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Dirty secret of e-cigarettes.

I have had this article tacked to my bulletin board for ages.  I saved it because I intended to blog about it.  The article is by Donald Bucklin, M.D., a regional medical director for U.S. Health Works.

Have you all seen the advertisements by some of today’s celebrities? They are talking about e-cigarettes and how much safer they are.  They are being allowed in places that have bans on traditional cigarette and cigar smoking.

SAFE?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  Something has to make the smoke that comes out of it.  Do they want us to believe it is just a mist or water vapors?

Dr. Bucklin mentions that he was surprised to learn from his daughter that hookah pens were all the rage among the high school crowd.  He goes on to describe the e-cigarette as a device of roughly cigarette size and proportions that contain a battery, something to vaporize, and a button to make it go.  And because nothing is burning you are technically not smoking.

The industry wants us to believe that switching to the e-cigarettes is much safer and that smokers are better off with them than cigarettes.  Of course they do not contain tar, carbon monoxide and the 400 plus chemicals released by burning tobacco.  So what have long-time smokers and the young smokers who have begun smoking the e-cigarettes traded the tar and chemicals for?  Are you ready for this?  Most commonly that vaporized something is propylene glycol.  

And what is propylene glycol?  Propylene glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water. Propylene glycol is also used to make polyester compounds, and as a base for deicing solutions. Propylene glycol is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze when leakage might lead to contact with food. 

So you tell me, are these e-cigarettes really any safer?  Instead of breathing in smoke and the chemicals from traditional cigarettes, we are breathing in the fumes from vaporizing propylene glycol.

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There it is (something to vaporize).