Are electronic cigarettes safe?

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Folks in this day and age want to find an alternative to smoking tobacco but are troubled by mixed reports of the safety and potential health risks of e cigs. Are electronic cigarettes safe? Well, yes! While no product can claim to be truly 100% safe, if you look closely at the facts and opinions behind the conversation, you will find (as we have), e-cigarettes are quite safe,

Many argue that the substance propylene glycol used in e-cigs is  poisonous and is used in anti-freeze, but that is blatantly false. Most e-cig companies use a solution of dissolved nicotine, propylene glycol and or vegetable glycerin. Propylene glycol is used in medication, moisturizers,as a food additive and as a solvent in food colorings and flavorings.

The FDA has claimed that e cigs are dangerous and should be heavily controlled as a “drug intake” device. They state this on the grounds that they have found issues in quality control- essentially that non-nicotine cartridges contained small amounts of nicotine. Even if we were to take this narrow study as an accurate representation of e-cigs, the highest amount of nicotine detected in a non-nicotine cartridge was equivalent to the amount found in an eggplant.

The FDA then urged caution that they have detected nitrosamines at “very low levels” in e-cigs, a chemical compound which is present in balloons, other latex  products and thousands of consumer applications in greater amounts.

At this point, it starts to look like the FDA is creating reasons to warrant heavy control of e-cigs, and could have motives other than the health of the public.

The FDA also claimed that e-cigs “can increase nicotine addiction among young people and may lead kids to try other tobacco products”. Consider that alongside this letter from the American Association of Public Health Physicians in support of e-cigarettes, in which they express their common opinion that e-cigarette use will lead to a dramatic reduction of public tobacco use and an overall increase in public health.

It’s also very important to note that none of the e-cigarette brands you find on this site, or that we have ever heard of, will sell e-cigarettes to minors.

What’s more the FDA allows the sale and distribution of cigarettes in the US.  Cigarettes contain over 4000 chemicals, 51 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. The FDA, and groups like them, are completely right to expect transparency and cooperation from e-cigarette companies- as they would any consumer product. But to deem electronic cigarettes as categorically unsafe is incorrect.

So why would the FDA go after e-cigarettes, a safe product that could potentially save millions from cancer causing tobacco addiction?

It could be because of the tax dollars received from the sale of cigarettes, or the financial support that legislation has forced Big Tobacco to provide, or the potential competition against big pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturer of Nicorette.

In any case, we hope that these attitudes will change towards a product that is without a doubt both safe and enjoyable.

If you are thinking about buying an e-cig please check out our electronic cigarette reviews.

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