Jul 07

1942 Study Uncovers Incredible Health Benefits of Inhaled Propylene Glycol – ChurnMag

scientific.study_-600x350As the world argues about the safety of electronic cigarettes, it’s clear that we need to place a greater emphasis on scientific research. Interestingly, there have been studies done prior to the birth of ecigs that give us a clue as to how vaping impacts the human body. A perfect example of this is a study conducted by Dr. Oswald Hope Robertson of the University of Chicago’s Billings Hospital in 1942. Dr. Robertson studied how the inhalation of propylene glycol impacted laboratory mice.Propylene glycol is one of the primary ingredients in e-liquid, but even before it was used to make electronic cigarettes, Dr. Robertson was testing its effects by inhalation. He suspected that this powerful ingredient could potentially be helpful for treating respiratory diseases, influenza, and even pneumonia.To test his theory, he placed groups of mice into two chambers. In the first chamber, he sprayed the air with propylene glycol and then the flu virus. In the second chamber, he sprayed only the flu virus. Surprisingly, all of the mice in the chamber sprayed with propylene glycol survived, whereas the mice exposed only to the flu virus died.Dr. Robertson concluded, “The propylene glycol itself was a potent germicide. One part of glycol in 2,000,000 parts of air would – within a few seconds – kill concentrations of air-suspended pneumococci, streptococci, and other bacteria numbering millions to the cubic foot.”So what is this powerful substance known as propylene glycol? It is essentially a synthetic liquid that absorbs water. Today, we use PG in many cosmetic, food, and pharmaceutical products. It is also used in fog machines and even to generate smoke for fire fighter trainings. The FDA classifies PG as a food and drug additive that is “generally recognized as safe”. It is clear, colorless, and has no taste or odor.Electronic cigarettes utilize propylene glycol in the e-liquid. When it heats up, it turns into a vapor that the smoker inhales. Looking back at Dr. Robertson’s study from 1942, we see that PG might offer benefits apart from just smoking cessation. It seems that PG could even help keep us healthy and protect against the spread of viruses like the flu.

Source: 1942 Study Uncovers Incredible Health Benefits of Inhaled Propylene Glycol – ChurnMag

Jun 29

Illinois County Bans Electronic Cigarettes | NBC Chicago

E-Cigarettes-1Electronic cigarettes will be prohibited in almost all Ogle County public and work places starting July 1.The Dixon Telegraph reports that the county’s director of health education and emergency preparedness said in a Wednesday news release that the ban was motivated by an increase in young people using e-cigarettes.Video Shows Officers Using Stun Gun on Metra PassengerThe ban applies to offices, theater, museums, libraries, education institution, schools, enclosed shopping centers, retail stores, restaurants, bar, private clubs and gaming facilities.First-time violators will be fined $100. Businesses will be fined $250 for a first violation. The ban covers all places in Ogle County where traditional smoking products are banned.”Seinfeld” Fan Breaks NYC Set Replica With Kramer-Esque SpinThe Ogle County seat is Oregon, about 25 miles southwest of Rockford.

Source: Illinois County Bans Electronic Cigarettes | NBC Chicago

Jun 25

Two Surveys Find That Almost All Regular Vapers Are Smokers – Hit & Run : Reason.com

E-CigarettesAmerican officials who are freaking out about the rising popularity of electronic cigarettes, especially among teenagers, generally fail to distinguish between experimentation and regular use. In fact, as Boston University public health professor Michael Siegel points out, surveys sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not even ask about frequency of use beyond once or more in the previous month. Two recent studies highlight the importance of inquiring further, showing that very few nonsmokers who have tried e-cigarettes are regular users.One study, which Siegel discussed on his blog last Friday, analyzed data from the Youth Tobacco Policy Survey, which is sponsored by Cancer Research UK. The survey of 1,200 British 11-to-16-year-olds found that 12 percent reported trying e-cigarettes but only 2 percent reported using them more often than once a month, while just 1 percent reported using them more often than once a week. Furthermore, “regular e-cigarette use was found only in children who also smoked tobacco,” belying CDC Director Tom Frieden’s warnings that such products are luring teenagers who have never used tobacco into nicotine habits that might ultimately lead to smoking. One of the researchers, Linda Bauld, a professor of health policy at the University of Stirling, explains the significance of these results, which are scheduled to be published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research:

Source: Two Surveys Find That Almost All Regular Vapers Are Smokers – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Jun 15

