Electronic Cigarettes – Health Risks of the Electric Vapor Cigarette

What we have done here is merely gather data already available on the web from authoritative resources on electronic cigarettes. There are two types of information on this page.

  1. Results from actual laboratory research published on scientific journals
  2. Opinions and views of medical professionals, university professors and the FDA

What we have mentioned on this page is NOT our personal opinion or that of electric cigarette manufacturers. We have provided the references with each quote and you’re welcome to visit the original source and check out for yourself.

EDIT: Originally, we didn’t comment on the health risks or lack of health risks from electronic cigarettes at all. But we had a few of our readers ‘complaining’ that the read was too long and they would like a summary of it. We highly recommend you read the whole page, but if you’re short for time, feel free to read our synopsis!

IMPORTANT point to understand

The question is NOT whether electric cigarettes are 100% SAFE or not, the question is if vapor cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes or not!

There are two sides to the story!

According to many doctors, professors and associations such as the American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP; read their statements below), the electronic cigarette is much less harmful than conventional tobacco cigarettes. This is because properly manufactured and regulated electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco and therefore do not produce 4000+ chemicals and 40+ carcinogens that cause lung cancer and heart disease.

Then what’s the problem?

There are basically TWO problems.

  1. Electric cigarettes are still relatively new and have not been tested enough. Nicotine delivery through the skin (nicotine patches) or orally (chewing gum, lozenges) has been approved by the FDA (NRTs: Nicotine Replacement Therapies). They have been shown to be harmless. However, effects of inhaling pure nicotine are NOT known and sufficient studies have not been carried out yet, especially by the FDA.
  2. Because they are available for purchase online and in regular shops etc., they can be bought with relative ease by underage smokers, that is obviously not good!

July 2009 FDA statement

It is mainly because of these two reasons that electronic cigarettes are still not approved in the USA (even though they are approved in many European countries). In July 2009, the FDA made a statement through a press release saying that laboratory tests conducted by them showed that some of the samples they tested had toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol. This infuriated a lot of people because the FDA didn’t mention that this chemical is only toxic at high levels and that it is found in approved NRTs, asthma inhalers and air fresheners.

Responses to the FDA statement

We have listed below responses from doctors, professors and well respected associations to this press release from the FDA and we invite you to read them as that will help you understand the big picture about electronic cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes and health – the Positives

    • This excerpt was taken from a statement issued by the American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP) on the topic of electronic cigarettes and their implications on health


“AAPHP favors a permissive approach to E-cigarettes because the possibility exists to save the lives of four million of the eight million current adult American smokers who will otherwise die of a tobacco-related illness over the next twenty years.”

“Conventional cigarettes account for about 80% of nicotine consumption in the United States, but more than 98% of the illness and death. This harm is not caused by the nicotine, but by toxic products of combustion. A cigarette smoker can reduce his or her risk of future tobacco-related death by 98% or better by switching to a low risk smokeless tobacco product. He or she could cut that risk by 99.9% or better by switching to a nicotine-only delivery product like one of the pharmaceutical products or E-cigarettes”

Reference: AAPHP Statement re State Regulation of E-cigarettes

    • This excerpt is from the abstract of a scientific journal article. Everybody knows that tobacco is bad for us. But people have not used purified nicotine long enough to learn the effects they could have. The following results summarize the results of a long term study done in rats (2 years in rats is considered loooong term!)

“For the first time we report the effect on the rat of long-term (two years) inhalation of nicotine. The rats breathed in a chamber with nicotine at a concentration giving twice the plasma concentration found in heavy smokers. Nicotine was given for 20 h a day, five days a week during a two-year period. We could not find any increase in mortality, in atherosclerosis or frequency of tumors in these rats compared with controls. Particularly, there was no microscopic or macroscopic lung tumors nor any increase in pulmonary neuroendocrine cells. Throughout the study, however, the body weight of the nicotine exposed rats was reduced as compared with controls. In conclusion, our study does not indicate any harmful effect of nicotine when given in its pure form by inhalation.”

