Why are we at Abel Heating and Cooling concerned? It’s about air quality – the air we all breathe. Consider this quote from AIHA (Indoor Environmental Quality Committee and Risk Assessment Committee):
Current research indicates that vaping aerosols are not without risk, especially for nearby persons in areas with limited ventilation and persons with compromised health conditions…synthetic chemicals used in e-cigarettes indicate that there are potential health effects reported for both users and those exposed secondhand.”
At Abel Heating and Cooling we believe it’s part of our role to help bring awareness to the importance of pure, clean, wholesome air and the benefits to your good health.
Often the use of proper ventilation, air purifiers, and HVAC maintainance, such as keeping your filters clean, can make a big difference when we’re exposed to toxic substances.
What’s the Big Deal About E-Cigarettes? Don’t They Help People to Stop Using Nicotine Products?
So far, the ‘Big Deal’ is that our trusted investigating agencies, the ones who create guidelines for good health, are scrambling to come up with these same answers! And it takes time. Until conclusive studies are completed and approved, those who use E-cigarettes and/or who practice ‘vaping’, are taking a chance on unknown consequences to their body and health.
Quote from the American Lung Association regarding E-cigarettes and vaping:
E-cigarettes are a popular new tobacco product that have still largely unknown public and individual health effects. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that e-cigarettes are entirely unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because of this, THERE ARE NO SAFETY CHECKS OR REQUIREMENTS FOR WHAT CAN GO INTO AN E-CIGARETTE. Federal oversight and regulation of e-cigarettes is desperately needed to protect children and the public. This need becomes more urgent as e-cigarette use dramatically increases, especially among youth.”
Fads Repeating History?
Are trends reversing today? Wherever you look, E-cigarette stores are popping up everywhere compelling the American Lung Association to actively do major studies involving E-cigarettes and vaping.
Years ago, smoking cigarettes was one of the most popular habits world-wide. In the movies, and on TV, people lit up and the viewers lit up with them. It was ‘the in thing’. Kids began smoking at young ages.
More and more deaths were attributed to cancer, respiratory or heart diseases caused by smoking and nicotine. Then in the mid-70’s and 80’s, a NEW fad, or trend, was began…to STOP smoking! People who didn’t already smoke, refused to take up the habit. Those who did smoke, applied various means – from sheer will-power, to useful products – until they could boast that they had kicked the habit and were a nicotine-free non-smoker!
Facts About E-cigarettes
Fact: E-cigarettes are unregulated tobacco products. There is no accountability for what is in them. Studies have found chemicals including ingredients used in antifreeze and formaldehyde.
Fact: Almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, including many that claim they are nicotine-free.
Fact: The FDA hasn’t found any e-cigarette to be effective in helping smokers quit. Many users do both – smoke e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes.
Fact: E-cigarettes expose others to secondhand emissions. The aerosal (vapor) smokers inhale and exhale known carcinogens, along with formaldehyde. Studies are intent on discovering the effects.
What is an E-cigarette Made of?
E-cigarettes include e-pens, e-pipes, e-hookah and e-cigars, known collectively as ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems). The name in itself, including the word nicotine, and that it delivers nicotine to the user, gives us a huge clue!
E-cigarettes are battery-operated and use a heating element to heat e-liquid from a refillable cartridge, releasing a chemical-filled aerosol. The base of the liquid is usually propylene glycol mixed with nicotine, flavorings, colorings and orher chemicals. There are so many on the market (500 brands and 7,700 flavors) it is impossible to know what chemicals are used in each. Thus the need for quick regulation.
How Dangerous can This be to our Air Quality?
Our results demonstrate that overall, electronic cigarettes seem to be less harmful than regular cigarettes, but their elevated content of toxic metals such as nickel and chromium do raise concerns.” says Prof. Sioutas, coauthor of one study.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that most emergency calls involving e-cigarette liquid poisoning come from accidental ingestion of the liquid. About one-sixth are related to inhaling.
Without regulation by the FDA, and the length of time involved ahead of us in reaching conclusions to studies, one could consider e-cigarette use to have the potential for becoming an addictive substance capable of causing cancer, respiratory ailments and other related diseases from levels, no matter how small, of nicotine, formaldehyde and other numerous chemicals.
What about environmental impact?
The case of traditional cigarette butt filter disposal vs. e-cigarette battery and paraphenalia disposal. A study at MIT (Massachusette Institute of Technology) is trying to ensure that e-cigs will leave a smaller environmental footprint, by examining faster-charging, more durable lithium batteries.
Every home and place of business needs to have safe air quality and that’s why we recommend proper ventilation through the use of air-exchangers, proper filtering, and air-purifiers. Do you have a smoker in your home? Then you’ll want to consider these options.
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