence all the crap and misinformation thats out there now. Please try your best to get this out to the masses!!!

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    3. It should be submitted to "Nature" magazine. If it's in there, it can be safe to assume it has passed all criticism of a reputable scientific peer group.

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  23. Ditto! Publish the paper! Please.

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  24. I tried to go to the study on the Drexel University website and it said it didn't exist. Did Drexel University remove the study? Where can I find the study if it has been moved?

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    1. Right! I also tried to read the study and the link no longer works. What happened??

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    2. Drexel University was moving its web site and the file was temporarily unavailable. The link is working again! :)

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  25. I smoked for close to 10 years from the time I was 18 until nearly 28. The day I started vaping was the last time I ever picked up a cig. Even a few times I thought ahh what the hell for old times sake I will have a cig. It doesn't even taste good, actually I was wondering how I ever got addicted to them in the first place. Have not lit up a smoke in almost 3 months now, and wont ever pick one up. So for this whole might turn people on to smoking cigs, I highly doubt that.

    I certainly dont promote that ANYONE should be able to vape. It needs more regulation, but outright banning it or calling it unsafe is a joke to put it politely. I tried quiting I dunno how many times. Couldnt do chantix or any of those didnt work, and most I couldnt take because of my ADD and Depression I delt with most my life. Who would want to anyway, that stuff is FAR more dangerous anyway.

    Id even go as far to say that if you dont smoke cigs currently, you SHOULDNT Vape an thats coming from a guy that does vape. Why? Why start another habit you dont need. But from an ex smoker this is the ONLY way I could finally get off cigs. I dont even crave them, dont want one, doesnt even sound appealing.

    This was a great study, and one I found to be truthful. I buy all my vape from companies that have data sheets on EXACTLY whats in their fluid. Most dont have any of these toxic chemicals the FDA talks about. Its usually PG/VG bases, flavoring, nicotine ( which you can vape 0%) and some natural extracts for flavor. VS atleast 4,000 chemicals in a cig if not more.

    Its obvious vaping is safter, and healthier. Just in 3 months alone my health has drastically gotten better, I can breathe. I even run with my two dogs now. Id be hard pressed before to walk around the block without being tired. Done with my rant. Glad to see some REAL research is being done on E-cigs. I always new it was safer and healthier tho because I did my homework beforehand. Like everything else I put into my body..

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  26. I smoked for more than 30 years. Almost dying from pneumonia didn't stop me; having a heart cath didn't stop me; being diagnosed with heart disease and being told I HAD to stop didn't stop me. All the stressors at work and at home only made me want to light up more. I never had enough money for bills, because I was literally burning through more than $200.00 a month, and I still wouldn't quit. I borrowed money, I pawned my belongings, whatever it took to keep smoking. I was addicted, and I felt like a crackhead every time I counted out my spare change to see if I could afford another pack.

    A little over 2 months ago, I got pneumonia again. I have no health insurance, and was self medicating with over the counter products...and I was still smoking. One night while lying in bed and struggling to breathe (and not cough AGAIN), I had a belated epiphany: I was going to die, and sooner rather than later. I'd end up with COPD, on oxygen, and I was willfully and intentionally killing myself. I was going to die if I didn't stop smoking.

    My husband took me to a e-cig store the next day. Wow...all I can say is wow. I stopped smoking that day and haven't picked up the habit. I tried, you see, because I'm not real smart about the whole non-smoker thing, and it was awful...tasted like burned rubber and crap. Ugh.

    I love my e-cig! I can have any flavor I want, and I am FREE of tobacco! I never thought I could ever say I don't ever want to smoke again. I can smell again...I can taste food...and coffee...and I am free, at last, from a 33 year smoking habit!

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  27. I'm located in Australia and it's illegal here to sell juice that contains nicotine which to my mind is absolutely ridiculous. I might add it's readily available if you know who to ask and I'm loving being off tobacco for the first time in over 40 years.

    It's amazing that our Government spends millions each year advertising that we should all stop smoking and yet they ban the most successful aide ever. One has to wonder why, just more of the same bent, hypocritical, money grabbing, corrupt thieves that most Governments are!

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    1. Bloody hell and i thought Australia was the place to be,
      and thats coming from a Pomey. Can't believe that they barred the e juice. ps been off the fags for two months now, after 30 years. didn't plan on giving up had my first e cig and BINGO.

