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Is Vaping Really Harmful?

Vaping seem to be evolving everywhere, and so far, there is no rule at the federal and most local and state levels. In 2003, a Chinese chemist created the e-cigarette as a substitute to smoking. As an alternative to lighting up traditional tobacco-filled cigarettes, smokers use a battery-powered device to draw in nicotine in the method of a vapor. The practice known as “vaping” has been retailed to customers as an improved alternative to regular cigarettes.

As added educations of vapor and its second-hand effects are showed, more cities and states are bearing in mind bans. Forty-four states across the country do not presently contain e-cigarettes in their smoke-free laws, according to examination done by the American Lung Association. They are banned wherever regular smoking is forbidden in New Jersey and North Dakota.

But many smokers debate e-cigarettes are a healthier choice than tobacco cigarettes. “It doesn’t smell bad,” said Christine Gentry. “It’s much cheaper. No yellow teeth.” Gentry is the main operating officer of a San Diego-based e-cigarette company with seven stores called Vapure. The company’s store in Mission Valley, north of San Diego, is inside a regular office building. It was full of activity during the whole interview with Gentry.

Scientist Prue Talbot and her examiners at University of California Riverside led new tests and tested an e-cigarette purchased from a San Diego drugstore. Two brands were verified using the university’s lab, which has gear such as a smoking machine and a skimming electronic microscope. The first test was done on the e-cigarette, “Smoking Everywhere Platinum.” It’s created in China and obtainable online. It’s dispersed out of Florida across the United States.

Throughout the testing, the liquid that is heated and turns into a vapor is put inside a separator and spun. The finish product: a small metal pellet. “There is quite a bit of tin, most of this material is composed of tin,” Dr. Talbot said. “There is also some oxygen, some copper and some nickel.” The electric microscope exposed the solder used to cover the wires inside of the e-cigarette could be the cause for the tin.

“A lot of the solder seems to have come off, some of it has spread and come off and melted on the side,” Dr. Talbot said. “I think the fact there is significant amount of tin in these pellets is important. This means the people using this product are going to be inhaling the tin,” she said. While there are no studies on the extended term health effects of breathing in tin, the UC Riverside researcher still is worried about the very minor nanoparticles of tin in the sample. “Nanoparticles in general can be toxic,” she said. “In the case of e-cigarettes, the nanoparticles would tend to go deeper into the respiratory system.”

Stanton Glantz clarified that these particles are so tiny they go from lungs straight into the bloodstream. They then transmit the toxic chemicals into numerous organs. Correspondents tried to contact ‘Smoking Everywhere’ in China where it is factory-made, and its supplier in the U.S., based in Plantation, Fla. The calls were not returned.

A majority of e-cigarettes are created in China by many different manufacturers with no U.S. government oversight. “They seemed to be manufactured differently, there are many different styles, there are many different models; there is no such thing as a single e-cigarette,” Talbot said. For the second test, Dr. Talbot’s crew observed the Mistic e-cigarette, a product newspersons bought at a resident drug store. In the “spin” test, no tin was found because there were no solder joints used in this product.

What the cigarette technologies found while puffing on the Mistic e-cigarettes were low concentrations of copper, calcium and potassium, but Talbot says more investigation is necessary. A representative for Mistic was rereading the study before the company would issue a statement. Gentry said she would welcome the criteria her company uses for the rest of the industry she works in. “Its completely unregulated by the FDA right now, people are just selling it and making it,” Gentry said. “It’s unfortunate for the industry some people are making it right out of their garage, making it in office buildings, people are not really going the extra step, people aren’t treating it like its food,” Gentry said. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.



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