Chattin’ Chief Vs. The Myths Against Vaping –

Chattin’ Chief Vs. The Myths Against Vaping 

Part I – Why All The Fuss?

 

Even from down here at the bottom of this boot we call Louisiana, far below sea level and surrounded by our levee walls of stone, I can still see it. The smoke-screen against vaping is spreading, thickening – getting hard to breathe – and the reason is clear. Media groups of all shapes and sizes are attempting to sway the public opinion on e-cigarettes. And while many remain respectful to the studies performed, others still decide to take a much more narrow minded approach, plucking out specific results from specific studies and magnifying specific words to create worrying ‘facts’.

With the FDA’s sights specifically targeted on monopolizing the entire Vapor Movement, propaganda-type articles are already circling around, trickling across random computer screens and Facebook walls, mindlessly targeting e-cigarettes as if they were a danger to the very fabric of society, much like in the recent Live Science article that prompted me to write this – http://www.livescience.com/46053-e-cigarettes-myths-safety-facts.html?cmpid=514627_20140603_25218876

“4 Myths About E-cigarettes” is what it’s called, and I truly believed that they were going to be honest about the SCIENCE behind e-cigarettes. But instead its Author has seemed to blatantly disregard the very same facts that the FDA is attempting to ignore in its play to gain complete control of the e-cigarette market. All four of the ‘myths’ presented are no more than the same vague questions everyone seems to already be asking right now, and the entire article is the very example of the overreaction I’m talking about.

Now I’m not saying that they’re purposefully lying, but they are definitely neglecting to mention a few very important details. Whether intentional or not, though, is anyone’s guess.

So these myths include “e-cigs are safe”, as well as “e-cigs help you quit smoking”, and the other two, presented as the first and last ‘myths’, are basically the same thing… “vapor from e-cigs is pure”, and “e-cigs don’t produce harmful second-hand smoke”, and Live Science then goes on to completely rip apart each one of those ‘myths’.

Thus, in a three-part chat in defense of these devices that I believe saved my life, I will attempt to shed a bit of light upon the ‘Smoke Screen’ which more and more people seem to be caught within.

E-cig ‘Myth’ #1/4 – E-cig Vapor is Pure/Doesn’t Produce Harmful Second-Hand Smoke

When it comes to whether or not e-cig vapor is pure and produces any harmful second-hand smoke, this is a very important question, and one that everyone wants answered, including me. So I was quite excited to dive into these studies and learn all I could, especially after reading this e-cig myth article.

The article mentions a study that claims to have found the volatile carcinogens “formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and acetone” to be present in e-cigarette vapor.

But what they fail to mention is the scientific fact that those three carcinogens are already exhaled from human breath regardless of any smoke or vapor that is inhaled. And I quote, from the study (1999) Human Breath Emissions of VOCs, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, conducted by Jill D. Fenske & Suzanne E. Paulson…“The medical community has long recognized (as early as 1970) that humans exhale Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)” These VOCs “include specific carcinogens in trace amounts: acetone, methanol, acetaldehyde, butanone, and isoprene.” Another name for methanol is formaldehyde.

So either the author of this article presented hadn’t yet learned of these ‘human exhaled VOCs’, or its they decided to intentionally ignore that fact in order to further skew the public view on e-cigarettes.

Furthermore, Live Science only panders to themselves within the article, and gives only links to other Live Science articles, and none that prove any of the studies they present. I guess we’re just supposed to take their word for it. But you can read the human exhaled VOC study Right Here – http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10473289.1999.10463831

Now I know it might sound a bit paranoid to say that they purposefully ignored this fact, but I felt it necessary to at least mention this fact to better help others understand the results of this… the only study that really matters, as far as I’m concerned.

On the front page of the CASAA (Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association) website (http://casaa.org/) is a recently published “systematic review of what the chemistry of contaminants in electronic cigarettes tells us about health risk.” (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/14/18/)

This study extracted “more than 9,000 observations of highly variable quality” from “both peer-reviewed and ‘grey’ literature” on the subject of e-cigarettes, meaning that they basically just read through a whole lot of papers (over 9,000 studies!!!) in an attempt to set things straight. Their findings were first announced in 2013, and were recently published in a peer-reviewed paper earlier this year.

Those results are very simple… “There was no evidence of potential for exposures of e-cigarette users to contaminants that are associated with risk to health at a level that would warrant attention”.

