“To Vape or Not To Vape”
“To Vape or Not To Vape”, I have heard many arguments on this subject so lets just get into it. Those who follow the talking points of big tobacco and their friends are skeptics. Vapors from around the world have their own point of view. Doctors have vindicated vaping over smoking many times. Now it seems as if big tobacco is buying the FDA to get rid of us. I think it is noteworthy to discuss the differences between vaping and smoking. Then let you chose your path and advocate for it.
Smoking contains more than 600 unlisted chemicals that is known to cause cancer and other health related issues. Scientists had to dissect the cigarette to find out what is in them. Is it fair that vaping industry has to list ingredients and big tobacco doesn't? Anyway, Nicotine keeps ending up the bad guy in this conversation. However, how bad is nicotine and what is it exactly?
Nicotine is a potent parasympathomimetic stimulant and an alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants. Nicotine acts as a receptor agonist at most nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), except at two nicotinic receptor subunits (nAChRα9 and nAChRα10) where it acts as a receptor antagonist. Nicotine is found in the leaves of Nicotiana rustica, in amounts of 2–14%; in the tobacco plant, Nicotiana tabacum; in Duboisia hopwoodii; and in Asclepias syriaca.
It constitutes approximately 0.6–3.0% of the dry weight of tobacco. Usually consistent concentrations of nicotine varying from 2–7 µg/kg (20-70 millionths of a percent wet weight) are found in the edible family Solanaceae, such as potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant. Nicotine content in tea leaves is greatly inconsistent and in some cases considerably greater than in the Solanaceae fruits. Some research indicates that the contribution of nicotine obtained from food is substantial in comparison to inhalation of second-hand smoke. Others consider nicotine obtained from food to be trivial unless exceeedingly high amounts of certain vegetables are eaten. It functions as an antiherbivore chemical; consequently, nicotine was widely used as an insecticide in the past, and neonicotinoids, such as imidacloprid, are widely used.
Nicotine is highly addictive. An average cigarette yields about 6 mg of absorbed nicotine, while high amounts (30–60 mg) can be harmful. Nicotine induces both behavioral stimulation and anxiety in animals. Nicotine addiction involves drug-reinforced behavior, compulsive use, and relapse following abstinence. Nicotine dependence involves tolerance, sensitization, physical dependence, and psychological dependence. It is one of the most commonly abused drugs. The health effects of long-term nicotine use are unknown. The general medical position is that nicotine itself poses few health risks, except among certain vulnerable groups. Nicotine use as a tool for quitting smoking has a good safety history.
Main article: Nicotine replacement therapy
The primary therapeutic use of nicotine is in treating nicotine dependence in order to eliminate smoking with the damage it does to health. Controlled levels of nicotine are given to patients through gums, dermal patches, lozenges, electronic/substitute cigarettes or nasal sprays in an effort to wean them off their dependence. Studies have found that these therapies increase the chance of success of quitting by 50 to 70%,
Nicotine is used as a recreational drug. Recreational drug users commonly use stimulants such nicotine for its mood-altering effects. Other recreational nicotine products include chewing tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, snuff, pipe tobacco, and snus.
That is Nicotine in a nut shell. It is a stimulant. There isn’t any hard evidence in decades of studies that it causes cancer or major health issues. Thus the scare tactics by big tobacco against the vape industry does not hold water. However what do we find in cigarettes besides Nicotine? Are these other chemicals found in vaping e-liquids?
What is in a Cigarette?
There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.
Many of these chemicals also are found in consumer products, but these products have warning labels. While the public is warned about the danger of the poisons in these products, there is no such warning for the toxins in tobacco smoke.
Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke and other places they are found:
- Acetone – found in nail polish remover
- Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye
- Ammonia – a common household cleaner
- Arsenic – used in rat poison
- Benzene – found in rubber cement
- Butane – used in lighter fluid
- Cadmium – active component in battery acid
- Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes
- Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
- Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid
- Lead – used in batteries
- Naphthalene – an ingredient in mothballs
- Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel
- Nicotine– used as stimulant
- Tar – material for paving roads
- Toluene - used to manufacture paint
What is in an E-cigarettes?
We find nicotine (normally 3-6mg), flavorings, colorings and often propylene glycol which is a chemical found in many foods. Following the 2016 announcement allowing FDA oversight of tobacco products, e-cigarette manufacturers must register with FDA by August 8, 2016, and then will have two additional years to submit an application to remain in the marketplace. Until that time, the nearly 500 brands and 7,700 flavors of e-cigarettes will remain on the market – before FDA is able to fully evaluate them. Until FDA's evaluation is done, there are very few ways for anyone other than the manufacturers to know what chemicals are contained in e-liquids, or how e-cigarette use might affect health, whether in the short term or in the long run.
What Are E-cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, include e-pens, e-pipes, e-hookah, and e-cigars are known collectively as ENDS – electronic nicotine delivery systems. According to the FDA, e-cigarettes are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine.
The debate if an e-cigarette can help you quit smoking cigarettes is all over the place currently. My experience has been it does in fact keep 80% of the users from smoking tobacco cigarettes long term. Some go back due to bad first experiences. I find that due to lack of knowledge on how to setup the e-cigarette device for the first time. Thus, they get a dry hit and think that is a normal experience. We in the vape industry know better. My take on that is we need to help new vapers better for a great first-time experience. Remember why we got into vaping in the first place. There is a study done by a YouTuber I will include in this article. The differences between smoking cigarettes and vaping.
Your lungs on Smoking
Your lungs on Vaping
Here is another great video to see the comparison and other facts.
Yet another powerful video to show the comparisons between vaping and smoking cigarettes.
This one is your lungs on cigarette smoking.
My conclusion is I think we have a solid argument on what smoking does to your body. What vaping does to your body. The choice is yours. I would recommend you quit smoking using some method. Which method you chose is yours. In this article we are focusing on whether or not to vape. I would prefer vaping over smoking cigarettes given the obvious information. Of course the goal of vaping is to quit that too over time. You need to be using it as a method to quit smoking. This is not a recreational product. Can you enjoy your time with it while you try and quit smoking, yes. Some will vape for life. Some will return to cigarettes sadly. However, the vast majority will use vaping to quit smoking. That is a goal with chasing in my opinion. A life without cigarettes which is known to kill 400,000 Americans every year. Yet the FDA and Washington DC allows them to keep going. Additionally, they have the nerve to attack us and try to get rid of us.