E-cigarettes under fire – why?

Although they may look similar to conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are not lit, neither do they contain tobacco. They are battery-powered electronic devices, originating initially from China that, when the user sucks on the mouthpiece, produce a microprocessor-controlled puff of vapour containing nicotine and propylene glycol.  As such, they reproduce the ‘hand-to-mouth’ action of smoking cigarettes but do not, of course, expose the user to the harmful effects of inhaling tobacco smoke. The apparently growing world-wide popularity of e-cigarettes has drawn attention from numerous health agencies and advocacy groups. Intuitively, one might have thought in a positive sense –after all these devices are almost certainly a lot less risky than regular cigarettes and probably less risky even than smokeless tobacco products. But the prevailing attitude has so far been quite the reverse – some regulatory authorities, such as those in Australia have already banned, others such as those in Canada are in the process of restricting their sale, and in the US the FDA are reportedly planning a crackdown against them (http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_11873938?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.)

 So what exactly is all the fuss about? Surely offering smokers another, much less risky, alternative to cigarettes to choose from isn’t a bad thing, even if only a small minority switch? But no, all kinds of objections have been raised to try and either get the products taken off the market or dissuade smokers from using them. These include: have not been proven safe; have not been proven to be an effective smoking cessation aid; might attract kids; children might be poisoned by eating the nicotine-containing cartridges that the devices use; they allow smokers to get round smoking bans.  Taking these objections in order: few, if any, things are completely safe and tests so far, albeit on  only one e-cigarette brand, have found no cause of serious concern; they are mostly marketed as cigarette alternatives rather than quitting aids (but if they help people to quit, surely that is an added benefit); the upfront cost of the device plus charger is relatively high (typically US$100 and up) so they would seem unlikely to attract kids – having said that, they certainly should not be marketed to them; whilst the cartridges should be kept out of the reach and sight of children, the same could be said of many products found in the house; the same criticism could be levelled at pharmaceutical NRT products in terms of them being marketed to reduce cravings during temporary abstinence from smoking. And I’m not the only one to question the evidence that e-cigarettes are a hazard (see for example http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/ecigarettes-under-attack-by-fda-and-who-are-they-really-unsafe-91658.php) Is it simply the case that some hard-liners in tobacco control don’t like e-cigarettes because in the hands of the user they look like conventional cigarettes?  But what do others think about these products and how they should be regulated? Has anyone tried them?


#1 Kim O. on 11.30.11 at 7:45 PM

I just bought an e-cigarette. Just the trial. I truly want to quit smoking cigarettes. If they take the e-cigarettes away from us I guess I’m going to have to go back to smoking cigarettes again? Well,,, that’s job security for the american lung association I guess…..

#2 Jersey Kid on 12.04.11 at 1:16 AM

there are much better ecigs than century 21
you may want to try looking online for higher graded products

#3 SOCAL Smoker on 12.12.11 at 3:05 PM

ENOUGH HORSE SH*T. Whoever likes e-cigs, smoke them. whoever thinks they aren’t safe, don’t complain to us.

#4 OTP Kid on 12.12.11 at 4:50 PM

I just tried an ecig called BS, it tasted horrible and I it made me sick to my stomach. It was leaking liquid nicotine on my hand which made my finger numb. I’m concerned my kid will eat this and what will happen to him?

#5 healthy dad on 12.13.11 at 12:25 PM

I’ve been using my mystic e-cig for about two months now, it’s changed my quality of life in a way that I never thought possible. I’m sure there are better brands out there but it was given to me as a gift from my sister whom noticed I was losing my wife because of my addiction. I feel great, I can play with my kids, and make love to my wife without getting winded after 10 minutes. Nicotine product is toxic, theres no argument on my behalf about that, but I would worry alot more about my kids eating nicotine gum than them trying to eat one of my e-cig cartridges. The attack on e-cigs is all about tax dollars and tobacco companies crapping in their pants because people are findind a way to feed the addiction they created without padding their pockets. So dear RJ Reynolds, make an e-cig of your own and quit your bitching, or find your local unemployment office! Sincerely a healthy dad who will live to see his grandchildren.

#6 OTP Kid on 12.20.11 at 1:57 PM

WOW! Now you can play with your kids and make love to your wife. I think you forgot you can fly now with the pigs, eat dessert all day long and nver gain weight, and you look 30 years younger too!

These ecig guys are something!