But since Live Science and other media outlets wish to go about handpicking their specific quotes from their specific studies to twist them into convincing others that e-cigarettes are somehow bad, I found it necessary to break down this study that studied all the other studies for everyone, and use it to bring a bit of reality back to this constantly swaying topic.

So since we were on the subject of VOCs, and since Live Science singled out a lone study that found formaldehyde and other carcinogens to be present in the vapor of e-cigarettes, I think it’s about time to break it down.

First of all, in one study that used human volunteers, “Finding of an unusually high level of formaldehyde is clearly attributable to endogenous production of formaldehyde by the volunteer smoker who was consuming e-cigarettes in the experimental chamber, since there was evidence of build-up of formaldehyde prior to vaping and liquids used in the experiments did not generate aerosol with detectable formaldehyde.”

What this tells me is that while this one study did find “an unusually high level of formaldehyde”, and reported such in their published papers, what Live Science and others fail to mention is the clear fact that those levels of formaldehyde are “clearly attributable to endogenous production of formaldehyde by the volunteer smoker”, meaning that while this volunteer sat in their little test bubble, their own human exhaled formaldehyde was being detected before they even began to vape.

There was also another study that Live Science may be quoting – I can’t be sure because they have no links – and this study also found detectable levels of VOCs. Instead of volunteers, though, this study used smoking machines to rule out any human exhaled VOCs, but also admitted that the “atomizer, generating high concentration carbonyls, had been burned black”.

So, simply put, the atomizer in the e-cigarette that they used to detect the VOCs was apparently burned to a crisp, meaning that all of their results may have been skewed because of that fact alone, another fact that Live Science of course decided to neglect.

And when it comes to the Heavy Metals that Live Science mentions… “Although the level of toxic chemicals in second-hand vapor is smaller than that in second-hand smoke,” so say ‘the experts’ that this e-cig myth article quoted, “e-cig smoke contains a similar amount of tiny particles of heavy metals and other substances that can damage the lungs.”

Well, here’s what the study of all studies says about the liquids used… “We compared concentrations to TLVs (Threshold Limit Values) when it was even remotely plausible that parent molecules were present in the aqueous solution. However, even these are to be given credence only in an extremely pessimistic analyst, and further investigation by more appropriate analytical methods could clarify exactly what compounds are present, but is not a priority for risk assessment.”

So only an extreme pessimist would give credence to the studies previously performed, and while they admit that “further investigation by more appropriate analytical methods could clarify exactly what compounds are present,” the metals detected in the e-juices are so low that they are “not a priority for risk assessment”. As for metals in the vapor, it sounds about the same…

“Analyses of metals given in [Murphy J, Wong E, Lawton M: Chemical and operational assessment of the Ruyan classic e-cigarette. Report P.474. British American Tobacco; 2010.] are not summarized here because of difficulty with translating reported units into meaningful terms for comparison with the TLV, but only mercury (again with no information on parent organic compound) was detected in trace quantities, while arsenic, beryllium, chromium, cadmium, lead and nickel were not. Taken as the whole, it can be inferred that there is no evidence of contamination of the aerosol with metals that warrants a health concern.”

What this means is that, yes, it does apparently appear to be that some sort of ‘heavy metals’ can be detected in our e-cig vapor, namely mercury in only trace amounts, but it’s not even enough to do the math when comparing these heavy metals that were apparently detected to the already given Threshold Limit Values already set in place by the government for these metals, which are unfortunately all too common within our air already, and the results of these findings ultimately conclude that “there is no evidence of contamination of the aerosol with metals that warrants a health concern”

As CASAA reports, “While there have been many claims that formaldehyde, acrolein, nitrosamines, metals, and ethylene glycol found in e-cigarette vapor poses a health hazard, the study concluded that all of these have been found only at trivial levels that pose no health concern.”

So that’s it, right? No more fuss? Things straightened out?

Well… not quite… because 2 more ‘myths’ remain, and just because e-cigs survived the first, will they be able to hold up against our next E-cig Myth on the list… ‘E-cigs are safe’?

Find out in part 2 of this reality check.

Don’t forget to tune in. Same Big Chief time. Same Big Chief channel.

I’m RMP – 11 Weeks Smoke-Free

Peace and Love… Always!!!

