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Fuma Electronic Cigarettes
Why ask?: The non-nicotine e-cigarettes use water vapor to simulate smoking, but why "simulate" at all? Try sugarless gum or sugarless stick suckers if you must have the oral fixation. The e-cigarettes that provide nicotine at least do not have the tar and carbon monoxide, but the nicotine is still a potent vasoconstrictor and metabolic drug. Just say no to cigarettes and tobacco of any kind! Please! ...Read more
If replacing tobacco: Electronic cigarettes contain water, propylene glycol, nicotine, and tobacco scent, but don't have the smoke, tar, and other cancer-causing substances. Electronic cigarettes are safer than real ones but still contain nicotine, which is addictive and narrows blood vessels, which is bad for one's circulation. In general, it is not healthy to inhale anything other than clean air. ...Read more
FLAVOR = HEALTH RISK: The Health risk is in the liquid. How much safer are tobacco flavored liquids? Probably some but you are still inhaling tobacco. Non-tobacco flavors are PROBABLY safer but it’s one thing to eat strawberries, it’s quite another to inhale them. We do not know the long-term effects of inhaling strawberries. The safest liquids are flavorless. Experienced "Vapers" make their own liquids to be sure. ...Read more
FLAVOR = HEALTH RISK: Health risk is in the liquid. How much safer are tobacco flavored liquids? Probably some but you are still inhaling tobacco. Non-tobacco flavors are PROBABLY safer but it’s one thing to eat strawberries, it’s quite another to inhale them. We do not know the long-term effects of inhaling strawberries. The safest liquids are flavorless. Experienced "Vapers" make their own liquids to be sure. ...Read more
Not as a minor. ..: Minors can not buy any electronic cigarettes or vaping supplies online without lying about their age. All of the site require that you declare your age before you can enter them. Unfortunately, there's no way to verify whether or not they are lying. ...Read more
Quitting smoking: These are helpful only as an aid to quitting tobacco smoking. If you're a non-smoker, anyone offering you an e-cig isn't your friend. They are trying to enslave you to nicotine addiction. ...Read more
Probably - Addictive: Yes, they are promoted as safer because of lack of many oxidation byproducts produced by burning tobacco ; this is true. They supply nicotine to keep the addition going but the industry has not performed any clinical trials to evaluate the pros ; cons. Thus the conclusion, through presumably reasonable, is presumptive, not tested, without known reliability ; largely exempted by dshea act 1994. ...Read more
No: Evidence that they are any better may have chemicals in them that are worse. ...Read more
Vapor vs Smoke: Electronic Cigarettes ARE Smokeless. They create vapor from liquid on heated coils NOT smoke from incomplete combustion. You can control and minimize the number of toxic substances in vapor but NOT in smoke. Cigarette smoke has 4000+ compounds. Vapor from ecigarettes or APVs using flavorless nicotine liquid has only 2 compounds -- vegetable glycerin and nicotine. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Electronic cigarettes eliminate tobacco from the equation which does make them "safer" theoretically. Remember that they still burn nicotine which is an addictive stimulant and is associated with heart disease and death. The "reduced risks" are not completely clear at this point but both regular and electronic cigarettes are bad for your health. ...Read more
Depends on Liquid: The risk of electronic cigarettes is related to the composition of the liquids they use. The safest will be those which use the least number of compounds. Flavorless Liquid being the safest since it's just vegetable glycerine plus or minus nicotine while tobacco smoke has 4000 to 5000 known compounds in it. Experienced vapers make their own DIY liquids to know for sure -- and to save money. ...Read more
E-cigarettes R bad.: Technically speaking, we don't really know the safety of those electronic cigarettes in the long term; newer studies are revealing evidence of harm. But what they do help with is removing your emotional and mental attachment to actual cigarettes, which could ultimately help you quit everything. As well, there seem to be fewer ingredients in them; there are 42 carcinogens in cigarettes. ...Read more
No difference: Overall, there is no real difference. E-Cigarettes deliver the nicotine to the user in a very similar fashion as a regular cigarette (hand and mouth movement). It is not an easy addiction to deal with, ask your PCP about Zyban (bupropion) prescription for smoking cessation. Good luck and good thinking. ...Read more
Safer, not without: Elctric cigarettes provide nicotine, the substance that induces addiction and craving of smoking. Regular cigarettes contain many other chemical substances/preservatives, some are carcinogenic (causes cancer), thus they are worse than electric ones. Some e-cigarettes were found to have dangerous chemicals/carcinogens as well. Thus, a bit safer but not without risk. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
We don't know: It was not randomized control trail conducted to support safety, benefits and efficacy of e-cigarettes. The jury is out there. ...Read more
Should electronic cigarettes be banned in public places? Can you still get secondhand smoke from them?
Yes and uncertain:
Electronic cigarettes expose the smoker to a wide array of substances that have not been studied for safety.
http://tobaccocontrol. Bmj. Com/content/23/suppl_2/ii36.abstract ...Read more
Can someone get ill or die smoking an electronic hookahs & e-cigarettes im very concerned. Please tell me all the details of this product?
