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E-Cigarettes May Not Be Better Than the Real Deal After All

By January 18, 2012

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If you are a healthy person and puff on an e-cigarette for just five minutes, your lungs will undergo acute physiological changes. At least this is what's being reported in a recent study. Many people with COPD swear by e-cigarettes and use them regularly to help them quit smoking.  But, after reading this report, are they really that safe?

As reported recently in Reuters Health, the study finds that the electronic cigarette, which is marketed as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, produces immediate changes in a person's airways. Although there are no studies showing what the long-term health effects of the e-cigarette are, scientists and the FDA are saying that there are far too many unanswered questions about the safety of this product.

According to lead researcher Constantine I. Vardavas of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health "This is the first evidence that just one (e-cigarette) use can have acute physiologic effects."

During the study, researchers asked two groups (30 in an experimental group and 10 in a control group) of healthy smokers (smokers not diagnosed with lung disease, acute illness, etc)  to puff on an e-cigarette ad lib for 5 minutes to determine the effects on their airways. After five minutes, participants were given several types of breathing tests.

Study results concluded that "using an e-cigarette for 5 minutes was found to cause an increase in impedance, peripheral airway flow resistance and oxidative stress among healthy smokers". However, the authors stated that "while the differences within our study are of statistical significance, the clinical changes may be too small to be of major clinical importance. " Additionally, authors noted that the clinical impact of using the e-cigarette may be greater in the average consumer who is likely to use the product many times during the day and not just for five minutes as which occurred during the study. Further research is needed to determine whether the short-term effects of the e-cigarette could translate into long-term health risks.

But, there are always two sides to every story, and the e-cigarette is no exception. Ray Story, CEO of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association says "we already know e-cigarettes are much safer than the conventional cigarette because you're not burning it, and you don't have the five or six thousand ingredients in cigarettes, which are mostly dangerous chemicals." According to Story, e-cigs contain only nicotine, water, propylene glycol, glycerol and flavoring. He further states  "these ingredients are all FDA-approved."

In fact, on its website, the FDA states that "e-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans, and may contain other ingredients that may not be safe." In 2010, the FDA tried to the stop the sale of e-cigs and failed. They even tried to regulate e-cigs as drugs. One thing is certain -- it's clear that the FDA and the e-cigarette industry have a relationship that is strained, at best.

Visit Reuters Health for more information about this study.

Read: The Pros and Cons of E-Cigarettes.

Do you smoke e-cigarettes? Have they helped you quit smoking? Do you think the FDA has its own agenda in this story? Or, do you think they have a right to step in? Leave your comments and be sure to take the poll.

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January 18, 2012 at 4:26 am
(1) Katie says:

what is a healthy smoker? is there such a thing?

they produce immediate changes to the airways – well don’t cigarettes? do they qualify these changes? this is small study badly reported for scare tactics.

January 18, 2012 at 5:28 am
(2) William says:

Hey, look everybody! It’s a freelancer who is reporting science from a news story and/or press release, rather than reading the study.

January 18, 2012 at 8:15 am
(3) Ecigwizard says:

A ‘healthy smoker’?

Such a short article doesn’t really consider the whole picture regarding electronic cigarettes.

January 18, 2012 at 8:21 am
(4) Ben says:

Its funny how you neglect to mention how bad a cigarette is for you.

January 18, 2012 at 8:26 am
(5) GDW says:

Oh dear me what a poorly conducted and poorly reported study. I wonder who funded this study? One of the conflicted tobacco or pharmalogical companies no doubt.

January 18, 2012 at 8:30 am
(6) Vapor Addict says:

Well so many stories slamming the ecigs….

I smoked for 18 years until last month when i started using ecigs. I feel so much healthier than i have done in a long time.

My wife even says i snore a lot less than i did before so surely my airways are better ?

Lets be honest we know why the government hate the ecigs dont we …..

They dont have there fingers in the pie thats why.

January 18, 2012 at 8:40 am
(7) Tom09 says:

The referenced study did not find evidence of ‘inflammation’ (as falsely stated by Reuters). Vardavas et al. measured exhaled nitric oxide, which can be used as a monitor to detect inflammation. The observation, however, was a “decrease in exhaled FeNO”, not an increase, not inflammation.
Nicotine would still act constricting. Other than that, improved respiratory function is among the most widely reported experiences of e-cig users who switched away from smoking (search Etter Bullen survey).

January 18, 2012 at 8:44 am
(8) Boadacia Bretane says:

This report is rubbish! I know hundreds of people who used this to get off dangerous cigarettes and they report their health and breathing have improved beyond their dreams! Must be sponsered by the Tobacco, and NRT pharmaceutics companies!

January 18, 2012 at 8:49 am
(9) Linc Williams says:

I baffled as to why these studies continue to ignore the relative dangers of actual smoking.
I am not associated with the American Council on Science and health – and organization with the objective to restore science and common sense to personal and public health decisions, in order to foster a scientifically sound and sensible public health policy for the American people – http://www.acsh.org/about/

ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross. “Anything you inhale will affect your airways. Airway constriction is non-specific and has nothing to do with lung problems like emphysema or lung cancer, which are associated with smoking. You can’t assume from these data that there would be any long-term harm. Further, I wonder what tests these folks used to detect airway ‘inflammation,’ which is not reflected in the airway dynamics they measured.”

Not only do e-cigarettes eliminate a user’s exposure to the carcinogens found in cigarette smoke, but they also avoid second-hand smoke, thus providing a clear risk reduction relative to regular smoking. With respect to this risk reduction, ACSH’s Dr. Ruth Kava asks, “What about investigating what happens in the airways five minutes after inhaling cigarette smoke? By failing to compare the effects of e-cigarettes to the effects of smoking cigarettes, the authors really undercut the validity of this study’s conclusions.”

ACSH’s Dr. Josh Bloom agrees. “The moment I saw that they didn’t run the same experiment using actual cigarettes,” he says, “I knew this was pure (and not even especially well done) junk — an agenda-based report clumsily masquerading as science.”

January 18, 2012 at 8:58 am
(10) Amy Bryce says:

Person who wrote this article….you need to do better research and put in accurate information..this is a joke.

If the claims are true in your report then tell me why several people I know that are on the verge of COPD, have COPD or worse have ONLY improved since using ecigarettes….is it my friends minds that the xrays shows that their lungs have cleared up?? Is it in my friends mind that she could retire her inhaler to help her breath (which she constantly used before ecigs).? Is it in my friends mind that she can laugh now with out coughing sooo bad that she had to watch it? Is it my mind that my chest doesnt feel healthy and my sinuses are cleared up and I can breath and have more energy.
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This article is garbage and can hurt those who have gotten relief and have gotten healthier and avoided even more serious consiquences they already faced when smoking.

Ecigs have given to many former smokers that we didnt have before..and that is hope and relief that we know finally that we can quit the smoking…the first time in many yrs. a lot of people have given up trying to quit because they have tried EVERY SINGLE nrt, or treatment out there to quit and they couldnt quit….HOPE is real and the reality that many smokers are much better now is a FACT

January 18, 2012 at 9:03 am
(11) Dr. Wilson says:

What a load of rubbish this is. I recommend the use of ecigs to lots of people. Not as a form of medicine/cessation, but as a safer alternative. Let me explain…

On a ‘danger scale’ of 1 to 100, with 100 being a cigarette and 1 being a nicotine patch, I’d place the ecig at 2.

Ecigs contain just a few harmless British Pharmacopoeia ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Nicotine and sometimes a flavouring. First Propylene Glycol (or PG) is used in inhalers, food products and smoking cessation devices such as the Nicorette Inhalator. Glycerin is used for sore throats and home-remedies. Nicotine is only as bad as Caffeine.

So where are these results pointing? Ecigs have the potential to significantly reduce harm in smokers, save lives and stop the profit-making on the number 1 killer in the UK.

January 18, 2012 at 9:10 am
(12) Laurel says:

My doctor disagrees! I am almost 3 years smoke free now thanks to e-cigs and the improvements to my health are measurable. My doctor considers me a non-smoker now and has read up on electronic cigarettes once I started using them. He concluded they are much safer than smoking tobacco and I have to agree with him.

I smoked over 25 years and had lung issues, chronic bronchitis. My problems went away after I transitioned to electronic cigarettes. In my opinion…they improved my quality of life.. and my doctor agrees.

I’m tired of the misinformation pushed mostly by anti-smoking groups as well as the FDA. Electronic cigarettes are much safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes in my opinion. This study doesn’t change my mind about that one bit. The proof is in the pudding so to speak – my health!

January 18, 2012 at 9:14 am
(13) Steve K says:

Funny thing about the study that was reported in Reuters. Beyond not really quantifying what the airway constriction actually means, nor comparing it to the same effect in smokers, there was another finding in that study that wasn’t really advertised.

According to a post by noted tobacco harm researcher Dr. Michael Siegel: The study found e-cigarettes did not adversely impact lung function.

Kind of funny how that part of the study fell between the cracks, yet the findings with no actual frame of reference are being touted as some sort of (pardon the pun) smoking gun.

January 18, 2012 at 9:17 am
(14) Big Dave says:

As an ex-smoker (smoked for 20 years,) and a e-cig user of just 6 months, I already feel far, far better. No more coughing. No more tight chest. No more increased heart rate at rest. My blood pressure is lower. I can exercise properly without becoming breathless. I don’t smell. My teeth are whiter. My taste has improved. My sense of smell has improved. I’m saving a fortune.

I would be happy to offer myself as a test subject to any PROPER, CONTROLLED and INDEPENDENT study into the effects of e-smoking (vaping,) vs smoking tobacco. I already know the results though. Not that the big tobacco and pharmaceutical companies would like them – think of what they stand to loose (£££££££) when millions of tobacco smokers wise-up and switch to the much safer e-cigs?

Dave

January 18, 2012 at 9:17 am
(15) Paul says:

How is the ecigarette any different than the Nicorette QuickMist?

Why is it OK for the ecigarette to be strung-up in this report?

There are currently thousands of ecigarettes being sold in Tesco supermarkets in the UK – how can they be as harmful as you make out?

I checked the ingredients for the Nicorette QuickMist and there’s many more chemicals in that than your standard ecigarette:
Nicotine, Propylene Glycol, Anhydrous Ethanol, Trometamol, Poloxamer 407, Glycerol, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Levomenthol, Mint Flavour, Cooling Flavour, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Hydrochloric Acid and Purified Water.

I’m going to buy a new ecigarette :) Stuff this report!

January 18, 2012 at 9:38 am
(16) Colonel Mustard says:

I say chaps after forty years chugging on Bessie the old pipe I unfortunately was diagnos. ed with the old lung cancer. Luckly I have survived but unfotunately lost one of my lungs…jolly bad show I thought. Ten years later and three years of chugging on my electronic pipe don’t you know I’m feeling absolutely capital again . The best thing is a recent scan has indicated that my missing lung had regrown. Well I was jolly well astounded and not believing my luck I commisioned a study to look into this bizarre occurance. My old friend Professor Plum has concluded that it was all down to the jolly old juice thatt I use in Bessie. Absolutely capital,just capital darlings.

January 18, 2012 at 9:39 am
(17) Julie says:

After multiple sincere, but failed, attempts to quit, I finally quit trying to quit smoking. I gave up, convinced I’d die a smoker. I picked up an e-cigarette 3 years ago in a half-hearted attempted to cut back on what had become a 2+ pack-a-day habit.

I was shocked to find that within days, I was done with smoking.

In the first month, I noticed my smoker’s cough subsided. Within a couple of months, I noticed that I was no longer pausing to catch my breath when climbing a flight of stairs. Now when I exercise, I stop because I’m tired, not because I can’t breathe. My blood pressure has improved, as has my lung capacity. My sense of smell and taste has improved. I haven’t felt this good in years.

What’s really remarkable in this is that I’m just one of tens of thousands of people reporting pretty much exactly the same thing.

E-cigs are a life-saver for those of us who have repeatedly tried to quit smoking, never with any success . . . until we found e-cigarettes.

January 18, 2012 at 9:40 am
(18) Evelwmn says:

” scientists and the FDA are saying that there are far too many unanswered questions about the safety of this product.”

So, by all means, continue to puff away on those tobacco cigarettes.

Are you for real? I don’t have to be a scientist to know that e-cigarettes ARE a safer alternative. All I have to be is literate. Read the ingredients in both and draw your own conclusions.

January 18, 2012 at 9:57 am
(19) BigJ says:

Well, the comments so far are pretty indicative of my opinion, so I’ll go somewhere else with mine… What’s with that survey? With the natural ability to load the dice like that, you should go and work for Big Pharma! You provide the option to keep using e-cigarettes because the study is “small”, but not because the study shows no impairment of lung function, which is in fact the case. The authors chose to draw conclusions which were, shall we say, ‘distinctly counterintuitive’ considering the results they obtained, but the study itself is extremely positive for the use of e-cigarettes. The authors themselves admit in the body of the text that the (ahem) “negative” results were ‘sub-clinical’; which is to say, within the realms of normal readings and not something a physician would act upon. They don’t publish their raw data either, but that’s another matter…

In any case; for shame! What agenda do you have that you would deliberately attempt to mislead people in this way?

January 18, 2012 at 9:58 am
(20) MattZuke says:

“Now, imagine if you have COPD and use them regularly to help you quit smoking cigarettes?”

Yes, you have to imagine because this study didn’t actually address COPD, nor did it address e-cigarettes vs regular cigarettes. The study was limited to observation after 5 minutes.

I would be equally irresponsible if I asserted the reverse, “Imagine not inhaling all that particulate matter, this would be beneficial to someone with COPD and smoke”. This also would be making a medical decision based on imagination, not objective evidence.

It is an objective fact that roughly 17% of the population continues to smoke until death after many cessation attempts, including those with COPD. This article is suggesting that if you have COPD, smoking cigarettes is better, without the requisite research. Even worse, COPD patients are going to have evidence in the form of medical exams and chest x-rays, but to date, they refused to actually compare the lungs of a smoker to a former smoker. You have a moral and ethical responsibly to make direct observations and conduct research rather than employing speculation.

January 18, 2012 at 9:59 am
(21) Hazeymist says:

Biggest load of cr*p I have ever read!

January 18, 2012 at 10:08 am
(22) Jones says:

It seems the people who wrote this study can’t decide if they tested the e-cig on “healthy” smokers or non-smokers. Don’t believe me? Read the extract – http://chestjournal.chestpubs.org/content/early/2011/12/21/chest.11-2443.abstract

What is their point? Keep smoking?

All I know is that since switching from 30 cigs a day to electronic cigs my chronic bronchitis has cleared, and I have no more smokers cough. I rarely even get colds any more. I’m sure it’s not without risk, and proving absolute safety is impossible. But is it safer than smoking? Hell yes…

January 18, 2012 at 10:25 am
(23) Utah Vaper says:

This self-proclaimed author should be shut down and go into hiding out of shame for only speaking about HALF the actual article and study. This is nothing more than a febile attempt to get her more hits and money from advertisers on the page.

If you review the entire study, it indicated that they did NOT perform the same test on someone smoking an actual cigarette so there is no comparision as to the impact from one versus another. Here in Utah, I would bet a paycheck that my airways constrict every time I go outside in the winter due to the ‘red’ levels of pollution that settle in our valley.

Shame on this poor attempt at propaganda by someone who obviously has no skills in investigation, science or health.

January 18, 2012 at 11:15 am
(24) Joe Ferguson says:

Ah, yet another honor student of the Geraldo Rivera School of Journalism. You’re reporting on someone else’s report of a questionable study (if one could call taking a group of ‘healthy smokers’ and giving them an eCig and measuring some sort of effect but not comparing it to the effect of a traditional cigarette on the same ‘healthy smokers’ a study). Is this because it seems to agree with your pre-formed opinion of eCigs?

I would think that as a nurse, you would have immediately seen the fallibility of this and disregarded it entirely…but then as an About.com guide, you do have a quota for articles that you must write so to hell with research and investigation, right?

January 18, 2012 at 11:37 am
(25) Michelle M. says:

23 out of the 24 comments listed above are from smokers who found not a healthier alternative, though a much cheaper alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes and found a way to make money off other smokers too. First they changed to a ecigarette, then onto a bigger ecigarette , a modified, hotter ecigarette that allows the user to consume even more nicotine (Many are using hotter ecigarettes for Marijuana calling them trippysticks or cannabis e-cig). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1s5F7Gp_nI&feature=youtu.be Then these people found they could sell ecigarettes to their smoker friends making extra money at home. They ran out of friends and family to sell to, so started selling online joining organizations and online forums to help illegally sell, import / export (Many times illegally mislabeling parcels for international sales) Many of these illegal sellers leave comments as Doctors and other “Professionals”.

Doctors know the medical problems associated with prolonged nicotine use and constant, direct inhalation of nicotine ‘especially some of the high strength, unprofessional eliquid on the market much of it mislabelled”. ecig sellers will argue ecigarettes are very safe, and the chemicals found in the “properly labeled” eliquid like propylene glycol, flavors, oils & glycerin are deemed safe, they’re in household items, cleaning items, make-up, even some candy and asthma inhalers. Most people don’t constantly, directly inhale the previous examples for a prolonged time, like they do a cigarette.

In a way we as society should feel empathy towards addicts under the influence of the mind altering drug nicotine.

Nicotine a natural Poison to kill pests and protect the bodies of a living organism.

January 18, 2012 at 11:44 am
(26) Kristinnm says:

In addition to being small, this study has three major flaws.

1) The lung function changes were compared to just breathing air. E-cigarette users were not originally breathing just air, they were breathing smoke. We know that smoking causes significant negative effects in lung function. This study failed to compare the lung function change differences between e-cigarettes and smoking. The question being asked shouldn’t be “is it worse than air?” It should be “is it better than smoking?”

