E-cigs: Just how safe are they?

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2013 - 10:18 PM

U researchers will study how e-cigarette vapors affect the body.

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allotropeDec. 11, 1312:27 PM

Mrs.A has quit smoking with these. It's good that they're looking into the health effects, but I find it hard to believe that they could even resemble being as bad for a person as smoking tobacco is.

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samiamDec. 11, 1312:37 PM

By the headline it sounds like they have already been drawing conclusions

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lettem01Dec. 11, 13 1:01 PM

With all of the studies that were performed on the effects of smoking you would have thought that any negative aspects of nicotine would have already been identified. It has been my understanding that it was the harmful chemicals produced by burning the tobacco that made it a dangerous product to use and be around.

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allotropeDec. 11, 13 1:37 PM

lettem01, I am no doctor but when Mrs.A switched to the e-cigs I did a TON of homework on them. Nicotine by itself (at the levels smokers are exposed to) is considered to be about as bad for you as drinking coffee. The other stuff in the nicotine juice is water, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerine. Those last two are non-toxic and are used in tons of consumer products like food, makeup, and asthma inhalers. There's not a lot in the way of long term human data because they're relatively new, but what data there is points pretty decisively to no health consequences as long as the ingredients are not contaminated. Hope that helps! Cheers, Al.

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vlombardyDec. 11, 13 1:39 PM

The few studies that have been done looking at the rate of smokers that quit using the e cigarettes show that they are no more successful than any other method. When you add this to the fact that the risks associated with their use is unknown, you come to the conclusion that they should be controlled until further studies are completed. Check out Scientific American on the subject.

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falcon1681Dec. 11, 13 2:19 PM

The results of any study about the "negative" effects of E-cigs will be directly proportionate to the depth of big tobacco's pockets.

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ampletDec. 11, 13 2:29 PM

I started to use an e-cig to quit about a year ago along with nicotine gum in decreasing doses. I still carry one for social occasions, which seems to be a trigger for me, but I've never felt better. However, most people I know that use them only use them to supplement smoking mainly for when or where they cannot smoke. Like any method of quitting, you have to want to quit.

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allotropeDec. 11, 13 3:12 PM

vlombardy, would that be the article from May 7, 2013 where 9 of 22 quit smoking, and another 6 cut smoking by more than half, and a larger study is looking to come in confirming that? Or the one from September 25, 2013 that says it is generally accepted that the devices are safer than conventional cigarettes, that e-cigarettes were as effective as nicotine patches in helping smokers to quit,calls them the biggest hope we have of ending the tobacco epidemic, and says that ovregulating them would be a disaster? Or did you just have in mind the editorial/blog piece featuring neo-puritan Stanton Glantz? --- Here's the thing, nobody thinks e-cigarettes are perfect, and every smoker would be better off just quitting nicotine altogether, but most just aren't going to, so the real question is are people better off with vaping or smoking cigarettes. It's theoretically possible I missed it, but I looked high and low and never saw a single finding of any harm from e-cigs let alone something saying they're anything like as bad as smoking tobacco. Please don't let perfect be the enemy of way WAY better.

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cosmicwxdudeDec. 11, 13 4:18 PM

VLO, i've lost all respect for 'Scientific American' after all of their biased reporting on global warming. Biased is what that publication is.

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selfmadeDec. 11, 13 4:36 PM

Can't wait to hear that they are WORSE than actual cigarettes...LOL what a joke...Smoking rat poison is probably better than cigarettes...

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