Electronic cigarettes are unsafe and pose health risks, UC Riverside study finds

Dec 3, 2010 Full story: Science Blog 14

Electronic cigarettes , also called "electronic nicotine delivery systems," are increasingly used worldwide even though only sparse information is available on their health effects.

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Petrodus

Florissant, MO

#1 Dec 5, 2010
The University of California "Study"
http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/ar...

One would "assume" a study by a well known University would be scientific and factual. Right?!

Now review their page where they allow Viewer Comments (Scroll Down) and read comments from "We The People"
http://tinyurl.com/2b3qrht
just candid

AOL

#2 Dec 5, 2010
Using them can't be good for people, but at least users won't be causing fires, burning furniture, stinking up everyone else with toxic tobacco smoke or inhaling tobacco tars Exc. They also won't have to go outside to use them. This should help protect them fron being a crime victim. 0>:-]
Google

Florissant, MO

#3 Dec 6, 2010
There is an "Outstanding" discussion on the Examiner page regarding this study with many posts and replies. Excellent open discussion
Here is the link
http://tinyurl.com/33yub9z
xparte

Glen Cove, NY

#4 Dec 8, 2010
just candid wrote:
Using them can't be good for people, but at least users won't be causing fires, burning furniture, stinking up everyone else with toxic tobacco smoke or inhaling tobacco tars Exc. They also won't have to go outside to use them. This should help protect them fron being a crime victim. 0>:-]
Agree. They can not possibly be more dangerous to a smoker than traditional cigarettes, and the fact they are safe for everyone else makes it a no-brainer in my book. Those things need to be embraced by anti-smoking groups, not to be fired upon. They could serve as a reasonable compromise between interests of smokers and interests of public health.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#7 Jul 17, 2011
Laurie wrote:
Electronic Cigarettes do not contain any tar, carcinogens or other harmful additives like tobacco based cigarettes....
They don't contain as MANY carcinogens or as MUCH of them.

As to being "tobacco based", the nicotine in E-cigs comes from nothing else BUT tobacco, and they are to be regarded as "tobacco products" for regulatory purposes because the federal court ruled with their MANUFACTURERS that this is what they ARE.
Storm Warning

Onalaska, WI

#8 Jul 18, 2011
with slight modification they could be used as a marital aid
Jim

Bath, UK

#9 Jul 24, 2011
The jury is still out on the potential health risks of e-cigs but like many have stated already, they have to be safer than traditional cigarettes. This page explains quite well some of the differences between electronic cigarettes and normal cigarettes.
http://www.jacvapour.com/Comparetosmoking.htm...

It seems to me that e-cigarettes might be healthier, as well as cheaper and more socially acceptable compared to old fashioned tobacco smoking.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#10 Jul 27, 2011
Here is another commentary on E-cigs, with content that may help clarify concerns over them.

http://www.legacyforhealth.org/4550.aspx

Among the more disturbing elements is the findings of inconsistency between labeling and fact regarding contents of (often leaky) cartridges.

However, this commentary cites an area often overlooked in these discussions that goes beyond the comparison of vapor to tobacco smoke. It concerns the preparation for use.

A quote from the source:

"Currently, three interrelated products are being sold: the delivery device itself; cartridges that can contain up to 20 mg of nicotine; and refill kits that allow consumers to fill used cartridges with replacement nicotine solution. Some refill bottles, easily obtained over the Internet, contain enough nicotine to kill an adult if accidentally ingested."
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#11 Jul 27, 2011
Jim wrote:
The jury is still out on the potential health risks of e-cigs but like many have stated already, they have to be safer than traditional cigarettes. This page explains quite well some of the differences between electronic cigarettes and normal cigarettes.
http://www.jacvapour.com/Comparetosmoking.htm...
It seems to me that e-cigarettes might be healthier, as well as cheaper and more socially acceptable compared to old fashioned tobacco smoking.
This is troubling. There is a university study looking at e-cigs, and it is attacked as biased. Now, we are referred to a page that "explains quite well" an element of the discussion, and that site is ADVERTISEMENT for the very product under discussion.
Mark

Southampton, UK

#12 Oct 4, 2011
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Since: Oct 11

Washington, DC

#14 Oct 21, 2011
it's not even so much that they are "unsafe" because all cigarettes, no matter what form, are unsafe.