(continued)

January 18, 2012 at 11:45 am
(27) Kristinnm says:

2) The lung tests were performed for only 90 seconds after use. They have no idea how long the negative effects last. For all we know, at 2 minutes lung function quickly returns to normal after the vapor is absorbed into the tissue. As water vapor is “heavier” than smoke, it may just take a little longer for even a smoker’s lungs to absorb the vapor, especially if those lungs are used to smoke.

We do know, from reports from most actual users, even in the short term, that their lung function was noticeably improved (reduced or eliminated “smoker’s cough,” increased lung capacity, reduced or eliminated lung pain) after switching to e-cigarettes. In a 2010 survey of 2,200 e-cigarette users:
90.2% reported “Better lung function/easier breathing”
78.2% reported “Increased lung capacity”
61.1% reported “Coughing has ceased completely”
57.4% reported “Reduced coughing”

If someone eats a lot of sweets, the short-term effects may be elevated blood sugar, but that doesn’t mean the person is in danger of diabetes. So, such a short-term test of the effects of e-cigarettes on the lungs is meaningless.

(continued)

January 18, 2012 at 11:56 am
(28) Christina Ellis says:

I’m extremely disappointed in the way electronic cigarettes are being made out to be so dangerous. Especially discouraging to me is the fact that it’s in a COPD area. I pray to God that no one reads this article that is thinking about quitting smoking and then decides NOT to try the ecig because of an article you pulled from another site and threw up here. How about taking the time to actually do your own research and ask real life users how it’s changed their lives. I’ll be happy to share my story and my Grandmothers. She suffers from COPD, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis. About 2 years ago she was put into the hospital because she couldn’t breath and we found out she had a mild heart attack and the cigarettes were actually causing her airways to shut down and memory was being affected. She had no intention of quitting and even told my Grandpa that if he didn’t give her a cigarette she was going to DIVORCE him. Because of the hospitals lack of information and the Doctor refused to allow me to tell him about ecigs she was forced to wear a patch the entire time there. After being released I immediately had an e cig ready for her and not only has she never smoked a cigarette since she has improved health wise!! I’m not just saying a little but she has gone from using a wheelchair 100 percent of the time to walking freely 100 percent of the time. NO WALKER NO WHEELCHAIR. She can breath again and though she still wears oxygen she can remove it whenever she needs a break.

January 18, 2012 at 11:57 am
(29) Mat says:

Deborah Leader, RN, do your own research before you publish something like this.

January 18, 2012 at 11:59 am
(30) Christina Ellis says:

This is continuted from my other rambling post lol! Please read it first!

Her memory is so much better and her ability to carry on a conversation has no comparison to before. I feel like I have my best friend back!! PLEASE, if anyone is reading this contact me and I’ll do whatever I can to help you find the right electronic cigarette for you. It’s not about money for me but a mission to help others get their lives back like my Grandma has been able to do!! DO NOT believe what you read about electronic cigarettes! I can provide you with REAL STORIES of REAL PEOPLE who have actually IMPROVED their health. Thanks fellow vapers for helping me in this mission to get the word out about e cigs and share real stories of how they saved our lives!!

January 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm
(31) Treece says:

Ms. Leader, I have a question, please.

My 66-year-old aunt has COPD. Quitting the use of nicotine and the hand-to-mouth behavior associated with smoking is not an option for her.

In light of that, do you believe she’s better off switching to an e-cigarette? Or do you believe she’s just as well off continuing to smoke?

January 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm
(32) Michelle M. says:

LIQUID NICOTINE MISLABELING MISTAKE

Labelled ……………………..Actual Strength

100 mg …. 121 mg
100 mg …. 272 mg
48 mg …. 78 mg
36 mg …. 51 mg
48 mg …. 59 mg
Flavored liquid nicotine manufacturers remixed some 100mg strengths, cutting 4X what they thought was 100mg they sold the “25mg” flavors to unsuspecting consumers. Later the consumers found out of the mislabeling issues and the nicotine eliquid actually being as high as 67 MG strength only after complaints of nicotine sickness and over dosing.

There has been e-smokers whom have stepped forward in protest of the mislabeling, there has been medical issues after people e-smoking for 1 to 2 years.

January 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm
(33) Kristinnm says:

(part 3)

3) To quote tobacco control expert Dr. Michael Siegel, “although the study’s declared purpose was to “assess whether using an e-cigarette for five minutes has an impact on pulmonary function tests and exhaled nitric oxide,” the study’s abstract only reported the observed reduction in exhaled nitric oxide, not the lack of any effect on pulmonary function tests.”

This study reports “immediate adverse physiologic effects after short term use,” but those effects are not shown to be particularly dangerous nor does the study support claims of serious inflammation or airway constriction.

The study did find that acute electronic cigarette vapor exposure decreased exhaled nitric oxide and increased peripheral airway resistance. However, it found “no differences between basic pulmonary measurements” between the two groups, demonstrating that acute exposure to electronic cigarette vapor did not affect FEV1, FVC, PEF or MEF50 and MEF75. That means NO acute effect on pulmonary function as measured by spirometry testing.

Clearly, if you have COPD and are currently a smoker, who has no immediate intention to quit smoking, e-cigarettes are clearly the safer choice.

Kristin Noll-Marsh
Vice President
CASAA.org

January 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm
(34) Amy Bryce says:

Michele M.

Your Ignorance Shows. Do a little research, ask some questions,,get a little curious and educate yourself..your response was upity and ..well like I said, ignorant

January 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm
(35) Amy Bryce says:

Michele M.
p.s.
many people use ecigs without nicotine…like I said…know what your talking about

January 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm
(36) Rolygate says:

This has already been exposed as junk science masquerading as a real clinical trial, by two professors of medicine and several doctors. Presumably it is a hatchet job paid for by the pharma industry, who will lose hundreds of millions of dollars as e-cigs become more popular – NRT sales sales will plummet, and sales of chemotherapy and COPD drugs will fall likewise, as every e-cig convert is one less who will need NRTs or chemotherapy drugs etc.

You might also care to note that the propaganda published in the article accompanying the ‘trial’ results did not align with the the trial’s findings, since no change in lung function was measured. In other words the ‘researchers’ (read: paid pharma hacks) ‘thought’ that lung function ‘might be affected’ – but found no such result in their measurements.

More lies and propaganda from pharma. How come COPD patients improve on e-cigs and even revert to being healthy non-COPD sufferers then? Please explain that, your arguments will be most interesting.

January 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm
(37) EzMan says:

Kristin is NOT a medical professional of any kind, nor are the others giving positive feed back for e-cigarettes. These are e-smokers whom have found a cheaper way to support there own addiction while making money off other peoples addictions. The grandma>? She might be a smoker, fully endorsed and in return endorsing ecigarettes (financial gain).

Some people here commenting and selling “many illegally selling” ecigarettes are involved in some criminal activity and run to their fb groups seeking links, stories and any other information in which they can sway poles and votes.

Politicians, Police and Public are learning about “Some of the harmful” ecigarettes and the people saying “it’s only water vapor” , learning of the drugs that may in fact being smoked in the ecigarettes and trippysticks.

January 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm
(38) Kristinnm says:

Michelle M – you seem to forget that people using e-cigarettes were SMOKING and getting plenty of nicotine already. Telling them not to use e-cigarettes would only force them back to smoking and not further your prohibitionist agenda against nicotine use. Telling people the “dangers” of nicotine, when the discussion is between smoking or using an e-cigarette, is pointless. Either way, they are going to be exposed to nicotine. We know the “dangers’ of nicotine and comparing the low health risks of smokeless nicotine to the dangers of smoke is like comparing the risks of driving a car sober and in fair weather to driving in a snow storm while inebriated – except your argument is for not driving at all. That argument simply isn’t realistic for most of these folks.

January 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm
(39) EzMan says:

Good Ole RolyGate . . from the forum that helps make ecigarettes available to our American children. Another commentor directly financed by the sales “sometimes illegal sales” of nicotine eliquid and ecigarettes.

Producing new, young nicotine e-smokers.

January 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm
(40) Kristinnm says:

I never claimed to be a medical professional. I am an advocate for tobacco harm reduction and simply have done my homework. I suggest anyone reading the attacks on the character of the people posting here also do their homework before believing one article on the internet. There are far more studies and tests supporting the relatively safety of e-cigarettes and their reduced harm compared to e-cigarettes than there are supporting any danger.

The point of e-cigarettes is not to help people who are ready to quit nicotine addiction – they are for the 20% of the population who cannot or will not quit. Those folks deserve to know the truth about smokeless alternatives. They need to know that their only options aren’t “quit or die” and the worst thing for their health isn’t being a “nicotine addict,” the worst thing for them is inhaling deadly smoke. If you look at the CASAA web site, you will see that we are a non-profit, grassroots (not astroturf) group that supports not only e-cigarettes as safer alternatives, but also modern smokeless tobacco products such as the lozenges and snus. We were originally formed by a group of e-cigarette users concerned that they were trying to ban a product that we considered to have saved our lives and had the potential to save millions more.

Quit or die simply hasn’t worked and medical professionals need to start looking at reduced harm alternatives instead.

January 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm
(41) chris says:

this is complete BS i know people with COPD and they have both said that since they have switched they have a much better time breathing and feeling comfortable and ive seen another unbiased study where they claimed the same thing but said as soon as you quite using the ecig ur airways would return to normal. No permanent affects, what about dust and carbon monoxide (not Dioxide) and the things that we breath in everyday, u dont think those instantly affect your lungs? the fact is Ecigs might not be harmless but they are Way less harmfull than real cigs, its called harm reduction, so herion addicts can get gorvment funding to get there methodone for free but we cant but a healthier alternative without big pharma and big tabacco trying to pull another “this is bad for you so we will take ur freedoms”……Democracy What?

January 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm
(42) EzMan says:

Lies . . All Lies . . The true World Health Experts such as Jean Francois Etter knows both the truth and the dangers associated with ecigarettes, and the lies e-smokers will tell for financial gain.
Kristin you should go back to interior design and making little jewellery boxes. Something that you know about, you’re not very good in the medical field. World experts laugh at casa comments!

January 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm
(43) Digicig says:

The ‘study’ has been conducted in any recognised comparative form and as such doesn’t compare the effects of having a cigarette to that of an ecigarette – so it is not explained if the effects are ‘normal’ for the inhalation of nicotine, being a toxin, and compare them to the adverse effects of tobacco! If anything this would be at best a preliminary study.

I have several friends who switched from Tobacco to e-cigs, whose doctors would now recommend that other smokers switched sooner rather than later.

This article is typical of Pseudo-scientific editorial opinion – using a piece of ‘research’ as fact without doing enough background research to qualify and justify its content.

January 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm
(44) Dr. Biggins says:

@ Michelle B

Clearly you enjoy posting unsubstantiated and unreferenced statistics and data……just as bad as this study and associated article. Keep posting dear no one is paying much attention to you

In the meantime I will keep recommending this as an alternative to all of my patients who smoke and wish to try a healthier alternative or as a cessation aid for those who want to stop

January 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm
(45) MattZuke says:

“There has been e-smokers whom have stepped forward in protest of the mislabeling, there has been medical issues after people e-smoking for 1 to 2 years.”

@Michelle B

Really? Do you have a citation?

If there are medical issues, then the FDA would have provided them as evidence, but they conceded during their trial with Smoking Everywhere not a single user or bystander has been harmed or injured from the use of e-cigarettes.

January 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm
(46) copd says:

Hey, easy does it guys, I am just reporting on the story. If you want to smoke, or smoke e-cigs, that is your business. I am just reporting what the study concluded. I know it is a very small study, as I say in my article, and that more studies are needed by far, but, please, don’t shoot the messenger.

January 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm
(47) MattZuke says:

“The true World Health Experts such as Jean Francois Etter knows both the truth and the dangers associated with ecigarettes”

This is a dishonest statement. Jean-François Etter (University of Geneva) is researching e-cigarettes. His current opinion is as follows

“Electronic cigarettes are probably less harmful than tobacco smoking, but they are almost certainly more dangerous than medicinal nicotine inhalers”–J-F.E BMC Public Health 2010, 10:231

Almost certain, and probably doesn’t equal knowing, which is why the gent is conducting research. The gent doesn’t know for a fact that e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, so he’s testing the cotinine levels of thousands of e-cigarette users.

January 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm
(48) Zain says:

I’ve been using an e-cig since October and my lungs have never felt better. Active smokers will already have imflammation and damaged lungs. I can testify with ZERO doubt that my lung function has improved since switching to an e-cig! I can breathe FULLY and no more coughing. My partner says I no longer snore loudly and my overall complexion has improved dramatically for the better.

I find that study ill-advised and inconclusive. Measure someone who stopped smoking with an e-cig and has had their lung function return before making ridiculous claims.

January 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm
(49) MattZuke says:

“Hey, easy does it guys, I am just reporting on the story.”

No Ma’am, you make the assertion in the title that if you have COPD, you’re better off smoking cigarettes than using e-cigarettes. You’re using your credential as a heath care professional to add credibility to your opinion.

But as least you’re big enough to admit you’re reporting on a secondary source, and not the actual research.

” I know it is a very small study”

A small study that doesn’t compare e-cigarettes to tobacco cigarettes, nor does it quantify what affect e-cigarettes have. As such, no medical professional can use this to base an opinion on the affect it has on COPD patients.

“please, don’t shoot the messenger”

About 1% of cigarette users drop dead every year. Users with COPD are at higher risk. Based on one study, with a vary narrow scope, you suggest this is preferred over e-cigarettes. This wasn’t in the study, so this opinion is entirely yours. There is no doubt that anyone who accepts your assertion as fact has a good chance of dropping dead with in a year. Given all evidence to date indicate tobacco cigarettes are the most harmful solution, your action is immoral and unethical.

January 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm
(50) Mike Morgan says:

This appears to be an extremely small and limited study and most of them are just skewed toward a specific result or publicity angle anyway, so see http://ecigwerks.blogspot.com/2012/01/supposedly-scientific-smoking-studies.html for more.

January 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm
(51) Andrew says:

There are hundreds of thousands of deaths directly linked to smoking cigarettes worldwide every year.No deaths have ever been connected to the use of e-cigs

So which would you rather use the healthier e-cig or life threatening cigarettes.

Surveys of millions of ecig users worldwide have proven beyond a doubt that e-cigs are safe to use and actually help the lungs to regenerate from the damage done by smoking.

I know which one i would use.

January 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm
(52) Tomo says:

Ezman loves kids and fags. Sometimes together I expect. I couldn’t resist.

What are all my electronic cigarette customers going to say about my abusive behaviour? nothing, I don’t have any.

As for the study, and this article… it’s all nonsense.

January 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm
(53) Ivan says:

Typical crap pseudo-science….

E-Cigs are far less harmful than Cigarettes…period!

Don’t need US Research and “so called” experts making stuff up to protect the large pharma corps and ensure the government gets its cut…!!!

Later…

January 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm
(54) Paul says:

It gets me so mad why do they allow people to use this dangeros type of fake cigarettes. I want them banned, no test ,no studys just ban them NOW.

January 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm
(55) Rebecca Russell says:

As we await more information and decisions on whether or not e cigarettes are dangerous, we can take an active role in understanding our own personal lung function, triggers and symptoms. Spiro PD is truly the world’s first personal spirometer which enables people to monitor their lung function anytime and anywhere. Spiro PD allows you to identify your triggers by pin pointing a decline in lung function before you can even feel symptoms. No more guessing what is or is not affecting your lung health.

January 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm
(56) Treece says:

“Hey, easy does it guys, I am just reporting on the story. If you want to smoke, or smoke e-cigs, that is your business. I am just reporting what the study concluded. I know it is a very small study, as I say in my article, and that more studies are needed by far, but, please, don’t shoot the messenger.”

About.com presents you as an expert: a health professional a writer. Surely you’re not seriously suggesting you’re nothing more than a messenger?

In any case, the truth is that you’re not just reporting on the story. Your headline alone suggestions a conclusion about the study that the study itself does not suggest.

Furthermore, between the headline and your failure to report both sides of the issue–with the other side being the concept of tobacco harm reduction–you’ve likely dissuaded smokers with COPD from trying something that could improve their health and/or save their lives.

I’ll ask you again about my aunt who suffers with COPD: If she were to ask you which of these two options is the better choice–to use an e-cigarette or to continue to smoke–what would you tell her?

January 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(57) Dirty Tricks says:

“Experts” can say whatever they like but the fact is ecigarettes are here to stay and the FDA has ALREADY been beaten in court so there is nothing else they can do now apart from make up nonsensical studies like this!

We in the vaping community will have the last laugh and blow vapor in their faces when we win!

TRY ALL THE DIRTY TRICKS YOU WANT, NOTHING WILL STOP THE VAPING REVOLUTION!

January 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm
(58) Mudflap says:

Governments will be fine with e-cigs when they have revenue coming from taxes, licensing, and lobbyests that is equal to or greater than what they receive from Big Tobacco & Big Pharma.

January 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm
(59) Adam says:

Its funny how multimillion dollar cancer reseearch charities can carry out the most inane studies reaffirming facts everyone is aware about how harmful cigarettes are, yet they can’t spare 1/10000th of their funding for a simple study on e-cigarettes, just in case they OMG inadvertendly support a product that has 1/10000th of a chance of causing cancer as cigarettes. E-cigs might be safer than chocolate, cake, pies, and all the other junk people like the author probably ingest daily, junk that serves no functional purpose besides pleasure when lean meat, vegetables and wholegrains are available in plentiful quality in our society. However just because its a pleasure they don’t partake of and it has an almost 100% probable chance of having some negative impact on a healthy individual (which very very few deny), they blindly crusade it against whilst they chomp down on their chocolate, cake, pies or preservative/additive laden low fat (sugar loaded) substitutes, blisfully ignorant, even actively ignorant on whether their actions or the e-cig vapers actions are the more harmful. Give us with more than half a braincell some real research, if the e-cigs are killing me at the rate of lving on a McDonalds diet or beyond I want to know and make an informed decision, pseudo science worked in 1000 BC, it doesn’t roll these days.

