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Difference of ecig vapor to cigarette smoke. A simple experiment
What is Vaping?
It’s NOT SMOKE
Vaping: To inhale vapor from a personal vaporizor (PV), commonly referred to as an electronic cigarette or e-cig. The term “smoking” doesn’t apply because a PV doesn’t produce any smoke, only vapor.
Vape correct, if it looks like a cigarette Stay Away.
Vape: Used to describe the act of vaping as well as the vaporizor itself. e.g. I love being able to vape in the airport.
When a PV is triggered (either by an inhale or with a button press) the battery is connected to the heating element (atomizer) which boils a tiny amount of liquid (e-Juice). This creates a vapor which is inhaled by the user. At no point is anything burned through the process of combustion so no smoke/ash/tar is ever created.
Comparison to a cigarette
Just the simple act of burning something creates all sorts of stuff you really don’t want to be inhaling on a regular basis. In addition to all that, here are some other goodies that are added to cigarettes:
For those of you who don’t want to read the whole list, here are some of the good ones (credit to http://www.provape.com/E-Cig-FAQ-s/32.htm):
• Acetone – ingredient in nail polish remover
• Methanol – used as rocket fuel
• Naphthylamine – a carcinogen
• Pyrene – a carcinogen
• Naphthalene – moth repellent
• Cadmium – used in batteries, a carcinogen
• Carbon monoxide – poisonous gas
• Vinyl Chloride – used in plastic materials
• Cyanhydric acid – poisonous gas
• Ammonia – industrial cleaner and detergent
• Arsenic – lethal poison
• Dibenzacridine – a carcinogen
• Polonium 210 – a radioactive element
• DDT – insecticide
• Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
No one can tell you 100% that there are no consequences to vaping as sufficient studies haven’t been done, but at least you know the vary few ingredients and can make an informed decision.
Try this simple test: Take a drag on a cigarette, hold a paper towel over your mouth, and exhale sharply. Pretty gross huh. Do the same with a PV. When I did this test, the paper towel was a little damp but totally clear. I let it dry for a few min and the wet spot was totally gone. No discoloration at all even when I held it up to the light.
So the next time someone tries to tell you that vaping isn’t any better than smoking…Well, lets just say you can feel confident in correcting them.
Second Hand Vapor?
12 Responses to Second Hand Vapor
February 11, 2013 at 10:26 am
Thanks for the information. I started vaping a month ago and really enjoy it but wondered what I am exhaling into the air. I’m still afraid to vape in public places because I don’t think people will be willing to accept it.
December 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm
Good to know. I gave up cigarettes for vaping about 2 months ago, and I am already feeling MUCH better….I’ve dropped the nicotine content to 18mg, and the chronic “smokers cough” I’ve had for years is completely GONE! As for the toxicity of second hand vapor, I was concerned. We have our 6 yr old grandson living with us (have NEVER smoked cigarettes in the house), and we have our 18 month old grandbaby visiting for the Christmas holidays. I am VERY much relieved that there is finally a report that clears second had vapors. It’s not like there is much floating around the room anyway, but still…. Thanks for this information!
January 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm
I quit smoking cold turkey in Jan 2000. My husband has been off cigarettes for about one month now because he switched to the vapor Ecigs. I am THRILLED about that. However. I positively, definitely, undoubtedly notice a difference in the air quality of our home. I get a sore throat from it. We are shut up in the house right now because of winter and I have a sore throat every day now. The problem is my husband switched to a stronger Ecig. They are making stronger than ever now. The milder ones didn’t bother me. He agreed to vape on our enclosed porch now instead of all over the house. Eventually he will decrease the dosage and can vape in the house then eventually be free of all that. The Ecigs are a WONDERFUL help to get off cigs. Some people get real angry at you when you touch their addiction but I’m only telling the truth. In the summertime I don’t think it would be a problem for me with fans on and doors and windows opened, but right now it definitely is.
