You know what? Thats a really good question. I mean, there are so many ways to answer that… My answer is yes and no. Right about now is when you say to yourself, ”Seriously? Thats what you are going to say?” and yes, thats what I’m going to say. Let me explain:
Most Popular Myths About Electronic Cigarettes:
“The FDA said electronic cigarettes contain antifreeze. “
The first thing you will notice when you search the internet is you find a bunch of misinformed blog owners spouting all this malarkey about how they contain antifreeze. Ok, the deal is that the FDA did some tests on electronic cigarettes and claimed to have found this chemical diethylene glycol in in one single cartridge.
This is actually a toxic chemical, but independent studies done afterward showed no trace of this chemical.
Now, propylene glycol is used in the juice almost all the time, and it is sometimes also found in antifreeze… Its actually used in antifreeze to make it less toxic if swallowed. This chemical is ok for human consumption, in fact besides antifreeze it is also found in a lot of what we ingest daily, including chocolate and other foods.
Nicotine is only slightly worse for you in low doses than caffeine. The Lethal amount of caffeine is about 150-200 mg per kg of body mass (depends on weight), and the lethal amount of nicotine is about .5-1 mg per kg of body mass. Both drugs are considered relatively safe in low amounts. To overdose on caffeine you would need to drink an estimated 80-100 cups in an extremely fast time frame. In order to overdose on nicotine you would need to be wearing a lot of patches, chewing the gum, smoking, all at the same time…. Its unlikely. Of course if you are on medication or have health issues you shouldn’t use either.
Seriously, in incredibly large doses nicotine itself could kill you, but so could caffeine, aspirin, acetaminophen …..Heck, even water can kill you. This is just a terrible lie they are telling you.
“The government says they are being marketed directly to children.”
This is not true, and if it is, we should find the people doing this and force them out of business. Every e cig store I purchase from asks if I am at least 18… I personally haven’t experienced anything indicating that they are being marketed to children.
Plenty of children are smoking, heck, I just saw a 6 year old bust out a zippo trick I’d never seen before as he lit up a Marlboro red… it was both impressive and sad! (kidding of course.)
No, but seriously, this is just stupid. If anything, electronic cigarettes are way less cool than normal cigarettes… smoking an electronic cigarettes is almost like wearing a fanny pack… which I rock proudly.
Truths About Electronic Cigarettes
Ok, so here is what we do know:
Electronic cigarettes juice can contain up to 7 or 8 chemicals most of the time give or take (this includes flavoring), depending on what juice you buy. Some more, some less… some a lot less if its straight propylene glycol or vegetable glycol with no nicotine. I personally try to buy from companies that make their own here in the USA when possible, in fact, I just found some 100% organic juice. I ordered some and will be doing reviews on it. The chemicals in the e-juice includes nicotine, which is about as bad for you as caffeine, other than that we have distilled water, PG/VG, and flavorings…. Now, sometimes there can be multiple flavorings which would bring that number up, and flavorings themselves can consist of multiple chemicals, and we don’t know what effect something like a tobacco essential oil being vaporized and going into the lungs can do to you…
But that’s it from a high quality juice. Fortunately we do have the freedom to choose who to buy from.
I definitely know I feel better now than when I smoked cigarettes.
I do know from personal experience, being an electronic cigarettes user and ex-cigarette smoker, is that when I switched over to electronic cigarettes I could breathe again. I could taste stuff. I could smell smells I forgot even existed. I could run 5 miles only to crumple into a ball from a severe calf cramp (really sucks) instead of my lungs feeling like they were on fire. It sure does seem like it is somehow immediately more healthy for you. Not only that, It is costing me about half as much to vape than when I smoked.. that’s a nice benefit as well.
Now, compare that to a cigarette, which has about 400 ingredients in it, and when you light that on fire a process takes place which creates over 4000 chemicals. We all know how bad cigarettes are… They are maybe one of the worst and most dangerous drugs in the world. It wouldn’t matter to me if electronic cigarettes had 50 chemicals in them… its better than 4000.
Here’s what we don’t know:
Nobody has done very many tests on electronic cigarettes, we don’t know the long term effects of putting PG or VG into your lungs, or any of the other things. The thing we do know is that fog machines use the same chemical (PG) to create the fog they emit, and I don’t hear a lot of hubbub about people keeling over from that. Aside from that, some people say there is a slight danger that it could cause cancer from use but breathing air (especially in California), or being in sunlight too much can also cause cancer… Looking at people the wrong way can cause severe punch to the face or shank to the side.
Basically its a stupid idea to pick up electronic cigarettes if you aren’t currently a smoker, in that situation it is bad for you. If you currently smoke, it seems to be a much healthier choice to pick up electronic cigarettes. The bottom line is you should want to have no addictions to anything… except maybe cuddling teddy bears… no, wait, even that could cause cancer never mind.
So in certain situations I think it is an unwise choice, and other situations its a big health improvement and is probably less harmful than analogue cigarettes.