While no one today denies that tobacco smoking can lead to health issues, the jury is still out on e-cigarettes. There simply hasn’t been enough time to do any long-term studies. Yet it’s a divisive issue. Here are five allegations that simply don’t have any scientific data to back them up.
1.- E-cig flavors target young people.
A wide variety of adult products, such as alcohol and cigars, to name two, are promoted for their distinct flavors. The implication that adults would not prefer sweet flavors is false. Sweet flavors are not marketing to children – they are just marketing.
2.- E-cigarettes contain antifreeze
This comes from an alarmist 2009 FDA report claiming they found traces of diethylene glycol in e-cigarettes. This is the chemical that makes anti-freeze poisonous. In fact, electronic cigarettes use propylene glycol, which is also found in anti-freeze – because it is a non-toxic substitute. The FDA found only one e-cig containing traces of diethylene glycol. No other samples tested by them or any other tests detected this. The logical conclusion to draw is that the sample was tainted – not that all e-cigs contain anti-freeze.
3.- Electronic cigarettes are as carcinogenic as tobacco
The FDA report also claimed they found traces of known carcinogens in these samples.
These carcinogens were a type of chemical compound known as nitrosamines. The FDA permits a certain level of nitrosamines in many products – including chewing gum. Subsequent tests by other facilities did confirm the presence of nitrosamines – but at 1/1200th the level found in cigarettes ( .0008%).
4.‐ Electronic cigarettes lead to tobacco smoking.
Anti-smokers assume that those who enjoy e-cigs will naturally gravitate to needing more nicotine, and smoking tobacco cigarettes. In fact, e-liquids are available with a variety of different nicotine levels, including nicotine-free. One practice among those trying to quit tobacco smoking with e-cigarettes is to use e-liquids with gradually diminishing quantities of nicotine. There is no study and no logic to the idea that e-cigarettes specifically pose a risk of nicotine addiction, or that such addiction could only be gratified by tobacco.
5. ‐ If e-cigarettes were not available, more people would simply quit smoking
Few people are able to quit smoking “cold turkey”, and a lack of e-cigarettes wouldn’t make it easier. In any case the two are entirely different – taking up e-cigarettes IS quitting tobacco cigarettes. Yet a 2011 federal court gave the FDA permission to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products.
While there are exceptions to every rule in the wide spectrum of human tastes and behavior, there is no evidence to suggest that e-cigarettes are anything other than what they are claimed to be – a healthier alternative.Tags: featured