Scientists Shocked After Testing Ecig Vapor in the Lab

E-Cigarettes-1Over and over again, we’ve heard public health officials argue that we simply do not have enough scientific data to be certain that electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative to tobacco. But the truth is that research is abundant and every month, we have new studies that point to the truth. The latest study to hit the scenes is shaming critics and shocking public health officials with undeniable evidence that vaping is safe and effective.The new study was published in “Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology” and showed what exactly is hiding in ecig vapor compared to the contents of cigarette smoke. Scientists ran tests on three flavors ofBlu ecigs and two flavors of SKYCigs. They also tested Marlboro Golds and Lambert & Butler cigarettes. Finally, they tested the ordinary room air as a baseline to use as they compared the results.The researchers specifically looked for 8 toxins in this study: carbon monoxide, carbonyls, phenolics, volatiles, metals, tobacco-specific nitrosamines, polyaromatic amines, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. It was no surprise that tobacco cigarette smoke was full of poisonous chemicals. But researchers were shocked to see that the toxins in ecigarette vapor were quite similar to the normal toxins found in regular room air. In fact, there was no major increase in toxins between normal air and ecig vapor.Instead of deadly toxins, the ecig vapor only contained propylene glycol, water, and small traces of flavoring and nicotine additives. In order to register any degree of toxicity, the scientists had to use 99 puffs of an ecig to get even the tiniest measurement of 0.18 milligrams of HPHC’s. To put that in perspective, a single puff of a Marlboro Gold cigarette measured 30.6 milligrams. In a puff-to-puff comparison, the cigarettes had 2000 times more toxins than the e-cigs.

Source: Scientists Shocked After Testing Ecig Vapor in the Lab

Jun 14

10 Reasons Why You Should Oppose TPP and TTIP

thumbs-downThe U.S. Senate’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation on May 22 means that the TPA bill (also known as “Fast Track”) will soon be up for a vote in the House of Representatives. If the House follows suit and approves it, we can be certain that President Obama and his Republican supporters in Congress will move for expedited action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), both of which, Obama has stated, are top priorities of his administration.These twin, trans-oceanic agreements are massive schemes that propose a very radical transformation of the global politico-economic system, with revolutionary integration and convergence of the major Atlantic and Pacific nations. The TPP currently includes 12 Pacific Rim member states (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam), but is expected to expand to include more nations, including Communist China.The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) proposes to begin “deep and comprehensive” integration between the 28 member states of the European Union and the United States. Over the course of the past several years, we have published many articles detailing the dangers posed by these (still officially secret) agreements. We are bringing together here, in abbreviated form, 10 of those reasons why every American — whether identifying as Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, Tea Party, liberal, conservative, or constitutionalist — should oppose both of these proposals.

Source: 10 Reasons Why You Should Oppose TPP and TTIP

Jun 05

20 Top Ecig Studies To Silence The Doubters

E-Cigarettes-1Time after time we have been told that there is no proof that ecigs are better than electronic cigarettes. In doing so, the anti-ecig lobby, often funded by competing industries, have ignored the advice and research of the very experts and scientists who are at the forefront of electronic cigarette research. So while last month we looked at 20 quotes from Real Experts, this week you’ll find 20 top e-cig studies that prove the doubters wrong. You’ll also find we’ve included two studies from the ANTZ movement. These highlight the methodological issues and confusion that has dogged some studies, and show that even studies sponsored by the anti-ecig movement can demonstrate that ecigs are safer than tobacco cigarettes. By the time you’ve finished this post, you’ll be armed and dangerous – ready to fight, and win, any e-cigarette debate. (A big thanks to vape blogger VapeMeStoopid for putting this list together!) 1. Effects of Electronic Cigarette Use on Myocardial Function Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos  You’ll see Dr. Farsalinos’ work mentioned several times throughout this blog. Dr. Farsalinos is a cardiac specialist from Greece who has dedicated many hours over the last four years to studies in which e-cig vapour is studied and compared to cigarette smoke. I have chosen this study, conducted between 2011 and 2012, as the first on my list because it set the groundwork for every subsequent electronic cigarette investigation by Farsalinos and his team. It is the first of its kind that

Source: 20 Top Ecig Studies To Silence The Doubters

Jun 05

Cardiologists Lash Out At Misguided Information Condemning Ecigs – ChurnMag

E-CigarettesLast week, the BMA Occupational Medicine Committee released an article claiming that the safety of e-cigarettes is yet to be proven. World renowned cardiologists Konstantinos Farsalinos and Riccardo Polosa responded with a complete rebuttal, claiming that scientific evidence abounds and “clearly indicates e-cigarettes are considerably less harmful than tobacco cigarettes.” In their response, the doctors made an appeal to the medical community to examine the actual scientific evidence rather than giving vague and misguided statements that would scare the public away from using e-cigarettes.Farsalinos and Polosa pointed out that the very logic of ecig criticism is flawed. While critics claim that because there are a handful of potential health consequences, this is not reason to dismiss ecigs as useless. “Of course, unexpected health consequences may occur in the medical profession as it has been also the case with several medications… But this cannot be used as a valid argument to oppose e-cigarettes.”The original publication called for ecigs to be isolated and quarantined until more long-term research was conducted. However, Farsalinos and Polosa said that this request was unreasonable and it was not required of any other products that are daily approved for human consumption. “Even for medications, no regulatory agency is asking for long-term safety data before being approved for use.” They make a case that waiting on long-term research would paralyze the progress of modern medicine.The doctors pointed out that much of the argument against ecigs is misleading. While the original report cited potential poisonings of children by e-liquid exposure, the Farsalinos and Polosa claim that the whole idea is unsubstantiated. “Until now, there are no documented cases of deaths from exposure to e-cigarette liquids. It is misleading to quote occasional cases of accidental poisoning without providing professional medical reporting.” They went on to explain how the number of suspected poisoning incidences were far fewer than those reported routinely from basic household cleaners. With the introduction of child-proof packaging for e-liquids, these cases are becoming even more obsolete.

