By Dominic Indolino |Staff Writer|
Presently, electronic cigarettes generate $1.5 billion a year, but Bloomberg Industries predicts that electronic cigarette sales could surpass those of tobacco, an industry already producing a market of half a trillion dollars collectively.
Electronic cigarettes have been on the market since 2004, and are now facing FDA legislation.
A study in 2014 for the BMC Public Health journal could not link negative effects to e-cigs “at a level that would warrant attention.”
Acrolein, used as a chemical precursor, and formaldehyde are found in the nicotine solution of all electronic cigarettes.
Both of these ingredients are toxic to health, but the World Health Organization (WHO) allows them in small doses.
The BMC Journal, however, does not give electronic cigarettes a full pass of approval.
Igor Burstyn, the journal’s author, states that only exposures to the glycerin and propylene glycol (both approved by the FDA) in e-cigarettes should warrant attention, and that these exposures only affect users and not bystanders.
Even with this evidence, I think all smokers should consider the fume exuding from the vape pen.
I am a fan of most scents that electronic cigarettes have to offer, but when I smell fifteen kinds of berry in one place, the stench is overwhelming.
Users should exercise empathy and think of those around them.
If health risks of smoking electronic cigarettes are lower than those of traditional tobacco cigarettes, there should not be this much backlash from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Lung Association.
I went on campus to talk to students about the possible glamorizing affects of electronic cigarettes.
“The flavors,” beamed CSUSB senior Rodger Donner.
Regarding his concern about addiction to electronic cigarettes, he replied, ”Not at all, cigarettes gave me that already. If anything this (gesturing to his pen) helps. I always buy the low nicotine levels and sometimes even the zero percents.”
Expecting to find only supporters of electronic cigarettes, I was surprised when I asked the opinion of another student.
“I will never touch the stuff,” Michael Charles said as he unwrapped his new package of Camel cigarettes.
“The waste produced from a single disposable e-cig is way too much.”
He let the plastic wrapping from his carton fall to the floor and walked away without further comment.
In the end, we all choose our own poison.
Regulation will come to the new electronic cigarette products; so, my advice is smoke if you got them.