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  28. Beyond safety, the marketing for electronic cigarettes is misleading and unchecked in the United States due to them not being regulated as tobacco products. Using highly effective advertising tactics from the 1950s, electronic cigarette manufacturers have contracted with Hollywood personalities to associate glamour and sex appeal with their products in the first television ads for tobacco products since the 1971 agreement that ended TV cigarette advertising. ow.ly/qYVrj

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  29. I have been an off and on smoker for 17 years. The only time I was ever able to quit cold turkey was when I was pregnant. I quit for 5 years when I was pregnant with my daughter. And 2 years with my son. So in 2004 I started again. My sister saved my life in July. She bought me my first kit. I am so grateful she did that for me. A great bday gift, as I wouldn't have been able to afford it alone. I finally quit my smoking habit in September. It's a great feeling to be a non-smoker again. I don't smell bad anymore and feel better than ever.
    Thank you to the publisher for reassuring me that I've made the right choice for myself and my kids. And thanks to all of you for your inspiring and informative comments :-)

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  30. Smoked for 40 years, stopped completely when I started vaping, disgraceful, no downright dangerous that the EU should even consider the draconian measures it is now looking at.

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  31. The store bought junk didn't work, the refills were as expensive as a real pack of cigs, I have had the patch, cold turkey, gum, chantix, all of which made me still want a cigarette and I did buy more cigarettes, then I remembered recently the pleasant flavor of some of the first go around rechargeable mini cig style ones I also had ordered a year ago online, but they were awkward and unreliable, I tried to get them charged back up and no luck, so I looked online and saw these new bigger better batteries and small tanks, I purchased them cheaply, found a local store with some delicious desert flavored juices, 24mg strength was suggested as I was a chain smoker at night, about 35 a day total, for 20 years, now I have had a pack of regular cigs around as a crutch, just in case my battery dies or I run out of liquid (which is rare) when I actually have a real cig as the others said, it is remarkable how absolutely disgusting it tastes and smells, it blows me away that within a week or two I cant really stand a real cig, and I thought i loved them before, except for the wheezing, spitting brown gunk from lungs in the shower every morning (every smoker knows what I mean) my clothes smell fresh, my teeth are whiter, I feel way better, I have moved down to 18mg strength and enjoyed some 12mg strength at a store the other day, almost all the staff of multiple stores are down to 6mg strength nicotine and lower, and surprisingly zero nic in many cases, this truly is the ONLY thing that has ever made me NOT want to smoke a cigarette at all, ever, and when I occasionally do smoke a cig I have to put it out and go and refill my tank which isn't huge but isn't ridiculously small and filled with polyfill like those store Big Tobacco brand junk, I was a HardCore smoker, and I promise you that this method really works, there is some degree of maintenance and switching of flavors to find the right thing for you, most like fruity flavors, I like cappuccino coffee, custard, eggnog, etc, found a key lime pie delicious, no way can a cig ever compare, and I am not smoking anything, just vaporizing a liquid with four ingredients vg/pg/nicotine and h20 oh and food flavor, not 5000+ carcinogenic and extra purposely added addictive chemicals that the tobacco companies have added to traditional cigarettes, 4 ingredients compared to thousands ? its black and white, very obvious which is safer and definitely better, real ex smokers are raving about how we can breathe again, smell, taste, etc, they have nothing to gain, no hidden agenda, they speak the truth and are so happy, because we all knew how impossible it was to stop smoking and all had tried and failed.

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    1. couldn't have said it better ;) 50 days w/o a smoke and I feel so much better...."brown gunk from lungs" LOL I used to call that my BlackDeathFoam...and it's almost completely gone now!! One advice I would give...stock up on some more battys and lots of good juice (have u tried peanut butter mixed with chocolate? OMG!!)so you can throw away that crutch pack :P Vape On Bother!!!

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  32. I am concerned about the use of ecig mods for the consumption of other illegal drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine. Has there been any feedback to this phenomenon?

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    1. ....but are you also concerned about lamp parts, glass/brass tubing, dollar bills, potatoes, or aluminum cans?? LOL ...just sayin'... a crack/ice head will use anything they can get their hands on if they need to ;)

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  33. I am proud to say after 25 years of smoking(and lovin' it) that I am tobacco free as of 11-3-13. The past 10 years have been 40-50 smokes a day....I started rolling my own at home and it was so much cheaper, I would smoke even more!! With the help of e-cigs, a good vaporizer and great tasting ejuice I quit cold turkey and will never go back to smoking. Less than 2 months and I feel 100% better...no more waking up in the early morning hours coughing/choking, no more panting or inability to take deep breaths, no more standing outside in the cold and rain like a menace to society... and I am no longer harming anybody around me!! So unless the gov't screws this up I will forever be "smoke free".

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  34. I started smoking cigarettes when I was 12 years old.I was up to two + packs a day for almost 50 years.Two years ago I gave them up and started using ecigs with 12% nic.I'm now at the lowest nic level and haven't gone near tobacco since the day I started with the ecigs.I can now breath again,and don't smell like an ashtray.

