Are Electronic Cigarettes Bad For You?

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. “

Those Blog owners

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.)

This is not my baby, and Im sure it was a joke.

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.

Final thoughts:

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.


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39 Comments on "Are Electronic Cigarettes Bad For You?"

  1. BARBARA July 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm · Reply

    HI,
    Just loved this site. A lot of questions answered. AS far as I’m concerned vaping is the future smoking is the past, just that simple.
    I tried ecigs when they first came out about 7 year ago and stopped because I couldn’t find the consistancy I was looking for. (With a cigarette you aways got what you expected.) Ecigs just weren’t as good as they are today. They have made amazing improvements.
    To make a long story shorter, I have gone back to ecigs. Found the perfect combination of battery and clearomizer, still trying out different eliquids, but I won’t go back to smoking again.
    I can’t believe people are trying to ban ecigs, especially the people who have fought so hard against regular cigarettes. I don’t know what we can do as individuals, but I hope the ‘do gooders’ don’t spol this pleasure for us. So far I have used them everywhere, restaurants, outdoor events and even movies. If you don’t use the ones that glow at the end nobody even knows what you are doing. I use a manual battery where you have to press a button and that light is hidden under your finger.
    It’s great not to have to go outside if you want your smoke! I use a low 11 mg nicotine strength and that works great for me.

    • fiercemoose July 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm · Reply

      Thanks for the kind words Barbara. Couldn’t agree with you more on the improvements that have been made in recent years! Glad to hear e-cigarettes have helped you quit smoking as they have with me. -Gary

  2. Scott May 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm · Reply

    I decided to make the switch to an electronic cigarette for many reasons. I actually quite smoking cigarettes about 4 years ago, but have continued to smoke Marijuana daily until here recently. As Iv gotten older getting high has become boring to me and a extremely expensive habit to maintain, I could go on and on about the reasons I do not enjoy it as much. BUT I suffer from anxiety, and hyperactive disorders. Smoking is very relaxing to me. The act of puffing something tasty away and feeling a little buzz helps keep me calm, and I like it very much. But I do not want to inhale harsh and life threatening chemicals anymore.

    Long story short, is that I switched to the e cig coming from a different substance than tobbaco. And the results are terrific. The switch has been quite easy for me. Seeing that the e cig can virtually be used anywhere indoors, without any odors is very strange to do but quite amazing. This has allowed me to puff on my e cig at any moment I get that craving to smoke. This has helped me get my craving to smoke quickly and easily, which makes it a lot easier to do and then its out of my head.

    I can’t explain enough how well it works for anyone who is purely addicted to the act of smoking. What I like best about the brand I use (v2 cigs) , is the fresh breath your mouth has no matter how much you use it. And just how clean the smoke/vapor really is!

    As of now I am using the cartridges mixed with nicotine. The reason being is because you really get a nice zing from it! A little high feeling almost. The feeling is different than that of a traditional cigarette for me, it’s a much more pure energy you get. I have also noticed my moods do not swing nearly as bad. My appetite has also seemed to decrease. It’s really nice. I don’t know if the effect of nicotine benefits me more because of my anxiety and hyperactivity? But it has done what I wanted it to.

    I have been able to transition from a nasty method of smoking, to a much cleaner and enjoyable way! I actually enjoy the effects of the pure nicotine, better than I do other substances. It has been life changing!

    I highly recommend it to anyone who just can’t put the habit down!

  3. Brad May 15, 2013 at 12:27 am · Reply

    Hi….
    I have never smoked cigarettes a day in my life and I’m 39, maybe an occasional black & mild cigar when I was younger just for the flavor but never cigarettes…..but my problem is I have a kind of nerve problem in which I can’t sit still where I constantly have to be doing something with my hands like picking my fingers including my nails and cuticles, tapping on the table or something else, playing with something that is in front of me, etc….. etc…. and no matter how hard I try to control myself to stop I just can’t and I know it has to do with my nerves whether it be a nervous habit or whatever else there is. I can stay sitting down with no problem it’s just my hands have to constantly be moving and also shaking my legs on occasion. Also when I get upset my nerves get worked up majorly to the point where my hands are trembling but that don’t happen as often. I’ve tried going to a counselor but they wouldn’t even prescribe me even a mild nerve suppressing medication to help me, I guess because of people getting addicted and abusing them idk…..all they did was told me to try and control it by doing certain mental exercises which I tried to no avail. So my question is would it be alright for me to try e-cigs, the ones with NO NICOTINE of course, and maybe they could possibly help me keep my nervous ticks at bay by maybe keeping my mind occupied and help me keep still and my hands and legs still plus keep my nerves calmer? Because I have heard from people that it can help as a kind of mild mental therapy and it does help people with nerve problems. Please let me know if this could be a possible choice that could help me with my situation.