#7 abel neal on 02.19.12 at 3:37 AM

After all said and done, It all boils down to the mighty $. they dont want us ( i mean ya’ll) quitting so their cashflow remains steady. thanks to ecigs, im free off a 10+yrs curse.

#8 Trisha S on 02.28.12 at 4:25 PM

Electronic Cigarettes VS. Regular Tobacco Cigarettes

Here is what I found while researching on this website


Is there any difference between Electronic Cigarette VS Regular Tobacco Cigarette? Both are used for the same purpose. But, the consequences of using these are not same. Though electronic cigarettes are new on the market, but it has drawn attention to many people on different levels. After reading this article you will be able to identify the difference between electronic cigarettes and normal cigarettes.

The main objective of this article is not encouraging anyone to start smoking, but to give an overall idea about both.

Tobacco is the main ingredient or component of any normal cigarettes. Also there are more than 600 other ingredients / chemicals to make up 1 cigarette. 51 of them are identified as carcinogenic. A carcinogen* is something that causes cancer.

According to the World Health Organization estimate tobacco caused 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century. It’s projected to reach more than 8 million by 2030 if current trends continue.

So let’s have a look on the familiar chemicals and it’s used in our everyday life which is available on normal cigarettes.

Carbon Monoxide – car exhaust

Nicotine – bug sprays

Tar – material to make roads

Arsenic -rat poison

Ammonia – cleaning products

Hydrogen Cyanide – gas chamber poison

Cyanide – deadly poison

Acetone – nail polish remover

Butane – cigarette lighter fluid

DDT – insecticides

Formaldehyde – to preserve dead bodies

Sulfuric Acid – car batteries

Cadmium – used to recharge batteries

Freon – damages earth’s ozone layer

Germanic acid – a fragrance

Methoprene – a pesticide

Maltitol – a sweetener not permitted to be used in foods in the U.S.

Three of the most widely known chemicals available on the traditional or normal cigarettes are: nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide.

Nicotine is highly poisonous in its purest form. Tar is the oily material which remains after tobacco passes through the filter. When a smoker inhales, a lot of the tar sticks to and blackens the lungs. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas. A smoker inhales this gas which is also found in the exhaust of a car. This gas interferes with our respiratory (breathing) and circulatory (heart, arteries, and veins) systems.

What is An Electric Cigarette?

An electric cigarette is an electronic device which is powered by battery and designed to simulate smoking. A fluid, called e-liquid or e-juice, is heated in a chamber to produce a smoke like vapor. The most considerable thing is there is no smoke, but only vapor. This liquid or juice contains propylene glycol, flavorings, and often times nicotine.

An electric cigarette mainly consists of 2 or 3 parts, depending on its model.

The cartridge – Contains the E-liquid / E-Juice – The flavoring of your choice (there are hundreds of flavors to choose from)
The atomizer unit – Heats the liquid to create vapor.
The battery unit – Powers the atomizer.

The electronic cigarette allows smokers to sit in public places like restaurants and bars alongside of non-smokers without clashing because E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco nor do they require an open flame. The smoke-like puff upon exhale of an electronic cigarette consists of a harmless, odorless water vapor that disappears within seconds.

You can buy electronic cigarettes through various retailers both in various brick and mortar stores and online. The models vary from brand to brand but the electronic cigarettes all function alike. In addition, E-cigarettes contain none of the carcinogens expelled by smoking a real cigarette, which is coming to be known as an “analog” cigarette.

The most important factor is the nicotine level. The nicotine is available in varying milligrams usually from 0mg – 26mg much like other nicotine patches and gum products which are commonly used by people who are trying to quit smoking or as a way to help a smoker get through a long flight where smoking of tobacco-filled cigarettes is not allowed. Most electronic cigarette users manage to quit smoking even though the electronic cigarette cannot claim to be a cessation device due to questionable reasons asserted by the FDA.

Let’s see what is in the liquid (known as e-liquid or e-juice) and its uses in our everyday life-

The three main ingredients that are in liquid form are: a base of Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin, Nicotine and Artificial Flavorings. Different flavorings may contain different ingredients, such as menthol, fruit acids, water and alcohol.

Propylene Glycol – Food flavorings, toothpaste, cosmetics, medicines, mouthwash, saline solutions, etc.

Vegetable Glycerin – Cough Syrups, toothpaste, skin care products, store bought “healthy” cookies and cakes etc.