January 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm
(60) Will says:

Been using my ecig for 3 years…never an issue. Completely quit inhaling tar & other burning material, and never felt better. I hike, run and snowboard. This was the perfect solution for me to quit smoking.

January 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm
(61) Jim Rothenberger says:

I’m 64 was a 2-3 pack a day smoker for 43 years. I never got full blown COPD, but I had the smokers cough and wheeze that wouldn’t go away.

The E Cig cleared up my air ways in just a few weeks and I feel better than ever today. I reduced my cigarette count to about 6 for seven months. Since that time, I have not had a single drag on a cigarette in just short of two years although I still use my e cigarette occasionaly.

This article’s seriously misleading and would be very damaging to those that continue to smoke. The study is very incomplete, not well done , and quite frankly very dangerous to reducing the risk for smokers.

I’d suggest the author take more care in reporting health information.

January 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm
(62) Jim Rothenberger says:

EZMan, AKA Izia Electricman, AKA Electricman is a troll that for some reason trolls a tobacco harm reduction site and tries to destroy the message that there are ways to quit smoking and improve your health.

I am not ashamed to actually use my real name when I post on a website, although I don’t have to fear what I have to say because I am stating the truth.

Some day this fellow’s going to get sued for posting lies on the internet.

January 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm
(63) debbieg says:

I smoked over a pack a day since I was 13-I am now 47 yrs old. For the past 8 months I have NOT had a cigarette due to using an electronic cigarette. I think the real problem here is the tax money that the government is losing. The tax on a pack of cigarettes is close to $2.00 a pk. You do the math

January 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm
(64) Christina Ellis says:

I find it so incredibly funny that the poster assumes the “Grandmother” I am talking about doesn’t exist or exists for purposes of making money. This has given me an idea! Thanks so much!! I’m going to do a short video and have her share her story. With her taking the time to share what shes been through & showing her oxygen machine along with the OLD Wheelchair maybe it can give some of the people who are not sure what to believe the chance to see just how much someones health CAN IMPROVE. Another thing with electronic cigarettes is never having to worry she is going to FORGET she has her oxygen on and light up a cigarette. I can’t tell you how fearful I was as her Granddaughter when I would leave and know she wasn’t capable of remembering such a task. I now know she is safe!

January 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm
(65) Thad Marney says:

COPD, although you present yourself as an “expert” on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, even if you are only the messenger, you are still responsible for giving truthful and accurate information which you have abjectly failed to do in the above article or in your comment below.

E-cigarettes are not “smoked”–Smoking, as it is commonly understood, is the act of lighting tobacco or other substances on FIRE and inhaling the SMOKE. E-cigarettes work by heating a very small amount (generally less than a teaspoon per day) of a proven safe and effective air sanitizer with an optional small percentage (less than 4%) of 99.99995% nicotine. Although exhaling in cold weather produces a similar visible vapor that makes it possible to mimic the act of smoking, that is where the similarities end. E-cigarettes are not “smoked” any more than you are a smoker because you continue to breathe in cold weather.

If you had actually read the study you cite you would already know that the researchers failed to find any statistically significant effect on lung function via spirometry, and only found a statistically significant REDUCTION in exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNo). Absolutely no evidence was presented that this effect was in fact negative or that it posed any actual pulmonary risks, just that e-cigarette users exhaled less FeNo (by 2 parts per billion) than a “healthy smoker” who is breathing air that is not purified by a minute quantity of propylene glycol vapor heated to about the temperature of a cup of black coffee.

January 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm
(66) Thad Marney says:

If you have any integrity or justification for your claim that “e-cigarettes may not be better than the real thing” you should be able to answer the following questions easily:

Please tell me exactly what negative effects on the lungs could possibly be caused by the quantities of tobacco-specific impurities the FDA detected in some commercial e-cigarette cartridges?

Is there any reason to suspect that substituting smoking (the act of lighting tobacco on fire and inhaling the smoke 100′s of times a day) with a 3-12W fog machine using less than a teaspoon or two per day of a proven safe and effective air sanitizer is likely to cause anything but health IMPROVEMENTS inasmuch as they allow users to reduce or stop smoking combustible cigarettes completely?

If a former smoker who was otherwise unable or unwilling to quit smoking becomes dependent on personal vaporizers to avoid smoking cigarettes indefinitely, what sort of long term effects on the lungs of users or bystanders do you think could possibly be negative?

January 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm
(67) jim says:

this is from a study done in Greece 2 years ago..it was done in totally uncontrolled environment study …they did not test
the smokers before hand !!

,,,what is a healthy smoker ?? there is no such thing !!!

January 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm
(68) Thad Marney says:

Do you smoke e-cigarettes? No, you vape them.

Have they helped you quit smoking? Thanks to e-cigarettes and other smoke-free alternatives, I have not smoked a cigarette since 1-1-10.

Do you think the FDA has its own agenda in this story? Only inasmuch as the FDA is influenced by large pharmaceutical companies that sell drugs to treat addiction and chronic diseases like COPD that are caused or worsened by smoking.

Or, do you think they have a right to step in? Thanks to the Tobacco Act, the FDA has regulatory authority over products containing nicotine that are not marketed with therapeutic claims. However, unless and until the FDA can show any evidence that e-cigarette use causes any of the deaths or serious diseases associated with inhaling smoke, there is no scientific justification for regulations that are any stricter than the other smokeless tobacco products that are also not currently regulated by the FDA.

January 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm
(69) peter says:

2 years ago diagnosed with COPD…denial, still smoked n ended up on ventilator…got introduced to E-Cig n stopped tobacco cigs immediately…Today wow i feel so great…still take my meds but geeze i can actually walk around without any problems…

January 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm
(70) electricman says:

The only people claiming this drug addiction is safe are the ecigger addicts who like any other addictions meth, coke,heroin, nicotine look for any little meaningless bits of information on why their drug addiction is safe.

The only acceptable safety standard for a non-essential recreational drug with potential to harm bystanders is conclusive proof by independent research that passive exposure to e-cigarette vapour is “as safe as or safer than not being exposed to it at all.” NOT some junk posted by casa(Consumer Addicts Should Advocate Addiction) who profit from your addiction and would like to addict your family and children to this dangerous addiction

And e-cigarette proponents alone bear the entire burden of proving their product safe for use around others by this standard. The public does not owe it to them.

January 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm
(71) Thad Marney says:

Electricman, first you say that the only proof you will accept is from independent researchers, then you contradict yourself saying that e-cigarette proponents bear the burden of proof. Which is it? We have both independent research confirming that e-cigarettes do not pose any of the risks of smoking as well as studies contracted by e-cig companies and/or consumers. The Greek study referenced in this article confirmed that e-cigarettes do not create Polycyclic Aromatic Hdrocarbons (PAH) and did not adversely effect lung function, but rather REDUCED the exhaled nitric oxide was cited as the first measurable evidence of any acute physiologic effects of e-cigarette use with no justification or even suggestion how this effect could possible be “adverse.”

On the contrary, since you are the one who believes that e-cigarettes could possibly harm users or bystanders the burden of proof falls upon YOU. It is impossible to prove that anything in existence is 100% safe, but if you could suggest at least ONE serious disease that could possibly be caused by e-cigarette use, only then could research confirm or deny that the product is safe.

January 19, 2012 at 2:35 am
(72) copd says:

Here is the conclusion of the study, as published in the CHEST abstract:

E-cigarettes assessed in the context of this study were found to have immediate adverse physiologic effects after short term use that are similar to some of the effects seen with tobacco smoking, however the long term health effects of e-cigarette use are unknown but potentially adverse and worthy of further investigation.

This is the exact same thing I am saying so, I don’t know what e-cigarette site my blog post was shared on, but, this is an obvious mobilization of the troops, so to speak, and, I am not taking anything any of you say personally. Any future attacks on me personally will be deleted. Let’s just stick to the subject at hand. There is no need to get so nasty. It just goes to prove that you obviously all feel passionate about smoking these things and to each his own. But, disrespecting me and personally attacking my character will not be tolerated. There are plenty of things I could resort too, but, because I am a professional, I am allowing the venue to be open here for comments. The next comment that personally attacks myself or About.com will be deleted, and any future ones will be as well.

January 19, 2012 at 2:39 am
(73) copd says:

And, by the way, the study was just published in chest last month, so not sure what you are talking about two years ago.

January 19, 2012 at 2:43 am
(74) Gwen Webb says:

I have copd and have been an ecig user for 5 months now. Yes, the cough is gone, the breathing is easier and all the good things you would expect after not smoking a tobacco product for 5 months.. The ecig has probably saved my life. As the the mislabeled nicotine produces, yes it is a problem. There is truth to this information passed on my michael M. Now this only proves that we do need some sort of regulations to the ecig industry. However, i find that the industry itself is working very hard at regulating it themselves. The last thing we need is for the government to get its heavy hand involved. This will only make it harder for those truly needing to quite smoking to do so thru the use of an ecig. This incident has been discussed in the ECF forum at length. I implore people to stand up to government regulations or all out banning the use of the ecig. It is a very real means of helping a smoker to quite the tobacco habit. I am a very good example of that. My statement is no way science or a controlled study, Its just a very true testimony of my very hard journey to quitting smoking. The ecig was the ONE product to help me to accomplish my life saving goal.

January 19, 2012 at 4:13 am
(75) MattZuke says:

“And, by the way, the study was just published in chest last month, so not sure what you are talking about two years ago.”

Jim’s comment was, “this is from a study done in Greece 2 years ago.” Published in Chest, and when the study was conducted are two different things.

“Here is the conclusion of the study, as published in the CHEST abstract:”

We don’t form medical opinions nor publish medical articles from abstracts or tertiary sources. We look at the evidence that lead up to the conclusions, more over, while the study scope included pulmonary function tests, it’s not expressly stated in the abstract that pulmonary function tests showed no effect.

This and other criticisms are addressed in Dr. Seigel’s blog
http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-study-shows-that-in-contrast-to.html

“This is the exact same thing I am saying so”

If you actually READ the study, not just the abstract, you’ll note that spirometry tests showed no effect on lung function. This is kind of an important detail. Given your assertions relate directly to COPD, nothing in this study supports your assertions. What you imagine is worthy of further study, but the evidence suggests former smokers with COPD show a vast improvement with e-cigarettes. If it was me, I’d look at their chest x-rays, and write my own paper.

” I don’t know what e-cigarette site my blog post was shared on, but, this is an obvious mobilization of the troops”

Actually you can blame the ALA, one of their citations lead me here. Also, this is About.com, which gets top rankings in search engines. No conspiracy required.

January 19, 2012 at 4:14 am
(76) MattZuke says:

[continued]
You are a journalist, and a health care professional. You do owe it to yourself, your profession, and your readership to fact check and critically review the facts. This would include actually reading the study in question, not just the abstract, and the FDA study, not the press release. You are making an assertion in the title that e-cigarettes are as harmful, or worse than real cigarettes, a point you concede in facebook as not possible. Given 17% of the population smokes until death, for those unable or unwilling to give up smoking something less harmful is a good thing. The question is how much less harmful is it. Current estimates from The American Association of Public Health Physicians are between 99-99.9% or a factor of 100, to 1000. The scope of this study was too narrow to adjust this estimate, or suggest COPD patients are better off with burning tobacco.

January 19, 2012 at 4:23 am
(77) Thad Marney says:

COPD, I’m aware that the abstract and press release of this study claim that they found an “adverse effect”, but if you read the actual text of the study you discover that the only statistically significant effect they measured was a REDUCTION in exhaled Nitric Oxide. Although the authors say that this “may be adverse” they offer no justification for this claim since respiratory inflammation results in an INCREASE in Nitric Oxide. It is most likely that this anti-inflammatory effect is from the nicotine, and so it was assumed to be “adverse” because cigarette smoking has a similar effect on FeNo…but smoking causes measurable effects on other lung function that can be measured by spirometry that this study, contrary to what the authors present in the abstract, did not detect ANY measurable change in respiratory function as measured by spirometry.

I understand why you were mislead by the conclusion presented by this article since that was probably the intention of this study. In a similar way, the FDA conducted a study on e-cigarettes and wrote a press release stating that they had found “antifreeze” and “carcinogens”, but again you have to actually read the full text of the study to discover that what the FDA found was far below any level known to be toxic or carcinogenic and none of the tobacco related impurities were detectable in the vapor. If the FDA were honest, their report would have been a glowing recommendation of electronic cigarettes….Unfortunately, political and financial influences from companies who sell drugs to treat diseases caused or worsened by smoking weigh too heavily upon the FDA and they issued a very obviously biased press release that, as here, does not accurately convey the actual results of the scientific study.

January 19, 2012 at 4:37 am
(78) Thad Marney says:

Deborah Leader wrote, “Now, imagine if you have COPD and use them regularly to help you quit smoking cigarettes?”

According to the study you cite, e-cigarette use had no statistically significant effect on pulmonary function as measured by spirometry but did reduce levels of exhaled Nitric Oxide by 2 parts per billion, 90 seconds after use.

This study looked at “healthy smokers” (presumably that means they did not have COPD), but as an expert on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, please explain exactly how a REDUCTION in exhaled Nitric Oxide could possibly do anything to worsen a pre-existing condition like COPD. Shouldn’t we expect a reduction in FeNo to actually be beneficial to someone suffering from COPD??

January 19, 2012 at 11:58 am
(79) Kristinnm says:

“the FDA states that “e-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans, and may contain other ingredients that may not be safe.”

And there “may” be aliens in your basement. Anyone can claim there “may” be anything anywhere. Notice they didn’t claim to have actually FOUND anything.

There IS an ingredient known to be toxic to humans in your toothpaste. It’s called “fluoride.” The amount of fluoride necessary to cause death for a human adult (155 pound man) has been estimated to be 5-10 grams of sodium fluoride, ingested at one time. The amount of diethylene glycol, the ONLY “toxic ingredient” ever detected in an e-cigarette (and only in one single cartridge to date), necessary to cause death for a human adult (155 pound man) is estimated to be 70-140 grams.

So, what is potentially more dangerous – your fluoride toothpaste or e-cigarettes?

January 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm
(80) Jack Baxter says:

A little over a year ago, Sept 2010, I was told that I had COPD and that I would be using an inhaler if I wanted to breathe reasonably normal. I had heard of E-cigarettes and decided to try them as a way to cut down on my 53 year habit, the last 20 of which were 3 pack a day of ultra lights. I ordered a starter kit online and then procrastinated for over a month before I started to use it in late Nov. B y mid Dec I had totally quit smoking and was using nothing but the E-cigarette and have been smoke free since. I now can walk where I want to, climb stairs without stopping at the top to catch my breath, no longer wake up coughing my lungs out, can talk without interrupting myself with a quick inhale and just generally feel a lot healthier. COPD, please read the links in the above posts as they will give you the real information and not the innuendos, half truths and outright lies that are being spread by people that have a financial interest in keeping E-cigarettes off the market. As for the Albuterol inhaler that was prescribed for me in Sept 2010, it sits on a shelf near my desk, unopened, to remind me why I use these electronic wonders.

January 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm
(81) Elizabeth W says:

Dear Ms. Leader,
Both my husband & I are now ex-40+ yr smoker, ending at 1 1/2 packs a day each. I can not tell you how many times I have quit cigarettes only to return to cigarettes with a vengeance. Over a month ago we received our e-cig couple’s kit, ran out of cigarettes, started vaping & have never turned back. Neither of us have had the hard physiological withdrawal symptom of anxiety, anger, depression, sleeplessness, etc. Addressing the behavioral symptoms, e-cigs have allowed that transition not to even have occurred, making this the best “quitting” solution that we have ever used. After more than a month of being cigarette free, I have absolutely no desire to return to the smoking world.

Our health has improved dramatically: breathing is easier & deeper, no longer short of breath, no more wheezing & coughing, sense of smell & taste returning, etc. The list goes on & on.

So I ask that you rethink your position concerning the e-cig industry & it’s users. We are not on the government dole for our vaping experience. If unfounded criticism causes e-cigs to come under the heavy restrictions of the FDA or it’s outright banning altogether, then many, many people probably including myself will most likely return to our former use of traditional cigarettes.

So please do more of your own research, read some of Bill Godshall’s research & findings (SmokeFree PA), ask “vapers” how they feel & look into the thousands of success stories found on e-cig forums. As vapers we realize that e-cigs may not be 100% safe, but it sure is +99 % better than smoking. It’s a viable harm reduction alternative to smoking & has probably saved my life.

January 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm
(82) copd says:

To all who commented, I don’t have an opinion. I am just reporting the story. My opinion, as usual, remains unbiased. You are all on a witch hunt it seems, and that’s ok. Controversy is good, just keep the insults out of it. There is no need to attack personal character, only to comment on the facts.

