Electronic Cigarettes – An Unknown Territory


Electronic cigarettes have become an industry all their own – one that is estimated at more than $2 billion a year. They are a replacement, a substitute for traditional cigarettes as way to help smokers ease away from their nicotine addiction. They are said to be harmless and safe because they don’t have the same carcinogenic byproduct ingredients that the loose-leaf tobacco of traditional cigarettes.

But still, there is much still unknow about electronic cigarettes, the devices, and the e-liquid that provides the nicotine fix. After all, they are still a relatively new product, and while there has been much research and many studies done, in the world of research and study, there hasn’t been enough to grant them a 100% status of “safe”. And because science is a complicated arena, it may be years before that status is granted, if ever.

The Media Darling

Electronic cigarettes are somewhat the darling of the media these days you might say. Even with conventional cigarettes being banished from television as far back as the 1970s. Before that, there were television ads touting the varied brands of cigarettes on late night television shows to the Super Bowl commercials and more.

The Center for Disease Center found that an increase in electronic cigarette usage doubles between 2010 and 2011 among adult smokers. And high school senior admitted to experimenting with electronic cigarettes increased by 10 percent as well.

No. 8,490,628 B2

No. 8,490,628 B2 is the US patent application of the electronic cigarette. It defines it as “an electronic atomization cigarette that functions as substitutes [sic] for quitting smoking and cigarette substitutes.” First invented by a pharmacist in China in 2002 as smoking cessation device and today, the primary manufacturing of these devices remains in China, although they are manufactured around the world now.

These electronic cigarette devices atomize the propylene glycol solution that is called e-liquid or e-juice. That liquid or juice is doctored with nicotine and additional additives like coloring and flavoring. There are also electronic cigarettes that are modified to be used with cannabis products.

Smoke & Mirrors Of Electronic Cigarettes

Most of the meteoric rise of electronic cigarettes meteoric is credited to the manufacturers aggressive marketing. Their campaigns tout the benefits a smoker’s health will reap when they vape instead of smoke.

In 2014, the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UC San Francisco conducted a survey of the website from sixty electronic cigarette manufacturers. They found ninety-percent of them stated that electronic cigarettes were cheaper, cleaner and healthier than traditional cigarettes. Just over 75% of them stated that there is no secondhand smoke produced by them and ¼ of them implemented paid endorsements by doctors to make these points stand out. This would lead one to think that the electronic cigarette companies are using their visibility to influence the strict requirements of the FDA in regard to labeling of their product.

What They Didn’t Talk About

What wasn’t mentioned on these websites is the amount of nicotine that electronic cigarettes deliver, which is approximately 20% percent of a traditional cigarette. This would mean that the average vaper is most likely huffing on an electronic cigarette longer than they would a traditional cigarette.

What those against electronic cigarettes are saying is that we don’t know for sure what electronic cigarettes are doing to our lungs in the long run. So, if you don’t know what you’re putting into your body, why do it? Electronic cigarettes are an unknown territory in many areas still, but we have learned that e-liquid, an inert chemical substrate, can affect your body in its heated state and then inhaled.

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