May 18, 2014 at 4:10 am
I am glad to hear this. I am going to be printing this out. I vape zero nic and I do it to relieve stress. I use it at the community college and a friend of mine has had personell at the college call the schools public safety on him. THey keep telling him he is “smoking” and thus it is illegal to do in the building. I was not told to stop vaping though. Now I can show the school that it is NOT a dangerous thing and better.
Thank you very much.
May 29, 2014 at 7:33 pm
I have been reading various studies all morning, started vaping about 3 wks ago and have already noticed a huge diff in my asthma, AND headaches (recent brain surgery). I am using it as a path to be off nicotine eventually, but right now, I am enjoying it! The flavors are awesome! (Red bull or raspberry are so far my fav’s)
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August 8, 2014 at 5:07 pm
The entire study should be available by now. Could you please tell us where to find it?
August 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm
Never mind. I found it:
E-Liquid Wholesale Manufacturer
September 5, 2014 at 7:45 pm
That’s actually pretty interested. You see a lot of vape rooms around town. Wonder if this will be in part of consideration when it comes to the legislature. Second hand Air quality with the E-Liquids
September 24, 2014 at 12:09 am
I’ve been vaping now for about 2 years,,
I LOVE IT
THE MONEY I’VE SAVED IS INCREDIBLE..
my car and appt smell GREAT now
and..I don’t plan on quitting,,,that’s NOT there purpose!!!!!!!
it’s a safer alternative,,,
the thing that SUCKS is you have all these uneducated padionks(not my first choice of words) that think(or NOT think)cause it looks the same,,it is the same
we have to FIGHT to educate these dummies…
I won’t get going cause it will take an hour..
but in 2 words
keep vaping guys….
" Vape Smart NOT Scared! "
Study also finds that vapor products, when used under realistic conditions, produce no detectable levels of formaldehyde.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, joined with the anti-smoking organization Smokefree Pennsylvania, to react to the release of a new letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine*. The letter reports the results from a study that purports to show that while vapor products used at a low voltage (3.3 volts**) produce no detectable levels of formaldehyde, using the same device at a higher voltage (5.0 volts) over 150w produces formaldehyde in amounts larger than are found in cigarette smoke.However, as revealed below, the truth behind the study is that the high levels of formaldehyde were only found because the authors used extremely inappropriate testing methods.
In addition to the below comments, Clive Bates, the former head of the United Kingdom’s largest anti-smoking charity, Action on Smoking & Health, has published a scathing letter that he sent to the authors of the study strongly criticizing the study’s methodology and conclusions.
Bill Godshall, longtime anti-smoking activist and the Executive Director of Smokefree Pennsylvania, issued the following statement:
“Just as cigarette smoking machines were wrong about ‘low tar’ cigarettes decades ago because they didn’t resemble human smoking, this study’s findings are wrong because their vaping machine experiment didn’t resemble human vaping.
“By setting their machine to repeatedly take three-to-four second puffs at 5.0 volts, the researchers overheated the vaporizer. Vapers call this the ‘dry puff phenomenon,’ and don’t do it due to the very harsh and awful taste.”By making a false assumption and by multiplying that false assumption over and over, the researchers got it all wrong. There is no scientific evidence that e-cigs increase risks for cancer or any other disease.
“The authors should publish a letter in the journal clarifying that their study tested vapor products under unrealistic conditions that went against published research study protocols. This study is going to cause real harm to public health, as many smokers will read this study and incorrectly decide that continuing to inhale burning smoke into their lungs may be safer than vaping.” WRONG!
Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, issued the following statement:
“This study is largely a retread of others that have shown that vapor products, when tested with a machine under unrealistic device settings that do not mimic actual human behavior, can produce high levels of carbonyls like formaldehyde.
