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Q) Are e-cigs harmful?
E-cigs are far less toxic then the average cigarettes. Average cigarettes have over 4000 different chemicals, 43 of which can cause some form of cancer and they contain another 400 toxins. The 2013 library briefing at the European Parliament concluded that; “In 2009, a study by the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) found dangerous substances "at very low levels". A recent laboratory study shows that levels of toxic substances in e-cigarette vapour are 9–450 times lower than in cigarette smoke and, in many cases, comparable with trace amounts found in medicinal nicotine inhalers.”
Q) What is e-juice made out of?
E-liquid is made primarily of Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG) and nicotine. Nicotine is a stimulant like caffeine and can increase blood pressure and heart rate however with e-cigs you are able to step down the nicotine levels until you are at 0Mg nicotine e-juice. Propylene glycol is considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and it is used as a solvent, and preservative in food. Vegetable Glycerin is a simple polyol (sugar alcohol) compound and is used as a solvent and sweetener in food.
Q) Can e-cigs really help me quit smoking?
E-cigs have shown to be a vehicle for people to quit smoking. With e-cigs you can have the same sensation of smoking while being able to cut down on the nicotine levels. This allows you to have more control over your nicotine intake and cut back at a pace that is comfortable for you. You can talk to someone who uses e-cigs to hear their testimonial in order to make up your own mind. E-cig users (vapers) report that there is a similar sensation (nicotine hit) as that from a regular cigarette.
Q) What are the benefits of Electronic Cigarettes
•Save money over buying tobacco cigarettes
•Healthier than traditional tobacco cigarettes
•Smoke in smoke free areas: restaurants, hotels, etc… (electronic cigarettes create vapor, not smoke)
•E-cig vapor is odor free so it keeps you and others from smelling of smoke
Q) Can kids and teens purchase e-cigs and e-liquid?
No. The bill SB 882 has prohibited any sale and distribution of e-cigs and e-liquid to minors. Reputable e- cig stores check ID to ensure that there is no sales of these products to minors.
Q) Are e-cigs a tobacco product?
No, e-cigs can contain nicotine however there is no tobacco in the e-juice and there is no combustion, no smoke and no odor.
Q) Have e-cigs been banned in California
Ca. Senate Bill 400 has been terminated which would have banned e-cigs everywhere that regular cigarettes have been banned. Bibliography 2013 library briefing at the European Parliament http://www.europarl.europa.eu/eplibrary/Electronic-cigarettes.pdf