3 Things We’ll Likely Learn About E-Cigs In Years To Come

Klaus Kneale
by Klaus Kneale
6 Comments
January 30, 2014

Man Reading Book and Sitting on Bookshelf in LibraryThere’s already been quite a lot of research into electronic cigarettes.  Despite what opponents and politicians would have the public believe, we already know quite a lot about what’s in the devices — more, in fact, than we know about the contents of tobacco smoke.  Now that the market has taken off and tipped $1.7 billion in the US in 2013, it seems likely even more research will be happening.

So far, research has found a lot of promising tidbits about electronic cigarettes.  They’ve already proven themselves better than most smoking cessation options.  Even when quit rates are the same between e-cigs and more traditional cessation treatments (like patches), those that don’t manage to quit entirely tend to cut down on their smoking much more significantly when using electronic cigarettes.  As well, the few harmful constituents found in e-cig vapor occur at such low levels that instruments can often barely detect anything and it’s believed these constituents pose no long-term risk.

Based on some of the subtext we’ve read and whisperings we’ve heard, here’s three things we believe will eventually turn out of be true about electronic cigarettes.

They aren’t as addictive as tobacco cigarettes.  The tobacco industry has had more than a century and a half to perfect the addictive qualities of tobacco cigarettes.  It’s no secret that countless additives are included to fast track addiction to smoking.  For instance, tobacco companies presumably added ammonia to their cigarettes to reduce the ability of a user’s lungs to keep nicotine out of their system.

So far, many surveys of electronic cigarette users are finding that the ability to cut e-cig use, nicotine content of e-cigs they do use, and even quit vaping entirely is much easier than with cigarettes.  It even seems that individuals that didn’t smoke but who start using electronic cigarettes can quit using the devices whenever they want.  Opponents of the devices complain that e-cigs risk turning users to a life-time of nicotine addiction.  This may simply not be true — at least as long as the contents aren’t heavily altered by companies looking to improve the addictive quality of the devices.

health-101111-001-617x416There are some short-term negative health effects caused by e-cigs.  Electronic cigarettes are not 100% harmless.  That said, a few short-term side effects for a few particular people are not nearly as bad as a life-time decline into poor health and eventual death by smoke.  We’ve noticed however that there are still a few small side effects for some users.  The most common tends to be for people allergic to or possessing an intolerance for propylene glycol (a normally safe and common e-cig ingredient).  Some individuals experience a reduced resistance to respiratory colds and sores in the throat and mouth.

It’s likely within the next 2 to 3 years, we’ll have a laundry list of possible side effect — almost all of which are based on the individual chemistry of the person and the e-cig cocktail in question.  Still, these side effects are likely to be short-term, easily avoided, and mild in nature.

However, a nearly zero-risk electronic cigarette is in reach.  With more research comes more knowledge of where what little risk does exist comes from — and how to avoid it.  Experiments testing the totals of various harmful constituents of electronic cigarette vapor are finding that no e-cig is identical to any other.  It seems for every e-cig that has a minuscule amount of one particular harmful constituent, there is another e-cig with absolutely none of that same constituent.

This suggests that with the right attention to detail on both the chemical make-up of e-liquid and electronic parts of the electronic cigarette, the average e-cig could go from 99% less harmful to 99.99% less harmful.  It may not sound like much of a difference, but when considering a life-time of use might still occur (in place of actual smoking), this could be astronomical.

Knowledge is power.

Comments

6 Responses to “3 Things We’ll Likely Learn About E-Cigs In Years To Come”

      Brent on January 31st, 2014 11:45 am

      I didn’t think of ever quitting cigs so I never thought of using any cessation devices but I was curious about ecigs, did some research and bought one. Since I’ve been vaping I haven’t smoked one cig since and have no desire to EVER smoke another cig in my life and it has been over 3 weeks now. Without ecigs I KNOW I would be puffing away like I used to for 44 years. Since I’ve been vaping I’m coughing and wheezing less.

        Mike on February 2nd, 2014 6:39 am

        I cannot compare tobacco smoking to e-cigarettes. I had been smoking for many years and the decline in my health couldn’t have told it all. Constant coughs that could not respond to medication were the order of the day.. Its now four years since I switched to vaping and the difference is there for all to see. No more coughing and less money spent.

          Mike on February 3rd, 2014 8:59 am

          On the other hand, the other hand, I never thought I would ever find a reputable ejuice vendor. Luckily, I came across this vendor who opted to supply my ejuice monthly. I think it just a matter of time before this becomes the norm among many modern-day vapors. When the ejuice is thick, the urge to go back to smoking is totally diminished.

            Peter on February 6th, 2014 7:50 am

            Started vaping around 4 months ago. Within a week of vaping my usage of normal cigs went from 20-25 a day to 2-3 a day. Like others I didn’t set out to give up smokes I was simply curious about vaping. Cannot see myself going back. I have not noticed any side effects as yet.

              Donna H on February 7th, 2014 12:22 pm

              Ive been vapping for 11months and 7 days ,when i first gave cigs up i tryed the patches which was ok but my skin got inflammed and really red and sore where ever i put the patches also felt like gettin sick at times so instead of jumping back to cigs i thought i would try ecigs and i couldnt believe how much better this was and how much better i felt most of i love the different flavors and i can go down nicotine levels and not really notice but i have to say that the ecigs that you get in cartridges already loaded with the juices was pricey so i now buy my own juice and found a atomiezer that i drip my self oh and a variable voltage battery lol and its pretty much pennys once you get all you need to vape

                Donna H on February 7th, 2014 12:41 pm

                Me again :-) with all that i said im glad i found vapping,i will never touch a cig again ,i dont cough and hack anymore and i have saved so much $ .i have not had any side effects yet and im confident that vapping is good for me and if later they find somthing that it causes something bad ill deal with it then after all i took that chance when i smoked cigs for way to long and didnt feel this healthy ,i truly stand behind vapping :-) Peace to all .

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