Reference: Long-term effects of inhaled nicotine

    • Quote from another scientific journal article showing that e-cigarettes were successful in helping people quit smoking, even in cases where people tried and failed in the past with other methods

“This is the first time that objective measures of smoking cessation are reported for smokers who quit successfully after using an E-cigarette. This was accomplished in smokers who repeatedly failed in previous attempts with professional smoking cessation assistance using the usual nicotine dependence treatments and smoking cessation counselling.”

Reference: Successful smoking cessation with electronic cigarettes in smokers with a documented history of recurring relapses: a case series

    • Yet another article from a scientific journal

“CONCLUSION: The use of e-Cigarette substantially decreased cigarette consumption without causing significant side effects in smokers not intending to quit (http://ClinicalTrials.gov number NCT01195597).”

Reference: Effect of an electronic nicotine delivery device (e-Cigarette) on smoking reduction and cessation: a prospective 6-month pilot study

    • We know that tobacco causes cancer. But does purified nicotine, as found in vapor cigarettes and NRTs cause cancer? The answer is NO according to this study.

Introduction Recent genetic evidence has implicated nicotine as a possible cause of cancer, suggesting the need to examine the potential contributions of nicotine itself to cancer versus the confounding effects of addiction and thus exposures to known carcinogens. The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between nicotine replacement therapy, smoking, and cancer outcomes.”

Discussion Although the surveillance time was short, smoking predicted cancer in this analysis and nicotine replacement therapy did not.”

Reference: Does nicotine replacement therapy cause cancer? Evidence from the Lung Health Study

 

Electric cigarettes – The Negatives

    • The most noteworthy negative impact on electronic cigarettes came from a press release published by the FDA on July 22nd 2009. Given below are a couple of excerpts from this press release.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that a laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples has found that they contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze.”

“These products are marketed and sold to young people and are readily available online and in shopping malls. In addition, these products do not contain any health warnings comparable to FDA-approved nicotine replacement products or conventional cigarettes. They are also available in different flavors, such as chocolate and mint, which may appeal to young people.”

Reference: FDA and Public Health Experts Warn About Electronic Cigarettes

Responses to FDA’s press release dated July 22nd 2009

Note that some of these excerpts mention ‘diethylene glycol’: this is the chemical that FDA said was found in samples of electronic cigarettes they tested.

    • In the following statement by the AAPHP, they point out that ethylene glycol is not only found in electronic cigarettes, but also on other FDA approved NRTs.


“E-cigarettes deliver the same nicotine found in the pharmaceutical products, with no more contamination by toxic substances than the pharmaceutical products already approved by FDA. Propylene glycol and glycerin are used as carriers of the nicotine. These cause the visible vapor. These substances are generally recognized as safe. They are commonly used in theatrical fog machines, asthma inhalers and air fresheners. There is no smoke, and no products of combustion. All this creates a situation in which we can confidently state that the risk to others sharing an indoor environment with one or more vapers (E-cigarette users actively using this product) is almost sure to be much less than 1% the risk posed by environmental tobacco smoke. Pharmaceutical nicotine vaporizers have been in use for years, with no visible vapor, and no apparent concern about use in non-smoking areas.”

Reference: AAPHP Statement re State Regulation of E-cigarettes

    • The following quote points out that the levels of contaminants observed and reported by the FDA in the above report are similar to the levels observed on NRTs already approved by the FDA.


“The limited studies done to date by FDA on E-cigarette liquid, and publicly announced July 22, 2009 (Attachments B5a-c) prove that the products tested have levels of carcinogenic contaminants similar to the concentrations of these same contaminants in nicotine replacement products already approved by FDA (AttachmentsB5d-i). These levels are several orders of magnitude less than conventional cigarette smoke.”