Smoking: Hookah is like smoking and you can die from smoking it as you would from cigarettes. E cigarettes have less of the toxins but still have undisclosed chemicals that may be harmful, so not a 100%. How about nicorette (nicotine gum) gum? ...Read more
I want to reduce smoking. I usually smoke 15-25 cigarettes a day. I want to know whether electronic cigarettes will help me reducing or not?
Maybe: Electronic cigarettes simply give you nicotine--which is really the only thing in a "real" cigarette that a person wants or craves. Unfortunately, a real cigarette also contains cancer-causing chemicals. Thus, using an electronic cigarette is a better option. Although never proven to be"safer, " it would seem logical that it would be. I encourage my patients to use anything they can to quit! ...Read more
That's the problem: Tobacco companies producing e-cigs have not had to do any research because courts ruled that it is just another kind of cigarette, and the fda has no jurisdiction. The propellant is propylene glycol, which is in an oil. What this does when inhaled is simply unknown in humans. The additives, flavorings, preservatives and whatever else is in them also have not been studied. We simply cannot say now. ...Read more
Nicotine: The e-cigarette still contain nicotine but not the tar. The side effects of nicotine that include vasoconstriction, and high bp, atherosclerotic effect, osteoporotic effect, gastritis and ulcer development, are still going to be there. In short, e-cigarette is used to wean down smoking to zero but not a permanent substitute for smoking, it still will be addicting. ...Read more
Yes: They have other chemicals in them that can be harmful to you and are not recommended and have not been studied. ...Read more
Can any doc tell me what's the difference between electronic cigarettes and smokeless cigarettes?
Both are Vaporizers: The risk is in the liquid used to make the vapor. Flavorless juice has just nicotine and vegetable glycerin. Adding flavoring adds the risk. Strawberries maybe safe to eat but no one knows the long-term effects of inhaling them. Experienced vapers make their own liquids or use only trusted domestic sources who identify all the ingredients they use in their juices. Avoid tobacco-base ejuices ...Read more
How safe are electronic cigarettes? (and compared to cigarettes as well?) any long term effects? Any side effects? Thank you very much! :)
Flavor = Risk: The risk is in the liquid. How much safer are tobacco flavored liquids? Probably some but you are still inhaling tobacco. Non-tobacco flavors are PROBABLY safer but it’s one thing to eat strawberries, it’s quite another to inhale them. We do not know the long-term effects of inhaling strawberries. The safest liquids are flavorless. Experienced "Vapers" make their own liquids to be sure. ...Read more
Not likely: These are ways to supply the needed dose of nicotine to satisfy your addictive needs. They are designed not to allow tars and irritants into your throat. Thus the incidence of cancer should be no greater than in non-smokers. They are an effective way to attempt to stop smoking altogether and I encourage this in my patients. ...Read more
Possibly: The studies are beginning to indicate that e-cigs can cause lung injury. Certain chemicals in the liquid are able to cause lung inflammation. If this inflammation continues over years, damage to the DNA can occur. This represents a similar pathophysiology as what happens with smoking cigarettes. ...Read more
No one knows: To my knowledge and review of this topic, no one knows since no one had done a controlled clinical trial of these products. If you use them and do not smoke, it seems intuitive it "might" help a person, but doctors cannot recommend them legally since we just do not know from accurate research data if they are safe. Would stink if in 5 years we learn they cause more heart attacks than cholesterol. ...Read more
Yes: Many people try to quit with e-cigarettes, and some of them allow you to "dial back" the amount of nicotine you are getting. However, there are as yet no published studies on this, so I cannot say how much success people have in trying to quit tobacco this way. You are better off with more traditional, tried and true methods like nicotine patches etc, smoking cessation programs, and other meds. ...Read more
Airway Compromise: There’s no fda position yet on the use of electronic cigarettes, however studies done in europe show that it increases the airway resistance of users thereby making it more difficult to breathe. Extrapolating to patients with copd, electronic cigarettes will most likely increase difficulty in breathing, the main symptom in copd, making the condition worse. It’s probably safer to chew nicotine gum. ...Read more
Nobody knows: They are as safe, or as dangerous (depending on how you want to look at it) as regular cigarettes. There is little or no evidence they are any safer, and there are no published reports of their effectiveness in smoking cessation. They do somewhat reduce the "tars" you breath in, and they do reduce side-stream smoke (so they cut down on second hand smoke exposure). Nicotine patches are effective. ...Read more
Can you advise for daily migraine headaches/are electronic cigarettes less likely to cause headaches?
I do not: Recommend E-cigarettes as these are still a source of unneeded chemical- hormone nicotine. Although much socially acceptable - I do not think it is the best strategy to stop smoking. Nicotine and/ or its withdrawal may be a source of headaches, but probably not the root cause. ...Read more
Can you give me advice with daily migraine headaches/are electronic cigarettes less likely to cause headaches?
Not studied: Would be skeptical that either approach would affect headaches differently, and would suggest instead you avoid both, and see your doctor and get your headaches evaluated. ...Read more