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E-Cigs’ Second-hand Exposure 10 Times Safer Than Tobacco

There is good news for the vaping community: research shows second-hand vapor is 10 times safer than second-hand tobacco smoke.

The results of two studies of second-hand exposure to e-cigarette vapors were recently published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

Yes, while you are enjoying your e-cig, others near you are exposed to nicotine-rich vapor when you exhale. The 64-thousand-dollar question: How dangerous is second-hand nicotine vapor to non-vaping family, friends and the general public?

The 2 Studies

Goniewicz was one of the lead researchers and is a cancer researcher in the Department of Health Behavior at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.

“E-cigarettes contain variable amounts of nicotine and some traces of toxicants. But very little is known to what extent non-users can be exposed to nicotine and other chemicals in situations when they are present in the same room with users of e-cigarettes,” Goniewicz told the NY Daily News.

He and his colleagues conducted two separate studies. In the first, vapor was generated from an e-cigarette smoking machine in a sterile room. Then, measurements were taken such as amount of nicotine, carbon monoxide and other harmful gases and particulates in the room.

The second study involved five men who were regular smokers of both tobacco cigarettes and e-cigs. Each of the men was asked to smoke his normal brand of e-cigarette for two five-minute intervals over a period of an hour.

During each man’s visit to the room, researchers diligently measured air quality. After each session, the room was sterilized and ventilated, and the experiment was repeated having the men smoke their regular brand of tobacco cigarettes.

The 2 Results

In the first study, nicotine levels measured 2.5 micrograms per cubic meter. In the second study, the number rose to 3.3 micrograms per cubic meter from e-cigarette.

When they compared these two readings to the tobacco cigarette, however, they found 32 micrograms per cubic meter—that’s 10 times the amount as from vaporized nicotine!

Basically, the results show that non-smokers are exposed to 10 times less nicotine from e-cigs than from tobacco cigarettes.

As for particulate matter, tobacco cigarettes have roughly seven times more than e-cigs. Levels of carbon monoxide and other gases in the air were unchanged.

Goniewicz said, “What we found is that non-users of e-cigarettes might be exposed to nicotine but not to many toxicants when they are in close proximity to e-cigarette users.”

Of course, more research is needed in such as what happens in a room with restricted ventilation, for example.

“It is currently very hard to predict what would be the health impact of such exposure,” he added.

What Next?

This study might bring good news for the e-cigarette community. We’ve been taught to hate the word cigarette for so long many people are reluctant to accept e-cigs in a positive light.

More studies will continue to shed light on the many advantages of e-cigarettes.

New Study: E-Cigarettes and the Lungs

Chemical Magazine 2008Positive results from a new study on the effect of electronic cigarettes on the lungs have emerged. The study was done by researchers in Greece, and sheds light on the effects of smoke compared to the effects of e-cigarette nicotine on lung function. It was the first study of its kind, offering new standardized research on the acute impact of tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes, both passively and actively.

Since electronic cigarettes began gaining popularity, critics have questioned their safety and whether or not they are worth using due to the lack of scientific studies. However, as time has passed, their popularity has only increased. Studies are happening rather regularly and they are proving some benefits of electronic cigarettes, as well as exposing their lack of negative effects on the body.

In this latest research, a controlled study was conducted. 15 smokers and 15 nonsmokers (as in, never have used cigarettes for any period of time) underwent a series of different tests. The main focus of the study was to test the serum cotinine, nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, and lung function. The smokers went through an active tobacco smoking session, and then an active e-cigarette smoking session. The nonsmokers underwent a similar series of tests, where they did a passive tobacco smoking session, and then a passive e-cigarette session.

The results comparing e-cigarette use to tobacco cigarette use were certainly of interest. The active and passive smoking sessions, with both e-cigarette and tobacco, yielded similar results on the effects of serum cotinine. However, neither a brief active e-cigarette smoking session, nor a passive 1 hour e-cigarette smoking session affected the lungs in any significant manner; a contrast to tobacco.

