Last updated on August 1st, 2021
The True Science Behind E-Cigarette Safety Emerges
With E-Cigarette popularity growing exponentially, politicians and health organizations are feeling threatened. In just one year, this simple consumer product seems to be overshadowing years of anti-smoking campaigns. They can't have that!
“Nicotine is dangerous”, they say. “It may even kill you, and vaping is a dangerous gateway to smoking!”
Funny, according to a study conducted by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the gateway seems to be the other way around.
Our esteemed leaders think e-cigarettes and liquids should strictly limit nicotine levels; so much so that it's not worth vaping. They might as well ban potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant – vegetables within the Solanaceae family, as they too contain measurable amounts of nicotine.
It's been said that if you eat 10 grams of eggplant (aubergine), or a plateful of moussaka, you will absorb the same amount of nicotine as if you shared a room with a cigarette smoker for three hours.
Who cares if e-cigs work better than nicotine patches, gums and going cold turkey? Who cares about Tobacco Harm Reduction?
We do!… in fact, the whole charade is almost laughable, which is why we featured the potato ban warning below.
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Just How Dangerous is Nicotine?
Recent tests have turned up some interesting information that dispels earlier tests from 1856. (Yes, those dubious test results are still being used). The new studies indicate that nicotine is no more harmful than caffeine.
According to several new scientific studies, lethal doses of nicotine could be 20 times higher than the 60 mg limit.
There is no legitimate science to support the ban of current nicotine levels in e-cigarettes and e-liquids. Neither is there proof that minors who try e-cigarettes because they are “cool” will become so addicted to nicotine that they will take up tobacco cigarettes, (which aren’t cool).
Nicotine presents little, if any, cardiovascular risk. What’s more, nicotine has never been shown to be carcinogenic.
An article in Scientific American presents some surprising benefits of nicotine.
“Scientists don't doubt nicotine is addictive, but some wonder if a daily dose could be as benign as the caffeine many of us get from a morning coffee.”
European Union Willfully Misinterprets E-Cigarette Scientific Studies
Recently the European Union hired a well-respected scientist, Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos of the University Hospital in Gasthuisberg in Leuven, Belgium to test nicotine levels for safety and to determine what levels would be dangerous.
His report indicated that nicotine levels up to 24 mg relevant to smoking and e-cigarette use is not toxic to the cells, and there is no reason to produce excessive fear or accept poor science in order to terrorize the public.”
Despite Dr. Farsalinos' scientific results, the EU drafted legislation to limit nicotine in e-cigarette filters and e-liquids to 20 mg/ml. This move could make e-cigarettes less effective as a smoking alternative for 30-40 percent of the market and could encourage underground e-cigarette factories.
Fifteen prominent scientists who have tested the health consequences of e-cigarettes are not taking this lightly since the EU draft could be passes as early as April 2014, (conveniently before May elections). The scientists have responded vehemently with a letter to the EU, European Parliament, European Commission and the Council of Ministers accusing European Union regulators of misinterpreting their results.
We think willful misinterpretation of science to satisfy political agendas sets a precedent for all future legislation and, that’s a scary thought.
We are; however, happy to see new and revised electronic cigarette studies based on facts. We salute pro ecig scientists and researchers whose studies will eventually dispel antiquated, inaccurate notions about e-cigarette safety and the dangers of nicotine. They will also bolster the continued popularity of a remarkable product that, the scientists predict, will “make cigarettes obsolete and save millions of lives worldwide”.
1) A new study on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes challenges the negative views of some public health experts. The study led by Professor Robert West of the University of London's department of epidemiology and public health surveyed people who had stopped smoking in a 12-month period between July 2009 and February 2014. Those using e-cigarettes were around 60% more likely to quit than those using nicotine replacement therapy or just willpower.