Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?

 

There is alot of readily available information about Electronic Cigarettes and their safety. Here's some snippets from the experts.

The Guardian

Try smokeless nicotine cigarettes, says government.

The government's "nudge unit" wants to encourage the use of smokeless nicotine cigarettes, banned in many countries around the world, in an attempt to reduce the numbers killed in the UK by smoking diseases each year.

Experts have advised the UK government that the nicotine contained in some new, smoke-free cigarettes is no more harmful than caffeine in coffee. A Cabinet Office source said: "A lot of countries are moving to ban this stuff; we think that's a mistake."  John Britton, professor of epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, told the Guardian that on top of the current smokeless range – includes electronic or "e-cigarettes" that simulate smoking by producing an inhaled mist.

( Full Article Here - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/sep/14/smokeless-nicotine-cigarettes-government )

 

The American Association of Public Health Physicians

Conventional cigarettes account for about 80% of nicotine consumption in the United States, but more than 98% of the illness and death. This harm is not caused by the nicotine, but by toxic products of combustion. A cigarette smoker can reduce his or her risk of future tobacco-related death by 98% or better by switching to a low risk smokeless tobacco product. He or she could cut that risk by 99.9% or better by switching to a nicotine-only delivery product like one of the pharmaceutical products or E-cigarettes.

( Full Report Here - http://www.aaphp.org/Resources/Documents/20100402AAPHPEcigLegisStatemnt.pdf )

 

Boston University of Public Health

"Few, if any, chemicals at levels detected in electronic cigarettes raise serious health concerns"

The report reviewed 16 laboratory studies that identified the components in electronic cigarette liquid and vapor. The authors found that carcinogen levels in electronic cigarettes are up to 1,000 times lower than in tobacco cigarettes.

"The FDA and major anti-smoking groups keep saying that we don't know anything about what is in electronic cigarettes," Siegel said. "The truth is, we know a lot more about what is in electronic cigarettes than regular cigarettes."

( View full report here - http://www.physorg.com/news/2010-12-evidence-e-cigs-safer-cigarettes.html )