The outcome of the study leaned favorably towards electronic cigarette usage, in terms of changes in lung function. However, they do have similar effects in regards to how nicotine impacts the lungs. The study did say that in the future, studies should focus on examining nicotine dosage and its effect, in addition to the long-term effects of e-cigarette usage.

What this study means for users is that it is one step in the right direction for e-smokers everywhere. Considering the controversy surrounding their use, and users being told to avoid using them due to a lack of research, studies exposing the positive effects and lack of negative effects are greatly contributing to the industry as a whole.

We, at International Vapor Group, have always embraced all research, as we think it makes us a stronger company and industry. In such a new industry, long term studies and conclusive research take time, but we aim to continuously learn more and share with you.

Environmental Impact of E-cigs

images-2Cigarettes are a major negative force on the environment, and according to data found on Earth911.com, they are the most littered item on earth. This statistic should not surprise anyone, as they are commonly found everywhere, constituting 38% of all the world’s litter.

Cigarette butts are not biodegradable, and they have the ill consequences of usually reaching water supplies. When this happens, because of water saturation, all the chemicals that have been locked inside the filter unfortunately get released. These chemicals do not belong in water supplies, as they are a threat to the animals that come into contact with them. Birds and other aquatic animals that mistake the butts for food continuously end up poisoned, or with these foreign objects stuck in their systems.

One rather overwhelming thought is that one pound of cigarette butts comes out to around 2,000 of them, and throughout the world, more than 2 billion butts get discarded, a large number of which end up in the environment, not in proper disposal areas.

Where electronic cigarettes play a vital role in this phenomenon, as they dramatically reduce the number of cigarette butts to none. They are very reusable products, and encourage recycling in many ways. Cartridges are changed, yes discarded when through, but a single cartridge lasts about the length of about 2 cigarette packs, or 40 cigarettes. They are also recyclable, and customers are much less inclined to be flinging used cartridges to the ground when finished with them.

As the “green” debate wages on, there are those who say that electronic cigarettes still own their share of environmental shame, because they are still manufactured items, therefore they still do contribute to factory pollution. But factory space is factory space, and one way or another, plenty of “green” items are still being manufactured. Meanwhile, there is no argument that can negate the fact that vapor smoking does not cause the same amount of pollution as traditional cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes are reducing, encouraging reusing, and entirely all about recycling. There is a footprint, no doubt, but it is much lesser than that which is caused by smoking traditional cigarettes. Try them today, to see how they can help you to live a little greener.

Electronic cigarettes and Research: Where We Stand

imagesOne of the biggest topics when it comes to electronic cigarette debates is research. The FDA says enough research has not been done, and consumers are always curious about advancements.

Because we are still in the early stages of electronic cigarettes, there is nothing that can negate the fact that large amounts of extensive research have yet to be done.

As it progresses, we are sure further testing will get more and more in depth, both in respect to the effects of e-cigarettes medically and environmentally. Here is a look at what currently know in regards to medical research.

Medical Research

Thus far, the majority of the research on electronic cigarettes has been focusing on their effects on health, especially in regards to their risks and benefits. These have been done by a number of institutions, including government, universities, and those sponsored by the industry itself.

Toxicology and Carcinogens

Another major area of focus when it comes to e-cigarettes is the subject of carcinogens. Enormous amounts of research have been done on cigarettes and their carcinogenic properties, and people want to know where e-cigarettes lie in the matter. Studies have been done to test the chemical composition of electronic cigarettes, and one of these, done by the Roswell Parker Cancer Institute surveyed the chemical output of 12 electronic cigarette brands. They screened for toxins and potentially cancer-causing substances, including volatile organic compounds, nitrosamines, carbonyls, and heavy metals. All 12 brands were compared to the production of a medical nicotine inhaler, and the results of toxic findings ranged from 9 to 450 times less than those from cigarette smoke, and with some toxic levels that were comparable to the trace amounts that were produced by the inhaler.

