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Vaping Myth: Inhaling anything other than fresh air is bad

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by DC2, Oct 26, 2013.

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  1. DC2

    DC2 Tootie Puffer Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 21, 2009
    San Diego
    It is pretty common to hear people say that our lungs were not meant to inhale anything but fresh air.
    This is actually not even remotely true.

    Or lungs are meant to do two things, which they do very well...
    --Absorb the oxygen in the air we breathe
    --Filter out the other stuff in the air we breathe

    You lungs were not only made to inhale things other than fresh air, they were designed specifically to do so.

    The REAL question is whether or not you are inhaling things that your lungs can not properly handle.

    I'm not saying we either are, or are not doing that when we are vaping...
    But the short terms results seem to be that our lungs are handling it just fine for the most part.

    And if our lungs can handle it fine, there is no reason to say there is anything inherently wrong with inhaling it just because it isn't fresh air.
  2. Ainokea

    Ainokea Full Member Verified Member

    Mar 11, 2010
    "Inhaling anything other than fresh air is bad"

    Try telling that to Asthma patients
  3. degnr8

    degnr8 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 29, 2009
    Dude, most of the american population lives in or near a city. Very few of us have ever breathed fresh air.
  4. WillyZee

    WillyZee Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 23, 2013
    all I know for sure is ... after 34 days of vaping ... my lungs feel better without inhaling Tobacco :vapor:
  5. alisa1970

    alisa1970 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 30, 2013
    Portland, OR
    Good points. In utero, fetuses "breathe" the amniotic fluid, so there's another example. Oh, and what about deep water SCUBA? They breathe an oxygenated liquid.

    Granted, breathing particulate matter can't be "good" for you, but neither is eating processed food. It's a matter of how much your body can filter, and how much stress it puts on your system as to how unhealthy it is.

    I'm inclined to agree with you here.
  6. JulesXsmokr

    JulesXsmokr Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    I really enjoy a pure vape !!
    I live near the shore in s.e. Florida.. I can come close to pure nirvana with my dripper by the shore and an Easterly breeze...
  7. EddardinWinter

    EddardinWinter The Philosopher Who Rides Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 13, 2012
    Richmond, Va
    An excellent point, DC. But we have come to expect no less from you....
  8. FlamingoTutu

    FlamingoTutu Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Aug 5, 2013
    In the Mountains
    My ancestors spent thousands and thousands and thousands of years sitting around the old campfire breathing in the fumes and still were able to breed like rats. Not all that gunk was good for them but they still evolved.
  9. Recycled Roadkill

    Recycled Roadkill Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 13, 2013
    Garland, TX
    Deeply inhaling that special air after a nice rain, fresh brewed coffee, various foods cooking, dog breath, (not entirely avoidable if you love your dogs). The list of what we inhale with every breath is endless! Vaping is just another one of the pleasures. My :2c: anyway.
  10. damthisisfun

    damthisisfun Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 6, 2012
    Katy, TX
    Fresh air?? Is there any left on this planet?
  11. EvilZoe

    EvilZoe Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I find not inhaling becomes pretty unpleasurable after a
  12. Topwater Elvis

    Topwater Elvis Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Dec 26, 2012
    I'll stick to ' inhaling anything but air comes with risks.'
  13. meanckz

    meanckz Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Sep 18, 2013
    Greer, SC
    even deadly
  14. Silent Scream

    Silent Scream Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2013
    If my lungs could speak they'd say 'can I inhale a lot more of that excellent brandy vape you've got on the go please'.
  15. Mark Anthony

    Mark Anthony Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 4, 2013
    Scranton, Pa USA
    True that.....
  16. Anjaffm

    Anjaffm Dragon Lady ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2013
    Great point, DC2! :thumbs:

    "fresh air" indeed... yeah, it would be nice to live in the mountains or in a forest - but, alas, most of us have to work (me included).
    Hm.. and even living in those lovely areas with wonderful, sweet-smelling fresh air, we would still have to cook food... on a wood-burning stove, probably.. and enter the stable of our chickens / goats / cow ... and there goes that illusion :D
  17. Uma

    Uma Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 4, 2010
    :lol: you been to my place I see. :D. It's true, that while the air isn't all smog hazy, it certainly is hazy with pollen, dust, dander, ...something always floating by. But at least it smells better .... Til that cow walks by...
  18. WarHawk-AVG

    WarHawk-AVG Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 27, 2013
  19. Racehorse

    Racehorse ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 12, 2012
    USA midwest
    2 family members are deep sea commercial divers, very different from SCUBA done on a recreational basis (who are not at high risk for things like lung oxygen toxicity, etc.)

    As a result of these employments we are fully informed by medical specialists who only deal with deep divers and those who breathe exotic gasses. I can tell you that breathing mixed gasses, over time, have many serious side affects, but also that the physiological effects of deep diving are still largely unknown.

    Just as the physiologicial effects of breathing/inhaling food flavorings made for injestion are also largely unknown.

    DC2, if you were posting as musing, and just opinion, I could give a "like" but unless you are able to support such claims with a medical background as a pulomonology specialist, and/or an advanced chemist's degree, it is just conjecture.

    It may be comforting conjecture, but it's still conjecture nevertheless. ;)

    As I have shared, I am doing my vaping journey under the full care of my doctor, and i have baseline lung xrays, indepth blood profiles, ect that were taken before I started vaping. I DO however believe that unless you have certain underlying medical conditions, that nicotine is not at all harmful. I have enough M.D. treaters at this point in my life to believe this, based on medical data. So I agree with WarHawk on this.

    However, the jury is still out on breathing flavorings, as well as things like some of the metals and silica and stuff that we vaporize the eliquid on. Nobody knows yet. And there are some small molecule stuff in certain flavors that is worrisome even to some of those with chemistry backgrounds right on ECF.

    for now, I believe the best way to define vaping is how it is defined now: HARM REDUCTION.

    To take it further than that, without at least a decade of real study, is not something I feel comfortable with.
  20. klynnn

    klynnn Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 20, 2012
    Well with all the pg in vapor I'm spreading around here I don't have to worry about any microbes getting to me. No wonder I haven't been sick in almost 2 years.
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