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Monday, February 2, 2015
Post Dated: 02/02/2015
A Look at Formaldehyde Levels Found in E-Cig Vapor
Recently we reported on a story out of Japan evaluating levels of formaldehyde released through vaping. Yesterday another study on this same topic was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and has been picked up by mainstream media. In this study, researchers measured formaldehyde using a variable voltage battery set at 3.3 and 5 volts. The vapor was collected and evaluated from an unnamed atomizer after a 4 second puff. The study found that at low voltage (3.3V) no formaldehyde was detected. However, at high voltage (5.0V), levels of formaldehyde were detected at levels up to 15 times higher than cigarette smoke.
Without further investigation on the methods and conclusion of this study, the results are very alarming. We feel it is our responsibility to dig deeper and provide the public with the whole truth.
One glaring problem with this publication is the researchers found formaldehyde hemiacetals (a combination of formaldehyde and alcohols) not formaldehyde. It is also important to know that formaldehyde is present everywhere. It is found in every person, smokers and nonsmokers alike, and can occur anytime hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen are in the presence of each other.
The truth is, this study is deeply flawed in many ways. In fact, it is highly irresponsible to publish a half truth and present it as science. For starters, as outlined by Dr. Konstantino Farsalinos, the authors of this study failed to mention (perhaps unknowingly) that volts do not measure thermal energy. Energy should be expressed in watts. Therefore, with the published information we do not know how many watts were applied to the atomizer.
Fortunately, Dr. Farsalinos used the information that was provided to approximate wattage settings. According to the study, 5mg of e-liquid were consumed at 3.3 volts. Based on measurements performed by Farsalinos, “…such consumption is observed at about 6-7 watts at 4-second puffs. Thus, the atomizer resistance is probably 1.6-1.8 ohms. This means that at 5 volts the energy was around 14-16 watts.”
So, what does this mean in terms of realistic user conditions? If the resistance was between 1.6-1.8 ohms and the wattage is somewhere between 14-16 watts, the vaporizer is being overheated and the wicking material is being burned. Essentially, these researchers are collecting data on a dry or burnt hit.
What the authors of this study aren’t accounting for is how easily this scenario is detected by the user. An electronic cigarette user would never vape at these settings. No one continuously vapes an overheated atomizer. The taste is unpleasant, to put it mildly. Therefore, no vaper will ever be exposed to the reported levels of formaldehyde.
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This method of measuring aldehydes in a lab environment is deceptive and unfair. The public deserves clear and concise results from scientific studies. If researchers continue to publish misleading findings and the media continues with its sensationalism the results can be damaging. How many smokers are afraid to switch to a device that could potentially save their lives?
For a more detailed breakdown on this study, I urge you to read Dr. Farsalinos’ response by following this link: www.ecigarette-research.com
Friday, June 27, 2014
So, to make it simple for you to do your research for yourself or a fellow loved one, here's some tips from somebody who already uses an electronic cigarette and has used for about 2 years now.
- If the blog says anything about "Tobacco Products," chances are they're going to be biased on the topic because they're too ignorant to realize there is no tobacco use in an electronic cigarette. It is a water vapor based flavor /w or w/o nicotine. This issue goes all the way up to congress in the way they're "regulating" Tobacco products, when the Electronic Cigarette has NOTHING to do with tobacco. Think of the nicotine patch...do you attach this patch of tobacco leaves to your body and hope the nicotine seeps through? No, there's no tobacco in the patch, there's no tobacco in the Electronic Cigarette. Don't let them fool you.
- Nicotine kills. This is one of the biggest misconceptions I run into, is that people think the nicotine is what kills you and gives you cancer in cigarettes. Nicotine is a stimulant drug, like caffeine, which is added to the cigarettes or E-Juice to give people that light headed feeling, the calming sensation, and of course the addiction. What kills you, and gives you cancer in cigarettes is the actual burning of the cigarette (or combustion) which activates all the other 50 some odd chemicals in the cigarette. You cannot have tar unless you set something on fire; in an electronic cigarette there is no fire, there is no combustion, there-fore there is no tar, there is no formaldehyde, these are the chemicals that can kill you or make you sick in cigarettes. Now, don't get it twisted, you can over dose on nicotine with very high levels. That's the main reason we stick with 24-30 mgs as the highest level we offer. But also take in consideration that you can also overdose on caffeine and vitamin C. Everything in moderation.
- "Light"-"Medium"-"Strong"-"X-Strong" -ect. Don't ever trust companies that put this on the bottle instead of the nicotine levels either in milligrams or a percentage (ie: 6mg or 0.6%). Chances are it's a higher nicotine level than you wanted. I've shopped around and there's some companies where the "Light" is at 18mg which is the amount of nicotine as a normal full flavored cigarette, the "normal" strength being at 24mg, which is higher than a normal cigarette. This is one of the big things the FDA has made sure of, and if a company is still doing the "light" and "normal" approach, they're not good for business.
- E-Juice has anti-freeze in it! That could kill me! Okay, this sort of makes me chuckle when people bring this up. There was one brand of e-cigs back in I think 2008 that used Dipropylene Glycol instead of just regular Propylene Glycol. They got knocked of the market and charged a huge fee for putting poison in the juice (I think it was one of those disposable e-cigarettes). Propylene Glycol is 100% safe to consume and is in normal everyday things people use like asthma inhalers, air ventilation, ice cream, and much more. It's sort of like how butane replaced aerosol because it was dangerous to people and the ecosystem, same concept. I've done some blogs on Propylene Glycol if you want more information on it.
- And to finish it off, "This juice down the road was only 2-3$ why would I want to pay 6-12$ for some other e-juice?" Alright this is more of an open debate, but in my experiences; if someone sells the same size bottle of juice that we have for half the price; there's a catch. Just like everything else, if something is dirt cheap, that usually speaks for it's quality. Most of the "cheaper" juices are straight out of China, which isn't always a bad thing; but the regulation could be different, the chemicals could be different, and the nicotine levels could be different. So all I'm saying about all that is be careful where you get your juices. If you can't speak to the people that made them, either in E-mail or over a phone call at least, chances are it's probably not the best brand to buy from. If they don't speak English..well that sort of speaks for itself. People will swear up and down that their juice is the best to buy, and how amazing it is that it's pennies on the dollar; I nod my head and let them boast; but they usually end up coming to O2 Easy instead because somehow they got sick, or they went back to the cigarettes.One last thing I wanted to mention, just more of a rant than advice. It's the whole situation on "kids and teenagers" using the electronic cigarettes. Look, I don't sell to minors, and anyone in the industry who has morals as we do will not sell to minors. It's illegal, and it's immoral. The fact that we have flavors like Mountain Dew, and Cotton Candy are NOT to attract the younger crowd; it's simply because adults like flavors as well. Do you wanna eat raw chicken or would you rather have bourbon chicken? Just because we're adults doesn't mean we don't like tasty things, true I do still love my tobacco flavors; but I like a good Cinnamon Danish Swirl flavor every now and then. And how are the kids getting them? Not me, chances are they have a friend who's 18 years old and they got them to get the pack for them. That's how I used to get cigarettes as a minor, I'm sure that's how they're doing it with electronic cigarettes. So instead of blaming the E-Cigarette companies for your child or teenager "vaping" take a closer look at their friends. As I mentioned, it is illegal to sell to minors; I would never go out of my way to sell to a minor for I love my job and plan on keeping it.
So put that in your e-cigarette and vape it!
("So put that in your pipe and smoke it")
I hope this blog has been very helpful, and hopefully it has educated you on some of the b/s you might run into when looking up different E-Cig brands.
As always, Vape on America