January 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm
(83) director59 says:

I have been using E-cigs for 2 years now, and without them I would still be smoking cigarettes. Since using them, my COPD has not worsened. The FDA needs to keeps their nose out of e-cigs. If tobacco makers were smart, they would produce their own line of e-cigs and accessories

January 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm
(84) Joyce says:

Why was the study done on non-smokers, they don’t smoke. Of course there are going to be changes to their airways. Seems like they should have done the study on regular cigarette smokers. It takes only 3 to 4 puffs on an e-cigarette to satisfy the need for nicotine. They are not supposed to be used like a regular cigarette. My husband has used one successfully for 3 years now. The damage to his lungs from regular cigarettes was far worse than this is. I appreciate the fact there is no second hand smoke. I am a non-smoker

January 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm
(85) Shan B says:

(1)
This comment is solely based upon MY medical history. I was a smoker for approx. 17 years, with NO intention to quit. I was diagnosed with Rheumatic Fever [an auto immune disorder and heart disease] which left me nearly home bound. At 23 I was told my valves were starting to leak, and my heart was starting the scarring process [known as RHD] – even though I knew I was dying, I still continued to smoke because all of the chemicals and additives continued to tell my brain I needed it. I’ve tried the patch, gums, pills [which left me in worsened health] At 27 I had all signs of COPD. Unless you have suffered blacking out from loss of breath/air constriction, chronic cough (with blood), or ANY of the issues I have had WHILE smoking, please don’t DARE tell me an e-cigarette ISN’T a safer alternative. 4 months after I switched I went to my heart specialist to have my yearly EKG and Echo cardiogram, to find out my murmur had lessened. Another 4 weeks later I went back to have the same, plus more extensive tests done, to only find out my valves no longer leak. My lungs and heart have been TOP notch since I was 1st diagnosed at 13. Before you base your research on non-sense. Do tests on people who have gone from smoking, to vaping. I went from having the flu nearly year around [due to my RF] to having the flu for 3 days since I switched. Best of all; I can breath, I no longer cough or pass out due to chronic smokers cough, I no longer have heart palpitations or chest pains. I no longer spit up blood, I no longer have the infections like I have had the past 18 years. I can RUN, I can go places, see the world without fear of risk of infection. This research is NOT based on full studies, and if you’d like my medical history from 1993 – 2012, please feel free to contact me; to do some real research based up REAL medical sciences and the reversals an electronic cigarette has done to my life.

January 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm
(86) Thad Marney says:

Ms. Leader,

As an unbiased reporter and About.com’s COPD advisor, please answer the following direct questions raised by your article and the referenced scientific studies:

According to the findings of this study, e-cigarette use had no statistically significant effect on pulmonary function as measured by spirometry but did reduce levels of exhaled Nitric Oxide by 2 parts per billion, 90 seconds after use–this explains the authors finding of “acute physiological effects” but does not support the title of your article claiming “e-cigarettes may not be better than the the real thing after all”. Please explain exactly how a REDUCTION in exhaled Nitric Oxide could possibly do anything to worsen a pre-existing condition like COPD. Should we not expect a reduction in FeNo to actually be beneficial to someone suffering from COPD?

Please tell me exactly what negative effects on sufferers of COPD could possibly be caused by the minute quantities of tobacco-specific impurities the FDA detected in some commercial e-cigarette cartridges?

Is there any reason to suspect that substituting smoking (the act of lighting tobacco on fire and inhaling the smoke 100’s of times a day) with a 3-12W fog machine using less than a teaspoon or two per day of a proven safe and effective air sanitizer is likely to cause anything but health IMPROVEMENTS inasmuch as they allow users to reduce or stop smoking combustible cigarettes completely?

If a former smoker who was otherwise unable or unwilling to quit smoking becomes dependent on personal vaporizers to avoid smoking cigarettes indefinitely, what sort of long term effects on the lungs of users or bystanders do you think could possibly be negative?

January 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm
(87) MattZuke says:

“To all who commented, I don’t have an opinion. ”

Yes you do, it’s in the title and your article. It’s your medical opinion that patients with COPD should avoid e-cigarettes because it’s been observed that smokers who use e-cigarettes exhale less FeNO after 5min of use.

It’s your professional opinion, as a nurse and journalist, that “E-Cigarettes May Not Be Better Than the Real Deal After All”, and “not be beneficial to people with COPD ” which is a huge leap to make based on a minor observed change, which is typically associated with patients receiving a benefit from inhaled cortical steroids. But I don’t have COPD nor asthma, so I don’t know, but the levels were so small that any affect observed the study conceded were negligible.

Your opinion is not supported by the study you’re reporting on. The authors suggest if e-cigarettes are used as a short term bridge, the (unspecified) benefit my outweigh the “short term risk” (unspecified). See page 12, line 294.

“I am just reporting the story”

I “thought” you were reporting on the study, which saw no pulmonary change. What health care professional would offer medical advice based on a press release. But you’re not “just” reporting. The study covers health smokers, not smokers with COPD. You’re not just reporting the study, or press release, but you’re adding your expert medical opinion that a minor decrease in exhaled FeNO is “not be beneficial to people with COPD”.

So tell us the significance of exhaled nitric oxide, why COPD patients should avoid lowering it, even by a very small amount, even if it means maintaining a cigarette habit.

Also clarify whether you’re reporting on the press release in Reuters, the abstract, or if you actually read the study.

January 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm
(88) Beverly says:

Any smoker concerned about their health should give this a try! I stopped smoking 7 years ago – using the patch – and it was very difficult.

I’m 100% for anything that is less harmful than our normal “cancer sticks” – and nobody can convince me that these are more harmful than regular cigarettes.

It is very disturbing to me that the FDA tried to ban this in the U.S. They must really be under the control of the tobacco lobbyists. Very sad. American corporations in general (and now government agencies too) do not seem to give a hoot about the health of American citizens.

January 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm
(89) Jim says:

Again, THIS PRODUCT IS NOT FOR NON SMOKERS. YOUR STUDY SUCKS.
IF YOU READ THAT PEOPLE WHO SMOKED AND SWITCH ARE NOW FEELING BETTER.
WHY???? THEY ARE NOT GETTING TOBACCO AND TAR THAT IS IN A REGULAR CIGARETTE.
STUDY THE TWO, A REAL CIGARETTE AND A E-CIG.
THAT WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE.
NOT YOUR STUPID ASS STUDY.

January 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm
(90) Thad Marney says:

It should be pointed out that, although the abstract of the study claims to have tested on “healthy non smokers”, if you had actually read the study itself you would see that this is a misrepresentation of the facts. In fact, the study was on a group of “40 healthy smokers” compared against a control group who was given the test device “without a filter”. Since e-cigarettes generally do not have “filters” of any kind, we can presume that the author knows little to nothing about their use. Although this study claims to have found “acute physiologic effects”, nothing in the data indicates that the effect was “adverse”.

January 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm
(91) Healthy non-smoker says:

Why would you conduct a smoking test on a ” HEALTHY NON-SMOKER”….That makes alot of since…great job guys

January 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm
(92) MattZuke says:

” compared against a control group who was given the test device “without a filter”. Since e-cigarettes generally do not have “filters” of any kind, we can presume that the author knows little to nothing about their use”

Thad, I hate to disagree with you, but if you view the nobacko.gr site, you’ll see clearly the use of the word “filtra” or “φίλτρα”. We can presume the author was a Greek.

However clarification is indicated since removal of the cartridge would lend itself to increasing airflow. If it was me, I’d snip the lead in the cartridge rendering the filter inoperable. But I have some experience, and you might be right. I’d also use real cigarettes as a control, however this could be a Hellenic Ethics Committee issue (Protocol number: 67-7/10/10). I would also add further controls, primarily NON nicotine. As it stands, e-cigarette fluid has much in common with inhalers, which the same test for FeNO is used.

Also, and note page 5 line 113

“As vapor was not formed in the control setting, blinding was not possible”

So the lack of basic controls, mainly this was NOT a blind study add serious doubts to it’s credibility, something a medical journalist should have reported on.

January 20, 2012 at 3:20 am
(93) Margaret says:

I have proof e-ciggs work. I go for lung function tests every year due to a genetic lung disease. I tried everything to stop smoking, until I found e-ciggs. My FEV’s Forced Evacuation Volume went from 35% to 49% after only 4 months of quitting. It worked for me, but only serves to take the edge off the nicotine habit which is the ingredient that makes you addicted we can live without all the other chemicals in smokes with e-ciggs. They are better than smoking, quitting all together would be ideal.

January 20, 2012 at 9:20 am
(94) Natalie s. says:

I was using the njoy ecigarette to quit smoking until my lungs felt so bad I had to stop. This study bears out my experience. More study needs to be done. Now I am using the Nicotrol Inhaler, which has NO vapor…just nicotine. Works great.

January 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm
(95) MattZuke says:

“I was using the njoy ecigarette to quit smoking until my lungs felt so bad I had to stop. ”

This could be a valid post. There are some people who are allergic to propylene glycol, or just can’t tolerate it. I don’t know the concentration in Njoy, but these imports tend to use PG and glycerin. I personally find high PG fluids like Volcano too harsh for my taste, but others like it because it “feels” like a cigarette.

One should talk to their doctor, as PG is used in inhalers there’s a simple test for PG allergy. The alternative is vegetable glycerin.

The Nicotrol Inhaler is a little cost prohibitive, it’s like $200 plus prescription. I get get a firm price on the cartridges, I think 168 cost $200, where 10mg delivers only 4mg to the user, where 16mg/day represents a 4 week supply. The net result is $7.14/day for 16mg/day, ~$10.50 for 24mg/day. Compare to ~$2/day if you buy prefilled cartridges, plus entry cost less than half that of the Nicotrol Inhaler. Adding batteries may drive that up another 16cents/day. Bulk fluid would drive that price down.

The Inhailer is only a net win if it promotes total cessation. Cost over 12 weeks I believe is $600, but we’re talking cessation rates of around 7% in 12 week programs, less than 3% over 20 months. E-cigs over the time period would be $260 more or less including an $80 starter kit, or $860 for the first year. Self-filling would cut this estimate down.

A 1 year program I believe would be $2400 vs $860, and this is presently offered by HealthNZ.

January 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm
(96) copd says:

Due to the overwhelming response of this blog post, I am working on an article about the pros and cons of the e-cigarette that will answer some of these questions. Stay tuned! The article will be posted in my blog once it’s done and thru med review.

January 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm
(97) David says:

I find it interesting that the reporter, ‘and I use that title loosely’ here had not researched both sides of the debate and posted them for reader conclusions.
After I researched the topic I found some actual scientific evaluations and tests with extensive data on certain brands of e-cigarettes.
This one New Zealand scientific report on the Ruyan cartridge* was particularly interesting with good data results. I realize the e-cigarette debate is highly charged with political posturing but it is rather conclusive that e-cigarettes are ‘compared to tobacco products’ rather non-lethal as the New Zealand study indicates.

*Here is the link: http://new-smoke.com/images/e-cigarette-safety-report.pdf

January 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm
(98) sam says:

i haven’t smoked a cigarette in almost 2 months now thanks to electronic cigarettes. they have saved my life and i plan on quitting electronic cigarettes too and am slowly working down my nicotine levels, BUT they are a great way to wuit without having withdrawals and are MUCH more enjoyable in taste. anything foreign to the body is going to be harmful in someway, people are just trying to find a reason to say ecigs are bad but compared to real cigs they’re NOT. i hope the FDA doesn’t get into regulating these, not like they do a good job regulating anything else we eat or drink

January 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm
(99) Utah Vapor says:

Before you listen to one person’s opinion of a POS study that only compared one side (true studies look at all sides), review this peer reviewed scientific study just completed overseas. Do research then decide (there are many more like this out there).
http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-11-786.pdf

January 24, 2012 at 6:59 am
(100) Jamie says:

Oh please!! Not another person who wants to choke the liberty of an American smoker. First it was the all might tobacco product itself, now it’s an artificial cigarette that produces vapors? Just STOP. STOP being a communist by forcing restricting laws on tax paying citizens.

January 24, 2012 at 11:03 am
(101) William Harrison says:

Ummm … I posted a comment yesterday that didn’t personally attack you, yet it appears to have been removed.

Sigh. Well, I hope you actually TALK to some e-cigarette users, and perhaps read some full-text journal articles instead of abstracts.

January 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(102) Peter says:

I’ve been using e-cigs now for two and half months. I was a fifteen-year pack-and-a-half a day smoker until I managed to quite about five years ago, but then started again two years ago, though at two-thirds-a-pack a day.

One thing I’ve noticed about the e-cigs is that I use them a lot less than I smoked. Now I seem to take one drag on the e-cig and put it away for a couple of hours – far less consumption than regular cigarettes, and my cartridges (which are supposed to represent 1 pack) last me 7-10 days. (And yes, at a considerable cost savings – $20 for the battery, $4 for a cartridge, and after 8 cartridges I am still on the same battery, capared to $9.50 a pack in NYS for cigarettes).

As to their dangers, of course they’re dangerous. Everything is. Drink 50 gallons of water in one sitting, or submerge your head for ten minutes, and I guarrantee that you’ll die.

The thing is that the primary danger from e-cigs seems to be the presence of carcinogenic nitrosamines, as detected by the FDA.

The nitrosamine content of the e-cig cartridges has been reported be roughly the same levels of carcinogenic TNSAs as the nicotene patches ( 8 nano-grams per kg) compared to 5,000-7,000 ng for a single cigarette. The seem to avoid the 45-6000 carcinogenic chemicals also found in cigarette smoke (depending upon which usually uncited study or report you read).

I would really like is a full FDA – or any other non-biased study – on the likely short term and long term health effects of this product so that I can make an informed decision. Rather than the pro-e-cig “Of Course Its Safe” line, or the “E-CIGS KILL!” line from the the anti-smoking groups.

I know thats a lot to ask.

-Peter

January 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm
(103) copd says:

Peter, I am currently working on an article that will show both pros and cons from a research standpoint. It should be done today, then goes into med review and should be published by I’d say, end of week. I will post it in my blog, but, I do agree with you that more studies need to be done for the long term.

January 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm
(104) Elaine Keller says:

To answer your question, I stopped smoking on March 27, 2009 having switched to an e-cigarette. I now use a more advanced model than I began with. The technology keeps changing and improving. Yes, it would appear that the FDA has an agenda other than the health of smokers in mind. Otherwise, why would they have grossly misrepresented their test results? Those who use e-cigarettes would welcome reasonable regulation, but we don’t trust the FDA to be reasonable. If they regulate e-cigarettes under the Tobacco Act, they could insist that we go back to the models that were on the market in 2007–which would significantly reduce their effectiveness. Technology moves at the speed of a race car and the FDA moves at the speed of a tricycle.

January 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm
(105) copd says:

Well, I have finished my E-cigarette article. I included both pros and cons from current research. I just turned it in, so it will be a couple of days. I believe it to be a good, accurate overview of both sides. It will also have a User Answer, but, they are hard to do because policy states you can’t ask how they work, only why you decided to try them. So, stay tuned, I think you will like this more than my original blog post that seemed to p–s everyone and their brother who smokes the E-cigarette off.

January 26, 2012 at 7:00 am
(106) peter says:

Thanks and congrats to this open discussion. Most of the other COPD sites wont even discuss it. All they quote is the views of the establishment.

January 30, 2012 at 11:58 am
(107) Mr Elixir says:

After smoking for 25 years, I switched to electronic cigarettes 5 days ago. Already, my lung capacity has increased so much that I went jogging today. If there are any dangers with the e-cigs, they can’t be close to the real thing. For anyone that is interested, I have started a blog to chart my journey from a 2 pack per day smoker to a healthier electronic cigarette smoker:

http://mrelixir.blogspot.com

January 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm
(108) copd says:

Brian, nothing could be further from the truth. I find it interesting how angry all the smokers got over this blog post. The bottom line, whether tobacco or e-cigarettes, nicotine addiction is not healthy. If people need a reason to not quit and they want to blame me or this article, then so be it. I find it humorous.

July 7, 2012 at 6:50 am
(109) S. Nolan says:

You find a person’s addiction to be humorous? Really?

Out of curiosity, do you drink coffee? I ask as the pharmacological effects (and addictiveness potential) of caffeine is almost the same as nicotine.

Where is the article discussing the dangers of caffeine intake and caffeine cessation options?

July 7, 2012 at 8:34 am
(110) Rita says:

It can’t do anymore damage than the tar and unnecessary chemicals that go into an analog cigarette. IN FACT i was weezing and coughing so much on a analog that i was considering quitting when i heard about the ecig, NOW? i can breath again and NO WHEEZING. I would say that was a sympton of my lungs undergoing a HUGE change.. NO TAR. NO CHEMICAL!! GOoDBYE TAR…

July 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm
(111) jake says:

i smoked for 27 years and could never quit. i havent had a real cig in a month now! whatever the effects,the ecigs are better for your body,so far, for me. hopefully i will step down the nicotine till im nic free

July 10, 2012 at 1:56 am
(112) Matt A. says:

Michelle M. is completely ignorant. None of these products have EVER been illegal in the United States. The FDA has TRIED to ban it but a judge determined it unlawful to ban the sale and use of the electronic cigarette. The FDA testing was a sham, claiming a juice had ingredients that are NOT found in any brand I’ve ever used.

I do not have a stake in the e-cig industry. I don’t sell them, I use them. I smoked for 18 years and was up to two packs of Marlboro Reds a day… MY LUNGS HURT AT THE TIME. I switched to my e-cig and all lung pain was gone within a couple of weeks. I was no longer losing my breath walking up a flight of stairs, and I haven’t had a sinus infection in
almost 2 years since switching. I am not the only long term smoker I know personally who has started using them. And these people have been off of tobacco ranging from several months to 1 year now. Why do we do it? Because enjoy being able to breathe and not suffer withdrawl.

