Friday, June 19, 2015

Just Say "NO!" to e-Cigarettes

Most of us don't usually read those emails you get from your doctor that tell you to sleep more, drink less (alcohol), and get plenty of exercise. But since I have seen a steady rise in vapor clouds coming from the various quads around campus, I have been wondering if e-Cigarettes are safe?

So when this infographic popped up in my in-box I was intrigued and after reading it, all I can say is "JUST SAY NO!"

E-Cigarettes contain known cancer-causing agents. I don't even need to read the rest. According to a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine:
"We've found there is a hidden form of formaldehyde in e-cigarette vapor that has not typically been measured. It's a chemical that contains formaldehyde in it, and that formaldehyde can be released after inhalation," the writer, Pankow, said. "People shouldn't assume these e-cigarettes are completely safe."
WT? Formaldehyde? And what about those essential oils? Vanilla may be good in a cake, but should you really being lighting it on fire and inhaling the vapor?  The tobacco industry is doing some push-back against the cancer claims directed at e-Cigarettes, but seriously, are you going to take the word of an industry that first sold cigarettes as being "healthy"?

How do you judge health information about a product? Should you listen to doctors and/or industry scientists? Do you think there should be a warning label on e-Cigarettes? What other products should come with warning labels?