    • cooperhilscher May 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm · Reply

      I have no idea if they would help you. I would not recommend picking up the habit unless it moves you to a better situation.

    • Ron June 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm · Reply

      Hey Brad,

      Just an observation…and a suggestion here. I also suffer from needing to have my hands doing something all of the time. I think I have a great suggestion for you…have you thought about learning how to solve a Rubik’s cube? I learned how to solve a 3x3x3 cube, and since then, I’ve learned how to solve a 4x4x4, 5x5x5, and a 7x7x7 cube. The cubes are pretty addictive and pretty easy to learn how to solve. Just Google it and you will find all sorts of helpful information. I’ll add a few links below for you, in case you’re interested.

      In regards to whether or not starting use of e-cigs, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, however, you could end up being addicted to nicotine, if you choose e-liquids with nicotine in them.

      Anyway, hope you’re doing great lately, and here are the links that I was talking about:

      * YouTube Link – “Dr Vapor”: he walks you through the basics of e-cigs:
      http://www.youtube.com/user/DoctorVapor

      * YouTube Link – “Pogobot”. He teaches you how to solve a Rubik’s cube.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsQIoPyfQzM

  4. Robert Z. Porter January 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm · Reply

    I first got my e-cig over 2 years ago. now mind you I was hard core pack and a half a day guy. I have not had real smoke from then on! I threw away half pack and not had any desire to have real cigg. I feel like I did when I was younger, blood presure normal, no more heart palputations, I could go on–. Doctor in shock over change in my health.
    I work on computers and studio type work and my equipment is also thanking me, no more tar gumed up mixers and vid cards! I used to smell like an old ash tray and my wife would not even go into my truck and she would say my studio smelled like a motel room!. I’m sold and I’m sure E-cigs added many years to my life. Great site, Thanks B.Z.

  5. Dick Branson January 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm · Reply

    Dude, I found your blog/article/whatever F’n FAN TASTIC!!! A close friend on mine turned me on to E cigs this week. He had me being a regiment of organic ciggs before switching to get me off “the chemicals.” I smoked a pack a day for 15 years. I got down to 4 packs of the organic ciggs in a WEEK! Then, when my eGo-C came in, I dropped the smokes immediately. I know have to try to FIND somone to buy my 6 remaining packs of ciggs off me b/c even after 24 hours, I don’t EVER want another smoke AGAIN! LOVE E-Cigs man! Best thing since…..well….. organic ciggs! haha. Props!

  6. Benjamin Potter October 5, 2012 at 2:59 am · Reply

    I am not a cigaret smoker, but I do really enjoy a good cigar occasionally. I decided to try an e-cig instead of cigar and I was pleasantly surprised by the stimulating effect I recieved (from the nicotine) of one e-cig. Unlike a cigar that is compared to smoking about 15 cigs at one sitting. I just used one I bought at Wally world for under six dollars. The outcome was pleasant the menthol flavored e-cig was much better tasting, I did not end up smelling like a walking stale stogy the next day (even after showering two times). No next day after taste or stained or smelly fingers. I have done research and read many blogs about the FDA and “their” outlook on e-cigs and the true facts otherwise stated. Next time I will pay six dollars for a e-cig and forego the ten dollar stogy. For one who enjoys an occasional cigar it will now be an occasional e-cig. FDA give an honest opinion of the facts of e-cigs instead of being paid to say otherwise by the tobacco companies. E-cigs have been around long enough for the FDA to research the effects of e-cigs. But as usual money talks louder than the truth…would’nt you agree FDA? Of course not.

  7. Joe July 31, 2012 at 9:00 am · Reply

    I can see the English Government taxing this to the high hills, as they tax everything else a working man does….!!!!

    I can’t believe how great they are………. I smoked for 30yrs and stopped the cigs as soon as my e-cig was delivered. I have managed to convince all my friends to go on them, now we have a smoking pub again….we beat the government….Try harder parliament.

