There's less and less
stigma against ecig on TV and other mainstream media. However, some crucial
information is still missing. Partly because it can't be obtained yet, and partly because
media hasn't given much serious thought to reporting what has really been really going on.
Ok, then let's give them some easily digestible information.
In my previous articles I've come down like a ton of bricks on all sneaky manipulations from the media that electronic cigarettes are still facing. At some places I am not going to mention anymore, it's still impossible to even write about all the benefits that electronic cigarettes bring to smokers. However, that seems to be of less importance as time goes by.
And it's only a matter of time when we are going
to hear more impartial reports on e-cigarettes.
Kudos to Katherine Heigl
who, two years ago, took her e-cig to David Letterman's show and
actually let Letterman himself have a
few vapes. This was a nice ecig on TV show, but that was all it could be. What I'd really like to see more are the reports on electronic cigarettes by persons who
can be trusted on health matters.
Last year, Dr.Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and a University of Michigan alumnus, delivered a balanced report.
Note that he is very careful not to make any unambiguous statements and health claims. It is true that no research on the long-term effects of e-cig on its users has been done yet. However, there can't be any of that, since the first serial manufacture and sales of electronic cigarettes began in China in 2004. And they were introduced to the European and US market not before 2006.
On the other hand, there is some valuable research on several
different aspects of e-cigarette use. But you can know about it only if you are actively looking for it.
How effective electronic cigarettes are compared with a nicotine inhaler and how much less nicotine is absorbed compared with a tobacco cigarette is clearly shown in this study published in Harm Reduction Journal
Let me just quote the conclusion:
*peak blood nicotine levels are achieved within 5-10 minutes, which is normally the time it takes to consume a cigarette. These levels decline quickly
Here is another one on smoking vs vaping - Characterization of chemicals released to the environment by electronic cigarettes use - Is passive vaping a reality? - carried out in September this year (2012), by ABICH S.r.l., biological and chemical toxicology research laboratory, Verbania, Italy and Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens, Greece.
They used a room of 60m3 (which means less than 25m2) and got 5 smokers to smoke 19 cigs. After the room had been aired for more than two days, they got another group of 5 people vape 1.6 e-liquid of 11mg in there.
The researchers measured total organic carbon, toluene, xylene, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, nicotine, acrolein, poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, glycerin and propylene glycol levels in the air of the room.
Ok, let me bold it - "this preliminary assessment indicates that passive vaping impact, when compared to the traditional cigarette smoking, is so low that it is just detectable, and it does not have the toxic and carcinogenic characteristics of cigarette smoking".
For your to check: CSA Study
These are not the only studies conducted, just two of them I found among the files saved on my computer. And I don't think that I've got all of them out there.
Maybe now is the time to start some real talk about ecig on TV.
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