Reference: Citizen Petition to Follow-up July 22, 2009 Press Conference on E-cigarettes

    • Another excerpt taken from the same report as above


“E-cigarettes use the same nicotine, with about the same level of trace contaminants as FDA approved NRT products. There are a large number of studies and reviews that demonstrate the safety of E-cigarettes in comparison with pharmaceutical NRT products and conventional cigarettes (Attachments B6a-j). Propylene glycol and the other major ingredients in E-cigarettes are generally recognized as safe (Attachment B6i).”

Reference: Citizen Petition to Follow-up July 22, 2009 Press Conference on E-cigarettes

    • The excerpt is from the same report pointing out the verdict of a U.S. District Judge


“A U.S. judge on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction barring the Obama administration from trying to regulate electronic cigarettes (as drug-device combinations) and prevent them from being imported into the United States. In a sharply worded decision, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon scolded the Food and Drug Administration for trying to assert jurisdiction over the cigarettes, which are battery-powered or rechargeable devices that vaporize a liquid nicotine solution. “This case appears to be yet another example of FDA’s aggressive efforts to regulate recreational tobacco products as drugs or devices,” he said in granting an injunction barring the FDA from regulating the cigarettes as a drug-device combination.”

“Judge Leon, in his January 14, 2010 opinion, stated the following: “Together, both Smoking Everywhere and NJOY have already sold hundreds of thousands of electronic cigarettes, yet FDA cites no evidence that those electronic cigarettes are any more an immediate threat to public health and safety than traditional cigarettes, which are readily available to the public” (Attachment B3).”

Reference: Citizen Petition to Follow-up July 22, 2009 Press Conference on E-cigarettes

    • Three paragraphs quoted from a statement made by another group of prominent doctors and tobacco researchers that didn’t like FDA’s report

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“A group of prominent doctors and tobacco researchers, including Dr. Michael Siegel at the Boston University School of Public Health, Dr. Joel Nitzkin of the AAPHP Tobacco Control Task Force, and Dr. Brad Rodu, Endowed Chair, Tobacco Harm Reduction Research University of Louisville, challenge the FDA to provide the full quantitative data of the study upon which the FDA has based its warning against electronic cigarettes. They are concerned that the FDA’s disingenuous targeting of electronic cigarettes through a biased presentation of the scientific data has had significant negative impact upon the public perception of electronic cigarettes, when the best available evidence suggests that these have shown that the devices offer great potential to reduce serious health issues among traditional tobacco smokers.”

“In a July 22 news release, the FDA cited the detectable presence of carcinogens and “toxic chemicals” in a “small sample” of electronic cigarette cartridges as reason for alarm, singling out nitrosamines as particularly toxic. What the FDA fails to inform the public is that detectable amounts of carcinogens are also present in nicotine replacement products such as NicoDerm CQ and Nicorette gum, both approved by the FDA, and nitrosamines that can be also found in food items such bacon and beer. This double standard and alarmist attitude has had the significant and unfortunate effect of inducing hysteria among the public, discouraging tobacco smokers from using a product which is thought to be a significantly safer alternative to traditional tobacco.”

“The FDA’s laboratory findings actually indicate that electronic cigarettes are much, much safer than conventional cigarettes,” says Dr. Michael Siegel. ”The traces of carcinogens present are also present in nicotine replacement products. The FDA and the anti-smoking groups have fallen into a huge analytical trap as they have failed to ask the appropriate question. The question they are asking is: ‘Are electronic cigarettes safe?’ That is not the right question. The right question is: ‘Are electronic cigarettes much safer than traditional ones?’”

Reference: Prominent Public Health Physicians and Tobacco Researchers Expose Double Standard in the FDA’s Recent Study of Electronic Cigarettes and Challenge the FDA’s Alarmist Attitude Toward the Devices

    • Tabular comparison taken from Dr. Michael Siegel’s blog that compare tobacco-specific Nitrosamine levels among vapor cigarettes, conventional cigarettes and popular NRTs.


Tobacco Specific Nitrosamine Levels in cigarettes vs NRTs

 ”In contrast, the level of tobacco-specific nitrosamines present in tobacco products are 300 to 1400 times higher. On a weight-for-weight basis, Marlboro has 1400 times higher the level of tobacco-specific nitrosamines than an electronic cigarette cartridge.”

