The Electronic Cigarette is fabulous technology that is currently providing hundreds of thousands of users the freedom to live without tobacco cigarettes. There are some people who, for whatever reason, desire to restrict adults from access to this technology and are basing their dissent on claims that the science and research on e-cigs has not been completed. This is certainly not the case and in fact, there is a great deal of research and science that is available which supports the electronic cigarette.
There are good people who are are tasked with overseeing the publics health and advocates for products and techniques to end smokers dependencies on tobacco. Unfortunately, for what ever reason, these same people have demonized the first product that long time smokers are actually using as a logical alternative to the 6,000+ chemicals, 66 known carcinogens and tar they are now ingesting.
To any rational observer, the Eight Truths about the E-cig as listed below conclude that the e-cig has to be a more logical option. Based on the laboratory testing that has been conducted, the presence of the product on the market for more than 3 years without any recognized adverse effects, the demonstrated absence (or presence at only trace levels) of carcinogens that are present in high concentration in cigarettes, and the absence of any suspected toxin or carcinogen that has been identified and thought to cause disease, how could it be opined that switching back to traditional cigarettes from this product is a reasonable decision? Below are the 8 Science Truths of Electric cigarettes:
THE 8 SCIENCE TRUTHS OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES:
1) We know of all the major and minor constituents in the ingredients of the e-cig cartridge and vapor. TruthAboutEcigs.com contains summations and links to differing studies of tests done on the electronic cigarette. In not one of these tests were carcinogens or toxins found at any levels harmful to humans.
2) We know that tobacco cigarettes contain over 6,000 plus chemicals and toxins inclusive of 66 known carcinogens and that the e-cig contains 13 ingredients all of which have been in the US food supply for decades and all are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA
3) We know that the mere detection of a chemical does not equal hazard or risk and that the reporting of data without context can frequently (and in this case specifically) generate confusion, unnecessary anxiety and legislative action detrimental to the public’s welfare.
4) We know that in the recent past the FDA and EPA banned very useful consumer products when they found only trace amounts of chemical components in the body or the environment and later found those products to be not harmful. In the end, scientists know that the ability to merely measure the presence of a chemical that is potentially harmful does not indicate that human health is in jeopardy. Furthermore, it is well known that human blood contains traces of nearly all the myriad natural and synthetic chemicals to which we are exposed daily.
5) We know that since late 2007 over 800,000+ Americans have been and are successfully using the e-cigarette to stay off tobacco cigarettes and by banning the e-cig all would have to return to the leading cause of death in America, tobacco cigarettes.
6) We know that by banning the e cig and returning hundreds of thousands of users back to tobacco cigarettes will indeed increase by billions of dollars the future health care costs that will unnecessarily be borne by society
7) We know that there is a positive net environmental effect now with the e-cig introduction. During the annual clean up held last year, the Ocean Conservancy reported that over 350,000 volunteers from 68 countries spent a day cleaning up debris from coasts and waterways. From their efforts the group was able to collect a mind boggling 7.7 million pounds of trash. Cigarettes and cigarette butts made up most of the collected trash. This is a trend that the group has observed for past 6 years consecutively. Last year, around 25% of the total trash collected was made up of cigarette and cigarette butts. On the other hand, food wrappers and containers made up 10% of the entire bulk. Every year, about 1,000 people are killed in smoking-related home fires. According to the USFA, one-in-four people killed in home fires is not the smoker whose cigarette caused the fire. In fact, 34% were children of the smokers and 25% were neighbors or friends of the smokers. Discarded cigarette butts pose a significant threat to our environment in terms of fire. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, upwards of 90,000 fires every year in the United States alone are caused by cigarettes.
8) We know that once rational people read just the science facts of the electronic cigarette and the actual success it is having in getting people off of tobacco cigarettes they will understand how fabulous indeed this new technology is to the health and well-being of the current users of the smokefree e-cig and the potential it has for the millions of people who cannot quit tobacco cigarettes.