1) Brewlady does not work for the electronic cigarette industry. She's a former smoker who was only able to stop smoking by switching to an e-cigarette.
2) Actually, there are people who use e-cigarettes with no nicotine. The point is to substitute something for smoking that is less hazardous than smoking.
3) The researchers expected to find nicotine in their first experiment and could not find any. They then captured vapor directly and were able to find a miniscule quantity of 1.04 parts per billion. A bystander would need to lock lips with an exhaling e-cigarette user to get any nicotine exposure whatsoever.
4) As someone who has been using an electronic cigarette instead of smoking for more than 3-1/2 years I can testify to the fact that it's less hazardous. I'm not kept awake at night by wheezing any more, and I don't cough up yukky junk in the morning any more. My lipids and BP are lower, too. This gives me strong reason to believe that my smoking-related health risks have been greatly reduced.
5) According to asthma specialists, the reaction reported by Greek researchers is not uncommon. Even saline solution will elicit the same response. Lung irritation is not lung damage, and it was misleading for researchers to suggest that it is. Furthermore, a) not all users experience lung irritation, b) if so, it passes in time, and c) more importantly, bystanders do not experience lung irritation from exhaled vapor.
6) The EPA states, "Formaldehyde is an important chemical used widely by industry to manufacture building materials and numerous household products. It is also a by-product of combustion and certain other natural processes. Thus, it may be present in substantial concentrations both indoors and outdoors." Formaldehyde is also produced by your own body each and every day. In fact, this very minute, you might be exhaling more formaldehyde than the researchers in the Indoor Air study found in exhaled vapor (less than 13 parts per billion.)
7) There is no reason to believe that the health of bystanders is is in any greater danger from being around exhaled vapor than they would be from being around a backyard cook-out or in a restaurant that cooks on a griddle or open fire. In fact, exposure to chemicals would be less. A lot less.
ANR obfuscates the results of the Indoor Air study that compared exhaled cigarette smoke to e-cigarette vapor. In vapor, researchers were able to detect measurable amounts of only 6 of the 20 highest compounds found in smoke, and those measurements were in parts per billion. None of the chemicals in vapor came anywhere close to limits set for clean air standards. E-cigarettes are quite legal to use in any venue where the clean indoor air legislation has not been revised (following ANR's misleading "model legislation") to falsely define use of an e-cigarette as "smoking." Vapor does not contain tar, particulates, carbon monoxide, and thousands of chemicals created by the process of combustion. ANR is outright lying when it claims companies advertise their products as effective smoking cessation products. Any US e-cigarette vendor that tells the truth about the effectiveness of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation will be put out of business by the FDA for "making health claims." Discouraging the use of alternatives that are up to 99% less hazardous than smoking for the users, and that are essentially harmless to bystanders, shows an appalling disregard for human health and life on the part of anti-smoker groups like ANR.
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