Last edited by DaBrat; 07-26-2009 at 01:12 AM.
I have to agree with Bob here. This is just as irresponsible as the FDA's press release. I say drop it.
[EDIT] By the by, getting in touch with the Truth campaign is an excellent idea. Emailed.
Last edited by TheIllustratedMan; 07-26-2009 at 01:27 AM.
Well, I'm sure about one thing...
If a dangerous substance is 10PPB in one "cigarette" worth of an ecig and the same dangerous substance is 6300PPB in an analog cigarette, then it's easy to say that this chemical is 630 times LESS dangerous in ecigs. This is simple math and it doesn't require a degree in rocket science.
As far as taking it further towards resulting in cancer...
I agree that it's difficult to do. But just because you or I or TropicalBob aren't sophisticated enough to work something like that out doesn't mean it's not possible. Maybe there's a Stephen Hawking esque chemist floating around here that can handle it. Maybe there's less to it than we actually think. The reason I started this thread was to reach out and see if any of those people were floating around, not to get shot down by nay-sayers who haven't even tried.
A comparison between the levels of TSNAs being ingested by the average user on a daily basis is fine. Saying that those levels will give you cancer in x amount of time is irresponsible. There are many factors that need to be taken into account when discussing formation of cancerous cells, and it's not an exact science. That avenue isn't going to work, but there are plenty of other avenues of discussion that will. It's just as important to not put out bad information and speculation as it is to put out good information.
I agree. This is why we use ballpark average figures. There must be a stat (I haven't looked) somewhere on how long it takes the average pack-a-day smoker to develop cancer. Granted, some are more prone to it and others never get it, and there are many other variables involved, but this is why we use averages. Giving extreme examples to the contrary wouldn't negate the average. It can still easily be good science.
Originally Posted by TheIllustratedMan
EDIT: Something like this is a start for analogs (not sure how reliable the source is):
Smoking and Cancer Mortality - Swivel
If this can't be done, that's fine. I just thought it would be a great quick & easy thing to show to the general public in order to help put the FDA report into perspective.
Average number of years before getting cancer
Traditional Cigarette Smoking - *
Electronic Cigarette Smoking - [1,300,000]*
Technically, you can get cancer from any one drag of either device or breathing smoggy air. All it takes is one carcinogen to get through a cell wall and take control of that cell. Then it can multiply and mutate several cells within the body. When you think about all of this, it is rather amazing how much the body does defend against on a daily basis.
Risk of fire
Traditional Cigarette Smoking - [Yes]
Electronic Cigarette Smoking - [No]
This would be incorrect. Unattended battery chargers have already caused fires on a few occassions.
Number of known carcinogens
Traditional Cigarette Smoking - *
Electronic Cigarette Smoking - *
This is an unknown. It depends on the juice. Don't forget that lead poisoning testing and so on has not been conducted on the material makeup of the e-cig and the mesh. You have no idea what is truly in these things. Especially when they come from a country that is very well known for poisons inside common items.
Cost per pack
Traditional Cigarette Smoking - [$4-$10]*
Electronic Cigarette Smoking - [$1-$4]*
This would be the only one I would agree with. It is financially advantageous to smoke electronically.
I know your numbers are skewed and I respect that. However, I wouldn't even attempt to go down a side by side comparison with analogs on a health route. Until the juices are batch tested and regulated, you do know the risks associated with them.
In the end, Smoking Everywhere kills people, NJoy does not...that's what the latest test brings to question. Why is there a variation? How can we eliminate variations? How do we eliminate risk? Where's the rules on manufacturing and materials?
Remember, all this stuff is made in countries where there are very few, if any, legal obligations to the public.
Different approach (since the first one seems to be bombing ):
Is it possible to say ecigs are X times less harmful than analogs based on the following...
Ecigs contain 1/60th the carcinogens that analogs contain.
Ecigs' carcinogen is 1/630th the dosage of the same carcinogen in analog cigs.
Will anything along those lines ever produce a concrete conclusion?
Making up claims is a BIG no no. That will do nothing but harm the e-cig image in the long run. If anything the FDA should be harsh. if they are too lenient then things slip past. They can blow things out of proportion all day long, and the general public won't even bat an eye. The moment we start doing it, then it gets scrutinized and ruins the image. this is already being done by many reseller's and it needs to stop really.
EDIT* Until FDA approved tests are run it is the same thing.
Last edited by ashdaburned; 07-26-2009 at 05:50 AM.
If the FDA thinks they can tax ejuice it will be approved!
They don't care about our health, look at the things that are regulated by them and kills us, peanut butter for example...
The only problem besides tax is big tobacco companies have to make money.
Are you trying to gather information for internet statistics or actually get a scientific publication on this along with the statistics to legitimization?