“When the vapor device in the study was used at the realistic setting of 3.3 volts, formaldehyde was not detected. When the researchers increased the voltage to 5.0 volts and continued to have their machine take puffs for three-to-four seconds, this caused extreme overheating and the production of formaldehyde. This is known in vapor product science as the ‘dry puff phenomenon.’
“Contrary to the authors’ mistaken belief, these are not settings that real life vapers actually use, as the resulting dry puffs are very unpleasant. In the real world, vapers avoid dry puffs by lowering the length of their puff as they increase voltage.”
* The title of the study is “Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols” and its lead author is Prof. David Peyton of Portland State University.
** This release originally indicated 3.7 volts. The authors actually reported 3.3 volts.
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About Smokefree Pennsylvania:
Since 1990, Smokefree Pennsylvania has advocated local, state and federal policies to ban smoking in workplaces, stop cigarette marketing to youth, increase cigarette tax rates, hold cigarette companies accountable in civil court, and help smokers quit. During the past decade, Smokefree Pennsylvania has been educating the public that cigarettes are 100 times more hazardous than all smokefree tobacco/nicotine alternatives, including smokeless tobacco, nicotine gums, lozenges, patches, inhalers, and e-cigarettes.
About the American Vaping Association:
The American Vaping Association is a nonprofit organization that advocates for small- and medium-sized businesses in the rapidly growing vaping and electronic cigarette industry. We are dedicated to educating the public and government officials about financial and public health benefits offered by vapor products, which are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine or nicotine-free solution and create an inhalable vapor.
" DJ from Hwy9Vapor The point is never vape over 150w and or with a dry coil."
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For the user, it’s obvious that vaping is a great alternative to smoking. Many of us, including myself, now prefer vaping to smoking entirely. I really enjoy all the different flavor options and being able to vape a single hit or two without dedicating 5-10 minutes to go have a cigarette.
Now what about what you exhale when vaping? We already know what’s in the e-juice, but what exactly is coming out of our lungs into the air to potentially bother those around us?
The most recent study I know of is conducted by clearstream working closely with utah vapers. The study has completed and is now in the process of full doctoral review so the summary is no longer published at that page. The short version is that second hand vapor contains no harmful chemicals and no nicotine. Really the only possible irritants that I can think of are the trace amounts of flavor.
Here is an excerpt of what used to be there:
In December 2011, the Utah Vapers began working closely with FlavourArt from Milan Italy to research the current studies on electronic cigarettes. What we found is a lack of evidence to support the belief we all had in that there was no harm to bystanders in exhaled vapor (second-hand vapor). After months of coordination, Clearstream Air was announced to the world electronic cigarette community on 22 March 2012 – also known as World Vaping Day.
Simply put, the Clearstream Air project is a comparative evaluation between tobacco and electronic cigarettes and hoped to draw a positive conclusion about the lack of harm with electronic cigarette usage. The study focused on the release of airborne contaminants in closed room environment to determine if there are any contaminants and if so, at what levels.
The following substances were measured for in the exhaled smoke and vapor.
Carbon monoxide CO
Nitrogen oxides NOx
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons PAHs
Volatile Organic Compounds VOC
Total Organic Carbon TOC
Glycerine and propylene glycol (components of the electronic cigarettes fluids)
As the study has been completed and a professional doctoral review completed, I’m proud to announce that the results are better than we could have anticipated. In short, there is NO harm found in exhaled vapor from electronic cigarettes. The most exciting results I found is that testing did not detect any nicotine in the exhaled vapor. Now, you may ask why I find this exciting. Well, my excitement is on two levels.
1) This means that the human lung absorbs most if not all of the nicotine which has long been questioned within the global electronic cigarette community; and
2) This also means NO nicotine was detected in the ‘second-hand vapor’. All other substances measured for electronic cigarettes were FAR below allowable levels for human inhalation according to the FDA. In fact, the levels were so low that it proves it is more hazardous to your health to breath the air in any major downtown metropolitan city during heightened times of driving.