“Moreover, there are approximately 56 other carcinogens that have been identified to be present at high levels in tobacco smoke, while there are no other carcinogens that have been identified to be present in electronic cigarettes.”

“Based on these data, and upon knowledge that the conventional cigarette contains at least 10,000 other chemicals, including known toxins and carcinogens, while the electronic cigarette does not, there is exceedingly strong evidence that electronic cigarettes are much, much safer than conventional ones.”

Reference: Comparison of Carcinogen Levels Shows that Electronic Cigarettes are Much Safer Than Conventional Ones

Now that you’ve read both sides of the story, what do you think? Please share your thoughts. Did you find the information about Electronic cigarettes and their potential impact on the health of users useful? Did you like the fact that we collected information from the authoritative bodies in the field and published them on one place for your convenience? If you think it was helpful we’ll keep adding more info. Please let us know so that we can make this useful to future visitors.

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JJ Wallace

Wow! That was a lot of reading and thank you for making everything available on one page.

Yes I think the answer is pretty clear to me :) Thank you!

Why on earth are they trying to take electronic cigarettes away from people that genuinely want to quit tobacco?

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Lori

Because the government wants their tax money..that is why they won’t approve them in my opinion…

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Cass

So can’t they collect the same tax from electronic cigarette buyers? I guess because they cost way less than the tobacco alternative, the total sales and therefore the total tax revenue will go down! Makes sense!

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Tamara N

I didn’t read all the scientific articles you have mentioned, but I’ve been using e-cigs for nearly 4 years now and I just love em. I know at least a dozen more people that started on the whole electric cigarette thing and all but 2 of us have been clean since we started vaping. Clean of tobacco, tar, yellow teeth, stinky clothes, stinky cars, ashtrays that is and I’m happy, my better half, kids, friends and family are happy and what more can you ask for? Don’t listen to the big tobacco, listen to your heart, to real people that have witnessed and experienced electronic cigs

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Dave

That’s bloody true. E-cigarettes are probably not 100% safe but they are for sure way safer than what I used to smoke 14 months ago. What those 14 months has done to me is beyond words can explain

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Motivaper

Well put together, and you recognize that people need to see the highlights/conclusions to be drawn into reading the details!

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Cass

I didn’t draw any conclusions/highlights as such on purpose because I wanted to keep my opinion out of this! A kind of a sensitive issue, but I may add some content and summarize/highlight as you say! Thank you for pointing that out!

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decoy

i’ve been smoking ecigs for about 6 days now i havent had any real tobacco in that many days. I’m looking for a way to stop smoking them now. they are great. but i dont want to be dependant on nicotine at all.

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Cass

That’s awesome! One step at a time! It’s best that you reduce the frequency of E-cigs gradually until you don’t feel any withdrawal symptoms and then quit altogether!

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ian

I would suggest getting the cartridges with less and less nicotine to ween yourself off. Good luck

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kits

They make ecigs without nicotine also to help you get off them.

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Mike Murray

Proving once again that the government is filled with mostly a bunch of Fascists who believe they have the right to tell us how to live our lives. These people don’t care about facts, or freedom, only their insatiable desire to control. I thought we ridded ourselves of these Fascist control freaks in the 40s. Maybe it’s time again for some political cleansing.

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Parker Madeira

This post is incredibly helpful! Thank you for collecting all of this information (with sources) to showcase the published pros and cons associated with electronic cigarettes. The FDA’s 2009 report on the health issues associated with e-cigs was incomplete, at best; alarmist, at worst. The report’s findings were misrepresented to the public, who likely did not understand the language and was not able to read between the legalese. It is a shame that the government has basically taken the position that the harm-reduction is worthless.

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souvik

I am loving it………………………………………

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EMMA

I use jasper and jasper e-cig and I am quite satisfied with the product.It gives you the desired effect of smoking real cigs without any involvement of risk such as cancers, lungs problems, heart attacks, respiratory problems.I can proudly say that E-cig is best and safe alternative of tobacco smoking.