The real issue with electronic cigarettes, in my opinion, is that you are still a slave to nicotine. Yea, one may argue that you eliminate the toxic chemicals from regular cigarettes, but you are still feeding your body the real drug it requires, and that's nicotine. Why go through such hassle just to get it?

I think all the recharging and kits you have to buy is going to eventually lead you back to buying regular cigarettes. And then you're back to square one.

If people are using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking, they are totally wrong. It's still the act of smoking, and you're still feeding your body nicotine. So, that's a dead-end right there.

If people are simply switching over to reduce the health issues, take a step back and look at yourself. Why is nicotine so important to you that you need to buy all this stuff?

E-cigs are not FDA-approved, either, so right there is a red flag.

They are just not the answer to anyone wishing or wanting to quit, or wanting to switch to a safer brand. The flavors in electronic cigarettes are all toxic. Why haven't they been approved yet?

Not a good choice.

http://www.iQuit-Smoking.com

“Honorary Squirrel Buster”

Since: Apr 07

Tulsa, OK

#15 Oct 24, 2011
mateo384 wrote:
it's not even so much that they are "unsafe" because all cigarettes, no matter what form, are unsafe.
Just because they're called e-cigs doesn't mean they're actual cigarettes. Nothing is entirely safe, to expect otherwise is not reasonable.
mateo384 wrote:
The real issue with electronic cigarettes, in my opinion, is that you are still a slave to nicotine.
That doesn't bother me and shouldn't bother you either. Its none of your business.
mateo384 wrote:
Yea, one may argue that you eliminate the toxic chemicals from regular cigarettes, but you are still feeding your body the real drug it requires, and that's nicotine.
Yes, and I intend to keep doing so one way or another. Would you recommend the e-cig or a real one?
mateo384 wrote:
Why go through such hassle just to get it?
Because nicotine is nearly as addictive as crack?
mateo384 wrote:
I think all the recharging and kits you have to buy is going to eventually lead you back to buying regular cigarettes. And then you're back to square one.
Speculative.
mateo384 wrote:
If people are using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking, they are totally wrong.
Please elaborate on this. Nothing you've said so far does a good job explaining why.
mateo384 wrote:
It's still the act of smoking, and you're still feeding your body nicotine.
Vaping is not smoking, and my body likes nicotine just fine. Again, this is not your business.
mateo384 wrote:
So, that's a dead-end right there.
No, not really.
mateo384 wrote:
If people are simply switching over to reduce the health issues, take a step back and look at yourself. Why is nicotine so important to you that you need to buy all this stuff?
Why is denying me nicotine so important to you? I think you antis need to accept that the burden of proof is on you in the e-cig debate.
mateo384 wrote:
E-cigs are not FDA-approved, either, so right there is a red flag.
That's because e-cig companies aren't multi billion dollar corporations that can afford the kind of testing needed. Whether FDA approved or not, would you prefer we go back to regular cigarettes?
mateo384 wrote:
They are just not the answer to anyone wishing or wanting to quit, or wanting to switch to a safer brand.
Simply saying that doesn't make it true. No one in their right mind would argue that e-cigs are as dangerous as regular ones, and I think I have a right to them.
mateo384 wrote:
The flavors in electronic cigarettes are all toxic. Why haven't they been approved yet?
Everything is e-cigs is approved for human consumption. Even if it were otherwise, you still need to demonstrate thats its significantly worse than other things adults are allowed to do.
mateo384 wrote:
Not a good choice.
Its not yours to make. You antis have become way too entitled to your way in this area.
mateo384 wrote:
http://www.iQuit-Smoking.com
Sorry, the quit or die approach has reached everyone its ever likely to. The rest either can't quit, or just don't care. You can either keep fighting us or be rational about this.

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#16 Oct 26, 2011
The main threat they pose is to the bottom line of Pfizer, thereby defeating the entire purpose of smoking bans.
Ronald

Long Beach, CA

#18 Jan 19, 2012
In case anyone wonders how hard earned California taxpayer money is being wasted, one needs only read of this expensive taxpayer funded "study". Is it any wonder why our State is bankrupt, despite the fact that Californians are the most overtaxed people in the entire history of the world?

If these overpaid and under worked taxpayer funded "researchers" have so much time on their hands why don't they spend some of it teaching the overcharged students?

Ronald

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