I invite you to review the study yourself and draw your own conclusions. If you are in the medical or scientific fields, please take the invitation to review the report in detail and let me know if you draw a different conclusion.
Clearstream Air Laboratory Results below
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I am aware of the dangers of this/these batteries/chargers etc..., I agree i will Vape at my own risk.
Hwy9Vapor has told e-cigarette users to:
- Charge the device on a flat, solid and stable surface, such as a kitchen worktop;
- Keep the device away from flammable or combustible materials when charging, never charge on the bed/carpet etc..;
- Never leave the charging device on a bed or close to soft furnishings or in the sun, or in a cluttered space;
- Don’t exceed the recommended charging time when the unit is fully charged remove it from charger,
NEVER leave unattended for any significant length of time e.g. overnight or while you’re asleep, or if you go out unplug the unit from the charger;
- Never Put these batteries in your pocket, this may push the power button and cause overheat and harm. Never Have lose batteries in jacket/pants pocket such as 18650 etc They are very dangerous in your pocket as change/keys etc may and will contact the post and cause battery to overheat and even explode. Never carry lose batteries in your pocket or purse.
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However, I will list some of the positives we have found since vaping:
No nasty smoke smell in your hair, clothes, car, house...no smell clinging to you at all.
No more cigarette burns.
No more smoking outside. You can even vape in bed! No more ashtrays to clean.
No more worrying about offending anyone standing nearby.
And...let's not forget the SAVINGS!! On average, our customers report saving around $75-$200 per month! Could you use an extra $75-$200 per month in this economy?
What is the difference between vaping an e-cigarette, and smoking an analog cigarette?
In a nutshell, about 3,996 chemicals.
There are 599 additives put into analog cigarettes. Once you start burning a cigarette, those additives create 4,000 chemical compounds. Some of which include: carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia. There are forty three known carcinogens in mainstream smoking and second-hand smoke.
E-cigarettes have approximately 4 chemical ingredients: propylene glycol (polyethylene glycol, or vegetable glycerin), nicotine, flavoring, and water.
All are water soluble viscous liquids used in e-cig liquids to deliver nicotine and/or flavors. They produce the vapor and provide a similar sensation to inhaling tobacco smoke.
They are humectants (attract moisture) and may dry your throat and cause it to feel sore. Drinking more fluids will help.
Some people experience allergy-type symptoms to one or all three. If so, stop using and/or switch to one of the other two and see if the symptoms go away. If severe, it is recommended that you see your doctor.
Propylene Glycol (PG)
Most commonly used, more throat hit, more flavor.
Slightly sweet and colorless.
USP approved propylene glycol is used in cosmetics, toiletries, food colorings, cake mixes, salad dressings, soft drinks and more.
It is also used in the smoke / fog machines found in theatres and nightclubs.
Vegetable Glycerin ( VG)
Slightly thicker and sweeter.
Produces more vapor.
USP approved glycerin is used in 1500+ applications as an additive to food and drink.
Glycerin can be found in the baking or craft areas in grocery, hobby and department stores. It can also can be found in pharmacies.
Also known as: Glycerin, Glycerine, or Glycerol.
Pharmaceutical grade glycerin is named Glycerin, USP. Without this exact nomenclature it is not pharmaceutical grade (any variation indicates that it is not regulated, and therefore uncontrolled). In the UK it is termed Glycerine, BP.
In the United States it is recommended that you only use USP approved propylene glycol and glycerin.
If you live outside of the U.S., use only pharmaceutical approved Glycerin and/or PG.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
A non-toxic compound that is used in pharmaceutical compositions and food additives.
PEG 400 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Is vaping FDA approved?
No, it is not. There are many theories as to why the FDA won't approve of e-cigarettes, but we won't speculate on that here. $$$
Why do I have to be 19 to purchase a kit?
Because it's the law. And let's face it, whether you enjoy smoking or not, no one wants to see a kid with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth (real, candy, or electronic).
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