Source: Cardiologists Lash Out At Misguided Information Condemning Ecigs – ChurnMag

May 30

Continents Should Have Eroded Long Ago | The Institute for Creation Research

eb186705-053a-4c7b-abf1-99f07e32d631_photo_1354127236379-1-0According to standard evolutionary models, the earth is supposed to be 4.5 billion years old, and its continents supposedly formed 3.5 billion years ago. But if this is true, why haven’t earth’s landforms been completely eroded and deposited into the seas?A new study indicates that the earth’s overall erosion rate, although slow, would have leveled the continents at least 70 times over if they are as old as the evolutionary claim maintains!Geologists have been measuring quantities of 10Be, an isotope of the element beryllium that becomes radioactive with exposure to the sun. The more 10Be that is present at a given site, the longer it has been exposed to the sun without being carried off by erosion. This system was used by dozens of geologists to estimate erosion rates around the world.The study, which was published by the Geological Society of America,1 showed the collated 10Be data from every continent. The researchers painstakingly converted all the reports to directly comparable units and found that erosion occurs 18 times faster in drainage basins than it does in outcrops.According to the study, the average erosion rate for outcrops was 40 feet every one million years. The average thickness of continental crust above sea level can be estimated at about 623 meters, or 2,044 feet.2 To erode 2,000 feet of crust at 40 feet per one million years would require only 50 million years. So, if the earth is billions of years old, why is its surface not completely flat?Continental basins, or low-lying areas that receive more rainfall from higher elevations, erode much faster. Applying this rate, continents would have eroded down to sea level in less than three million years. So the data in this study indicate that the overall time needed for continents to erode lies between three and 50 million years, a range that includes the 2007 estimate by ICR President John Morris of 14 million years.3In order to maintain their belief in long ages, some might suggest that landforms were repeatedly uplifted by tectonic forces, providing more land mass for weather to erode. However, Loma Linda University geologist Ariel Roth noted that this scenario would have obliterated the very rock layers that supposedly represent evolution’s millions of years! He wrote:

Source: Continents Should Have Eroded Long Ago | The Institute for Creation Research

May 23

5 Respected Scientists Weigh In On Ecigs – ChurnMag

Picture 16Far too often, we are inundated by negative reports about electronic cigarettes. The good news is that there are some scientists and medical professionals out there that are willing to taking a stand for vaping and share some facts to help reverse the myths. These courageous scientists have a lot to lose and many of them could face cuts to their research funding just for offering public support to vaping. That’s why their opinions really stand out as important. Check out what these 5 respected scientists have said about ecigs and how they impact your health.Professor Peter HajekCredentials: Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine Tobacco Research Unit, Professor at the Queen Mary University of London“There are currently two products competing for smokers’ custom. One, the conventional cigarette, endangers users and bystanders and recruits new customers from among non-smoking children who try it.  The other, e-cigarette, is orders of magnitude safer, poses no risk to bystanders, and generates negligible rates of regular use among non-smoking children who try it.” Professor Linda BauldCredentials: Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, Professor of Public Health and Dean of Research at University of Stirling“E-cigarettes are currently unlicensed, but both the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Association acknowledge that their use is safer than continued smoking. This is not simply an opinion, it is an evidence-based statement, and one that is supported by tobacco control organizations in the UK. To imply otherwise is incorrect. This does not mean

via 5 Respected Scientists Weigh In On Ecigs – ChurnMag.

May 05

CDC is Running a Dishonest Campaign Against E-Cigarettes Which is Re-Normalizing Smoking

CDC SmallAlmost the Entire Tobacco Control Movement is Helping to Spread CDC’s Deception

In an ironic twist of devastating proportions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is running an enormous, dishonest campaign against electronic cigarettes that is being spread by almost the entire tobacco control movement and which is serving to re-normalize smoking and undermine decades of progress in educating the public about the hazards of cigarette smoking.The CDC’s campaign involves lying, dishonesty, and massive deception:Lying The CDC has been telling the public that its data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey provides evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway to cigarette smoking among youth. The CDC misrepresented cross-sectional CDC survey data as conclusive evidence that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking. Specifically, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden stated, in response to the 2011-2012 increase in youth e-cigarette use: “Use of e-cigarettes in youth doubled just in the past year, and many kids are starting out with e-cigarettes and then going on to smoke conventional cigarettes.” In addition, Dr. Frieden was quoted as stating that electronic cigarettes are “condemning many kids

Link The Rest of the Story: Tobacco and Alcohol News Analysis and Commentary: CDC is Running a Dishonest Campaign Against E-Cigarettes Which is Re-Normalizing Smoking.

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