E-cigs are unsafe ?

A new study from the University of California has hit the news, and the researchers are saying that e-cigs are unsafe:

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/news_item.html?action=page&id=2506

 

I have copied below a few of what I feel are the most pertinent sentences from the above article:

 

1) They state ‘e cigarettes are potentially harmful and urge regulators to consider removing e-cigarettes from the market until their safety is adequately evaluated’

 

My response: The article states that 5 different electronic cigarettes were studied. The researchers did not study users, they studied the hardware.  Studying the users, the vapers is where you will find the information about harm,  not by dissecting metal electronic cigarettes.

 

2) ‘Our study – one of the first studies to evaluate e-cigarettes – shows that this product has many flaws, which could cause serious public health problems in the future if the flaws go uncorrected.’

 

My response: This study is not ‘one of the first’ to evaluate e-cigarettes- studies have been done on e-cigs since at least 2008/9, undertaken in New Zealand and world wide, and electronic cigarettes are continually being studied and improved. The  electronic cigarette  industry is working to ensure safety and regulation.

 

The conclusions that the study draws are the following -

Batteries, atomizers, cartridges, cartridge wrappers, packs and instruction manuals lack important information regarding e-cigarette content, use and essential warnings;

My response: Not true – look at TECC products, they contain all the correct warnings and labels as required by Trading Standards, e-liquids have all ingredients listed, and we provide user manuals detailing how to use the products.

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  • Electronic cigarette cartridges leak, which could expose nicotine, an addictive and dangerous chemical, to children, adults, pets and the environment.

Now here we have to concede that they may have a point – as some electronic cigarettes do leak. But can we point to the positives ? – The industry as a whole is working to improve design, electronic cigarette users are responsible people, are aware of what they are doing and so behave in a way that prevents e-cigs and cartridges from coming into contact with pets and children – hence the childproofing of cartridge containers and e-liquid and the warnings. People are allowed, and most are more than capable of  taking responsibility for their own actions.

 

  • Currently, there are no methods for proper disposal of e-cigarettes products and accessories, including cartridges, which could result in nicotine contamination from discarded cartridges entering water sources and soil, and adversely impacting the environment.

 

  • Yes there are – batteries should be recycled with other batteries –as per the packaging and battery/electronic recycling symbol, and as for nicotine entering the water system and soil – cartridges are disposed off in peoples rubbish bins – unlike cigarette butts that are thrown on the ground where they do sink into the soil and water system with the nicotine and tobacco. This is also a scare-mongering tactic, suggesting that vast quantities are thrown in a pile and left to rot and contaminate the planet. This is misleading and untrue.

 

 

  • The manufacture, quality control, sales, and advertisement of e-cigarettes are unregulated.

Again this is not true in the UK. TECC has and does work closely with the government on this issue, and we are very careful about what we say and how we say it. Our MD visits China on a regular basis, we have testing procedures in place for electronic equipment to ensure it is of British safety standards, and we only source our e-liquid from reputable manufacturers.

 

 

Below are some comments (and the links) regarding the above research I have found on a forum that I believe is worth reading, and highlights again how ‘science’ can be used as propaganda:

 

I find it difficult to understand why TRDP funded a study conducted by a cell biologist regarding the engineering quality of electronic cigarettes. Why not fund an air quality expert and/or a toxicologist to look for toxicants in the vapor from e-cigarettes? “

 

“Better yet, why not survey electronic cigarette consumers who have been using the products to let you know what the effects have been on their health and on the health of those around them?

 

http:// www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/medical-research/142185-another-awful-prue-talbot-study.html

 

 

http://health.universityofcalifornia.edu/2010/12/03/study-e-cigarettes-are-unsafe-pose-health-risks/

 

 

 

 

One Response to “E-cigs are unsafe ?”

  • Bungy:

    As a smoker (started aged 11 – quit aged 53) I used to cough, splutter, wheeze, smell, have bad breath and bad skin, yellow fingers and was totally dependent on the dreaded cigarette. I discovered E-cigarettes 16 months ago and have not looked back, not a single drag on a cigarette – my health has improved by a mahooosive margine, I no longer wheeze, cough, smell of fags and have a general all round feeling of well being and my increased energy is notable. E-cigarettes have succeeded where all other methods to quit smoking have failed. If e-cigarettes prove to be harmful in any way Im pretty sure the disasterous effects of Cigarette smoking far outweigh any that an E-cig may produce. Im now using the Titan Tank, the best model ive used and the past 6 months ive been on ZERO nicotine….long may the E-cig remain.

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