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Debunking The Myths Surrounding Electronic Cigarettes. Part 1: The Double Smoking Theory.

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Many politicians and uninformed citizens out there are under the guise that electronic cigarettes are being used as a crutch to “double down” on nicotine so to speak. As e-cigs do in fact supply the user with a superior non-toxic inducing nicotine experience, to the uniformed it could look like users will not only smoke their regular cigarette, but have puffs of their e-cig on top of it. This could not be farther from the case.

Reuters recently reported on a study done in the UK to see if this was actually the case. Researchers from the UK surveyed about 1,400 e-cigarette users on the Internet, 76 percent of whom said they started using their devices to replace cigarettes entirely. A much smaller percentage said their goal was to quit smoking or to improve their health.

One researcher who has studied e-cigarette users said the findings allay fears that people are using the devices to get more nicotine on top of what’s already in tobacco cigarettes, instead of for smoking cessation.

“This study really indicates people are using them specifically to try to quit smoking or try to get off cigarettes. This dual-use idea is simply not a tenable idea anymore,” said Boston University’s Dr. Michael Siegel, who was not involved in the new research.

Overall, 1,123 ex-smokers and 218 current smokers from 33 different countries took the survey. About 16 percent of participants were from the U.S. and another 77 percent were from Europe. Seventy percent were men.

About three quarters of respondents said they started using e-cigarettes as a “complete alternative to smoking,” and 22 percent said they started using the devices for “other reasons” – including stopping smoking (7 percent), for health reasons (6 percent) and to get around smoking restrictions (3 percent).

Some 86 percent said they had either not smoked cigarettes for several weeks or months since using the e-cigarette or that the amount they smoked had decreased dramatically.

The researchers also found that the majority of people responding to the surveys felt their health had improved since using the devices.

“Most people reported great health benefits. Their cough was reduced and their breathing was improved,” said Dawkins, who added that the benefits are most likely from people smoking fewer cigarettes and not an effect of the devices or vapors.

Still, Dawkins told Reuters Health that more research is needed on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes.

Siegel said there’s no question that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking, but there are concerns over some of the vapors’ ingredients – including propylene glycol, which irritates airways, and formaldehyde, which is known to raise lung and nasal cancer risk when it’s inhaled.

While Siegel’s health beliefs are those of his own and are still up for question it is obvious that e-cigs do not contain the same amount of toxins as regular cigarettes do. What has been proven, however, is that this myth that e-cigs will just be a gateway to users piggybacking there regular nicotine intake is in fact just that, a myth.

There are many great benefits from electronic cigarettes and we have just opened the envelope on further discussions. Keep checking back to this space as we debunk more common misconceptions surrounding electronic cigarettes.

Understanding The Regulatory Issues Surrounding Electronic Cigarettes

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Unfortunately in recent months electronic cigarettes have come under much scrutiny and unfairly labeled. Many media outlets and cities have cast a negative shadow on e-cigs due to their lack of knowledge and understanding. Here is a beginner’s guide to the regulation of electronic cigarettes and what is being done about them.

One of the main problems of regulating e-cigarettes is deciding how to classify them. Are they similar enough to tobacco cigarettes to be regulated in the same way? Or are they not cigarettes at all but drug-delivery devices like nicotine patches or gum? Because they don’t fit easily into either category, e-cigarettes may require a new set of regulations.

Many people want to know if they can use electronic cigarettes in places that restrict tobacco smoking. Manufacturers and e-cigarette users argue that because the vapor presents no health risks and no offensive odor, e-cigarettes should be permitted everywhere.

E-cig opponents argue that allowing e-cigarette use everywhere may discourage people from cutting back or quitting smoking by making it easier and more socially acceptable to get a nicotine fix. Inconveniences like shivering outside in the cold to enjoy a smoke may actually contribute to some smokers’ desires to quit. And until the vapor that e-cigarettes emit is proven safe, harmful effects from secondhand vapor can’t be ruled out.

Individual countries and states have adopted a wide range of rules governing e-cigarettes. Australia, Canada and Hong Kong have banned e-cigarette marketing and sale. In the United Kingdom, e-cigarettes marketed as a smoking-cessation aid must be licensed and regulated as a medicine, but their use as a recreational smoking alternative is unrestricted. Brazil regulates e-cigarettes as tobacco products. In the United States, the FDA has confiscated e-cigarette shipments coming into the country on the grounds that they are unapproved drug-delivery devices. Two e-cigarette manufacturers took the FDA to court to oppose this action and won .

Regulations will continue to evolve as electronic cigarettes grow in popularity and experts seek to gain reliable information about them. In the meantime, users around the world are relishing the experience of smoking cigarettes without the smoke.

How Do Electroic Cigarettes Actually Work?

Now that we have already talked about the positives benefits from switching to an electronic cigarette it is time to dive into how e-cigs actually work. How is the vapor created? What actually goes on while you are taking your puff?

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As well all know lighting a traditional cigarette causes the tobacco to burn, releasing smoke that contains nicotine. The user breathes in the smoke to deliver nicotine to the lungs. An electronic cigarette doesn’t rely on this process of combustion. Instead, it heats a nicotine liquid and converts the liquid to a vapor, or mist, that the user inhales. Depending on the e-cigarette, the user may simply inhale from the cartridge to begin the vaporization process, though some devices have a manual switch that activates the vaporizer inside.

An e-cigarette has three main parts:

• a rechargeable lithium battery
• a vaporization chamber
• a cartridge

The lithium battery powers the e-cigarette and can be charged using a charger similar to those used for cell phone batteries. The charged battery is connected to the vaporization chamber, a hollow tube that contains electronic controls and an atomizer — the component that creates the vapor. Before the user activates the device, he or she attaches a cartridge containing nicotine liquid to the vaporization chamber. The tip of the cartridge serves as the e-cigarette’s mouthpiece.

E-cigarette users inhale the way they would with a regular cigarette. This inhalation activates the atomizer to heat the liquid in the cartridge and convert the liquid to a vapor. Inhaling this vapor through the mouthpiece delivers nicotine to the lungs, and the user exhales vapor that looks much like a cloud of cigarette smoke.

Fans of e-cigarettes say they enjoy many of the same sensations as tobacco smokers — holding the device in their hand, inhaling and exhaling. Many e-cigarettes have a light-emitting diode (LED) on the end that lights up when the user inhales, simulating flame. But please do not try to light your electronic cigarette as it could ignite and explode.

The liquid or “smoke juice” that fills the cartridges is usually propylene glycol, an additive that the FDA has approved for use in food. (Fog machines that create a smoky atmosphere at stage shows also use propylene glycol.)