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Moshe

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Dale Pizzuti

Very informative, thank you. I am smoking an ecig as I write this…just quit cigars and I am very happy. I believe that the FDA is trying to blackball the ecig industry, just as the oil industry tries to discourage vehicles that operate on clean energy. Quite frankly, these methods are disgusting. It would be one thing if the health of the people was in mind, but we all know that is not true. It really is all about money. Just like everything else the goddamn government does. When will we rise and destroy these bastards?

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deb

Dale, I feel you hit the nail directly on the head! Love it ;)
And love my Halo G6 vape!

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Cass

Agreed! Unfortunately that may not happen in this lifetime :(

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Cass

So you’re saying you’re not a spammer? Your comment is not related to anything this blog i.e. electric cigarettes.

I manually removed the spammy link on your comment :)

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Ken

It’s sad to see the safer E Cig is being censored because some fat cat on top (U.S.) doesn’t want to lose profits. Rather watch your people die, then approve a healthier solution to the one drug that they kept legal over others. Sad really. I am glad though, the E Cig is finally making a boom in the states (!2012!)…

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Are you serious? And is that why you have “good feet stores” as your name and you had a long suspicious weblink in your comment?

If you have nothing to add value to this page, please don’t bother commenting.

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Karolyn

This is really useful info that I never knew about. So these scientific studies are really saying that electronic cigarettes are not as nearly as bad as traditional cigarettes and yet the authorities (FDA) can’t get around to admit/accept that?
Is there any wonder that we (USA) are going down?

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Cass

Unfortunately that may be the truth :(

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Anonymous

So why aren’t the FDA approving these fags again? I don’t get it!@#$

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Cass

me neither :(

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Doreen

Awesome man, keep up the good work

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Jermaine

Heya! I know this is kind of off-topic but I had to ask.
Does building a well-established website such as yours take a lot
of work? I am brand new to blogging however I do write in my diary daily.
I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my own experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for new aspiring blog owners. Thankyou!

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Cass

It’s not building the website, but providing actual value to your reading that really takes up time. I do read about everything that comes out about e cigarettes, but haven’t necessarily had the time to update this as much as I would have ideally liked to

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Pfizer

It’s actually very difficult to keep up with everything that goes on with e cigarettes. Really appreciate you taking the time to put this together. I don’t smoke regular cigarettes or e cigs, so it won’t make a difference to me. But at least I’ve educated myself to talk to someone who may need advice on this matter

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Cass

Really? Pfizer?!!

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My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from
a different review on vapor cigarettes. Have never thought about the health risks of vapes. Always thought the water vapor is as safe as the water that we drink. But I see that it might be a different story now. Nevertheless, they seem to be much safer than the alternative.

Look forward to switching to safe cigs as you recommend.

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mike

Been on the Ego-C Joyetech E-cigs now for a month. I am a pack a day (was) smoker for 47 years. Tried all the ways to stop: cold turkey, Nicorette Gum, the Noctine patches, etc. Nothing worked. This WORKS! No more nasty smelly unhealthy, dangerously so, tobacco for me. This is the way to go and a MUCH MUCH healthier way to get your nicotine than from tobacco. Hey, it is better, cleaner, smoke free, and yoiu can adjust your nicotine levels to gradually get to the point where stopping is easy to do. I am already vaping less and less and finding I can take it or leave it. I figure it is the best way FOR ME to quit the tobacco. This way does work and gives you alternatives, finer tuning of nicotine intake let’s say to make your cutting back and even quitting a painless and healthier way to do so. Just my opinion as a long time tobacco smoker. I can breath again, smell again, and taste again, and I am not going through serious withdrawal while getting healthier.

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Cass

Wonderful to hear! 47 years, holy smokes!

Cold turkey? Are you serious?

Appreciate you sharing your inspiring story. Over the years, your comment may help save many lives.

