|Cigarette / E-Cig / Vaporizer / Mech-Mod|
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The more coverage, the more media, the society sees of the topic, the more it seems to grow, like weeds in a poorly kept garden. They're flourishing, growing, changing, and advancing faster than any other form of nicotine. E-Cigs.
Now many disagree, there are "E-Cigs" then there is your "Vaporizer" but you can't forget your "Mechanical Mods", then again, there are many other forms of categorizations. But to keep this simple, we will call them ALL "E-Cigs."
By now, we all should have done our research, and we all know of Herbert A. Gilbert who came out with the first Smokeless Non-Tobacco Cigarette on August 17, 1965. YES, you read that right!!! 1965 with the Patent "US3200819". Disposable E-Cigs in the shape of a cigarette hit the markets hard. They were easy to use, light to carry, and you didn't have to worry about that horrible smell or any messes. No sooner did different flavors, rechargeable batteries, and cartridges in packs of 3 or more come out. The horrible taste was well worth the fad and "safer" status. The "official" first marketed e-cig was in 2007 (In the United States), in 2013, Vaporizers (much like the one in the photo above) start becoming popular at a high rate. Growing fast, and spreading far, they had to be BETTER!!! Along came rebuild-able tanks, different tips (mouth piece), variable voltage batteries, thousands of flavors, different colors, and many many more features and accessories. 2014 brought a HUGE jump when Mechanical Mods took their leap into the Vape-Age Boom. Providing you opportunities to choose the style, watts, ohms, amps, wiring (wicks and cotton), batteries, tips, atomizers (comparable to tanks), airflow, and more.
Now that the boring information is out of the way, lets take into consideration the hazards involved. Place a battery in wrong, you could possibly loose your hand and face, no biggie. Vape too much, that's ok, you'll only dehydrate your lungs. What if you hit an E-Liquid with a nicotine level too high? Funny you should ask! You could possible get sick, have a nose bleed, vomit, or even pass out (sound safe while driving?) Press one button and you're good to go to experience all of this! Ohhhh but wait, there's so much more! There are 3 elements you'll be happy to hear, THREE. Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), and Nicotine (Nic), these three "chemicals" are what makes up your "E-Liquid" that after being heated will turn into the vapor you inhale. Eliminating 99% of the dangers you take in with just ONE single hit of a cigarette. Yet many want to debate by saying they are NOT safer?
Cigarettes, what MILLIONS of people smoke every day. The dispute? Are E-Cigs any safer? I guess that's for you to decide. With one cigarette, just one, you ingest more than 600+ Chemicals, take the chance of fire, take the chance of a lighter exploding, take the chance of having throat surgery, taking the chance of cancer(s), taking the chance of death. No big deal, its worth it, its worth that crave right? Totally.
Are E-Cigs Safe? Are they a healthy choice? Are they good? No, No, anddddddd, NO. They are SAFER than cigarettes, they are a HEALTHIER choice over cigarettes, they are a BETTER choice when compared to cigarettes. The dispute between the two is so close, yet so far. Many who bash, criticize, and down the popular new form of nicotine latch onto the statement "they're not healthy to smoke!" all the while Cigarette Manufacturers are making BILLIONS and more doing the same thing while killing MILLIONS like a viral disease. Yet many are more worried attacking a better choice. OH, but wait, the FDA hasn't been involved in this post yet! Let me exacerbate on that.
Currently the FDA CDER only regulates E-Cigs marketed for "therapeutic purposes." the FDA CTP regulates Cigarettes, Cigarette Tobacco, Roll-Your-Own Tobacco, and Smokeless Tobacco. E-Cigs have *NOT* been fully studied, keeping consumers from knowing the potential risks, if other harmful chemicals are being inhaled, or whether there are any benefits associated with using these products.
The FDA has submitted a "Combined Response" to three petitions (most recent in August 2010) submitted, bringing many common issues. The response granted and denied the various requests made by four Non-Profit Public Health Organizations: The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and the American Legacy Foundation. The FDA issues a citizen petition response and a Notice of Findings related to OTC NRT products, which are currently approved, only as an aid to smoking cessations. Why is any of this of ANY importance? Well, due to all the "FDA said this!" statements, I've decided to research their findings and statements. The FDA has not, I repeat, has *NOT* made any official statements on whether E-Cigs are Healthy, Healthier, Safe, or Safer than Cigarettes. So please stop even bringing them up in responses, it's bad for your statement in general, whether it's offence, defense, or neutral opinion. ***Please go read all of this yourself at www.fda.gov***
There's certainly one thing that has ALWAYS caught the eye of many. What amount of damage has been caused? Lets take on the Cigarette first...
Each Year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. 88 million nonsmoking Americans, including 54% of children aged 3-11 years, are exposed to second hand smoke. Each year, primarily because of exposure to secondhand smoke, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking Americans die of lung cancer, more than 46,000 die of heart disease, and about 150,000-300,000 children younger than 18 months have lower respiratory infections. Coupled with this enormous health toll is significant economic burden of tobacco use-more than $96 BILLION ($96,000,000,000) a year in medical costs and another $97 BILLION a year from lost productivity. As quoted DIRECTLY from the CDC. (CDC Page last updated: November 16, 2012).
Fortunately, the CDC E-Cig has *NOT* officially reported as many deaths as cigarettes yearly. however PCs have seen a significant increase in calls related to E-Cig Exposures. Reaching 41.7% (Last updated in 2007). Given the rapid increase in e-cigarette-related exposures, of which 51.1% were among young children...
60 milligrams of nicotine is enough to take the life of a 150 lbs. adult. Now that that's said, take note that businesses typically do *NOT* sell any e-liquids, ready to vape, above 24 mg nicotine. Yes, anyone can buy more and endanger themselves, and yes kids and pets can get a hold of it and it be a more than lethal dose. But does that mean you would leave a bottle of bleach ready for your child or pet to drain? What about Rat Poison, would you leave it out for them to snack on? Be a RESPONSIBLE adult and these issues won't be of any concern to you. As the Huffington Post stated "the AAPCC reported 10,356 Exposures to highly concentrated packets of LAUNDRY DETERGENT in children 5 and under in 2013. The convenience of clean laundry is a bigger threat than accidental exposure to the liquid nicotine in e-cigarettes."
Please remember smoking ANYTHING is NOT safe. Nicotine is an addictive chemical. If you need any assistance in dropping the habit, don't feel ashamed. Call "1-800-QUIT-NOW" or visit www.smokefree.gov for your free assistance.
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