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Putting Electronic Cigarettes to the Test


Putting Electronic Cigarettes to the Test


Dec. 7, 2012 — Are e-cigarettes harmful to users?An unresolved question. It's harder still to judge the danger to bystanders. How many different substances do e-smokers exhale -- and what are they? A new study brings light to the shadows.
Electronic cigarettes are experiencing somewhat of a boom at the moment. An estimated two million people in Germany have already turned to the vapor cigarette, which many view as a healthy alternative to conventional smoking. However, a number of voices, primarily from the political sphere, are warning of possible health risks, claiming that the long-term consequences cannot yet be foreseen. Studies to date have come to mixed conclusions. There is a general lack of substantiated facts, fuelling an ongoing battle between supporters and opponents. By carrying out a new, independent study, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI in Braunschweig hope to introduce a degree of objectivity into this emotional topic of debate. The scientists' goal was to find out whether e-cigarettes pollute the surrounding air, thus affecting bystanders of an e-cigarette user.
An e-cigarette consists of a battery, an atomizer, a heating coil and a reservoir for the liquids used for producing vapor. These liquids are heated up in the atomizer and vaporized at between 65 and 120 degrees Celsius. The user activates the mechanism either by pressing a button or by suction, depending on the design. Liquids come with or without nicotine, and also contain aromas and flavors like amaretto, almond, vanilla or apple. Propylene glycol is the most usual solvent; it produces the atomized mist that resembles smoke when exhaling. In contrast to conventional cigarettes, which constantly emit smoke as the tobacco burns, the electronic equivalent only releases volatile substances when it is turned on. But that is not the only difference between the two stimulants, as the WKI researchers observed. "In the e-cigarette, vaporized substances create an aerosol of ultrafine particles which become even finer when inhaled into the lungs. These tiny nanodroplets disperse over time. In contrast, the combustion process discharges solid particles that can remain in the surrounding air for a considerable time," says Dr. Tobias Schripp, scientist at Fraunhofer WKI and co-author of the study.
No formaldehyde emissions detected
The Fraunhofer experts conducted a series of test chamber measurements to analyze emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ultrafine particles and formaldehyde, with particular emphasis on the quantity, concentration and distribution of particles. Tests were conducted using volunteers in an 8-cubic-meter test chamber, where conventional cigarettes were compared with e-cigarettes containing a variety of liquids. To ascertain how the distribution of particles develops over a number of minutes, and the amount of propylene glycol released in the longer term, the vapor was in addition pumped directly into a 10-liter glass chamber. This test was performed on different types of e-cigarette, all containing the same liquid. "In general, the emissions of VOCs and ultrafine particles when smoking an e-cigarette were lower than the equivalent emissions from a standard cigarette," says Schripp. Furthermore, the researcher and his team were not able to detect any formaldehyde emissions from the e-cigarette. Conventional cigarettes, on the other hand, exceeded the guideline value of 0.1 ppm (parts per million) for indoor air quality under the given test conditions.
Vaporized propylene glycol was released into the air from both electronic and tobacco cigarettes, as it is also often used as an additive in tobacco. Pulmonologists fear that this solubilizing agent can irritate the airways when inhaled in large quantities. "While it is true that the electronic cigarette contributes less to indoor air pollution than tobacco cigarettes, it is not entirely emission-free. Consequently, it seems reasonable to assume that bystanders are exposed to the released vapor and thus 'passive vaping' is possible," says Schripp, summing up the results of his measurements. He also criticizes the product labeling strategy, which in many cases provides inexact or inadequate information on the liquids used. As a result, e-smokers often have no reliable way of knowing what potentially harmful substances they are inhaling and exhaling.
The scientists' aim in carrying out this study is to provide measurement data suitable for use as the basis for future investigations. "However, the study does not claim to provide any kind of toxicological assessment," stresses Schripp. A summary of the results was published in the Indoor Air journal. The researchers intend to present the study on December 6, 2012 at the 10th German Conference for Tobacco Control.

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Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (2012, December 7). Putting electronic cigarettes to the test.ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 20, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­/releases/2012/12/121207090432.htm

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Here is the American Association of Public Health Physicians Statement Regarding Electronic Cigarettes.


AAPHP Statement re State Regulation of E-cigarettes


The American Association of Public Health Physicians recommends the following State response to proposed legislation to ban or otherwise restrict the sale and use of nicotine vaporizers (commonly referred to as E-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes).