Lungs and Heart

The effects of e-cigarettes on the heart and lungs have had a decent amount of scientific research coverage, as traditional tobacco cigarettes do the most damage to the these areas. In a study done in Greece, by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, the heart’s reaction to electronic cigarette use was measured and compared to how it reacted after cigarette use. Interestingly, when using vapor, users experienced just a slight increase in blood pressure, and very little increase in heart rate. By comparison, however, after smoking a tobacco cigarette, the smoker’s heart rate and blood pressure would soar. The conclusion of this study did not promote the use of electronic cigarettes, however the physician, Dr. Farsalinos did validate them as suitable alternatives to tobacco.

Other studies looking at the effect of vapor smoking on the heart and lungs have been performed, however most lack research and data.

Electronic cigarettes have gotten big, so big in fact that people want more thorough research, and it will most certainly be needed to aid in legislative efforts. Research is essentially a great thing, as the more we know, the better products we can develop.

 

Dating Goes Better With E-Cigs

Dating can be so difficult, and when you smoke it’s even harder. Whether you are looking for longterm love and commitments, or just someone who gets you and wants to have fun, compatibility is a very hard balance to strike. When smokers and nonsmokers get together, the situation can be less than appealing for romance, and mixing the two can be like oil and water. It’s a cool idea, maybe a fun experiment, but ultimately just won’t work out. It’s more than just a slight preference; it comes down to major lifestyle differences, and oftentimes in dating, people do not have the patience to deal.

Nonsmokers can be really picky, and most do not care for smoke intruding into their lives. This rings especially true for nonsmokers who were once smokers; the last thing they want is to be tempted back to an old habit by a new love. Some people have aversions to smoke, and just can’t deal with the smell. Others can be allergic to it, and then there are those who suffer from respiratory issues where breathing in smoke is extremely unhealthy for them. Then there are those who look to the future, and see smokers as potential companions who may not live as long.

Smokers, you do have choices here! Life is too short to be limiting your options, and instead of hoping to make it work out going cold turkey for a new flame, invest in e-cigarettes. Get an electronic cigarette starter kit, and

Instead of hoping that smoking will sit will with potential dates, opt instead for electronic cigs because you’ll be able to still enjoy what nicotine does for you, and keep yourself smoke free. The smoke will never limit your love life again! Just think, when you are on dates, you’ll be able to concentrate more on your partner than on being self conscious. You won’t have to worry about whether you smell like smoke, if your breath is bad, or if they secretly have an issue with cigarettes. Hey, your e-cigs may even make for a cool conversation starter!

 

Thinking About Generic E-Cig Batteries? Think Again

If you are somewhat familiar with the e-cig industry, perhaps have used the products, maybe dabbled in a few brands, know the difference between the different styles, and generally even just have your feet wet with knowledge about them, you know how they work. You know you will need a battery, an atomizer, and juice to make the experience complete, and no matter what style or configuration you go with, those parts are essentials to how e-cigs work. However, regardless of your personal e-cigarette expertise, are you aware of all the options that lay before you? Including the shady and the fakes?

Right now, there are companies out there selling blanks and generic parts for your electronic cigarettes; batteries in particular. They promise you an authentic experience, capable of being totally compatible with products such as our cartridges and chargers, at a fraction of the cost. While the deals may seem appealing, don’t let them fool you! If you love EverSmoke products and EverSmoke quality, chances are you won’t be getting the same high standards elsewhere. A good deal is always appealing, but more often than not with companies such as these it’s too good to be true. It is extremely important to not get experimental with your electronic cigarette batteries because they are “electronic” in the end. They are extremely safe, but if you begin using them not according to your user’s manual directions, you could end up in a less than desirable, possibly hazardous situation. When you buy from EverSmoke, you know what you’re getting and you are backed by a company with very strong standards of customer service. If you aren’t satisfied, we’ll take care of you! However, when you buy from some random company, claiming their generics will work fine with ours, how do you really know? And will they stand by you should things go wrong?