  8. Charlie July 23, 2012 at 8:12 am · Reply

    After just under two years on an e-cig I feel my input will be helpfull to some here. To the two unlucky people that ended up in the ER — My guess is if you went into a nightclub with a ton of the fake smoke they use you would end up in the ER as well . here’s why. Smoke machines use PG to make smoke and most e-cigs do as well, and the rest use VG (I dont tell you what PG and VG are because i want you to look it up and not take our word for it) I can’t use PG but i can VG, and yes i found that out the hard way as well. (though not quite as bas as you two.) My doc. (yep thats right) said i should look into the VG juices out there and and give it a one day try. I did and here’s what happened.

    A friend came over with an e-cig and after 30 years of smoking I thought i should at least give them a try and to the store we went. (Dont get one at a gas station they dont last .. i tried many.) So i got my e-cig and all was good for about two days and then like the others i had a hard time catching my breath and to the doc i went. Not ER. after a short talk he ask me about the smoke in nightclubs and yep thats a real killer for me. He smiled and said “you can’t handle PG smoke look for a VG based juice and try it for one day only” well here we are now 1.8 years later and all is well. before i couldn’t even chase the dog around the house one time without almost passing out. I now run 2.5 miles a day. Doc is happy as am I. I spend $11 a week on my e-cig down from $35 a week on the real thing. I will admit to some weight gain but i really feel it’s because my taste came back at month 4. I would rather work the weight off than cough up black crap though. I wont give any brand names here because i dont want anyone to think i’m paid to be here (I’m not.) I will give brand names to any who would like the info just drop me a line and ask anything you like. charlesmarcobrown@hotmail.com …. I love my e-cig can ya tell? lol good day.

  9. Amie June 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm · Reply

    I personally found your article helpful!!! I quit smoking cigarettes by using the ecig!!!! It’s been almost 5 months now! The best thing I haven’t gained a pound! I know that is why a lot of females won’t quit… This is by far the best invention ever… I’ve tried everything to stop even the medicines that are proven to help. I feel 10 yrs younger and I don’t smell like an ashtray! My hair and nails are healthy! I would definitely recommend this to ANYONE!!! =)

  10. Electronic Cigarettes May 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm · Reply

    Helpful info. Fortunate me I found your web site by chance, and I am shocked why this accident did not took place in advance! I bookmarked it.

  11. Amy Gaddy May 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm · Reply

    they are safe cause the liquid turns into vapor and it’s like smoke. it’s harmless to children safe to breath in and has no bad chemicals and helps quit. you can smoke them anywhere! if they let you cause it’s safe to breath!

  12. Jalen April 11, 2012 at 11:03 am · Reply

    To Riley, Yes it has nicotine in it, which is addictive. But its about as harmful as caffeine. If you don’t smoke cigs, get an e cig without any nicotine and just get flavors. I wouldn’t recommend using them with nicotine though if you don’t smoke.

    • Rob June 22, 2012 at 7:57 am · Reply

      Nicotine can actually have some health benefits. I used to smoke, then I dipped. But tobacco carries risks greater than just addiction. In fact, I’ve never experienced withdrawal from tobacco. But I have a neurological disorder (basically a lite version of Tourette’s) that nicotine helps. When I’d quit tobacco, the next time a stressful situation came up the tics would get unbearable and I’d go back to it. If, indeed, these things are significantly safer, they are a godsend, because for me, nicotine is a GOOD drug. I know, you’ll say go to a neurologist, which I have, and they always prescribe something new, and it always has the same effect — a negligible reduction in tics, sleeping 12 hours a day, and being sluggish all day (not good when you teach a room of 25 7-year-olds all day). So for me, it’s never been about the tobacco, but always about the nicotine, and so far these e-cigs are great for that.

  13. riley April 3, 2012 at 8:38 am · Reply

    You mentioned that it could be bad for you if you don’t smoke and then start using the e-cig… What could happen? Is it possible to be addicted to the e-cig?

  14. Jalen March 26, 2012 at 10:55 am · Reply

    Anybody who thinks E-cigs are worse than cigarettes is either lying, or they don’t know the truth about e-cigs. I can understand how they think its being marketed to kids, it has all kinds of flavors like chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and the list goes on for pages! But, it is most definately a safer product then tobacco, which has killed millions. But of coarse cigs will never be illegal because they make billions in tax revenue yearly. It is sad to say our Government cares more about money then its own people, but it is a harsh reality we have to live with.

  15. amberlcas February 20, 2012 at 12:57 am · Reply

    Very good review with good humor !

    I have been using the e-cig for over 2 months now and my lungs love me for this !

    No matter what they say about ecigs, its a hell of a lot better then real cigs !!!!