1. Sale to adults should be permitted.
2. Sale to minors should be banned.
3. AAPHP takes no stance on the question of whether E-cigarettes should be banned in no-smoking areas. (see explanation)

An E-cigarette is not a cigarette. It is a metal tube made to look like a cigarette, with a battery, heating element and cartridge containing the substance to be vaporized. The substance is usually a mixture of propylene glycol, glycerin, flavoring, and a specified quantity of nicotine. When the vaper (person using the E-cigarette) inhales, an LED lights up to make the device look more like a cigarette. When he or she exhales, there is a visible cloud of vapor that disappears within a few seconds. 

Neither I (Dr. Joel Nitzkin) nor the organization I represent (the American Association of Public Health Physicians) have received or anticipate receipt of any financial support from any E-cigarette, tobacco-related or pharmaceutical enterprise. 

AAPHP favors a permissive approach to E-cigarettes because the possibility exists to save the lives of four million of the eight million current adult American smokers who will otherwise die of a tobacco-related illness over the next twenty years. 

The only feasible way to achieve this remarkable public health benefit will be to inform smokers of the differences in risk posed by different categories of nicotine-delivery products. Conventional cigarettes account for about 80% of nicotine consumption in the United States, but more than 98% of the illness and death. This harm is not caused by the nicotine, but by toxic products of combustion. A cigarette smoker can reduce his or her risk of future tobacco-related death by 98% or better by switching to a low risk smokeless tobacco product. He or she could cut that risk by 99.9% or better by switching to a nicotine-only delivery product like one of the pharmaceutical products or E-cigarettes. 

Experience suggests that E-cigarettes may be more acceptable to smokers than the currently available pharmaceutical alternatives. A smoker can secure almost all the health benefits of quitting if he or she transitions to an E-cigarette. 

Quitting, of course, is best. About 3% of smokers succeed in quitting each year. Pharmaceutical smoking cessation products, when used as directed, can increase that to about 7%. Thus, the current pharmaceutical products fail 93% of those who try them, even with the best of health education and counseling. Long term use of an alternative nicotine delivery product can achieve almost all of the benefits of quitting for those unable or unwilling to quit. E-cigarettes can and should be marketed as a substitute for conventional cigarettes for smokers unable or unwilling to quit. 

State legislatures and, hopefully the FDA should see them in this light and regulate their marketing to reflect this purpose. Given the current lack of federal regulation, some, but not all, E-cigarette vendors adhere to this guideline. 

Sales to minors should be prohibited. If someone does not become addicted to nicotine as a minor, it is unlikely that he or she will ever become addicted.

E-cigarettes deliver the same nicotine found in the pharmaceutical products, with no more contamination by toxic substances than the pharmaceutical products already approved by FDA. Propylene glycol and glycerin are used as American Association of Public Health Physicians carriers of the nicotine. These cause the visible vapor. These substances are generally recognized as safe. They are
commonly used in theatrical fog machines, asthma inhalers and air fresheners. There is no smoke, and no products of combustion. All this creates a situation in which we can confidently state that the risk to others sharing an indoor environment with one or more vapers (E-cigarette users actively using this product) is almost sure to be much less than 1% the risk posed by environmental tobacco smoke. Pharmaceutical nicotine vaporizers have been in use for years, with no visible vapor, and no apparent concern about use in non-smoking areas. This having been said, we cannot rule out the possibility that some individuals who may be extremely sensitive to indoor air irritants or to miniscule concentrations of nicotine in indoor air might be adversely affected by E-cigarette (or pharmaceutical nicotine vaporizer) vapor.

Another issue is that of modeling. Some worry that sight of E-cigarettes in non-smoking areas will make smoking restrictions harder to enforce, or encourage minors to see smoking as a “normal” and acceptable behavior. It is important to note that, on second glance, E-cigarettes are easy to distinguish from tobacco cigarettes. Those seeing this as a major issue are inclined to ban use of E-cigarettesin non-smoking areas.

We therefore recommend that research be done to address these two issues (possible hazard to a very small number of highly sensitive individuals and modeling). The problem here is that, with end points so difficult to document, such research could cost millions of dollars and take many years to complete. For the reasons noted above, we do not offer a stance in favor of or against banning E-cigarettes in non-smoking areas.

For the data and analyses behind these recommendations, please go to the Tobacco Issues page on our www.aaphp.org website and download the two petitions to FDA (about 20 pages apiece). For yet additional information you can download other documents and the 303 pages of technical reference material relating to the petitions. I would also be happy to respond to any questions or concerns by E-mail.

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Tobacco Control Task Force
Joel L. Nitzkin, MD, MPH, DPA – Chair, AAPHP TCTF
504 899 7893 or 800 598 2561; E-mail: jln@jln-md.com
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