Where the patch, the gum, and the inhaler have failed miserably for myself and countless others, every day people are finding the magic of the e-cig. Which was designed to help smokers stop smoking. Vaping saved my life. I’ve been a nicotine addict since I was a little kid. If you took it from me, I’d go back to tobacco. And that’s just what Big Tobacco, the FDA, Michelle M. and the writer of this article seem to be hoping for. Sorry ***holes, you won’t be profiting from me slowly killing myself any longer.

July 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm
(113) Jannick says:

so i started using the e-cig two days ago in a half assed attempt to stop smoking. i tried quitting alot of times before.

yday when i started i had 2 real cigarettes.

today ive had 0.

the weird thing is: i dont really miss it: the e-cig is a brilliant psychological substitute for the real thing untill the hábit breaks.

July 15, 2012 at 4:40 am
(114) Mohammad says:

Yeah immediate changes to airway bla bla bla…. study, sponsored by propably a cheap tobacco company and performed by a healthy smokers, as if there are any, I will only tell you my study based on my experience as an unhealthy smoker for 25 years, I had a chest infection that lasted for SIX months and took all kind of conventional and non conventional medication but nothing cleared it, i was so scared i would be diagnosed with COPD Untill I switched to the E Cig and yes I agree with the fact that there are immediate changes to which included less cough, far better chest feeling, loss of bad stinky breath, better sense of taste and smell and above all my chest healed itself in three days after switching, but maybe because I was a non healthy smoker, if I have been a healthy smOker and the only way I could would be by smoking pure fresh air at room tempreture then yes comparing it to vaping it’s better, for me e cig is the best things that helped me quit smoking and i thank GOD for finding it, quitting was a an impossible task, and it really hurts to find that some pepole are willing to decive and kill for the sake of money, I sugest take my money but don’t kill me, it’s been a long holiday for tobbaco company’s who offered slow death to smokers and took their life’s and their money for so long, and the change is going to happen, they will get crushed, their only option is to either join the flow now or shutdown in the near future, because this is a far far much better alternative and it will only get better, again ease remember this is my personal expirence as an ex nonhealthy smoker

Thanks

July 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm
(115) FLo says:

Although I support more research on this, it doesn’t take a study or a scientist to conclude that e-cigs are light years safer than cigarettes. No combustion (dah) and 4 ingredients instead of 599 (dah again). Although the 599 ingredients in cigarettes were reported in 1994. Never again since then. so twenty years later — who even knows what’s in them. All I know is that cigarettes are deadly and those that come up with ways to keep us addicted are evil.

Apparently, industries such as conventional cigarettes and pharmaceuticals are fighting the e-cig because of concern that they may lose revenues. Perhaps even state governments are concerned over the immense amount of tax revenue they will lose.

I seriously encourage regulating these to make sure e-cig manufacturers don’t start putting any additives. I would also lobby to stop cigarette companies coming out with their own version of ecigs. They have already lost the public trust and proven they will do anything for profits.

July 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm
(116) DoG says:

There’s so much propaganda against e-cigarettes on the internet these days! Tobacco lobby don’t sleep!

July 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm
(117) Linda says:

I just bought some Electronic vaping – NOT because I was smoking and trying to quit but because I simply enjoy the puffing and smoke part of it. I used to smoke 5 years ago kool cigarettes and then quit. I’ve not smoked since then..

My ONLY concern about E-ciggys are that on all the liquids I’ve purchased there are no approved labels on them. I was concerned about SGS safety regulations. As with all substances I think it would be great if we knew the substances in these e-liquids.. I’m still enjoying my vaping but I’d like to see such regulations.

Who knows what’s actually IN these liquids that come from China.. Now I’m pretty ignorant and a dilettante at this. I’m simply posting my concerns as a consumer who enjoys vaping and would not want to see this taken away as it has helped many quit and prolonged their lives..

July 26, 2012 at 9:01 am
(118) JustMe says:

I’m inclined to agree that the government has its own agenda. I mean, why would they want people to quit smoking? They don’t benefit from healthy citizens. There is no way that e-cigarettes are as bad as real cigarettes (which over the years have had more and more chemicals added to them, by the way)…common sense will tell you that!

I’m 29 weeks pregnant and during this pregnancy I have went from smoking, to quitting, to going back at 5 or less a day…to sneaking back up to more a day…to now desperately wanting to quit! My OB just informed me to try the e-cigarette!!! So far, so good…except I’m not inhaling it…I”m holding it in my cheeks in hopes only the nicotine will enter into my gums. I sure hope this works. I haven’t had a cigarette since yesterday! I’ve been a smoker for a very long time, way too long. If this works for me (and I’m feeling pretty positive about it).

Good luck to anyone else who tries this. I wish you all the success!!!

July 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm
(119) nothiefsallowed says:

Ill go where no ones gone yet:

show me a smoker that picks up an e-cig and doesnt cough their brains out at first. Its a totally different method of inhaling. Its not exactly like taking a puff on a ciggy. Not to mention nicotine levels vary from one person to another.
Give me a test having never used an e-cig with 50% nicotine in them and i guarantee ill fail any test, Now test me after i get the hang of it after a couple of hours and give me a starting nicotine level of 12-18mg and I and any lab rat will “blow” your results out of the “water”.
This is coming from a guy that is no longer on 15 RX’s and 3 OTC meds,
Forget the taxes the gov is losing lets talk about what happens to the medical industry after most of its patients are no longer in need of care!!!

July 27, 2012 at 8:47 am
(120) EgoT says:

I stopped smoking cloves after 13 years. I use vapor electric cigerette. I dont use that much. I save $300 per month.
Also, I do a lung detox daily. Eat raw lemon daily. And drink 2Liters of water a day.
I am much happier.
I live in texas. In a major city. 4 years ago. I met a group of guys who smuggled ecigerettes in usa fron europe. They told me that when they first tried to bring 1 home from europe the year before 2007, us airport customs took their ecigarettes away from them. Said they were not able to keep them.
How crazy is that.
Is it not always about $$?
I wish that I would have switched to ecig when they first came out in usa.
I feel great.
The solution is simple people…
Think.
Think.
Think.

July 27, 2012 at 9:00 am
(121) Rick says:

Every experiment NEEDS a control, somthing to compare it to. Without it the experiment is useless. I know that my lung function is impaired just from breathing cold air in the winter. The FDA should regulate the air temperature. But even for this experiment you would need a control… like warm air!!! I could even invent a car that I said had fewer greenhouse gasses and say it has heath benifets. The FDA could say ” no!!! this car produces CO gas and is bad for people”. Or a COAL burning power plant that releases less Mercury. Surely this would improve the lives of us all. But again the FDA would say it still has harmfull effects….. UNLESS, you COMPARE it to OTHER cars and power plants!!!!!

July 27, 2012 at 9:26 am
(122) Kim says:

Of course the FDA has an agenda behind there comments. If people use e-cigs. instead of real cigarettes, and people start feeling better… then they (the FDA) will be pressured to remove regular cigarettes off the market… so instead of having to deal with that big headache they would rather try to stop the use of e-cigs. In my opinion the question then becomes who benefits most for the use of tobacco products instead of a nicotine delivery system that works for quitting, smells better, is better for your health, etc…. the answer only the people who can afford to buy stock in tobaccos… hence gov’t officials…

July 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm
(123) mike says:

I tried to quit several times this year 2012, The patch almost killed me had a bad allergic reaction to them, I quit cold turkey could not make it past 1 month before returning to smoking, My last attempt to quit was by using the e-cigarette for a couple of weeks transitioning cold turkey, I have been smoke free and without the e-cigarette for 2 1/2 month now but boy do I miss smoking and still crave to smoke, But this is the longest in 38 years with out a cigarette,

July 31, 2012 at 8:50 am
(124) Devlinski says:

Trouble is, I’m now “addicted” to my E cig….I need some “proper fags” to ween my self off them now? tough old life int it?

August 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm
(125) Kimberly says:

Either is not good for you technically but as far as I am concerned the E-cigt has been a God-send for me! No more chronic broncitis, coughing, out of breath, stench, or allergy attacks from it. I went from 2 packs a day real cigs, to the equivalent of 1 every 4 1/2-5 days with the e-cig. Of course the FDA is going to step in because this does not fall under something that can be taxed under the obscene tobacco tax! It’s helping people quit which is costing them money!

August 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm
(126) Jamie says:

I tried a e-cig for about a week 6 months ago, I have had a cough ever since.

August 7, 2012 at 5:46 am
(127) Dawn says:

I have been a heavy smoker for at least 20 maybe 25 years due to stress. I have tried to quit in the past but failed due to stress. I desided to try an e-cig because the establishment where I usually get my cancer sticks cheap was closed. I tried the e-cig and loved it. It has been almost a week and I find that I am not puffing as much as I did when I smoked the cancer sticks. I am going to reduce the nicotine maybe even weekly until that part of my addiction is done and then maybe just for stress vapor a nice Dr. Pepper flavor with no nicotine, just flavor. This product is really helping get rid of this addiction and horrible habit. Just because this product can contain nicotine does not mean that users will continue to use something so dangerous after the addiction is done with. Tobacco companys should be ashamed to add all the crap they add to make people slaves to their product. Thank God for the e-cig and freedom at last.

August 9, 2012 at 8:11 am
(128) John Castle says:

A few other things that are clear:

1. The FDA is a government agency.
2. The government has made smokers of traditional cigarettes into tax cattle.
3. They don’t want e-cigarettes freeing their herd.

August 10, 2012 at 9:09 am
(129) Rob Baker says:

I have smoked for nearly forty years and since being diagnosed with copd have switched with great ease to e-cigarettes. My smoking cessation nurse has told me to stick with whatever works for me, so long as I dont light up a real gigarette. I think e-cigs are a godsend as i never dreamed i would be able to give up. The thought of smoking cigs now repulses me. I have my taste and smell improved and my chest is thanking me for it, no more wheezing. these nay sayers should realise that its worth switching as that is a step towards stopping altogether!

August 13, 2012 at 6:50 am
(130) marie says:

I have been using the ecig clear. Cig. For a year the only time .I have. A hard time. Breathing. Is whn the cats are aroundme or I have. A cold and the cats are around me. I c an breath ten. Times better. After smoking for 20 years.

August 14, 2012 at 5:28 am
(131) Harm Reduction Principles says:

I am a former pack/day smoker, yet also a sports enthusiast in excellent health. I am also a professional and know smoking (among other things) are not “good” for you but something I enjoyed. Still, I decided to try the e-cig, compared to actual cigarettes: no contest. I do not want to quit, yet have been tobacco-free over 5years. I control the amount of nicotine I take in, same as one does when they puff on a cigarette and why it works as a substitute, without all those poisons by far. Tobacco is a legal product. So too are junk foods that result in obesity–obesity being a far greater public health danger than smoking, yet I don’t see people banning cola, chips, burger joints, sat. fats, etc. In health, we focus on harm-reduction. Adults have a right to choose (and that sometimes means making bad choices, too). Instead, we focus on moderation and substitutes. So why then do we not focus on harm-reduction when it comes to tobacco smoke, understanding that not every smoker wants to quit. E-cigs aren’t about cessation but a substitute, and they work. As with other products, Is it unreasonable to hold any product to a 100% safety margin, for there would be few if any products on the market if this were the case, not to mention that tobacco is a lawful product. E-cigs are safer than cigarettes (comparison of toxins makes this clear, containing nothing other than FDA approved contents I might add). It is no one’s business if an adult decides to smoke, and even less if one elects a substitute such as e-smoke instead (there being no second-hand smoke, etc. either). Why smoking substitutes are singled out for different treatment compared to other products is beyond suspect. Smoking cannot be subject to an “all (smoking) or nothing (quit)” policy but to that of harm reduction, the over-riding principle of health.

August 16, 2012 at 8:59 am
(132) Michael says:

I like many other people had smoked for over 20 years, had my fill of trying to quit and resigned myself to dying from it. I had bronchitis, an inability to breathe deeply without coughing or pain, and according to my fiancee snored like crazy and kept clearing my throat constantly as well as coughing up god knows what.

I decided to try e-cigs and got the ridiculously huge super strong one from Gammucci. Within 2 weeks I had not smoked a single normal cigarette. My cough was gone, I stopped snoring, was filled with energy and went back to working out, climbing and cycling.

I’m sure that e-cigs are not as healthy as nothing at all, but they are definitely better than real cigarettes and I have recommended them to many friends who have had the same experiences.

For those that say they should be banned, I would ask whether these people drink alcohol. I quit alcohol 2 years ago realising that it not only damaged my health but caused many other problems as well.

What does alcohol and cigarettes have in common you ask? Both provide enormous amounts of money to the worlds governments who don’t care about our health, only the money in their pockets. If we are to ban something that has helped so many people such as e-cigs, then we should definitely ban cigarettes that have been PROVEN beyond doubt to be unhealthy as well as alcohol which has caused so many deaths as well.

August 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm
(133) Tudval says:

I don’t know what you people have been smoking, you all complain of problems. I’ve been smoking for 40 years and only had some issues when I had cigs that were stale, too dry or too strong or itherwise bad quality. I smoke 2 packs a day of a very reputable brand, make sure cigs are always fresh and of proper humidity and use an additional filter. Smoke comes out light and have NO issue from smoking.

August 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm
(134) john says:

As a long time e-cigarette user (three years) and a competitive athlete, i can tell you this article is seriously flawed, as is the study it cites. I used to be a fairly heavy smoker, at nearly a pack a day .During this period of my life i could constantly feel that my lungs were not healthy, however since switching to electronic cigarettes that is no more. I too have noticed acute effects from using an e-cig, but if you didn’t it would mean it is not working. you see, nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, which means that it contracts or “shrinks” your blood vessels. the same is true for any stimulant. caffeine included. when the nicotine wears off in about fifteen minnutes, im ready for my weekly 100 mile bike ride. as a smoker, i never would have dreamed of being able to accomplish that. so to set the record straight, e-cigs are FAR better for your health than actual cigarettes

August 27, 2012 at 4:34 am
(135) Dani says:

I can’t believe that I’ve been sitting here reading these posts for almost an hour. Some of them sound like infomercials. I just read about dude that can ride his bike for 100 miles. I am a 32 year old woman who only uses the ecig when I drink, that’s the only time I can’t stand to not have a cig in my hand. I quit smoking a year ago and started running. I found a love for running that outweighs my cigarette addiction, but when I drink the ecig is there for me and has kept me from going to the nearest gas station to buy a pack of cigs that I know is going to make me sick! I ran a 5K last December and now I am training for a half-marathon this December. I can run 7 miles without stopping; I never thought this was something I could achieve because I was a smoker. Still don’t know if this ecig is harmful but it sure beats real cigarettes.

September 3, 2012 at 12:09 am
(136) elizabeth says:

I would like to find a refillable e cig that is close to a real cigarette. My husband and I tried a couple different brands and my husband said it feels nothing like a cigarette not enough vapor and will not use it. Do you guys who have quit smoking with the e cig use a refillable one and what brand is the best? Thanks so much.

September 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm
(137) andls says:

The head of that research report is Professor Christina Gratziou, who is Chair of the European Respiratory Society Tobacco Control Committee. Tobacco Control? Hmm. Does she have a predetermined axe to grind? And, if so, does that make the report suspect? Are the results bogus? Junk science? Let’s find out. I did some online research on that committee and here is what I found … on their own website containing their own quarterly journals: Here is a direct quote from their website: “The ERS (European Respiratory Society) has contributed greatly to the dissemination of the awareness of the health risks of smoking, the need and possibility of doctors helping smokers to quit, and the need for a smoke-free Europe”. A smoke free Europe? Are these people anti-smoking zealots or what?? And that makes the entire harmful lung function study and report very very very suspect.

September 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm
(138) dal says:

“I can’t believe that I’ve been sitting here reading these posts for almost an hour. Some of them sound like infomercials.¨

And others sound like flamebait (not yours, just saying there’s a pretty full spectrum of comments here – ecigs will catch you a unicorn and solve world hunger right through to take one puff and you’ll be worse off than a heroin junkie).

After reading some of the anti-ecig posts, I really think there should be a few more required fields in the ‘leave a comment’ section – a checkbox for whether you were ever a smoker, for instance, which if left blank causes the comment to only appear if the person viewing the page is the one who made that comment (perfectly doable with web cookies I’m sure).

Just saying there seems to be a lot more anti-ecig rage here than makes sense – and I could understand if a lot of it was coming through people who had never smoked themselves but had had friends/family/significant others who suffered COPD, and whose frustrated reaction was always ‘why don’t you just stop doing that’ not ‘why don’t you find something in a lot of ways similar to that to do instead’. It’s a little different if you have spent X years smoking and are able to switch to something that makes you feel much less unhealthy.

Another explanation would be that some of it is coming from tobacco company employees – according to an ex-flatmate of mine who worked for BATA (possibly still does) e cigarettes are more of a concern to them than patches/gum/whatever else – they seemed to believe that other NRTs were far less effective. If they honestly believe their revenue stream is threatened in this way astroturfing would be a perfectly understandable reaction.

Anyhow – for what it’s worth:

I DID smoke for thirteen years (20pack/day for the last 3-4).
I DID completely switch to ecigs four months ago.
I DON’T believe second hand e-cig vapour is a valid cause for health concerns.
I DON’T know whether e-cigs are COMPLETELY benign.
I DON’T believe that vaping is a significant cause for health concerns.
I DON’T believe that non-smokers should take up e-cigs.
I DO have concerns about flavourings, and would like to see more research on what common components of flavourings are beyond a doubt safe to vape as opposed to safe to vape except over long periods of time in medium-high concentrations (have in the last month stopped smoking juice other than home-mixed stuff with very low flavour concentrations or no flavour at all).
I DO feel much healthier that when I smoked.
I DON’T make or plan to make money based on the e-cig industry.
I DO die a little inside whenever my best friend tells me they look too weird for him to try, tells me he plans to quit his (25) pack a day habit outright (someday) and then lights up in front of me.