Nicotine – Tomatoes and eggplants, pharmaceutical gums, patches, lozenges, etc

Artificial Flavorings – Almost everything edible

Ok so now that I have made my comparison, what do you think my choice was?
I have tried E-Cigs, and granted it did not have the same taste than a regular cigarette, but I also did not have the side effects I usually have when smoking a regular cigarette.

Constant nausea, headaches, fatigue and so on……
I actually started my quitting process two month ago and the E-Cigarette (do not mention brand on purpose)
did help me I would say by 50% by still giving me that little bit of a nicotine fix my body was craving.

Any product containing nicotine is unhealthy, and I would not agree selling anything containing nicotine to a minor. My children loved my decision to quit because I am leading by example. They also know that the E-Cigarette is not just a cigarette replacement because I am lowering my nicotine dose every time I reorder the liquid.

If it is in so many ways dangerous why did the FDA test it but never really made any attempts to take it off the market. To where the big companies are the ones making the big dollars selling their death pavements, but at the same time warning the consumer about the E-Cigarette since it will more than likely cause a huge drop in sales once people find out how much less harmful E-Cigarettes are.

Now let us look at the monetary loss or gain which ever you would like first. Down south you pay $2.90? PLUS TAX for a regulr cheap pack of smokes right?
Go higher north such as NY you will pay $7.44 PLUS TAX for a regular cheap pack of smokes, now did you notice the PLUS TAX?
A small bottle of E-CIG liquid will cost me anywhere between $10 and $20 ok granted regular sales tax but still the little bottle is equivalent to one carton of regular cigarettes.

I am not telling people to jump over to E-cigs, but I would like to point out the facts that I rather inhale some vapor than I don’t know how many poisonous ingredients. I am just saying it has been a little help to me while I am in the quitting process.

Now imagine those E-Cigs regulated and allowed world wide I don’t necessarily believe that every smoker will jump on it, and I am sure each state will have their way of getting their little incentive out of it (TAX).
If the E-Cigarettes are so harmful than the FDA needs to pull each tobacco product, and ban it from their shelves, since cigarettes are known and proven to be silent killers.

OH and OTP kid I am in the quitting process with the help of E-Cigs I can not fly with pigs (although through the withdrawal process I could have sworn to see them), I have not noticed any increase or decrease in my sex life, I still play with my kids like I normally do. I gained 15 LBS so far and still look the 36 year old hag I am, and I do believe E-Cigs are better than regular cigarettes :oD thought I would throw that little smile in there !!!!!!!!!

#9 CaligallyUSA on 04.03.12 at 3:32 PM

This is all so stupid! The simple thought of banning ecigs because of nicotine is outrageous! Then why are cigarettes legal? They have nicotine, they are not safe, they have thousands of deadly chemicals and if kids really want them, they find a way like anything they shouldn’t be doing. The only reason the government would want to ban such a thing is because they lose out on millions of tax dollars (like they don’t rob us clean already) So TAX these suckers if you wish. At least you are saving millions of lives. Apparently your pocket book is more important that people living!

I personally smoked for 25 years. Since I bought my eCig over a month ago, I haven’t looked back. So yes, I need my nicotine buzz. That is also what a LEGAL cigarette does. At least I no longer smell, have ashes everywhere, get nasty looks from people, have my Mom crying thinking I’m going to die of lung cancer, etc. I’m saving my life.

And this kid BS. Ok, then why is Vodka coming in so many flavors now? Grape, Vanilla, Marshmellow, Candy flavors, etc. OMG America! Watch out cause now all our kids are going to be alcoholics!

F Off USA Government!

#10 cameljunkie on 04.12.12 at 3:26 PM

OTP KID I think that you may need to actually take a step back and really see that this is a product that many people have started using, and its helping with the health concerns that they were experiencing with traditional tobacco. Just because they post on here letting people know what e cig they are using does not mean that they are PR for e cigs. I am a waitress and I see people all over with all different kinds. It makes non-smoker feel safer, and helps with the smokers who are trying to fight smoking bans. Not everything is going to be FDA approved, but that doesn’t stop people from finding what they believe are healthier ways to have the habits that they have. Take weight – loss drugs for example. Almost none of these drugs are FDA approved, but people still take them thinking that it is the answer to their problem. Some can and may work, but they require lifestyle changes along with them to work. Now look back at e cigs. If people feel that they will help them be healthier, than why not just let them feel this way. As for safety concerns for children, we use household products that can kill people everyday. But we as parents know to keep them out of the reach of children until they learn what the products are and how they will harm them. There is not enough nicotine in the cartridges to cause an overdose if accidentally eaten, unless you eat them in abundance. I don’t really see that as a major concern as most people only have a pack or two of cartridges at a time. Just takes a little common sense in the world to keep people from doing things that would harm their children.