    • Labassemom January 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm · Reply

      After 20+ years of smoking, I struggled to quit. I would do well, then get into a stressful situation, buy a pack, and then practically chain smoke them until they were gone. I’d then go a month or so without them, then get a serious urge to smoke, buy another pack, then chain smoke again. This cycle continued for years until I finally quit for good, for about 9 months, but then my moods were horrible, and I CONSTANTLY, daily, thought about cigarettes as I resisted running to go buy that pack. I stopped at our local tobacco shop one day to inquire about e-cigs, never intending to really like them after trying them. Well, I tried them and I love them. They definately satisfy everthing about smoking that I love. I started three weeks ago with the strongest nicotine content, and now I am down to almost no nicotine, and it’s still as satisfying. I just loved the act of smoking, the pleasure of it, and e-cigs give me all that I need. I’m not irritable anymore because I feel free to puff that e-cig even when I’m inside. No panicky feeling when I’m at a “no smoking” venue. I recommend 100%

  16. Luke January 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm · Reply

    Ithought this was an amazing review and so comical! I loved it man!,

    • fiercemoose January 28, 2012 at 10:06 am · Reply

      Thanks for the comments Luke :)

  17. be.respectful January 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm · Reply

    Sorry to post another link, but it provides a good overview of the FDA-Ecigs relationship. The article was written by Paul Fetters.

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig11/fetters1.1.1.html

  18. be.respectful January 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm · Reply

    Here’s a link to an article refuting research conducted by the FDA:

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2010-12-evidence-e-cigs-safer-cigarettes.html

    Trust the FDA??? I don’t think so.

    • fiercemoose January 28, 2012 at 10:06 am · Reply

      Good links with good info! Thanks for sharing!

  19. David December 12, 2011 at 9:06 am · Reply

    ok so i just bought my dad one for christmas and i hope he will use it… does it really make people not have a craving to smoke? and does it eliminate second hand smoking entirely? and lastly is it easy to switch to the ecigs from smoking? he doesnt smoke too too much but like egnough to smell it on him and its just a gross habit when i purchased it i think i got the e9 or something like that, i got the heavy nicotine level vice the x, xx, xxx, M, or L or no nicotine and i wanted to know how that compares to a normal cigarette, after all i dont want to induce MORE nicotine than he already smokes with cigarettes!
    i didnt let him know that i bought one so do you think it will work??? thanks

    • sarah-jumper-monkey December 21, 2011 at 8:21 am · Reply

      so true…my mom has been smoking and she bought one like 2 years ago and i just want her to be healthy and i want her to live to the fullest…….. ya know?

  20. ben badeaux November 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm · Reply

    love my e cig the only prob is in seattle wa. they are starting to ban them cause people dont want to see smoke of any kind in the room i need to go back to Texas.

  21. Gary April 22, 2011 at 12:15 am · Reply

    Antifreeze!?!? Say it isn’t so! LOL Don’t you know that the FDA is looking out for our well being???? NOT!
    They want to protect the gravy train (they get most of their funding from the pharmaceutical industry)
    BIG PHARMA wants to sell their failed NRT products and ecigs cut into that.
    Also, they regulate tobacco……..kinda looks like a double conflict of interest to me.

    They cant be so dumb as it seems. There is SO much info out on the internet that shoots holes in all of what they say. What they DO know is that they can sway most people with their lies simply because they know many DO trust them.. BIG tobacco also has lots of money to sway opinions.

    What shocks me the most is that many of the organizations that you would think would be for ecigs are against them.

    The level of “bad things” that are in ecigs (nitrosamines) is the same or LESS than what is found in the approved NRT products sold by BIG pharma. And they are also in beer, bacon, and probably foods you BBQ. Also, nicotine is found in some veggies!

    It just doesn’t make sense!

    • cooperhilscher April 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm · Reply

      Lol! These are the same people saying cigarettes are ok to sell =)

  22. ethel powers April 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm · Reply

    LOL @Wheez and firecemouse!

    I hesitate to brag about how e-cigs have helped as I still feel a little vulnerable to analogues. Although it’s been 23 days since I’ve had one. Vaping is so much more fun and I love that I can vape Atomic Fireballs and lemonade whereas I couldn’t with analogues. Anyway, I’m sure your blog is very helpful to those seeking information.

  23. Wheez December 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm · Reply

    I think that guy is just upset you used his picture…

  24. Anon December 15, 2010 at 9:25 am · Reply

    Was this written by a 12 year old?

    • cooperhilscher December 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm · Reply

      Well, sometimes I feel like I am 12, but, no. Sorry. Why do you ask? =)

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