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A 2012 research paper entitled Levels of selected carcinogens and toxicants in vapor from electronic cigarettes: “We found that the e-cigarette vapors contained some toxic substances. The levels of the toxicants were 9–450 times lower than in cigarette smoke and were, in many cases, comparable with trace amounts found in the reference product . . . our findings are consistent with the idea that substituting tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes may substantially reduce exposure to selected tobacco-specific toxicants. E-cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy among smokers unwilling to quit, warrants further study.”
Phoenix When you smoke, it’s pretty obvious when you’re done. The cherry has reached the butt, and there’s no tobacco left. However, with e cigs, the battery doesn’t shrink as you’re vaping – so how are you supposed to know when you’re done? Well, there’s a few ways. You could time you’re vaping breaks and stop after 5 or 10 minutes, you could go outside with a friend who’s a smoker and go inside when they’re done, or you could just wing it and vape when you want for however long you want.
But while there are regulations on diacetyl to keep workers safe, there are currently no regulations at all on e-cigarettes in the US, and that means DA and AP can be added to vaping liquids in the same levels as are allowed in food products. There hasn’t been any research that shows the effects of smoking e-cigarette liquids that contain DA or AP, but many manufacturers and consumers are concerned that it could have similarly dangerous risks.
The study also crucially points out that there is no evidence supporting the view that e-cigarettes are a “gateway” to smoking tobacco, for adults and minors. Only 2% of young people in Britain vape regularly.
Diacetyl (DA) is a chemical used in food flavoring. It infuses food with a creamy, buttery taste, so it’s usually found in products that have butter, cheese, or caramel flavors. Diacetyl and acetyl propionyl (AP)—a kind of “sister chemical” that is nearly identical to DA—are also found in many flavored vaping liquids, especially those with a “dessert” flavor (think butterscotch, vanilla, or caramel).
You may not have realized this had been studied so extensively, and I could link to many more. I’d like to draw attention to that last study, however—the one focusing specifically on “secondhand” vapor. The first inroads being made into legislating our industry are arguing that vaping should be restricted to the same areas as smoking as the vapor isn’t safe. Across the board in our industry, though, the feeling is that . . .
There’s always going to be people who are freaked out by vaping and have no issue telling you. I’ve had a few people think that my e cig was a bong or drug related. If the person is up for a real dialog, feel free to explain what your e cig actually is and why you chose to use it over smoking, but if they aren’t, don’t sweat it. You know why you decided to switch, and that’s all that matters.
“Diacetyl is a respiratory toxin, so when you breath it in, it irritates the lungs,” said Jessica Barrington-Trimis, a researcher at the University of Southern California and the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science. “That’s not a problem if you’re eating it because it doesn’t get into the lungs at all.”
And as awesome as e cigs are in the current market, they’ll only continue to get better and better as technology evolves.