#11 Miami Heat on 04.16.12 at 12:30 AM

OTP Kid – Give it a break – These things are here to stay! They save lifes!

#12 imaquitter on 04.26.12 at 3:19 PM

I smoked ciggaretts for 13 years and did use the e- cigg as a cessation device. I am now nicotine free completly. I disagree that it encourages smokers to keep smoking. ***k the fda.

#13 imaquitter on 04.26.12 at 3:30 PM

Otp kid, your name is right, i dont know how old you really are but your comment was ridiculous and makes you sound like a child. I’m noteven sure what message you were trying to convey besides downing a man who is trying for a better and longer life.

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#15 OTP Kid on 09.24.12 at 11:57 AM

Can we develop a rule that a “poster” must use some form of proper English? At least Billy can write properly, some of the last few “posters” need to return to grammar school. Wow

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#20 Alison on 12.11.12 at 6:23 PM

I was a smoker for fifteen years, ten of which I was a heavy smoker. I was determined to quit smoking in January 2012 as my new year’s resolution, but found myself going insane with only the nicotine patches, which did not and could not alleviate the craving for a cigarette between my fingers and the inhalation a cigarette brings. I even tried a nicotrette inhalator but was very disappointed. In desperation I bought an e cigarette, but while waiting for it to be delivered I succumbed to temptation and bought a packet of cigarettes. When my e cig arrived, I used it alongside the patches only in my most desperate moments and, like with the patches, I gradually weaned myself off nicotine. Next month I will have been smoke free for a whole year and e cig free for 10 months. If not for the e cig I would still be smoking. Please do not ban this invention. It is a potential life saver.

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#24 OTP Kid on 04.18.13 at 9:49 AM

Let’s see how ecigs sell after all this…

U.S. senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) signed the letter to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

“Unlike traditional tobacco products, e-cigarettes can be legally sold to children and are not subject to age verification laws,” the senators wrote. “E-cigarettes marketed to appeal to kids in candy and fruit flavors, like bubblegum and strawberry, are readily available to youth in shopping malls and online. These products risk addicting children to nicotine, which could be a pathway to cigarettes and other tobacco products.”

The letter also said, “As a result of the Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act of 2009, the FDA has made commendable efforts to enhance the regulation of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products; however, we have seen the emergence of novel nicotine products for which FDA has yet to assert regulatory authority, such as electronic cigarettes, which raise concerns regarding safety and marketing to children

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“Altria Group Inc. (MO), which reported softening first-quarter cigarette volumes, will enter the e-cigarette market later this year, a move to address a pocket of the tobacco market that is gaining heightened attention among consumers.

Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2013/04/25/altria-to-launch-e-cig-as-cigarette-demand-softens/#ixzz2RUVbjMb6

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I didn’t read all the way to the bottom yet, so this may have already been pointed out. All of these drugs and medical devices you see advertised on television… pay attention to the listed side effects and then tell me the FDA is concerned about safety. If that’s not enough proof, how about all of the class action lawsuits against big name drugs? I don’t watch much TV, but one of these two is on every time I watch.

Folks do not like smoking… they make a commotion about it. No smoking indoors. Ok. Then no smoking within 100 feet of a public building (my local ordinance). Ok. A less smelly, less harmful solution is offered and that’s still not good enough. People are never satisfied… seems to be the way of the world these days.

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#33 dave on 12.13.14 at 1:27 PM

i only smoked a few ecigs then devloped the steady ringing in my ears. Has been a week and the ringing has not stopped. I know it started from ecigs so do yourself a favor and dont mess with them. Quit or smoke the real thing. Is not worth it. And i quit cigs for two years after 20+ of smoking and had no side affects so i know its not from any type of withdrawl. Ecigs did it so take my advice and Do Not Smoke Ecigs

#34 Smoketoxdoc on 12.13.14 at 2:59 PM

For those of us who research the potential adverse health effects of e-cigs, it would be very useful if would provide the brand-style of the e-cig and brand-style of any e-liquids that you used. Just saying you had an adverse event without providing details helps no one.

#35 tarheel on 12.16.14 at 1:00 AM

that’s a real good point smoketoxdoc – there are some really bad units out there and this is why the fda needs to put regulation in place sooner than later

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