First off I would like to send congrats to everyone who dropped traditional cigs for electronic versions...
Now I have to ask with the research, or lack there of, is second hand "smoke" from ecigs harmful to innocent bystanders?
In a recent study, published by the journal Indoor Air, the chemical components of both second-hand smoke and second-hand “vapor” were
compared. Human subjects were given either a traditional tobacco cigarette or an electronic cigarette and left to puff away in a specially designed
chamber. This chamber then measured the amounts of different chemicals which would be inhaled by anyone who consumed these substances, second-hand.
There is a "recent study" (from 2012) about the effects of second hand smoke from ecigs. Now this "study" is very vague at best! I have a
personal experience I will share after all of this.
As expected, the toxic substances found in the cigarette smoke far outweighed the traces found in e-cig vapor. More than 20 volatile organic
compounds were detected in cigarette smoke; trace amounts of six of these elements were found in the electronic cigarette vapor. Once exhaled, the
e-cig vapor was found to contain miniscule amount of nicotine and flavoring. The primary compound detected in the exhaled vapor was propylene glycol,
which is present in many of the foods we eat has been deemed safe by the FDA.
Entire article here.... www.v2cigs.com...
Now this quote says the toxic substance found in regular smoke "far outweighed" the traces from an ecig.....But as you can see this is a very vague
Is it really safe for me (the non smoker)?
Medical studies on the health benefits or safety risks of e-cigarettes will continue to be done, and gradually a more precise health profile
of ecigs will becomes clearer. But overall, electronic cigarettes are definitely a cleaner less toxic alternative to regular cigarettes,
"Less toxic".....Again with a vague description....
he Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece has done an August 2012 ecig health study on the effects of e-cigarettes on the heart.
Their results have shown that the blood pressure and heart activity was more affected with those using regular cigarettes than with those using
electronic cigarettes. There has not been much research done in this area, but this may show the effects of e-cigarettes are less risky than using
"Blood pressure and heart activity WAS MORE affected with those using regular cigarettes"
Acute effects on the heart
Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos through the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Greece studied the effects of electronic cigarette usage on the human heart.
Through his study, the laboratory analyses indicate that it [Electronic Cigarette] is significantly less toxic and our study has shown no significant
defects in cardiac function after acute use. Most [other] studies have found no nitrosamines [in vapor], but even in studies where nitrosamines were
found, the levels detected were 500-1400 times less than the amount present in one tobacco cigarette. This means that electronic cigarettes must be
used daily for 4-12 months to get the amount of nitrosamines present in a single tobacco cigarette.
Read more here.... www.utahvapers.com...
This above was an actual peer reviewed study..
Results During the smoking session, 19 cigarettes were smoked, administering 11.4mg of nicotine
(according to cigarette pack information). During the e-CIG session, 1.6 ml of liquid was consumed, administering
17.6mg of nicotine. During the smoking session we found: TOC=6.66mg/m3, toluene=1.7 μg/m3,
xylene=0.2 μg/m3, CO=11 mg/m3, nicotine=34 μg/m3, acrolein=20 μg/ml and PAH=9.4 μg/m3. No glycerin,
propylene glycol and NOx were detected after the smoking session. During the e-CIG session we
found: TOC=0.73 mg/m3 and glycerin=72 μg/m3. No toluene, xylene, CO, NOx, nicotine, acrolein or
PAHs were detected on room air during the e-CIG session.
Read the whole study here.... clearstream.flavourart.it...
So this above CLEARLY states that there were multiple things found in the air after the test was done.....
FINALLY some actual proof that your e-cigs are tainting the air of us who don't want it in the air!!
Now to my story and what brought me to even look into this topic.
I was at the mall with my wife and 10 month old daughter.....We were at the food court and there was a table of older gentlemen sitting at the table
beside us...We ate our food and when we got up, my wife (never smoked in her life or any tobacco products at all) stood up and felt light
She said she had about a minute of feeling light headed as we sat back down, I suspected it was from the e-cigs that the table of older gentlemen were
all smoking while sitting beside us....
It sounded like my wife got some nicotine from the e-cigs from the guys beside us, so I decided to look into this "safe" cigarette for people....
I agree to the smoker this is the safe alternative, but I don't want to breathe in the chemicals you are breathing in, and I damn sure don't want my
daughter breathing this crap in either....
So to end, please smoke these e-cigs somewhere you would smoke a regular cigarette so others who don't want to inhale this stuff don't have
to.....They aren't completely safe for everyone around you!
What are your thoughts on this ATS?