September 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm
(139) That Guy says:

I used to smoke a pack and a half a day. I switched to e ciggs and it took about a week but i can breathe much better; i now jog and exercise daily. I love e ciggs, whats not to love about still getting your nit fix and being healthy with it?

September 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm
(140) Kareberry says:

I love my ECIG. and this article actually had me scared for a minute until I read the comments of others just like me. I was a 18 yr smoker and as soon as my ECIG came in the mail, I haven’t picked up another tobacco cig since. And I say “HATS OFF” to all of us that has made the decision to have a healther life. and THANK YOU ECIG!!!!

September 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm
(141) Chris Oaten says:

i guess i am what you would call a “healthy smoker” – i work out 3-4 times a week and surf/ run/ row on the weekends.
i only smoke a pack a week and have been for 10 years.
my breathing is normal, however i have a constant ‘cold’ and always have.

I just switched to SouthBeachSmoke eciggs a week ago and IMMEDIATELY my breathing has been restricted.
I am having heart palpatations at the gym now too which isn’t good.

I get that these dont have the “harmful” chemicals but im starting to think normal ones would be better.

on the plus side, after i puff an ecigg i dont feel tired, i feel hyped.

but the breathing thing has me really worried.

the above study has proven to be very true for me.

- not looking to start more conflict – just telling you all what happened to me :)

October 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm
(142) Louise says:

I have advanced stage copd and I quit using the e cig.
I tried everything and failed. I almost given up hope of ever quiting.
My fiend bought me an ecig , it worked , two years four days without a real fag . My copd is now moderate and I’m walking talking and doing more . My Heath will never be good as the damage done can’t be undone.
But it’s alot easier now I don smoke. It took me 6 months using the ecig before I was ready to quit the ecig. So thank god they have not been banned. I would be dead now for sure . From 2 packs a day to none. Thankyou ecigs .

October 8, 2012 at 11:51 am
(143) Anthony says:

I have been “vaping for 2 weeks .little in the morning ,little at night.since then I cannot stand the smell or taste of a regular tobacco cigarette.i was a Pack and a half a day smoker.reguardless of the negative effects of an electric cigarette, in my opinion, it is the way to go when quitting. But this is jut my opinion so no negative feedback necessary . Thank you :)

October 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm
(144) Rose says:

The FDA is being a too nosy this time. They don’t want people to quit smoking or they would loose too much money. Because E-cigs are outside their regulation they are mad about loosing money when smokers decide they want a tar and tobacco free cigarette.

October 23, 2012 at 11:18 am
(145) Stephanie says:

I have been wanting/needing to quit smoking for EVER. After 20 years of smoking I decided to try the e-cig. I use Aqua Vapor – I received the e-cig 16 days ago and I have not smoked one cigarette since. It is amazing how similar the e-cig sensation is to a real cigarette. I was a huge skeptic and thought for sure that it wouldn’t work; however, here I am 16 days in and I am having NO issues.

October 24, 2012 at 10:52 am
(146) ge says:

I’ll avoid the politics of this issue and give “just the facts ma’am”.
I’m a 53 yo male, I’ve smoked for 36 years. I’ve tried to quit a thousand times. Earlier I was diagnosed with mild COPD, a 20% reduction in lung function. I’ve tried & failed so many times, but 4 days ago I got a CIG 2 O, and 4 days ago was my last cigarette.
This thing is amazing, I call it a miracle, and am thrilled.
I would plead with all smokers to try an e-cig.

October 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm
(147) Dareyouto says:

I have smoked for 50 years and was diagnosed with COPD 3 years ago. Both my mother and father died from lung cancer (my father aged only 38 years) and still I smoked. I made excuses such as ‘well my father had been a coal miner’ and I dare say there was some truth in the fact that his employment may have contributed to his death at such an early age. My mother died at 64 years old and when she was diagnosed I gave up immediately but, unfortunately, only for a matter of weeks. Then I thought ‘but hold on, mum smoked untipped Senior Service, they must have been so strong, I didn’t.’ That shows how much of a hold tobacco had over me. Since I had my first e- cig a month ago I haven’t had the slightest desire to have an ordinary cigarette and the difference is amazing. I no longer cough, my chest doesn’t feel tight and climbing a flight of stairs is a doddle because I no longer feel breathless. I have no doubts whatsoever that e-cigarettes are better for me than smoking and just wish I had taken up vaping years ago.

November 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm
(148) Ronny T says:

Started on Gamucci brand refillable USB ones… they don’t curb my cravings for proper smoke completely, but over the past week or so I have been feeling pretty ill (cold-like symptoms), although my taste and smell have improved dramatically. To Chris Oaten; its possible you are now taking in more nicotine than you did as a smoker. I think this is sometimes happening with me, as I feel like I need to vape a lot more than a ciggarette’s worth to get rid of any cravings. I smoked around 10-15 hand rolled cigs a day before, FYI

November 12, 2012 at 10:44 pm
(149) gailmc says:

I am an oxygen nurse. I have never smoked a cigarette in my life. I bought some of these for patients because my father has lung cancer and I didn’t want to be exposed to this in peoples’ homes. Just since March I have had a patient get off of oxygen and others the doctors are telling them their lungs have shown improvement with their COPD.
As a nurse I am ashamed to see that the Pharmaceuticals are pressuring the FDA into trying to stop the sale of ecigs. We all know why…the billions of dollars they are making in smoking cessation products, which by the way fail 95% of the time, are losing money.
45 people die per hour from tobacco cigarettes. How many have died from Electronic Vapor?
It’s just like the vapor from a nebulizer which patients inhale all of the time.
Chantix has killed hundreds of people. Cigarettes are still on shelves. Do I need to say more?

This is a HOAX article brought to you by BIG PHARMA!!

November 15, 2012 at 11:51 am
(150) x-smoker says:

The e-cig will be the greatest thing in the world, as soon as the government finds a way to tax it…..period!

November 22, 2012 at 9:45 am
(151) Charlie Brown says:

After 30 years of smoking a Ecigarette has given my hopes to quit smoking. I want to thank all who commented to this controversy …. : -) …

November 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm
(152) vaper says:

My father passed away last year from lung cancer. Before being diagnosed with cancer, he was diagnosed years earlier with COPD and chronic bronchitis. He died weeks after he was diagnosed with the cancerous tumors in his chest and lungs. He enjoyed smoking (even though he quit for a year at one point) by using the patch. he only quit because my mother quit at the same time. My mother left him about 5 years ago….when she left, he started again. He was addicted and he also liked to smoke….I remember he said to me: “Everyone has something they enjoy in life or something that helps gets them through hard times, whether its good for you or not..,.from exercise (jogging and the gym), to gambling, to drugs,alcohol and smoking……his was smoking……i wish i knew or he knew about e.ciggs before he had the COPD and definetely before he cancer……they might have saved his life………I truly believe they will save mine.

November 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm
(153) Keith says:

So e-cigarettes make changes in the airways eh? When I smoked roll ups ironically enough, they too made changes in my airways. Also my sense of taste and smell. Also my fitness levels. They made me lethargic and dopey. i stank. had yellow fingers. Yellow teeth. Aging skiin. Dull eye’s.
Vaping with an e-cigarette, has changed all this. I’m healthier, breath better the opposite in fact of all the things I stated above.
What a stupid report, and what a stupid headline, “e-cigarettes may not be good for you after all” What a load of rubbish.

December 3, 2012 at 2:21 am
(154) eddie says:

Had it ever occurred to you that the smokers already had resisted breathing and these other issues?! Can the media ever have something good to say!?!?

December 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm
(155) J. Lewis says:

TO QUOTE: “In fact, on its website, the FDA states that “e-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans, and may contain other ingredients that may not be safe.” In 2010, the FDA tried to the stop the sale of e-cigs and failed. They even tried to regulate e-cigs as drugs. One thing is certain — it’s clear that the FDA and the e-cigarette industry have a relationship that is strained, at best.”

Yes, and they are At It Again! On December 17, the FDA will hold a public meeting to determine if e-cigs will still be legal for sale and use.

December 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm
(156) J. Lewis says:

THIS IS BULL! And I will tell you all why –

The FDA Failed to stop e-cigs before because they overstepped their bounds and were Illegally stopping shipments. Also, because the FDA is simply trying to make money from the control of e-cigs because if they can convince people they are not safe, they can carry on with the approval and sale of NRT’s that do NOT work (patches, gums, lozenges, etc.). The FDA’s “Study” was misleading. Only ONE early e-cig product was found to contain a toxic substance and that was less than 1%. Current E-Cig ingredients do not contain that substance — In Fact, e-cig liquids contain 5 things the FDA has already approved as SAFE for a multitude of other uses such as in food and medicines…

These ingredients include:
1) Propyline Glycol – Found in almost ALL food flavorings and colorings and many other foods like Cake mixes and Sport Drink Enhancers.
2) Vegetable Glycerin (Glycerol) – found in many food products and nutrition bars.
3) Food Flavorings
4) Distilled Water
5) Nicotine – found “Naturally” in Potatoes, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Cauliflower, Hot Peppers, Tea, and Tobacco.

December 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm
(157) J. Lewis says:

Cigarettes contain over 4000+ Chemical, most of which can cause cancer and the smoke itself, because it is a carcinogen, often does cause cancer.

Also, the most recent so-called Study was flawed because simply breathing in a hot shower temporarily constricts air flow and causes changes in lung capacity and physics.

When is the BS going to end and when are the people going to stop walking around like sheep waiting to be led to slaughter?

The FDA is in cooperation with Big Pharma Corporations and the Government who don’t make a dime from the sale and use of E-Cigarettes — Bottom Line — End of discussion!

Sure you can trust the Government – Ask any Indian!

December 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm
(158) J. Lewis says:

I was a smoker for over 34 years and in 1996-1997, was diagnosed with Chronic Bronchitis COPD

I have been using an e-cig since Oct 13, 2012 and I can breathe better, have no pain in mu chest, can sleep better, have no cough anymore, food tastes better, my wife’s allergies are better, I don’t have the nasty smell or tar in my home, car, or clothing, I don’t have ashtrays laying around for my children to get into, and I don’t have to worry about accidentally burning my children, myself, or my home — which by the way happened in an apartment close to me in 2007.

In 2007, 4 apartments where I live were wiped out by a person who fell asleep with a lit cigarette.

Isn’t that enough to make you switch?

The FDA and Government are the ones who need Controlled, not them doing the controlling!!!

December 8, 2012 at 9:21 am
(159) danny says:

I have tried quitting smoking god knows how many times, i have tried all NRT nicotine replacement therapy and it did not work i have been hypnotised and it did not work , i eventually tried the alan carrs easyway which managed to work for 2 years but then i started smoking again i kept going back to alan carrs easyway on there booster courses which was only good for around 3 months each time i ended up back smoking , now as you can see this has been a challenge to quit, i knew the damage i was doing to myself and i knew i had to quit and my hardest part was doing so whilst having a drink, this is were i have buckled everytime in the past the horse and carriage ,i know so many friends and family who are all exactly the same, its the drink once the drink gets involved you always feel like there is somthing missing.So just recently the 5th of december 2012 i decided i am not going to smoke another ciggarette ever again it is a solomn vow a permenant decision of mine but as part of that plan im going to use a E-CIG instead i have hardly even used it yet but i know i am looking forward to the weekends more knowing i can enjoy drink and if i feel like it, chugg away on a E-CIG

December 10, 2012 at 11:34 am
(160) Paul K says:

Taking a hot shower has the same effect on the airways. Should we be taking cold showers from now on?

December 13, 2012 at 4:25 am
(161) Debbie N says:

I tried E-Cigs they taste the same but they dont last long I didnt have withdraws or anything but then I went to purchase refills and I dont see how they advertise them as cheaper alternative either Id pay double or triple to switch from real cigarettes to electronic ones. Its an all around bad deal rip off

December 18, 2012 at 11:30 am
(162) April says:

I have been smoking my personal vaporizer for 7 weeks now and have never looked back. I smoked cigarettes for 35 years and have tried to quit many times. This time is for good! The thought of smoking a regular cigarette makes me quite queezy….and I’m glad.

December 18, 2012 at 11:41 am
(163) Vape Girl says:

Hey, we all know why this is happening….it’s all about the money isn’t it, big tobacco companies!! You greedy ” !@##%*!”s Trying to take away something that doesn’t harm anyone…not the user or the people around him/her. But they love it when we are killing ourselves by smoking thousands of poisons that aren’t at all necessary. PROPAGANDA, people, PROPAGANDA!!

December 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm
(164) VICTORIA says:

I was happy to receive this on Christmas, because I am eating to much and puting weight on. I stopped smoking 3 years ago and still eating up a storm put on 50 lbs and feel worst that I did before I stopped…I have chronic broncitis and hope this doesn’t put this into the next catagory of Emphima…Is it safe to smoke???? it has some nicotine buy of course no tar….Thank you Victoria

December 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm
(165) Heather says:

Vapor smoking has helped me quit, for 6 months, then I went back. Now I am using the vapor smoke again, and I have asthma, however I am down 2 weeks.

I get concerned sometimes because I have not coughed nor lung excretion since quitting. (both times), Where as when I quit cold turkey no vapor once before, I had everything leave over a week or so after quitting….Worried but I feel like it is much better.

December 29, 2012 at 12:03 am
(166) tom salmon says:

The study concerned is actually disputed for conflict of interest issues, not being peer reviewed or published, being mis-representative (hot air also causes airway resistance and no attempt to measure levels of oxygen in the blood was made), conflicts with previous studies, and a lack of thorough methodology (see below)

For example a recent clinical safety assessment of one such electric product in 40 smokers showed that mouth and throat irritation and dry cough were commonly reported in the initial few weeks of use, but all appeared to wane spontaneously by the end of the study, after 24 weeks of regular use.

The conclusions of the author of this ‘study’ are not fully supported by the data, and there is accumulating evidence that is in fact rather strongly supportive of a good safety profile for the e-cigarettes.

For more details see for example:

https://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/ashtray-blog/2012/09/scientists-find-major-flaws-with-new-e-cig-airways-passage-study.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/08/science/e-cigarettes-help-smokers-quit-but-they-have-some-unlikely-critics.html?_r=0

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(167) hathuuuuuuu says:

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January 16, 2013 at 11:51 am
(168) Tony says:

I recently had an xray on my left shoulder, and the doctor discovered a “spot” on my upper lung. He order a followup xray and then a CT scan. Before I even got the results, I decided it was time to try quitting… again! I was a pack-a-day smoker for 20 years, and with an ecig it took me a week to quit. One month later and I haven’t smoked a single cigarette. The good news is that the spot was only a lesion/polyp, and nothing to be worried about. Will I go back to smoking tobacco cigarettes? No way! I feel healthier, I have more energy, and using ecigs actually costs less. Do your research and you will discover the benefits of this new technology. Not healthy in the absolute (quitting completely is the only truly healthy alternative), but MUCH better than tobacco cigs!

January 17, 2013 at 12:49 am
(169) Longtimer says:

Read almost every post… But there are so many EXACTLY in agreement with me that I won’t belabor the point of ecigs=good alternative.

The only thing I didn’t see mentioned was…Where is the FED going to supplement 14+ BILLION DOLLARS of excise tax, if we DID quit smoking? Enough to run the Department of Interior + Office of the President + a bunch left over?????

The Fedeal Government does NOT want you to quit smoking…or at least, buying, tobacco.

January 19, 2013 at 12:58 am
(170) Lola says:

I am going to call bull on the study. First off you can not puff on an e cigarette for 5 minutes. e cigarettes are not like tabacco in the way that you could puff all day chain smoking. E cigarettes are pure nicotine and the puffer only needs a hit or two then puts the electronic device down.

What I did learn out of this article was that the Tabacco industry has bought the FDA

January 30, 2013 at 5:25 am
(171) Diverite says:

Why don’t they do a true study of the lungs on a smoker before and after switching to an e-cigarette in the form of chest ex-rays and give the inquiring public a true picture of what is going on in reality, I’m positive they would have many volunteers to participate in the study!!!!!!!

February 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm
(172) john says:

it seems like there tring to regular cigarettes are good thats BS

February 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm
(173) William B says:

I just had a lot of fun reading about people who have had similar experiences with e-cigs. Cigarettes have substantially damaged my health. I’m the worst smoker in the world! I started when I was 23, and have smoked 3 to 4 packs a day for most of my life. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Emphasema (just the beginnings) and had congestive heart failure several times.

For the last two years I have tried e-cigs on and off. It’s only with the invention of the new Ego twist style batteries that I’ve been able to find my perfect vape. Over the last two years I’ve steadily cut down on the real cigs and switched more and more to e-cigs. As I’ve done so, my health has improved considerably. My lungs are now clear, and I can walk without having to stop and catch my breath. My heart function has improved. I no longer need my nebulizer. (An oxygen nurse commented earlier that e-cigs work on the same proven technology as nebulizers and I totally agree).

At this point I smoke less than a pack a day and am ready to quit entirely. I’ve tried the gum and the lozenges before, but they just don’t fulfill that craving for a cig. Plus, they’re way too expensive to be a viable alternative.

Right now the FDA is considering passing “deeming regulations” on e-cigs. They will probably start regulating the production of the e-juice used in e-cigs. I just hope they don’t tax it so that it becomes just as expensive as smoking. E-cigs are a very real and safe alternative to cigarette. My primary care doctor has seen my improvement over the year and a half I’ve known her, and recommends the use of e-cigs to all of her patients that are trying to quit.

