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01/02/2013 08:17 AM

e-cigarettes / safer for emphysema patients?

TamieJP
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http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/ecigarettes- under-fire

E-Cigarettes Under Fire

By Daniel J. DeNoon

"They are electronic, alternative smoking devices that simulate the sensation of smoking. They do not expose the user, or others close by, to harmful levels of cancer-causing agents and other dangerous chemicals normally associated with traditional tobacco products."

-- Craig Youngblood, president of InLife, an e-cigarette company.

"They are nicotine delivery devices intended to be used like a cigarette. What happens to someone who stops inhaling the tars of cigarettes and inhales only nicotine? We don't know. There is at least the potential for harm."

-- Norman Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association

"We are concerned about the potential for addiction and abuse of these products. We don't want the public to perceive them as a safer alternative to cigarettes."

-- Rita Chapelle, FDA spokeswoman.

E-cigarettes don't make real smoke, yet they've ignited a firestorm of controversy.

You may have already seen e-cigarettes -- electronic cigarettes -- for sale on the Internet or at one of at least 62 kiosks at malls across the U.S.

E-cigarettes are safer than cigarettes, their makers say or imply. But until e-cigarettes are proven safe, the FDA is refusing to let them into the country and may soon ban their sale, as major U.S. medical associations have asked.

"We have an open investigation into this issue," FDA spokeswoman Rita Chappelle tells WebMD. "What is happening right now is FDA has reviewed several e-cigarettes, e-cigars, and e-pipes, and have refused entry of these products into the country. We acted because these products appear to require FDA approval for marketing, and have not been reviewed by the agency."

An informal FDA review of some of these products "indicated that these products are not currently approved," Chappelle says.

If the FDA bans e-cigarettes, an action many observers believe imminent, it won't be the first North American agency to do so. Last month, Canada's health agency banned the importation or sale of e-cigarette products.

What's all the fuss about? At the heart of the issue is a debate over what the e-cigarette really is.

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01/02/2013 08:18 AM
TamieJP
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http://www.premiumecigarette.com/pages/Emphysema-Facts.html

Emphysema Facts

One of the most terrible and unknown diseases among heavy smokers is emphysema. Emphysema is a lung condition that, among many other consequences, causes the shortness of breath among those who suffer it. This is because emphysema attacks people's lungs by systematically destroying all the tissues in charge of supporting the lungs both physically and functionally.

But things do not end there, as with all destructive illnesses, emphysema is an irreversible one, and once you get it, half the battle is lost and the only way to fight against it is with permanent emphysema treatments.

Of course, the main cause of this illness among patients who develop it is cigarette smoking. Cigarettes have become a social symbol and their usage is so embedded in today's society that very few people seem to remember that they are as harmful and as addictive as any other drug out there. Cigarettes posses more than 60 highly toxic and addictive substances among which are tar and tobacco to name just a couple.

However, as mentioned above, due to the addictive nature of cigarettes, the development of chronic diseases like emphysema is a risk to which cigarettes smokers are more and more exposed to every time. And it is because of this that the importance of quitting smoking is ever more pressing for heavy smokers.

But quitting smoking is one of those things that are easier said than done, and many people who have tried it have failed to accomplish their goal of quitting because of the drastic measures it requires.

Thankfully, nowadays we have a great option when it comes to cigarette alternatives; they are known as electronic cigarettes, and they could very well prove the alternative heavy smokers were hoping for in order to avoid the vast majority of cigarette toxins without giving up their smoking habits.

Electronic cigarettes achieve this by vaporizing a light nicotine solution, which then turns into a special kind of mist that can be inhaled by the smoker. All of this with no smoke and without the presence o tar, tobacco or any of the other harmful toxins present in cigarettes. And all of these packaged in a form factor that resembles real cigarettes in every aspect.

Because of these reasons, electronic cigarettes are a great choice for those who want to quit, but would prefer to do it a their own pace, while at the same time not having to worry about disastrous side effects and diseases like emphysema.


01/02/2013 08:19 AM
TamieJP
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I do not like the quote option. 100% of the above 2 articles are two different web sites and are quotes.

01/02/2013 09:16 AM
Katesgirl
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Yep it is pretty confusing. Of course an e-cig website is going to advertise it as safe. The FDA, which is suppose to be an agency that works for the people, has failed to research this product. Isn't that amazing? I've had my e-cig since the summer of 2009. Looks like 3 years would be sufficient time.

01/03/2013 04:33 AM
TamieJP
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I have since looked at "Nicotine inhalers". I saw a man holding a device as if it were a cig. and looking to use it as one. I had no idea what it was but it looked just like the web site that came up for "prescription only" Nicotine inhalers.

I thought about that man. He n-e-v-e-r put down the thing. That leads me to think that it could be *worse* than cig in the idea that he does not have to open a pack of cigs, light them, keep an ashtray... He just kept hold of the device and using it *like a cig.*

I am not judging *him* but the *method*. It is possible the device was empty of all it's nicotine and he was stretching himself with an empty device. I do not know enough about them but just what I saw.

I can compare it to a narcotic pain patch. It's on for a few days. Your blood level never drops therefore your addiction is harder to break. (Mind you, they are usually used for people that are not intended to ever come off pain meds.)


04/18/2013 01:16 AM
evelinawill
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Definitely a lot safer, it does not contain the 4000 chemicals, actually the ecig is much safer than many NRTs.

I got myself a V2 Cigs seems to do the job, it's just a transitory choice any way, you might want to check it out http://www.v2cigs.com/7259-24-1-589.html

Best


04/22/2013 09:03 AM
auntdee
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Hi Evelinawill, thank you so much for your input. Hope to see you post again and help us out.

05/04/2013 03:38 PM
gagesmom
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I have an e cig. I also have emphysema. I was told that the ecig is in irritant. We are inhaling vapors when we take a "drag". It gas a heater type device in that heats up when you suck on it and causes the vapor to inhale.. My pulmonoligist said I should not use it.

05/04/2013 04:32 PM
TamieJP
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Everyone needs to do what they can to quit smoking. I wonder if some could quit if they used e-cigs temporarily.

I have never smoked so I have no idea, really.


05/04/2013 05:54 PM
gagesmom
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The thing I have noticed with quiting smoking and the ecig is the ecig "keeps" you smoking. When you quit without it and go to take a drag of a cig it hurts, tastes gross, and makes you cough.. The ecig keeps you used to smoking. The biggest problem is if you use this device to quit and you run out of a battery or the nicotine and your out somewhere you can't just buy one. 9 times out of 10 I will pick up a smoke.. ;(
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