Cass

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Antony

I learned about electric cigars a couple of months ago. I was never a chain smoker, nevertheless wanted to break free of tobacco. I’ve done it for two months now and going strong. Kids and wife hates me less now :) and I’ll be completely tobacco free when I manage to impress a couple of my friends to change to e cigs too. I’m getting a dose of secondary smoking almost everyday from my best buddy :) I’m working on it! John, beware, here I come :)

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Kristy Rice

All I can tell you is that I have been a traditional cigarette smoker for over 30 years. After several failed attempts at a variety of smoking ceasation products and programs, I am finally tobacco free. It’s been 11 weeks now and I have no desire to turn back. Your article was wonderful.

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Cass

That’s wonderful to hear Kristy! Now your job is to convince more people to quit! What else can be more noble than saving lives right?

All the best and thank you for the complements!
Cass

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mike

Cass,

I have a restaurant overseas (Thailand). A patron started using the E-cig and had the info to buy this one product that seemed to be working well for him. There are now 10 of us smokers now on the E-cig! It is a growing ‘trend’ which will help many people get off the dangerous tobacco smoking way of ingesting their drug of choice (nicotine) in a much healthier way. As long as I have my E-cig I know I will never use tobacco again, and I was a heavy smoker for many decades. For the FDA to try to squash E-cig sales and use to me is scandalous and criminal.

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Wendy

I was one of the early adopters, I guess! Been over 2 years now. The improvement of quality of life for myself, my husband, my parents, my friends, co-workers has been enormous. I owe it all to these ecigs. Can’t believe the crap the FDA is making up. Don’t listen to the FDA people, follow your heart, listen to the actual users. Just do it. Make the switch for a couple of weeks and you’ll never go back.

Wendy, TX

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Cass

Thank you for chipping in Wendy! Two years, wow, keep it up!

Cass

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Ryan James

What a wonderful bunch of information! Thanks to all who created this page and cmmented. This has answered many questions and concerns of mine, and i really appreciate it. Although i do have a questions for those who have successfully switched to electronic cigs for a long period of time. How does your body feel as a whole compared to regular tobacco smoking? Any side effects such as coughing, tenseness in the chest, lack of breath and stamina like when exercising while regulary smoking tobacco on a daily basis?

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Cass

Great question Ryan! OPEN FOR DISCUSSION!

Cass

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Neil Mackenzie

It’s refreshing to see information, rather than the misinformation or disinformation that pervades the coverage of this subject, for a change. It’s a shame there’s not a readily familiar term that can be used to refer to what “electronic cigarettes” are that doesn’t mention the word “cigarette”. That demonised word deafens so many people to anything but negativity as soon as they hear it and, also, the fact that it’ really is not any kind of smoking apparatus or device including any type cigarette. Menthol cigarettes are a type of cigarette. Electronic cigarettes are not.

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Cass

Thank you Neil, good point… I guess that’s why some of ‘em call them ‘vapes’

Cass

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Anti-Smoke

Hi folks,

I have come across this blog whilst doing some due-diligence on the whole matter of e-cigarettes. On a whole some interesting perspectives and good feedback from readers.

Up until a week ago I used to be a smoker of both cigarettes (10 or so a day) as well as smoke the occasional bit of “wacky-backy”. I gave myself a date (my 30th birthday) to quit all related smoking products so that I could hope to spend the rest of my life with my newborn son (now 13 months old) – my reason. Hoping that not too much damage has been done to my body since I smoked since the age of 15. I am trying to work out if my body is dependent on nicotine / cannabis or if its all psychological. Also wondering if the damage caused by my smoking is repairable / reversible – don’t think I have Cancer yet…

So far so good – not touched a smoke for a week, been using a black e-cig (wont list name to promote) but I am wondering if there are electronic alternatives to cannabis smoking products out there – (perhaps flavours) as that is where the real challenge will ultimately be to kick the habit longer term.