EverSmoke e-cigs are known for their outstanding quality and great performance, why mess with it? Especially to save a few bucks, settling for some generic e-cig and taking chances with your cartridges and chargers? Save your money, stick with EverSmoke, and just keep your eyes out for some of the great sales and deals we run; which happen pretty often!

Defense Against Cigarettes: Fruits and Vegetables

If you are trying to quit smoking, even if you have not even tried an electronic cigarette, you are on the right path just by being here, reading this, and getting further educated in the matter. Quitting smoking is usually a very difficult thing to do, and it certainly takes hard work and a generous amount of effort. E-cigarettes can greatly help you along on the path to a cleaner, healthier lifestyle, even if they are not an actual cessation device. Here are some other things you can do to get the most benefit from your electronic cigarettes, and allow your body to work as efficiently as possible, as you switch for the better.

Did you know how much a healthy diet can benefit you as a smoker who is looking to become a nonsmoker? We all know that proper eating habits are necessary for good health, but new research is showing that eating large amounts of fruits and vegetables can help smokers quit smoking and stay that way? In a study published by Oxford Journals, 1,000 smokers over the age of 25 were examined. They were asked questions regarding their smoking habits as well as their intake of fruits and vegetables. The findings of the study, after 14 months concluded that those who consumed an average of 4 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day were three times more likely to be successful at staying tobacco free down the line.

So what does this mean for e-cigarette smokers? Well, it sure doesn’t hurt to eat the healthiest food options, that’s for sure! If you are looking to switch to electronic cigs, for even greater success, and to help fend off any unwanted cigarette cravings, make sure you up your fruit and veggie consumption! Transitioning to electronic cigarettes does not have to be difficult, and it can give you even more reasons to live healthier.

E-cigarettes are fabulous for helping smokers find a cleaner, healthier alternative. However, helping your body do a better job of getting beyond tobacco cigarettes, so that you can get the most satisfaction from your e-cigs, while you live a little healthier is even better because you’ll get the very most out of them!

E-Cigarette Sales Are on the Rise!

Smokers keep switching to the vapor side! Studies are showing that sales are going up in very big numbers, and year by year, more smokers become intrigued with what awaits them with alternative cigarettes. More than 50% of smokers in the US are aware of e-cigs, and that number is growing too. The more people that learn there is an alternative to the poison that is tobacco is, that gives the same results and without the negative attributes, the more of those who will give them a try.

With awareness comes sales, because smokers have never really had legit options that allowed them to quit easily. Whether you are a smoker or not, surely you know someone who has tried to quit. The reason so many people smoke for so long is because cigarettes are an extremely difficult habit to kick. Unlike illegal drugs, they are very easy to acquire, do not mess you up while you enjoy them, and most importantly, they aren’t illegal. Unlike legal substances such as alcohol, you aren’t really limited in the same ways. No, you cannot use cigarettes in many public places the way you can when consuming alcohol, but you most certainly should not be driving when you drink. And it’s definitely a major faux pas to be drinking in the middle of your work day. When is it ever appropriate to head out for a quick “alcohol break” and get back to work shortly, and slightly tanked? Never! Cigarettes are a really quick, easy fix, but their negatives mount quickly, and often not in plain sight. Smokers eventually get to the point where they realize that smoking cigarettes is not what they want, and the effects on their health have already begun. And quitting is a very steep uphill battle.

This is where e-cigarettes come in. For just the price of an e-cigarette starter kit, smokers are able to embark on a path to health that allows them to control all aspects of the smoking process, without the smoke and tar. They have tremendous freedom, and the same satisfaction in enjoying the nicotine and the actual act of smoking the e-cig. Electronic cigarettes are here to stay, smokers get ready for the future!

