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E-Cigarettes Are Not Safer

When Woodie Guthrie sang, “Let me go here one more time/And one more time,” he was hoping to recapture a past that had faded away. When we ask you to let us revisit, one more time, the subject of e-cigarettes, we’re hoping to help you capture a better future.

Seems every time we turn around there’s more bad news about these not-exactly-cigarettes. Now it turns out that the heating coil in your e-cig can covert solvents that carry flavorings and nicotine through the device into very toxic vapes. And the hotter the device—and the more you use it—the more toxins it produces.

An international group of researchers found propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, ethanol, acetol and propylene oxide were in three refill e-liquids they tested. Propylene oxide is a possible carcinogen and respiratory irritant and the aerosols that the device generates from these ingredients include a previously-unidentified carcinogen and many powerful irritants.

This toxic plume is most present in single coil devices. Seems they overheat more than double coils and produced more toxins. In any case, reusing the device without cleaning it, also ramps up toxin emissions more than 60 percent!

If you’ve been smoking tobacco for 20 years and you think moving to an e-cig is going to spare you from exposure to carcinogens—think again. We suggest finding a quit-smoking buddy, or a support group online or in your locale, and trying a nicotine patch and an anti-craving pill. And clearly, if you have never smoked, don’t try these vaporizers!

Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

Smoking tobacco products can lead to severe health problems and even death. While quitting smoking can be very difficult for some smokers, there are smoking cessation programs and medications that can help smokers quit. There are ... many lifelong benefits of doing so, like increased lung function and decreased risk of heart disease and cancer. Understanding the importance of quitting smoking and all options available to help stop smoking is key to long-term success. More