It was not the high that was the attraction (cause lets face it, you wont get high as a kite unless you are using some class A types – which I am very against!) It was more the taste, smell and most notably – it is legal in Holland (a 30 minute flight from London), so quite readily available…

In the UK e-cigs are not banned, but whereas the problem of tobacco smoking is a problem in society, it is not as big a problem as drugs and related products.

That is my 2cents, on the topic. Love to hear some feedback.

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Cass

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Bass

Hi there! It’s been four days since I did not touch a cigarette and using instead, the e-cigarette. For some people, that amount of time might sound silly to brag with, but for me it’s quite a miracle, since I was having withdraw effects just by seeing that I had only a couple of cigarettes left in the pack, not to mention when I didn’t. Some might still smoke a real cigarette, but I really don’t feel the need and strangely I started to vape less and less. I smoked about + 1 pack a day 100′s. Some times one and a half.
Last night, while walking my dog I’ve yawn and I noticed something great: I filled my lungs with air like I was breathing for the first time. I took several really deep breaths. I smoked a lot: in the mornings at a cup of coffee, in two hours, at least 6 cigarettes for sure, in front of my laptop reading news and stuff. I know most smokers wanna quit, I know I did but I felt like suffocating only thinking about it. From the 1st day I didn’t had the need for a real cigarette and it’s very, very easy to quit this way, not to mention the money you are saving.
For me it worked!

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Cass

Keep it up Bass and keep us posted on your success!
All the best!
Cass

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liz

Awesome read, thank you. I use an e cig but being in NZ I have to order mine from overseas which is a hassle. Hope the laws change soon in NZ.

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QuittingNow

I have tried to stop smoking many times. The first week is always the hardest. Nabbed myself an e-cig last week and have not touched tobacco since. I am having no problem transitioning from tobacco cigarettes to an e-cig. I never thought this would be possible!

Thanks for collating all the informative articles. I was curious about the effects of e-cigs on my health as opposed to tobacco. It is much appreciated.

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DaHoltschneider

I used to smoke a pack every 2 days, most of which i smoke while at work. I’d go on break at work and smoke 2 cigarettes and sometimes not feel satisfied, but now that i’ve switched to a vaper I no longer get that feeling. It’s been 2 weeks (tomorrow) that i’ve gone without a cigarette and i’m still not wanting to make that jump back to cigarettes. I’m currently using a high nicotine solution in my vaper, but plan on weening down as time progresses, eventually to no vaping whatsoever. It’s great to be able to taste the full flavors of food and beverages again, and not get short on breath while doing anything more physically demanding than walking.
Hope to kick the habit completely by or before this year is over.

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Sam

Came to this site to research the ecigs for my wife, I myself smoked for thirty years, then got a VERY rare lung disease, at which time my Dr. said “quit or die, your choice” so I quit, cold, never even missed it. Not so for my wife, I went to a Dr. appt. recently, having some small problems catching my breath, after the consultation my wife decided to quit, GREAT, but I told her it had to be for her own reasons, not mine, anyway she has been using the ecig now for about 6 weeks, not one regular smoke ! I told her I was very proud of her for sticking to it, but those re-fills she say’s are getting expensive, (8.00 for three cartridges) that last about, maybe three day’s . so her brother tells her of something called the “Magic Vapor Ecig” it seems that there are several by the same name, the starter is 52.00 then you order re-fills that cost 15.00 and are supposed to last 2 weeks. Anyone know anything about these, do they last or are they just hokey so they can get your money. anything will help since we are new to all this. the article was pretty informative even though it was just excerpts of other article, will take the time later to read the links posted with them. Any help would be nice, thanks. you can reply here or my e-mail, either is good.