Saving Money with Vapor Cigarettes

E-cigarettes have so many benefits to offer that it can seem mind-blowing when you really consider all of them. Every single complaint a smoker has about traditional cigarettes can be taken down by e-cigs, tha’s how amazing they are. Sick of the smoke and tar? There is none with vapor. Tired of always having to clean up after yourself, sick of the ash everywhere and the pile up if butts? E-cigarettes are cleaner and greener, greatly reducing the amount of waste and filth smokers create. Tired of hearing your friends and family members tell you all about the awful ways you can meet your end because of cigarettes? And what about money? Aren’t you tired of spending a fortune on cigarettes?

Of all the problems smokers face with tobacco cigarettes, money is often one of the most annoying. You work hard for your money; why let it go to a wasted habit that really brings about so many negative circumstances? It’s bad enough that cigarettes are unhealthy in a severe way, and that they are a worldwide problem when it comes to pollution, but on a dat to day level, an individual level, cigarettes do no one any favors. So how do e-cigs save you money? It happens in a few ways, and can be felt almost immediately. E-cig cartridges cost enormously less than a pack of cigarettes, and they can often go a lot farther too. The way e-cigs are designed to be used, they offer the user more freedom in how they smoke, so many often vape much less than they previously smoked because a little vapor can go a really long way. Extra costs most smokers might not even consider, like having to purchase extra perfume and cologne, as well as things like air fresheners, gum, teeth whiteners, and a whole slew of beauty products to fix all the damage caused by smoking are abe to be cut down significantly when the smoke is gone.

Some smokers see the price of e-cigarette starter kits and get dismayed with doubts. That’s the wrong mindset to have because at least with a good company you will have the ability to send the products back for a refund if you aren’t satisfied. Starter kits can range from very low cost to pretty pricey, and it all depends on what kinds of products you are going for. Our Reusable Express Kits offer smokers the very basic essentials to get started, and with very low prices they pose little risk involved.

Most people are all about saving money, especially smokers who are sick of seeing their money literally go up in smoke! Why not give e-cigarettes a try; the money you save is yours after all!

What Makes Electronic Cigarettes a Safer Alternative?

So you know how very unhealthy and unsafe tobacco cigarettes are. In fact, you’d have to live under a rock to really not understand the magnitude. And if you have heard that electronic cigarettes are “safer,” do you know why that is? In simple terms, they produce none of the dangerous components, no combustion occurs, no smoke is emitted, no tar remains, and no carcinogens get pumped into your body when you use them. Isn’t that reason enough to give them a try?

As for the history of the electronic cigarette, they were designed to challenge traditional cigarettes. The first known incarnation of an electronic cigarette model was patented in 1963, but the public interest and the technology was lacking, so the idea was shelved. The modern version was invented by a man who saw his father die of lung cancer, and wanted to change the fate of smokers. As a smoker himself, and also a pharmacist, Han Lik of China was able to turn this vision into a global phenomenon. From the time they hit the Chinese market, they took off to immediate success. In just a few short years, Europe and North America began to take notice.

What is so different and appealing about electronic cigarettes is that they let the user enjoy an experience that is so similar to smoking, yet has none of the negative side effects. And if you know anything about cigarettes, it’s that there are an awful lot of negatives. While with e-cigs, you get modern convenience and none of the unwanted things. They are simpler to use, and still let you enjoy all the little things about cigarettes you don’t want to miss. In terms of the habit of actually smoking, having the e-cigarette in hand, having the ability to use it exactly the same way, and even being able to exhale large amounts of vapor that look and feel like smoke, you miss out on nothing. As for flavors, you can still enjoy the robust richness of tobacco in plenty of varieties, as well as numerous others if you are up for experimenting adventurously! Imagine simpler, safer, and just as enjoyable… why wouldn’t you want to grab an e-cigarette starter kit and start vaping!?