February 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm
(174) Misleading says:

This study is pure, unadulterated bullcrap. E-cigs are better for you than cigarettes and there is simply no doubt about this. Every single smoker that has switched to e-cigs, except for a few with allergic reactions, reports feeling better after a few weeks of quitting cigarettes. Is it better/healthier to not smoke anything? Yes, but e-cigs are way better than cigarettes if you must smoke something.

February 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm
(175) Jen says:

Drugs approved by the FDA kill more people each year than all illegal drugs combined. The truth is ecigs are cutting into tax revenue. It’s always about the money.

February 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm
(176) Hank Barden says:

I think that article was a load of horse hockey! I got on the pill to help me quit… works great, but i still wanted to ‘habit’ smoke.. So, i decided to try ecigs.. WOW, ..Has made it a piece of cake to not smoke a cigarette!.. I use my ecig instead.. and Im using the no nicotine kind because of the pills I used. I can tell you after 3 days, I feel better, and im loving my ecig.. And, since it doesnt have nicotine or propylene glycol, Im not concerned in the least about ‘vaping’ or inhaling these… I love it!! Why didnt I do this a year ago.

February 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm
(177) Leon says:

Hahahaha… I’d like to leave a logical comment; a layman rebuttal…

The difference between the Ecig and a Cigarette is known quite well – there is no need to reiterate such a thing. But the FDA and agenda scientists have given concerns to inhaling pure nicotine.

There are, however, several NRT offered by many companies. These include but are not limited to;

Nicotine Patches – This will release nicotine DIRECTLY INTO THE BLOOD

Nicotine Gum – This slow releases nicotine into the Saliva and in turn stomach which distributes this into the blood, as well as using certain absorbing points in the mouth etc.

Nicotine INHALERS – This is the inhilation of PURE nicotine into the Lung, and is offered as a viable NRT, over the counter without any gripes from the FDA.

So, Nicotine inhalers made by Pharma are fine, but exterior sources are scolded for offering a solution that mimics that of the NRT?

give me a break!

February 24, 2013 at 4:11 am
(178) Simul says:

An e-cigarette is an inhaler but an electronic one. It vaporizes the propylene glycol based a liquid solution, into the aerosol mist. It stimulates the act-tobacco smoking. It is often called as tobacco replacement (read more here). In the market it is sold by the name of smoking cessation.

February 27, 2013 at 8:41 pm
(179) Robert M. Jr. says:

I agree with most of these people that there studys didnt care to mention actual tobacco results. Theres no such thing as a healthy smoker,its clearly not healthy to inhale carcinegens. Something a tabacco company would say. Its obvisous the government is trying to regulate and make it look to be dangerous cause they just want some revenue. I think “E-Cigarettes” shouldnt have the word cigarettes relating to it. Only similarity is nicotine,which in fact does not cause cancer. I quit tabacco,an since i started vaping,i now dont want any E-liquid that comes close to tasting like cigarette tabacco. I get it,thats what people want when they start because they want a healthier alternative with nicotine thats similar. I just hate when people say ” it dont taste like a cigarette” well its not suppose to. Yes,the same concept but a differant experience that needs time to get use to the transition of it all. But all an all i dont think electronic vapors should even be compared to tabacco.

February 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm
(180) crystal porter says:

I have been smoking for twenty years I have had the e cig for alittle over a month and havent smoked a cig since already my lungs feel better no more smokers cough and will spend less money also have cut down on how much I smoke I eould recommend buying the flavor of cig u preffer the flavored ones dont seem to do the job for me personally because I enjoy menthol and has been my preference however u still get the relief with the flavors

March 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm
(181) vicky says:

I was using e cigs instead of roll ups and I got a more serious chest infection than ever before, I had stopped smoking before with no chest problems and I had never had a chest infection before
I feel something in the ecig affected me. So I stopped used Nicotine chewing gum ..

March 4, 2013 at 10:09 am
(182) D says:

Thanks to the government for making their federal buy out clearer than ever.

Vaporizing any substance, be it marihuana or tobacco is FAR safer than lighting it on fire. Even when you smoke tobacco the nicotine is being vaporiZed by the flame. The difference here is not inhaling the byproducts of plant matter an paper brought to combustion.

Sure if you’re vaporizing pure nicotine it might be better than vg and pg. but I am more confident in my lungs ability to process the byproduct of vg pg and nicotine than the thousands of chemicals in an all out onslaught of my lung cells.

Thanks again government, I know I can always rely on you to decide what’s best for my health, and not your wallet. It’s okay though. You keep it illegal, so I can keep buying my e-juice tax free. (Canadian). Bet your wallet will feel pretty small after realizing the tax dollars lost through being capitalistic morons.

March 5, 2013 at 11:46 pm
(183) Nick78 says:

It’s funny how everybody on here sounds just as defensive as people did back when the fda started attacking real cigarettes. There is a reason why they say the devil you know is better then the one you don’t. Also does everyone forget how deadly just plain old nicotine can be? enjoy your e-cig, if it helped you great but come on we honestly have no idea how bad they really are. Don’t be so obvious about wanting to be ignorant because you found some magic cure(aka snake oil) to smoking addiction because I am positive if it turns out e-cigs cause tumors or any terminal illness you will all be on the first train the sue the creator,distributor and anybody else who didn’t try and help save you from your own ignorance.

March 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm
(184) G says:

Nick, we’re not ignorant. I switched to e-cigs after getting hooked on cigs. Cigs gave me shortness of breath, coughing up tar, heart burn.

I now have none of these after just a week going electric. I’m ok with taking on the risks of nicotine use for another year or so.

I don’t need science to tell me how I feel. You also forget that some people are just fine with a certain level of risky behavior.

Keep in mind not everybody thinks like you before calling a group of people ignorant.

March 14, 2013 at 8:07 am
(185) DivaB says:

I am an ex smoker and have been smoke free for 3 years now. I do use electronic cigarettes and I mix and flavor my own e-liquid. Diagnosed with COPD, Chronic Bronchitis type 6 years ago, I’m currently off all of my breathing meds and have been for a hair over 2 years. Even my doctor is won over by my choice of Electronic Cigarettes. This article is one sided and not much factual research was done with the other side to weight such an opinion and closed minded look at this very important issue, which keeps getting misrepresented with those who really don’t know what they are talking about.

March 17, 2013 at 9:54 am
(186) bondoman says:

Cudos to e cig- 40 smoking years w/ copd, 2 packs a day. Turn e cig and my pulmanary speacialist can not believe the difference in my lungs. Sad that FDA , Big Baccur and Pharmas are in bed together.

March 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm
(187) John says:

I was smoking for 36 years and tried Mistic e cigs. The first day I smoked only 3 newports as I was smoking the e cig. After that first day I didnt touch another cigarette. I been smoking e cigs ever since. I can tell you from fact and experience that I have damage to my lungs from smoking and after I started the e cigs, there was no strain or complications to my breathing. If anything I can breathe deeper and more freely since using the e cig. Of course they are going to make the e cig look bad because it is going to be a big blow to the tobacco industry when others start going to the e cig. Watch how many big tobacco companys start making and selling e cigs in fear of their profits going down. For anyone who really wants to quit smoking, I think the e cig will benefit you greatly. It is alot healthier than smoking a real cigarette.

March 22, 2013 at 9:22 am
(188) Koysor says:

Ive been smoking for the past 12 years, usually about 15 cigarettes a day. I dont have a smokers cough or any other restricting feeling in airways when I smoke, just the addiction.

I bought one of those e-cigs (tank version) two days ago, and after trying the classic tobacco flavour i found it alot harsher than my normal cigarettes. The nicotine content i opted for was medium fr Vapouriz. After puffing the tank ego cig for say 6 puffs, my chest and throat feel constricted for few minutes. Smoking a cigarette does not do this to me??

Why do i get this feeling, i tried mixing some menthol in with the flavour and it still gives me this constricting feeling when I smoke the tank. So basically i cant get enough of the nicotine I need, so i end up smoking a real cig. Ive been trying it for two days now.

I want to cut down and eventually stop! But these ecigs dont seem to help! I find it hard to breathe after few puff using ecig, but normal cig does not do this. Why is this? Should i try a different flavour instead of classic tobacco?

March 23, 2013 at 5:05 am
(189) andre fred. m. mabaquiao says:

I sell e-liquid (feellife e-liquid) having US FDA certificate

March 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm
(190) krispy critter says:

Do your research on Propylene Glycol, and other ingredients in the e-cig. This has unhealthy known health effects. I have been researching the ingredients listed in e-cigs. Smoke them at your own risk. I have smoked for 40 years, tried the e-cig, and liked it because it made me feel like I could still smoke! Well I have decided not to smoke the e-cig after all, due to the ingredients. Common sense tells me, if I am inhaling something they put in antifreeze, acrylic paint, brake fluid, shoe polish, and I can keep going…..then why the heck would anyone want to take a chance on the long term effects. Then it will be too late, to undue whatever damage we have done. Reminding anyone of traditional cigs?

April 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm
(191) Tony Roan says:

Shame on you. Your baseless accusations might cause people to go back to tobacco. Shut up!

April 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm
(192) William D Langston says:

Was a two pack of cigs for 47 years..could not hardly breath, had a bad heart attack two years ago..still could not quit smoking. Started vaping 4
Months ago. Can now breathe, no wheezing and I now feel like a 20 year old.. thank God for the ecigs..I feel that the government and drug companies are behind the downing of a good thing.

April 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm
(193) Kimberly says:

Has anyone compared the lung peripheral airway resistance of the following at one time…
- non-smoker that breaths through their mouth for 10 minutes (as if smoking)

- a chronic e-cigarette smoker that does the same for 10 minutes

- a cigarette smoker to smoke their cigarette for 10 minutes

(Have all three groups not having an underlying restrictive or obstructive lung disease that would botch the expirament)

Then repeat the study having all three groups to breath slowly and only through the nose for 10 minutes.

I can almost bet, all three groups would have the same results, if not closely similar with both tests. I could be wrong, but I know that mouth breathing in general isn’t equal to nasal brething. Mouth breathing increases risk for infections. Smokers and Vaporizers spend a lot of time inhaling through the mouth.

I would love to see objective results!

As an e-cig smoker since February 9th, 2013; and haven’t pick up a cigarette since, I feel better than ever! I failed my last pulmonary function test. I was having trouble breathing and needing inhalers. This is why I quit smoking. I can’t wait to see my results at the end of this month. I no longer have a cough and no longer need an inhaler. Thank u vaporizers!!!

April 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm
(194) Michael Melito says:

I am an ex smoker. 30+ years 2 packs a day. I tried everything to quit and nothing worked. Then came the Eciggs I am proud to say I have not smoked a cigarette in 3 months. I have done a lot of research and Now it seems the only people that have a problem with the Ecigg is our own FDA. I talked to the American Cancer So, and they said they are safer then regular ciggs, but more study’s need to be done. They where up beet. Then I got to thinking why does the FDA have a problem with the Ecigg. They even tried to ban it but lost. (thank god) Again this blows my mind along comes a much safer way to smoke invented in 2003 by a doctor who lost his own father to cancer from smoking and the FDA wants it banned. Remember people this is the same FDA that back in 1982 when it was proven with out a doubt that cigarette smoking was killing millions of people. Shame on the FDA for doing nothing to stop it. Here they are again trying to stop Eciggs Gee I wonder why the FDA don’t like them. Could it really be the money that our government will loose? Are they that evil?

April 18, 2013 at 12:28 am
(195) Vapor Cig says:

Are e-cigs bad for you?

Well there was a study that showed what ecig vapor consisted of and it broke down to roughly,

65% water
5-10% propylene glycol
1-2% nicotine
and the remaining % I guess is the contents of the air we breathe everyday

So I imagine the water vapor along with the propylene glycol is absorbed into the blood via the lungs without any problems and thats that. Should be basically zero damage to your lungs. So as long as propylene glycol is safe, hopefully it is since it’s in processed foods and toothpaste, vaporizing should be 100% safe and 100% harmless.

April 18, 2013 at 10:25 am
(196) Cole says:

Lol! “A Healthy Smoker”!!! I smoked cigarettes for 13 years! I tried to stop with patches, pills, hypnosis, and gum all to no avail. Then 1 month ago a good friend introduced me to these awesome alternatives. After so many failures I am finally able to walk away from tar sticks, A.K.A. the cigarette.
I am sure that I am still addicted to nicotine, but I am able to smell, I’m not coughing up disgusting phlegm, and my mouth doesn’t feel like ash. I will take my chances with the e-cig thank you. Very much!
Also I am sure that the billion dollar businesses, related to smoking are giving out plenty of money for this type “education” that suggests that smokers should just stick with cigarettes. After all you already know that smoking is the most disgusting, dangerous, and adicting legal drug. Why take a chance on something that may be safer, is cheaper, tastes better, smells better, and will allow you to be happier? LOL!!!!

April 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm
(197) Paul K says:

I’ve been using my e-cig (vapour version) for 6 weeks. I was a hardened smoker of 16 years and had given up on giving up. However after a friend recommended an e-cig and let me ‘have a drag’ of hers I was surprised to find that it tasted and reacted just as a real cigarette would do. Now after reading some comments on here from so many who I can only presume are paranoid schizophrenics; I ask you, what did my friend do or tell me??……Tell me she’d get me 1 (to make a profit) as you seem to think? Tell me she’s saving a fortune financially? Tell me about a friend of a friend who’s selling them, etc etc. No, lets be realistic notice the word FRIEND no self interest what so ever on her behalf. What she did do though was recommended an official e-cig website and said I should buy one and try it for myself because health wise after 9 months of using the e-cig she had not felt better since her teens before she’d started smoking. What planet do you people live on when actual e-cig users are telling you genuine stories of lives saved and better health you some how manage to translate these into someone making money or scamming people or from a family member? Unbelievable!!!! As for the report what a pile of absolute garbage and should never have been published in the first place!!!!

May 5, 2013 at 9:07 am
(198) Dana says:

I think it is important to note that they used a healthy (relatively) smoker for this. As a former smoker when you smoke you inhale directly into your lungs where when you use an e-cigarette you breathe the vapor into your mouth then inhale. Ask someone who has been smoking for years to inhale vapor from a device that looks like a cigarette and they will of course do this the same way that they smoke. This means that yes those people will have issues, at least at first. Over the period of a couple days they adjust and stop inhaling them so directly and those issues subside.

Also E-cigarettes use a liquid as a vapor source. (We all should agree there.) Well as someone that has made my own liquid on many many occasions, I do know what I am putting in the bottle I am mixing. Simply, Vegetable Glycerine, Propylene Glycol and sugar free candy flavoring of my choice (and Nicotine – if I want Nicotine in that bottle). I am sure most candy makers will know LorAnns flavoring, Vegetable Glycerine is found in cough syrup, and Propylene Glycol is used to manufacture candy and soft drinks. Nicotine is extracted from tobacco with heat.

Remind me what the FDA banned that I am using?

WhenI stopped smoking and started vaping and my asthma all but disappeared. Sounds like damage to my lungs? Interesting….

May 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm
(199) kenny says:

only been on e cigs for ten days so far, i use the one with the refill bottle. i smoked roll ups for 15 years and normal cigs for 20 years before that . i got to the stage where i thought i would always smoke, till i died as i tried hundreds of methods to pack in , not one worked , until ten days ago this is the longest period in over three decades i have gone without a gig. so i don’t care what the report says. i’m sticking with my ecig, because the only alternative is tobacco smoke and its not done me any good in the past

May 27, 2013 at 4:27 pm
(200) Robert says:

About.com. COPD looks like a Spiriva advertisement at first glance.

May 31, 2013 at 12:16 pm
(201) copd says:

Sorry, I don’t like the ads much either, but I have no control over them.

June 1, 2013 at 2:29 am
(202) JKillian says:

I’ve read about 30 of the comments negative on the article because earlier today I listened to an e-cigarette discussion on National Public Radio. I don’t use them and have only seen one used in a video once. The interviewee sounded incredibly lightweight on the topic and like a lot of what you hear on NPR it sounded like pure propaganda – but for what?

Like most here say, using E-Cigarettes is often a life saver. What is fueling the anti E-Cigarette cabal is the simple “dehumanization” of all users of conventional nicotine – cigarettes, pipe, cigars and chewing tobacco.

They only way these dehumanizers will ever consider the evil they do is to call them what they are – truth murderers.

June 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm
(203) Josh says:

The FDA has reason to want to regulate or prohibit the sale of E- Cigarettes. The main issue that I see as someone who used an E- CIG is the massive amount of sellers that have clogged the market. Some of the inexpensive products contain vegetable glycerin which is terrible. I have no doubt that this particular base for an E-Cig is not a healthy solution. I also have no doubt that all E-Cig products cause some degree of lung constriction. Those ones containing propylene glycol however, seem to be a more healthy solution to smoking actual cigarettes. Now this is purely opinion based upon my own research and I encourage anyone who is considering using an e-cigarette to do their own research.

June 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm
(204) Josh says:

While I do partially understand the FDA’s position on e cigarettes, I think that the benefit to me and others greatly outweighs the under researched risks. My personal conclusion after using an e-cigarette for nearly six months now is that it is a solution that works.

June 6, 2013 at 11:16 am
(205) Carl O says:

Sure, they cause constricted airways. at least the ones with nicotine in them do.That’s what nicotine does. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone, except 1 company, whom I shall not name, call them safe. They are reputedly “safer”. They cause constriction in the airways? What about regular cigarettes you burn? Do those cause constriction in the airways?

FDA site: Electronic cigarettes may contain chemicals that are toxic to humans. Ok. Sure. Regualr cigarettes **DO** contain chemicals that are toxic to humans. So, it’s a matter of using something that **may** be harmful to something that **is definitely** harmful.