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  35. Awesome! This is great news. I was on 2 packs a day of Marlboro Menthol 100's since I was 16, stopped at age 27, started the e-cig. Much healthier, no stained teeth, you smell better, your clothes dont smell like smoke, and you arent outside work smoking every 45 minutes or in your office pheening for a cigarette. I am extremely happy that this document came to light, and I am in full support that e-cigarettes should be legal everywhere.

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  36. @Lady Royce: You said: "Never mind that it (Any given drug.) has NOT been proven effective in human tests! All they see is a way to make quick, BIG bucks without even breaking a sweat! These people are NO LONGER DOCTORS! They are "PITCHMEN/PITCHWOMEN" for a given pharmaceutical company & should be STRIPPED of their license to practice medicine!"

    I've been saying this for years; doctors pitch drugs to their patients which they KNOW will cause far more problems than the problem treated by the drug, because IF EVERYONE GOT WELL, DOCTORS WOULD HAVE NO INCOME. Modern medicine is "allopathic" -- fix what's broken, at any cost, even if the fix breaks a bunch of other stuff along the way -- that's how doctors insure a continuing income, and that's exactly why doctors are so dead-set against herbal, natural remedies and ways to stay healthy -- I repeat: IF EVERYONE WAS HEALTHY, DOCTORS WOULD HAVE NO INCOME! A perfect case in point is the asthma/COPD drug "Symbicort" -- right there on TV it tells you that it can cause osteoporosis, a concern for any middle-aged and older female, and it runs in my family -- I have MILD asthma, so I treat it ONLY with a "rescue" inhaler, but my doc spends his valuable time at every visit trying to sell me Symbicort, despite my telling him over and over my reasons for not wishing to take it -- I guess he has to, so he can keep getting money from the folks who make Symbicort.

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  37. Tobacco companies harp about nicotine because they want to detract from all the chemicals that they also add to the paper.
    Obviously something that is nonexistent in ecigs.

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  38. Health benefits of moving from traditional tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes are subjective. The benefits are very similar to individuals who have quit smoking tobacco cigarettes entirely. Here are some general health benefits that I have found posted on e-cigarette forums and websites across the internet.

    Better Sleep
    Improved sense of smell and taste
    Reduced coughing and phlegm
    More energy and vitality
    Reduction in snoring
    Reduced pain in chest
    Improved mood and sense of well being
    Improved Vision
    Feeling of power and control.

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  39. People keep talking about big tobacco funding this study or that study, which is all very true, but the people that are actually pushing Congress and other lawmakers is Big Pharmaceuticals. This was recently mentioned by a Senator during his visit to our base. And after several of us talked it over and thought about it, they would have the most to lose. Think about it, how much money is spent on cessation drugs which may take several attempts to finally quit with? How much research, grant and soft money from big tobacco will they lose out on? Those are the guys with the most to lose, have the deepest pockets and own the most lawmakers. Thankfully the Army has decided to leave vapes alone. Or maybe there aren't enough vape apes like me yet.

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  40. Does anyone know how the tobacco industry and the lobbyist are dealing with e cigarettes?

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    1. The industry has bought out existing e-cig manufacturers. The makers of Newport bought Blu, Camel has Vuse, Ligget just introduced Zoom (at 4.2% nicotine), and now Philip Morris is introducing the Mark Ten with "4 hole technology" this June. Camel and Philip Morris designed the cartridges so that they cannot be refilled with your own oil. They are all the cheap c-store cartridge style kits. I only sell them in my smoke shop because they pay me to display them.

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  41. Someone should send this link to Chuck Schumer and Chris Christie.

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  43. Little is said about the new "trend" among politicians both "big time" and "small time" - that is: creating a stir by passing some kind of banning regulation. If it isn't guns, it's cigarettes, if it isn't cigarettes it's (now) e-cigarettes. This is just politicians pandering to neurotics who have phobias. The new political motto is "If you have a neurotic phobia, call on me, I will put a ban on that which scares you or annoys you." Sometime in the not too distant future, someone will sue the socks off a city or employer over their ban-crazy "policy making." That'll put a chill on the trendy Ban Mania going on lately. Bans on e-cigs would seem like a good place to begin suing the ban-ers.

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    1. I live in Carrollton Texas. It was a great place to live until April 21st when the local council brought in a total ban on e-cigs anywhere. They were matching Los Angeles and New York, they said. They were worried about the FDA bringing out a ban, they said. There is not one fact in their decision. How do you sue a city for rampant stupidity?

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