As I stated in my earlier blog entry I am an advocate of vaping but vaping is not without its critics or its scientifically based concerns.  I know that.  As a product manufacturer who takes her role in the mass market landscape seriously, I have to.  In the end though, I feel that science holds the answer to vaping and when you look at the entire body of scientific research science becomes the number one weapon to battle misinformed critics and to spread truth about all the benefits of vaping.

If someone doesn’t choose to vape, for whatever personal reason, that is fine.   Its everyone’s right to vape or not, eat meat or not, wear makeup or not.  Choosing to vape or not is different than being ignorant of the facts.   Just as it is different from simply lying to sweep the truth under the rug.  Being ignorant or worse, lying, to promote an agenda, pro or con, is bad.  For example, I cannot count the number of times that I have read articles quoting poorly informed minor State “health officials” saying that vaping may not be safe.   Yet a majority of well -respected national and global health organizations like the World Health Organization believe it to be far safer than smoking.   While I don’t like anyone ingesting nicotine in any form, it even irritates me to see those same officials saying that we do not have enough scientific data to be certain that electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative to tobacco.  Again, I don’t like anyone smoking or vaping nicotine but to keep them equated in terms of safety is downright ludicrous. 

The facts are very much in evidence and we have new studies every month pointing to the truth.  For example, take a study that was published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.  This study and others like it should literally shame and embarrass these so called public safety watchdogs into telling the truth.

In this study, scientists ran tests on three flavors of the best-selling e-cigarettes and on the three best-selling cigarettes. The researchers specifically looked for 8 toxins in this study: carbon monoxide, carbonyls, phenolics, volatiles, metals, tobacco-specific nitrosamines, polyaromatic amines, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons.

Results showed to no one’s surprise that tobacco cigarette smoke was full of poisonous chemicals. Most interestingly though the toxins in e-cigarette vapor were quite similar to the normal toxins found in regular room air. In fact, there was no major increase in toxins between normal air and e-cigarette vapor.  In a puff-to-puff comparison, the cigarettes had 2000 times more toxins than the e-cigs.

Critics are also fast to point out the dangers in e-cigarette devices creating dangerous levels of formaldehyde in the lungs.  This is based for the most part of a January 2015 report that found that third generation e-cigarettes, those with variable power settings when set to the maximum power and long puff duration generated levels of formaldehyde and if inhaled in this way throughout the day, would several times exceed formaldehyde levels that smokers get from cigarettes.

A newer study took a closer look at those findings in the context of real-world conditions. It concluded that 3rd generation e-cigarettes can indeed produce high levels of aldehydes -- but only under extreme conditions which human smokers can be expected to avoid because of the immediate unpleasant sensory effects. The Addiction study, led by cardiologist Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, found that it was possible to get e-cigarettes to produce high levels of aldehydes, but only in what is known to vapors as 'dry puff' conditions. Dry puffs taste awful, can make you cough, and can also have the terrible side effect of leaving e-liquid in your mouth. It is not a common vaping phenomenon in the least.

Let’s look at the real concerns I have for vaping and the use of e-cigarettes which do not include the inhalation of PG or VG which are common to most juices.  Science simply does not support the dangers in these substances.

Let me tell you the dangers that are really present.  E-cigarettes are marketed primarily based on their level of nicotine and on their flavor and neither are good.

Let’s look first at nicotine.  Nicotine is an alkaloid derived from tobacco and is one of the most toxic of all poisons.   Aside from being highly addictive, nicotine adversely affects virtually every organ and system in the body.  Its biological effects are rapid and widespread, extending to all systems of the body including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and reproductive systems. Nicotine has also been found to be carcinogenic in many studies.  Nicotine promotes tumor growth by affecting cell proliferation, angiogenesis and apoptotic pathways.  It also causes resistance to the chemotherapeutic agents used with cancer patients.  It should also be noted that there is no proven, substantive beneficial effect of nicotine on human body.  Nicotine should be avoided in any form including inhalation in nicotine laced e-juices.

The second popular marketing hook for e-cigarette and e-juice vaping liquids, even nicotine free ones, is the flavorings.   Typically speaking, stronger flavorings are preferred over weaker ones.  Most, in fact virtually all flavorings are artificial as they are the strongest and most appealing.  There are over 3,000 different artificial flavors available to manufacturers – none of which are healthy.  In fact, artificial flavorings have been shown to cause many serious problems including depression, dizziness, chest pain, headaches, fatigue, allergies, brain damage, seizures, nausea among a huge list of other deleterious conditions. Some of the most popular flavorings have also been shown to cause genetic defects, tumors, and cancers most clearly bladder cancer. 

It has been also proven that many artificial e-cigarette flavorings damage lung cells by creating harmful free radicals and inflammation in lung tissue.  Studies show that many artificial favors create more stress and toxicity on lung tissue and significantly raise various inflammation biomarkers.  Additionally, when heated these flavors release by products in the form of nanoparticles that can reach far into lung tissue, cell systems, and the blood stream.

Artificial flavorings should be avoided in all e-cigarette and vaping products.

Acknowledging these issues, I do not use nicotine in any of my vaping products although if you are a smoker there is no doubt at all that vaping nicotine is far safer than smoking tobacco.  Nor do I used artificial flavors.  Instead, I use only safe, organic, natural terpene oils from plants for flavoring.

In my next blog entry I will discuss the overwhelmingly positive reason why I think vaping the proper products are amazing for your health.