Just Say No to “Dry Puffing”

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FormaldehydeRumor has it, traditional tobacco cigarettes have a negative impact on your health. In fact, it has been determined tobacco cigarettes contain a number of harmful chemicals, including formaldehyde. Ah, formaldehyde. You remember formaldehyde? The main component used in embalming solutions. Yes, with every tobacco infused puff of a nicotine cigarette your body fills with formaldehyde. For this, and many other reasons, many have turned to electronic cigarettes; however, recently accusations have arisen against electronic cigarettes indicating they too produce formaldehyde vapor. To this accusation, we put the record straight.

A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine is the considered source of the controversy. This article explains that formaldehyde can be ingested using an electronic cigarette, and could be more dangerous than a tobacco cigarette as the formaldehyde is in a gaseous state when ingested using the e-cigarette. While this article has sound data, the researchers neglected to take into account various variables including vaping habits as well as “dry puffing.”

What does it mean to “dry puff?” A dry puff, or dry hit, is when the atomizer heats up and doesn’t have liquid to vaporize. The result is a terrible taste in your mouth, coughing, and even e-liquid in your mouth. Suffice it to say, if you dry puff, you know it.

A study by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos was able to negate the study, and other formaldehyde concerns, by determining these scares were due to dry puffs. Dr. Farsalinos study suggests previous studies found these formaldehyde chemicals only in dry puff situations. Further, research suggests those using electronic cigarettes in non-lab conditions are likely exposed only to nominal levels of these chemicals.

The results at a glance: electronic cigarettes produce lower levels of formaldehyde than traditional nicotine cigarettes. These results are reassuring especially as a recent poll showed 15 percent of adults under the age of 40 currently use e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are growing in popularity for various reasons, one of which is they are healthier than analog cigarettes. Another reason for the growing popularity of e-cigarettes is the flavor. The flavors of the e-cigarettes combined with the nicotine provides a very positive experience. The results of the Farsalinos study coincide and support the idea e-cigarettes are healthier than nicotine cigarettes.

If you are considering an alternative to nicotine cigarettes consider the NEwhere starter kits. The NEwhere Elite Vape Starter Kit, for example, includes a 1.5 ml wickless high quality tank, a USB connector and wall charger, and a 650 mAh battery providing up to eight hours of use. If you are looking for more information regarding e-cigarettes, make sure to “Bookmark” our blog, which has up-to-date information regarding e-cigarettes.

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