If you want to report that electronic cigarettes may not be safe, that’s fine. I agree, they probably, almost certainly aren’t. But be fair and compare them to regular cigarettes which are definitely harmful. From everything I’ve been reading, and it would be reams of paper were it in that form, electronic cigarettes seem to be a case of reducing harm.

June 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm
(206) GTexan says:

@(25) Michelle M. As a former smoker for over 40 years I was able to finally quit using Electronic Cigarettes. This article in addition to what seems to be at least one non smoker socialist with a socialist socialite agenda? I’m referring to Michelle-m’s comment. Michelle has this far out Hollywood type story about drug dealers and a whole nest of other criminal ctivities in order to blame them on electronic cigarettes. Michelle-M say’s the doctors commenting on e cigarettes are actually criminals promoting their criminal activities? Criminals posing as doctors in order to further their cause related to e cigarettes? REALLY? Remember that. Michelle-M said that doctors commenting about the safety of e cigarettes are in reality nothing more than criminals furthering a cause for their activities. Michelle-M evidently doesn’t care if she may cause someone else to continue smoking until death if she scares them by their relying on the false information she’s pushing. And I’d like to know if these are suppose to be some of the criminals Michelle-M is referring to?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaZ6abK2RrQ

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June 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm
(208) HealthFreedom says:

Propylene glycol in the nicotine is a component of anti-freeze and considered to be carcinogenic.

July 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm
(209) Jill says:

Yes, I smoke E-cigs and I have quit smoking real cigarettes !
Of course the FDA has motives for keeping it quiet !! It was invented in
1963 !
Imagine how many people would still be alive if the E-cig was available !!

It’s all about money…

August 28, 2013 at 11:35 am
(210) GB Ash says:

I smoked for 47 yrs. I have been on ecigs now for about a year and a half. The reason I tried them is, I had tried every habit kicking method out there and I was dying. I could barely breath by the time I started with them. Almost immediately I felt a difference. The real miracle is I can breath way easier now. And have the wind to do all the things I used to do, and now I feel I not dying anymore. Anybody that knocks them doesn’t have the problem a die hard smoker does. Sure It’s probably better to not smoke at all. But the extra years of life I will personally get, and have all ready gotten, make them a great investment in my life. This is real first hand experience, not a whacked out study by a self-interest group.

August 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm
(211) Anthony says:

I have been a pack a day smoker for 13 years and have tried quitting many times with patches gum and just plain old cold turkey. E-Cigs are the first thing that has come close and i feel much better already 17 days no real cigarettes and I don’t need one. Slowly but surely im starting to feel like I don’t even need the e-cig anymore and soon i think ill be able to make the transition to being a completely non-smoker. All thanks to e-cigs. Say what you will but this whole article seems like propaganda and scare tactics. Cigarettes are way worse than e-cigs and I can testify that by the way I feel after over two weeks (not 5 mins).

August 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm
(212) Rob says:

I dropped the $40 on a Blu e-cigs starter pack and here are my experiences in the 24 hours I’ve been using it. The vapor tastes like stale water from a plastic bottle, something the weak menthol flavor doesn’t come close to masking. Upon each drag I get a very brief headache when I enhale, a sore feeling in my throat and a slight dull pain in one of my lungs. I’m going to notify Blu and attempt to get my money back but regardless the outcome I’m never taking another drag from a Blu e-cig. $40 isn’t worth it.

September 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm
(213) gy says:

let me just say this. this day in time kids r going to smoke.they r trying there best to say vapor smoking is as bad as reg cig. they say the batterys some times blow up,well so does lighters,it has happend to me.they say they dont want more kids to start smoking.wake up people they already do.it really piss me off that they take away people rights to do what they injoy to smoke.these people that dont smoke thinks there better.well geus what people u put your pants on the same way i do.we r such bad people.well they have came out with vapor smoking.guess what im all for it..smokers cant do this, they cant do that.well what about drinkers.what about peolple thats washes in ther e perfumes that will choke somebody to death.where r our rights.hey i got a real good idea.lets not vapor smoke and lets all start back on cigs again.thats alot better for us. FDA wake up and smell the vapor ,ooops i forgot u CANT.
yes i agree give us back our freedom. thank u guys for listening. FDA U PROVE TO US WICH IS WORSE SMOKING TABACO OR VAPORING.DONT WORRY U WILL STILL GET YOUR MONEY, ISNT THAT WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT ANYWAY.

September 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm
(214) gy says:

just want to know FDA r u smoking vapor or r u smoking a real cig.

September 15, 2013 at 12:28 am
(215) World Citizen says:

people in the medical industry do not want people to stop smoking tobacco cigarettes, It keeps them in huge homes with expensive cars. The birth of the E-Cigarette could hurt them where they really care, ( in their bank account)

September 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm
(216) Curtis says:

What is better, stop smoking cigarettes and use an ecig or just not stop smoking at all? That’s the option for most smokers. Just quitting only works for the select few who, I believe, were never really dependent at all.

My experience is that when I do not smoke cigarettes and only use my ecig I have more air and get sick less often. Isn’t quality of life what its all about?

The FDA would love to regulate ecigs just like cigarettes. That way they can tax them just like cigarettes. They couldn’t care less if I smoked rat poison as long as I pay to do it!

September 24, 2013 at 11:16 am
(217) Deborah Leader says:

Curtis, I appreciate your comment, but that is not the only option for smokers. Another — and the best — option is to quit smoking completely. When you stop smoking, it slows the progression of the disease, sometimes dramatically.

October 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm
(218) kellie says:

My mother had a stoke a couple a weeks ago, she has been a smoker for 40 years, she is now 57. She normally smokes 2 packs a day. Her doctor told her “SMOKE = STROKE STROKE =SMOKE” He told her smoking is just like pouring acid into your veins. He also told her if she plans on living for the next 5 years, she had better start E-cigarettes cause if she continues smoking regular cigarettes she will be dead within a year.

October 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm
(219) Sarah says:

If the e-cigs don’t have Floride in them, they are far better then regular cigs. The FDA is never looking out for people, so what is their agenda? And here’s a thought, even if e-cigs do have Floride, They Don’t Burn! When you smoke a regular cig, the Floride becomes twice as toxic!

October 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm
(220) kate says:

I HAVE SMOKED FOR 50 YEARS AND QUIT 2 YEARS AGO. CHEWING ZONNIC LEFT MY TONGUE WITH LESIONS AND POSSIBLE PRECANCEROUS LEUKOPLAKIA. SWITCHED TO BLU E-CIGS. I HAVE EMPYSEMA, BRONCHIAL ASTHMA AND COPD. WHEN I STARTED E-CIGS MY SEVERE COUGH AND LABORED BREATHING RETURNED AND I HAVE TO USE MY RESCUE INHALER FAR MORE OFTEN. UNFORTUNATELY FOR THIS UNHEALTHY SMOKER E-CIGS ARE NOT THE ANSWER. SORRY ALL.

November 17, 2013 at 10:52 am
(221) Gary says:

I quit after trying everything else first using electronic vaporizers (which is what they are). The fda never intervened with real cigarettes, but now that masses of smokers finally find something that works they want to ban it!? Do I not live in a country where im free to use what I want? Its sure alot better than the unfilltered real cigarettes I was smoking. I no longer cough, I can breath deep unhindered, I have my endurance back, I can smell and taste 100 percent better, and I feel 1000 percent more healthy day to day. There’s no doubt that these are better than the alternative and Its wrong to try to take them away from adults. I smoked for 16 years and I havent in a year. Im proof they worked. Thanks for saving my life e-cigs, Ill keep using you no matter what articles say :)

November 25, 2013 at 10:10 am
(222) Ann Purser says:

Well, between last night and this morning, I read every comment. Rob … put down the Blus and go buy the Magic Puff. A friend of mine let me take a drag of hers about 2 months ago. I started them myself 5 weeks ago and feel soooooo much better.

As a 38 year smoker, I have been diagnosed with emphysema and COPD. I’m 55 and female and have been a karaoke host for 18 years. Regular cigs trashed my singing voice … I lost all my range and struggled for enough breath to sing, couldn’t dance a single song without panting and have had to sing all male songs since my voice was damaged. Now after just 5 weeks, my cough is gone, no more nasty spits from my lungs, I don’t reek of cicarette smoke, I’m not burning my car or clothes any longer, my skin looks better and my singing voice is coming back!!! The e-cigs my friend showed me are the throwaway Magic Puff, but my sister and husband quit last December using the expensive battery-operated one that you re-charge. Hey … whatever works!! All I know is that I don’t lay in bed any more listening to the wheeze and feel like I will be the old woman carrying around the oxygen tank … I knew I was dying. I felt it.

Chantix almost made me kill myself. Patches, gum, laser treatments, hypnosis, 3-day seminars … you name it …I did it – but these e-cigs have most definitely worked and saved my life!! If you tried one that didn’t do it for you or made things worae … try a different brand. Don’t give up!!

And when the government starts taxing these like they do tobacco, I hope every e-smoker protests!!

December 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm
(223) Dave says:

I’ve had COPD for the last 10 years or more. I got to the point that I knew cigarettes were killing me. I started vaping and am now completely off cigarettes. I used albuterol, advair, and spiriva for years and it cost me a fortune. I now no longer need these drugs. Vaping clears out my air and nasal passages. I could care less what the supposed studies show. I save 150 bucks a month in meds and another 250 bucks a month in cigarettes. They can stick their studies up their ash. If anyone is interested, I use a peppermint flavored e juice. Whether different e juices may be harmful, I don’t know.

December 20, 2013 at 3:21 am
(224) kathy says:

I am new to this vaping thing and after 30 years almost of smoking I can finally say after 2 months this is the only thing that helped me quit. Although recently I have had a hard time breathing in the last few days and I thought that it was weird because I have felt so good since quitting. All of a sudden I feel like I have bronchitis without the mucus. I cant breath or walk more than 10 feet without getting winded. I have not smoked one cigarette since 10/21/2013. I believe that whatever is in the ecig is also irritating the lungs and may cause problems. I am not saying this to stop anyone from quitting and this helped me a lot but I believe that I am going to quit this too. There are too many unknowns.

January 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm
(225) Tanya says:

I have COPD and used an E cig to quit smoking and my breathing got worse immediately with bronchitis and pneumonia…if the vapor is inhaled doesn’t that mean you are putting liquid into your lungs=== pneumonia…am I correct??..Will never use one again

January 11, 2014 at 4:14 am
(226) Sally Woods says:

I have smoked for 30 years & ive lost count of the amount of times ive tried to give up then i tried cigarettes & ive never smoked since they are excellent.

January 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm
(227) dan says:

The FDA tried to keep them off the market because less tobacco sold means less tax revenue. I love my vap.

January 20, 2014 at 2:57 am
(228) mac says:

Well there is a big awakening of the human race!!! Watch you tube channels! Wake up people! I smoked my first cig at 5!!! Pack aday since 14! I recently had chest pain and shortness of breath! Felt like i was suffocating!!!! Picked up a really good ecig mod with variable voltage and watts man its better than a cig!!! Now im out on my bike everyday!! Innoken vtr is the bomb emod!!!! I ride 5miles a day!!! As for the goverment? Its not a secret anymore the new jen of people are wiser and smarter with the internet! Once it was said pork was unlawful in jesuses time and he set them straight when he said(all things are lawful but all things are not edifiying) and he also said(its not what goes in a mans mouth that defiels him but what comes out for whats in the heart proceeds out the mouth)

January 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm
(229) Red Green says:

I don’t give a $hit what anybody says, e-cigarettes helped me kick a 50 year tobacco habit, and It’s one helluva lot easier to throw away a pencil shaped flashlight that gives off steam than a highly addictive, mass marketed, Madison Avenue promoted cancer stick!

January 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm
(230) Phlip says:

Its a well know fact that if competition needs to be impeded pseudo-scientific experiements take place to invalidate competition and put uncertainty into peoples minds about using a service or product. Thats all i have to say. Long live e-cigarettes!

January 30, 2014 at 3:13 pm
(231) Paul Watson says:

It seems the majority of people who have commented on this article have no medical or scientific expertise on the what the effects of e-cigs have on the body.

That said, what they most certainly have is REAL experiences and the motivation to research as many of the known facts, case studies and experiences of others to deduce that vaping is by far safer and better than inhaling combusted tobacco with thousands of deadly chemicals.

You state in your response to comments that you “don’t have an opinion” and that you “are just reporting the story” . As Thad Marney has noted, your title for this ridiculous report states “E-Cigarettes May Not Be Better Than the Real Deal After All”. Surely this title is your opinion.

It’s not hard for people to feel this article and the report that it is based on is controversial and it’s good that you agree that controversy is good but citing such a ridiculous report in such an non-detailed way leaves you open to insult.

People are not on a witch hunt, I believe they are merely angry that there is so much negative ‘clinical’ reporting around e-cigs and with a title such as yours, it’s not helping people free themselves of the absolute physical and psychological hell of smoking.

I agree with most readers, do your research, stop using the word ‘may’ and be honest about having an opinion.

My pennies worth.

February 18, 2014 at 4:58 am
(232) Abs says:
February 19, 2014 at 12:34 am
(233) dual-user says:

The FDA wants to ensure that ‘juice’ is made safely, and not made at somebody’s parents’ house. The label on your e-juice bottle carries no guarantee.

I would be more concerned to see this market continue to go unregulated now that the tobacco industry has picked it up…

<a href=”www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm225210.htm” title=”FDA.gov – E-Cigarettes: Q & A”>

“Q: What action did FDA take today on electronic cigarettes?

A: FDA issued warning letters to five distributors of electronic cigarettes for violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). These violations included unsubstantiated claims and poor manufacturing practices.

Q: Would it be possible for an electronic cigarette to receive FDA approval?

A: Yes. FDA issued a letter to the Electronic Cigarette Association inviting electronic cigarette firms to work in cooperation with the agency toward the goal of assuring that electronic cigarettes sold in the United States are lawfully marketed. The agency intends to regulate electronic cigarettes and related products in a manner consistent with its mission of protecting the public health. “

February 22, 2014 at 6:15 am
(234) Kelmo says:

My worry is like me I’ve just got my vapourizer so I’m at that stage where I’m still week from the years of smoking fags so could be swayed to going back to fags because keys face it there so addictive you don’t really want to give up!!! I’ve always said why can’t they just take out all the bad stuff in fags so we can all still enjoy that after food fag that sitting in the sun chillin fag moment!!! Anyways I just hope that people that read the first bit of this crapy report go on to read the comments of real people so three not instantly done over again by the tobacco companies!!!!

Happy vapourlifing people and stick with it and save your life and those loved ones around us more importantly.

February 25, 2014 at 11:55 am
(235) Robert Mathews says:

Im vaping since 2009. Youre right that nicotine is harmful. But its still far better than smoking.

March 18, 2014 at 11:38 am
(236) Tamara Parrett says:

I started reading all of the posts in relation to this article but there are a lot of good arguments both ways but never the less, all I am looking for is a straight answer about smoking an ecig and leukoplakia of the vocal cords. about 2 1/2 yrs ago I was diagnosed with this and scared the crap out of me and I quit smoking and my voice returned to its normal sound instead of sounding like I had laryngitis. But i only remained a non-smoker for about 2 months. Now, I’m facing reality again with the leukoplakia and losing my voice. I decided to try to ecig; today is day one but feeling confident. But am wondering if the ecig is just as harmful as a regular cigarette . . . any good, solid answers out there? Thank you!

April 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm
(237) Rosanne Sweeney says:

I have been smoking these e cigarettes a year now. I find them highly addictive. I just moved house recently. I am really run down. My glands and neck were really sore. I developed a cough. But strange enough. It was a wheezing cough. croaky as if id been smoking. When I breath I can here myself wheezing. i have given up smoking 17 years ago. i don t get asthma or anything like that. Been feeling like this for a week. Im worried.

April 10, 2014 at 10:09 am
(238) Patrick says:

I have 0 doubts that not smoking is healthier than E-cigs and vapors using Nicotene liquids; however it is definitely less harmful than cigarettes , especially when used with a 0 nicotine liquid.

April 11, 2014 at 10:26 am
(239) Drea says:

I am just past month 7 of not touching a cigarette, use e cig & even mix 0 nicotine with the lowest nicotine HOWEVER the e cig has been causing me severe sinusitis, e cigs leave a clear filmy residue which you can see with the increased phlegm, it gets stuck in the upper respiratory tract despite fluid increase & I occ get more of a heaviness in my lungs, makes no difference of the ratio of PG/VG but have noticed the darker the e liquid the more of an irritant.
I use top quality e liquid and device & I clean it often & replace the coils often. My mouth/sinus’s gets so incredibly dry & my only solutions to get any break from the suffering is using Afrin severe congestion aside from simply saline nasal spray. I take breaks with the e cig and use the nicorette Mini lozenges and have tried SNUS cause well there is NO going back to smoking analogs or I even just hold the vapor in my mouth and not inhale cause the mucus membranes in your mouth is what absorbs the nicotine. So maybe caution should be advised to other long term smokers or those who may have preexisting conditions to use in more moderation. Lastly, I would get hives on my neck up to the jaw area, first month it was a bit spread on my arms and legs but subsided so Im not sure why it got worse, Ill assume its a pg allergy and with me lowering the nicotine and using the device a bit more since then could be a contributing factor.
The only things that should be going in your lungs is AIR and nicotine has its effects too yet no worse then caffeine, go read what soda does to the body, its worse. That aside, I noticed an increase to allergens too but that could be because regular cigarettes are said to have bronchiolar inhibitors in them well so you can inhale smoke. Just listen to your body and use your crutch of choice wisely and within reason. Good job to those who quit smoking : )

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