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Hersh Barazi

Iv been smoking the e cig for 2 months now…I was a heavy cigar smoker before…ever since I started the e cig I feel 100 times better with my lung capacity and breathing. As funny as it sounds I exercise 5 times a week and have been for 3 years…I feel a big difference with the e cig…
I don’t smell….I don’t cough…
I however am more addicted to nicotine now than before, some of the products e cigs and such offer have high nicotine levels (you can choice the potiency of the juice) I started with high nicotine and now I dropped to very low with no issues…I can even see my self drop to no nicotine and mate just the habit of smoking…
Yes nicotine is dangerous in high levels and my blood pressure hasn’t changed but other than that I love it! I think it’s a safe alternative….your more Likly to die from a lung related death with cigarettes and cigars (or heart issues) before you develop any other cancer and e cigs can eliminate that 100%.
I agree more testing should be done regarding intake of nicotine and other additives in e cig but looking at what we have so far in this technology day of age….it’s not something they should ban…especially if cigarettes are available in the market so easily now,,,
Another thing the FDA should realize is that hookah tobacco comes in all types of flavors including bubble gum and candy…and that’s available now…

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Mosstrooper

I’ve been a hardcore smoker for more than a dozen years now. Tried everything to give up but with no success!! E-Cigs are a revelation!! Love the flavours, love smoking in the house, car and office and not having to go outside and feel like a leper with all the other sad nicotine junkies.

I intend gradually weaning myself of these at some point but in the meantime, I’m enjoying the whole regime of E-Cig smoking. I’ve even managed to get the last of my nicotine addicted friends on them. The financial benefits are amazing (80% cheaper), you don’t smell disgusting and you live a whole lot longer. The cherry on the cake is that I’m not throwing thousands of pounds extra tax a year at the Westminster Government!! GET IT RIGHT UP YOU!!

I would recommend these bad boys to anybody!!! :-) )))))))))

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Niamh

I now smoke e cigs I feel healthier and yet enjoy having my cig. To me this is a life saver as I had become a heavy smoker and could not give up despite using patches/ gum etc. In comparison to real cigarettes I find e cigs enjoyable and hopefully harmless. My cough and shortness of breath has gone in a matter of a month, surely this is a sign that they are so much better then the tobacco cigarette.

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Terri Harrison

The Government has always supported the Tobacco industry to make a buck. That is why they are against this. I mean, wow, this could inevitably cut down on our Medical expenses and help the people live alot healthier. That is NOT what our Government wants!

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Horton

Thanks for compiling the information, made for an informative read. Offered a lot of reputable sources and articles, thanks.

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Dakota

Thanks for the concise, well-rounded, accessible, and understandable representation of multiple sources of data. I will be referring all my friends who are interested in vaping and those who question my decision to quit smoking and become a vaper to this site.

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carey

This is a very help article if your trying to discern how crooked the FDA and the government truely is. (If you didnt already know). What I would like to know if there has been any reports of people becoming ill after the use of ecigs. I am currently in the process of trying to quit smoking. Four days ago I purchased an ecig and yesterday woke up with trouble breathing, body aches, and a 102.1 fever. I am also aware that I could have come In cotact with a virus of some sort. Just curious to know if anyone has shared in these symptoms shortly after starting the ecig. Other than that I have not had a real cig in four days and the ecig has definitely curved the craving. I have tried to stop before with no success and this is the longest I have gone with out a Marlboro screwed in to my lips.

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Bonnie Jenkins

thanks for the epistle. it was nice with the references. You might want to add the new Heidelberg Study, all 52 pages of it, published as volume 19, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg “Electronic Cigarettes – an Overview from the Red Series, Tobacco Prevention and Tobacco Control. it is extremely detailed and since they have a much longer history with e’s it is a good overview. i quit real cigs when i took my first puff from an e. 16 weeks, my voice is back, my shortness of breath gone, my breathing improved. good info is available on the benefits of nicotine. push that as well!!

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Monica

I use to smoke a pack and a half a day. Now that I use my Vapor Wize i have not smoke a cigertte in a week nor do i want one.. I like the vapor wize product because its safer ,cheaper, and comes in so many flaovrs but it has worked for me no other product has done this for me.. How ever I plan on lower my levels each time I buy new bottles til I get to the 0% nicotene level.. I will then be healther. I have tried to quit smoking before and failed and felt stressed out. But with Vapor Wize I feel better than I have felt in years. You can make your own minds up. As for me I am happy with this product. ty

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