In recent years people have taken the dangers of smoking tobacco more and more seriously.
Scientific research has demonstrated that cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemical substances, hundreds of which are harmful to the human body, with 25 diseases directly related to smoking, especially carbon monoxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon and nitrosamine in cigarette smoke that are considered the most dangerous carcinogenic substances.
Second-hand or passive smoking has caused serious health issues for men, women and children. Many countries have already or will soon be banning smoking in public places. A ban came into force in the UK in July 2007.
The Electronic Cigarette is the result of research and development of a non-flammable cigarette substitute. You can use the Electronic Cigarette either to continue to enjoy your pleasure in a healthier manner or simply to enable you to continue "smoking" legally indoors.
Chemicals in Cigarettes
It has been determined that there are approximately 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes and the smoke it generates. Of those of 4,000 chemicals, 43 have been identified which can cause cancer.
This is only a partial list of the chemicals ingested when you inhale a cigarette:
One of the active ingredients in nail polish remover.
A caustic agent used in fertilizers and household cleaners. Is added to enhance the flavor of a cigarette, but also helps the smoker to absorb more nicotine thereby enhancing addiction.
Rat poison. Makes your lips burn and is responsible for giving you bad breath.
One of the most potent cancer-causing chemicals in the world. Found in coal tar and cigarette smoke.
Is an industrial chemical and a constituent of gasoline. It is a group 1 carcinogen and is responsible for causing leukemia and aplitic anemia.
A key component of gasoline, it’s highly flammable.
- Carbon Monoxide:
A colorless, odorless gas, which starves the body of existing oxygen.
Used in batteries and oil paint. It is a group 1 carcinogen. It damages the liver, kidneys, and brain and remains in the body for years (>10 years). Is also excreted in the breast milk of nursing mothers.
Used in embalming (preserving tissue). Causes cancer and damages the lung, skin, and digestive tract.
- Hydrogen Cyanide:
A colorless poisonous gas. Short-term exposure causes headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
Of the heavy metal group. Stunts growth and damages the brain, kidneys and nervous system. Lead is more easily absorbed in the growing bodies so children are particularly vulnerable. Exposure in children can result in development delays, lower IQ levels, shortened attention spans and increased behavioral problems
An insecticide used to kill fleas on your pets.
A heavy metal, affects the central nervous system. Exposure causes tremors, memory loss and kidney disease.
A heavy metal, affects the central nervous system. Exposure causes increased susceptibility to respiratory infections.
- Nitric oxide:
Produces short-term effects on airway activity. High concentrations can lead to acute lung dysfunction.
Used in disinfectants and plastic. Exposure causes skin, eye, and mucus membrane irritation.
A cancer causing radioactive element.
- Propylene Glycol:
Added by the tobacco industry to keep cheap tobacco from drying out. It also has been known to aid in delivery of nicotine to the brain.
Found in insulation material. Causes headaches, fatigue, weakness, and depression.
Embalmers glue, which is a central nervous system depressant. Exposure causes ataxia, tremors, cerebral atrophy, nystagmus, impaired speech, hearing and vision, headaches, dizziness and difficulty sleeping.
A toxic chemical used in paint stripper.
Here is a list of the main ingredients (over 90%) of an E-Cig cartridge:
- propylene glycol (approx 50%) which is an odourless and colourless viscous liquid, commonly used in food, cosmetics and medicines and as a food colouring and flavouring. it is also present in regular cigarettes to keep the tobacco moist.
- glycerol (approx 8%) occurs naturally in the human body and is made during the hydrolysis of vegetable or animal fat or oil. it is used extensively in mouthwash, toothpaste, medicines and in nutritional products
- pure water (approx 18%)
- Vanilla (<5%) comes from the plant 'vanilla planifolia' which is used extensively in foods and scents.
- menthol (approx 4%) is used extensively in sweets, chewing gum, and many other common use products.
- linalool is a tertiary alcohol and has a pleasant, rose smelling scent. It is used largely as a raw material in the production of vitamin e. it is used often as a fragrance and flavour.
It should be noted that any long term effects of propylene glycol being inhaled (and for that matter the other few ingredients in an E-Cig) are unanswered at this time. What is known and certain is that regular cigarettes are certainly known without doubt to stand a good chance of causing one of many diseases which can be fatal.
Comment from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Ian Gray, from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, has looked into the electronic cigarettes.
He said: “We have been the advisors to all the regulatory authorities on this matter and are hearing about it more and more.
“Our main concern was that officers wouldn’t be able to tell the difference but it’s clear if you are close to them they’re not normal cigarettes.”
He added: “They are perfectly legal to use because, in our view, this isn’t smoking. If people are using them it’s very unlikely that a local authority would want to make a prosecution as the legislation is to protect people from second-hand smoke but if there is none of that then there’s not really a basis for a prosecution.”
Mr Gray says the craze is catching on: “They seem to be using them a lot in the North. I suppose if you don’t want to go outside, it’s a real alternative.
“They seem to be particularly popular in bingo halls where older people who may not want to get up and go outside and all that goes with that such as collecting your coat.”
Warning: Keep cartridges and fluid out of reach from children. Nicotine in its pure form is a poison, and can cause harm. All nicotine cartridges and fluid must be kept in a safe place and away from children, as the amount of nicotine in a cartridge, if ingested by a small child could cause serious harm and medical assistance should be sought.
It is worth noting that, despite the description, electronic cigarettes cannot be marketed as a Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) in the UK. This requires official testing to prove that this is indeed the case before a license can be granted for it to promoted in this way. This testing has not taken place on electronic cigarettes and it is therefore an offence ‘to sell, supply or advertise a Nicotine Replacement Product which does not have a product licence’. For more details on NRT click here.
Restrictions: You must be eighteen (18) years of age, and possess a valid credit card to purchase our products. Electronic Cigarette Organisation will not sell products to minors. Electronic Cigarette Organisation reserves the right to cancel any sales transaction based on its sole discretion where it reasonably believes the purchaser is purchasing products on behalf of a minor.