Johns Hopkins, Portland State University and Others Prove e-Vapor Vastly Less Harmful

In the years since 2007 when e-Vapor products were first introduced to the U.S. domestic market, there have been many, many studies that when initially disseminated to the public, were spun by media and public health institutions (who were paid by big pharma to denigrate e-vapor products -, stated that e-Vapor products were, at some level, harmful. When one actually looks at these studies, each actually scientifically verifies what NICMAXX has stated since 2007-that e-Vapor products are VASTLY less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. Here is a brief notation of such:

The HEADLINE-“FDA and Public Health Experts Warn About Electronic Cigarettes” ( )

The Report: July 22, 2009-The FDA in a press release states in the first sentence: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that a laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples has found that they contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze.”

The Science/Truth:“As with all reports of toxins and carcinogens, “the dose makes the poison” reports Dr. Brad Rodu of the University of Louisville who is the Endowed Chair of Tobacco Harm Reduction Research. For the past 20 years Dr. Rodu has been involved in research and policy development regarding products and programs to mitigate tobacco’s harm and is a staunch proponent of the e-Vapor products in mitigating tobacco’s harm. Dr. Rodu says about the FDA’s own study, “Unfortunately, the agency did not report TSNA levels. Instead, it reported that TSNAs were either “Detected” or “Not Detected,” which is entirely inadequate. For hundreds of years, one of the basic tenets of medicine has been “the dose makes the poison.” Mere detection of a contaminant is meaningless; the critical question is: At what concentration is it present? 

The Conclusion: In reviewing the FDA’s study the ACTUAL results: In regard to tobacco specific nitrosamines (TSN’s) the FDA found in ONE tobacco cigarette there were 11,190 TSNs. The FDA FOUND in ONE e-Vapor cartridge-that represents almost two packs of cigarettes (40 cigarettes)-there were only 9. 11,190 to 9. e-Vapor products are scientifically proven to be over 1,400 times less harmful than tobacco cigarettes and the FDA and media report the non-existent dangers not the amazing results.

The HEADLINE: Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols ( )

The Report: E-cigarette liquids are typically solutions of propylene glycol, glycerol, or both, plus nicotine and flavorant chemicals. We have observed that formaldehyde-containing hemiacetals, shown by others to be entities that are detectable by means of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy,1 can be formed during the e-cigarette “vaping” process.”

The Science/Truth: When the study was first released the studies lead professor David Peyton stated about his found levels of formaldehyde: “It could take years to know what health risks people face vaping high-voltage e-cigarettes. We’re playing catch up. The horse is out of the barn.” After his “study” was peer reviewed and broken apart the study showed that for the vast majority of used e-Vapor products-AND ALL USED BY NICMAXX– his own study showed that formaldehyde was “NOT DETECTED”.  Dr. Peytons response to this after the e-Vapor industry tore apart the study: “the study had been mis-characterized. All it was meant to do was compare the levels of formaldehyde in e-cigarettes versus cigarettes. It is exceedingly frustrating to me that we are being associated with saying that e-cigarettes are more dangerous than cigarettes-that is a fact not in evidence.” His own study verify’s that for the vast majority of e-Vapor products on the market (the study had to actually take rarely used high voltage systems greatly out of their heat envelope to reach their desired conclusion) they tested they found that formaldehyde was “NOT DETECTED”-a conclusion the media did not report.

The Headline: “E-cigarette exposure impairs immune responses in mouse model” ( )

The Report:In a study with mice, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers have found that e-cigarettes compromise the immune system in the lungs and generate some of the same potentially dangerous chemicals found in traditional nicotine cigarettes”.

The Truth/Science: All we had to do to dis-credit this sensationalism was to quote from their own report: “the researchers also determined that e-cigarette vapor contains “free radicals,” known toxins found in cigarette smoke and air pollution. Free radicals are highly reactive agents that can damage DNA or other molecules within cells, resulting in cell death. Cigarette smoke contains 1014 free radicals per puff. Though e-cigarette vapor contains far fewer free radicals than cigarette smoke — one percent as much — their presence in e-cigarettes still suggests potential health risks that merit further study, the researchers say.”

Johns Hopkins finds that current e-Vapor products contain 99% less free radicals than tobacco cigarettes and they and the media report not this scientific fact but rather that some respiratory systems of mice were irritated when they used e-Vapor products.

In Conclusion-the e-Vapor industry, NICMAXX and many, many very notable and credible tobacco harm researchers have always stated that researchers and regulators compare our products to their predicate product, tobacco cigarettes, to determine their societal value. As Dr. Michael Siegel states “The FDA and anti-smoking groups are comparing electronic cigarettes to a solution of spring-fresh Maine mountain stream water. What they need to compare electronic cigarettes to is something known as a Marlboro cigarette”. We agree.

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