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1 Year Anniversary Cloud Contest

Cloud Competition

By |March 19th, 2015|New Items, News|Comments Off on 1 Year Anniversary Cloud Contest|

Formaldehyde: What does it mean for you?

 

Formaldehyde in the News

By now, no doubt, most of you have heard and seen the negative reporting in the media from outlets like NBC, the New York Times, and NPR discussing the new-found danger of formaldehyde in e-cigarettes. In case you haven’t, here are some examples from the headlines.

NBC: “Before You Vape: High Levels of Formaldehyde Hidden in E-Cigs”NY Times: “Is Vaping Worse Than Smoking?”

NPR: “E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde”

A study was recently published by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) from two researchers who claim to have found formaldehyde in e-cigarette vapor in amounts up to 15 times that found in cigarettes.Then, the NEJM published this tweet, launching a media circus:

The Study

The two authors of the study, Dr. James Pankow and Dr. David Peyton, both of Portland State University, gathered data on the formation of formaldehyde releasing agents found in e-cigarette vapor.

The experiment was done using a CE4 clearomizer, an iTaste VV battery, and Halo Cafe Mocha eliquid at 6mg/mL. Instead of having a human inhale, the vapor was collected in a tube for observation using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Every 30 seconds, over the course of 5 minutes, the button was pressed for 3-4 seconds.

At 3.3V on a 2.1Ω coil in the CE4 – no agents were detected, so <0.1μg per 10 puffs.

At 5V (the maximum firing voltage of the battery) – 380±90 μg per sample (10 puffs) of formaldehyde was detected as formaldehyde-releasing agents.

From this, they extrapolated data to show that a vaper using 3mL of liquid per day, in a CE4 at 5V would inhale approximately 14-15mg of formaldehyde. They state that the formaldehyde risk of e-cigarettes is between 5-15 times as high as with traditional tobacoo cigarettes.

Criticism

These gentlemen are clearly not familiar with electronic cigarettes. If they were, they would have known that CE4 clearomizers are somewhat dated, and that their popularity has waned greatly.

They would have also known that no vaper uses a CE4 clearo at 5V all day. That’s a ridiculous supposition, because even those with iron lungs wouldn’t be able to handle the acrid burnt taste that would come with running a clearomizer with such limited airflow at high voltage. It would taste completely horrible and be physically painful to inhale using that setup. Had the researchers given this setup to anyone, they’d have found in 2 hits that this is an unreasonable voltage that no one would use for a CE4 under any circumstances.

What they’ve taught us is that, based on the data in this study, “If your juice tastes like flavors, and not like fire and brimstone, then you’re not inhaling formaldehyde or agents that produce it.”

This is not to say that the voltage is what produced nasty chemicals. It was a combination of super high wattage for a tank designed to take half of what it was getting, lack of wicking because of the top-coil design and hits every 30 seconds, and really tight airflow. Vaping at 5V is not necessarily a bad thing in and to itself. You just need the right setup to do so, and a CE4 is definitely not it.

These two researchers agreed in a paper this past November (here) that molecules not previously seen in e-cig vapor are indeed found at temperatures over 600°C… wait. WHAT? 600°C is over 1,100°F – we’re talking about the near-melting point of aluminum! Nobody has the motivation to vape like that, even if they wanted to. These researchers are clueless when it comes to the products they are studying and speaking about in the media.

Greg Connelly of the American Vaping Association said it best, I think:

“I can take a steak and I can cook it on the grill for the next 18 hours, and that steak will be absolutely chock-full of carcinogens. But the steak will also be charcoal, so no one will eat it.”

As vapers, we need to be aware of the studies being published, and be able to check the facts presented. Mark Twain once said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”Let’s get our shoes on, and have something to respond to these “studies” with. This just goes to show that because it was published by doctors, or in a major medical journal, does not mean it even meets the standard of common sense; and that there is no substitute for fact-checking.

By |February 12th, 2015|New Items, News|Comments Off on Formaldehyde: What does it mean for you?|

Garrett Rottenz Juices Reviewed

Here is great reviews of two of our favorite Garrett Rottenz Juices, Terribilis and Capital Vices.

By |November 12th, 2014|Reviews, Videos|Comments Off on Garrett Rottenz Juices Reviewed|

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