A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine has tried linking e-cigs and vaping to dangerous levels of formaldehyde and much like the Japanese study before it, it exaggerates the actual danger.
Once again one might be inclined to read just the headline that states ‘E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde’, read no further and think that’s all there is to the story. Once again however the true details are buried deep within the article.
From the ninth and tenth paragraphs in the article…
“We simulated vaping by drawing the vapor — the aerosol — into a syringe, sort of simulating the lungs,” Peyton says. That enabled the researchers to conduct a detailed chemical analysis of the vapor. They found something unexpected when the devices were dialed up to their highest settings.
“To our surprise, we found masked formaldehyde in the liquid droplet particles in the aerosol,” Peyton says.
That’s like saying “when we turned up the volume on a TV to the highest level we found evidence of hearing damage”. No one cranks it up to the highest setting. Not only that but what brand of e-cigs or e-juice did they test? What goes for one brand does not mean it happens for all brands across the board.
Hell, I may be biased since vaping has helped me quit smoking after 30 years but I just can’t understand why so many people are trying to discredit a method that has helped so many people get off cigarettes where most other methods have failed.
One of the more recent articles concerning e-cigs and vaping is this one out of Japan that says researchers have found that e-cigs contain 10 times the carcinogens of tobacco cigarettes. As usual the headline betrays the actual information.
“In one brand of e-cigarette the team found more than 10 times the level of carcinogens contained in one regular cigarette,” said researcher Naoki Kunugita, adding that the amount of formaldehyde detected varied through the course of analysis.
So in one brand of e-cig they found 10 times the levels of carcinogens. Which brand was it? Where were they manufactured? You can’t paint all e-cigs and vaping items with such a broad brush because of one bad apple.
I get the feeling that this is going to be the study that the anti-vaping crowd clings to as reasons for banning vaping much like the ant-vaxxing crowd still cling to the disproven report of Dr. Andrew Wakefield who claimed that vaccines cause autism even though there is no proof to the contrary. Never mind that I can cite an American study that said the benefits of vaping outweigh the risks or the top scientists who petitioned the World Health Organization to not recommend banning vaping due to the amount of lives it would save.
The next thing you know the anti-vaping crowd will be claiming that vaping causes autism.
Thanks to Jamie for the tip.
In a study that was partially funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers have said that the benefits of vaping outweigh the risks.
“Current evidence suggests that there is a potential for smokers to reduce their health risks if electronic cigarettes are used in place of tobacco cigarettes and are considered a step toward ending all tobacco and nicotine use,” said study researcher Thomas Eissenberg, co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
But does any of this matter? Does the issue of vaping and e-cigs have more to do with money than the health of our country? As I’ve said before I feel that if more smokers switch to vaping or e-cigs rather than continue to use tobacco a lot of organizations that claim to be for the public good will see decreased funding. Not only that but the government will see decreased revenues since tobacco is taxed so heavily.
I feel that we are fighting a losing battle. FDA regulation is inevitable based on money alone. The only question now is how restrictive will that regulation be?
In a study done by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, fewer Americans believe that e-cigs and vaping are safer than tobacco. I don’t know what this is supposed to prove. While I’m proud to be an American we do have a number of dumbasses in our country who will believe anything. Fewer Americans believe in vaccinating their children too but that doesn’t make it correct or sensible.
But by all means lets spread as much misinformation about vaping as we can. God forbid we should have more people actually quitting smoking. Dumbasses.
In what may possibly be the dumbest study ever done a study found that when smokers saw someone using an e-cig it made them want to smoke. I smoked for 30 years so I may have some insight on this. Do you know what always made me want to smoke? Everything. Get up? Got to smoke. Eat? Got to smoke. Bathroom? Got to smoke. Work? Got to smoke. TV? Got to smoke. Drive? Got to smoke. See someone smoking? You bet I got to smoke. I was once quit for a couple of months then I watched a movie that had a ton of cigarette smoking in it. I went out and bought myself a pack before I finished watching it.
This kind of supposition is inherently dangerous as some may take it as a reason to keep smoking instead of vaping.
Study: Violent music boosts aggressive thoughts:
You have got to be kidding me. How often do they trot this one out? A bunch of egghead psychiatrists released a study of 500 college students that said violent songs increased feelings of hostility. You don’t say. Feeling of hostility and acts of hostility are two different things. Why don’t they do a study on why some people are more prone to resorting to violence than others. I’ll bet you that it has nothing to do with music. For example, I listen to Black Sabbath, Iced Earth, Iron Maiden, Carnivore, and Type O Negative. But you know what music makes me have feelings of hostility? You guessed it, Dave Freakin’ Matthews. Anyway check out how they did this study…
During the APA’s five experiments, conducted by researchers from Iowa State University and the Texas Department of Human Services examined the effects of seven violent songs by seven artists and eight nonviolent songs by seven artists.
After listening, students were given various psychological tasks to measure aggressive thoughts and feelings, including asking the participants to classify words that have both aggressive and nonaggressive meanings, like rock and stick.
Results of the experiments showed that violent songs led to more aggressive interpretations of ambiguously aggressive words and increased the relative speed with which people read aggressive versus nonaggressive words.
Did they ever think to just ask the participants if they were feeling more hostile or not? What the hell does the way we read words have to do with violence?
They never will get it. It’s not the songs that cause people to act out in violence. That notion was in their head long before they heard the music. Study that.
CDC: Most school shooters get guns from home:
Your tax dollars at work people. This is all well and good. Parents should keep their guns locked up and away from children. On the other hand it’s not addressing the underlying problem. Why are these kids grabbing the guns in the first place? Not until the parents and the schools address this problem will school shootings stop.