“The Pipe Dream Of A Smoke-Free World”

“The Pipe Dream Of A Smoke-Free World”

So if you haven’t heard already, apparently the WHO views e-cigarettes as a “threat”, and no, I’m not talking about the rock band of the same name. Instead, I’m referring to the World Health Organization (WHO), and yes, it seems that e-cigarettes, as far as they are concerned, are a “threat”.
A threat to what is anyone’s guess, though I have my assumptions. But so far, in all, the European Union, the World Health Organization and America’s good ole’ Food and Drug Administration, have all jumped onboard the same boat. Their vision is apparently to create a world that is completely smoke-free, and the key word there would be ‘smoke’-free. Yet they wish to slap the same restrictions cuffed around the wrists of Big Tobacco upon the entire e-cigarette market, making any and all such nicotine/vapor delivery devices a ‘Tobacco Product’. Yeah… that makes sense… doesn’t it?
I mean, first of all, these e-cigarette devices that I speak of, they contain absolutely no tobacco whatsoever, so, of course, it would only be logical, looking at it from a purely political point of view, that we label them as ‘Tobacco Products’… right?
Yeah… (sigh!)
Secondly, though, and getting back to that whole smoke-free world idea, are they all just going to ignore the blatant fact that there is no smoke at all involved with any such e-cigarette device, that the act of heating a liquid solution through the process of atomization produces no more than a simple vapor? And while I’m on that subject, I genuinely believe that there are a lot of people out there that just don’t get that. They truly don’t understand the technology involved with the various shapes and forms of this e-cigarette revolution which we are all living in. This is the future, and unfortunately, there are just far too many people that refuse to stop living in the past.
Case in point… a friend of mine was randomly ordered by the security guard of an unnamed home improvement store to “Put that out! Ain’t no smokin’ in here!”
That command then prompted the explanation to slip from my lips of how it wasn’t smoke at all that she had seen, but simply a water based vapor that is completely approved safe by the FDA, and that the same base glycol’s and glycerin’s were already used in many of the food that she eats on an everyday basis.
My response, though, only confused the woman that much more. I almost felt like Obi-won Kenobi, and I was trying to convince her, with no force powers at all, that these weren’t the droids she was looking for… and she just wasn’t buying it.
“Don’t matter… no smokin’!”
That was her response… simple, straight and to the point. But I genuinely believe that in her mind, that was smoke that she saw, and we were all just carrying around some funny looking pipes or something, trying to trick her in some way. And that brings me to my ultimate point… the general public must be taught these things. They must be educated, and they must be educated by us, lest they all be brainwashed by the national media that will only pander to the will of the all powerful FDA.
The stigma being placed upon e-cigarettes of all kinds, so soon after being praised for their tobacco deleting effects, is no more than a petty attempt by the FDA and the politicians that lie in bed with the Big Tobacco companies to negate all of the good that these products have brought to so many, without ever lining the pockets of their own wallets with any of that money in the process. They want us to believe that it’s all about safety, and that this vapor movement is somehow harmful, while providing us with no such facts to support their claims.
They may act as if they care about our personal health, but if they did, the arrival of e-cigarettes would have been welcomed with open arms as an effective way to reduce smoking. If they did, the world’s most available carcinogen, the king of all death rates, the leading cause of preventable death in all of the United States – more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined – Big Tobacco, the almighty cigarette, would have been long done away with. But instead it was commercialized on the big screen while simultaneously being demonized in every single household, deemed a legal and cool yet still somehow evil entity… something you weren’t allowed to touch until you’d reached a certain age, like some sort of inhalable ascension ritual into adulthood. And of course, those restrictions made you want it even more, just like the apple hanging from that tree in the Garden of Eden. Thus the Apple and Eve effect has already begun.
You find a way to ‘ascend’ into adulthood before your time, get hooked at an early age and smoke into your twenties, thirties, beyond… and hopefully you try to quit a few times along the way, using nicotine patches and gum, which is what the FDA actually recommends, because they get money from each and every one of those smoking cessation companies so they can remain FDA approved, only for each one to fail every time because THEY DON’T WORK, and the vicious cycle resumes, continually dumping money back into the pockets of Big Tobacco, who thus pays the FDA their own large amounts of money to simply stay in business. And all the while, the FDA makes no such money from anything involving e-cigarettes, because while e-cigarettes are not technically FDA approved, the base ingredients used to create the e-liquids (Propylene glycol and Vegetable glycerin) have long since been approved for human consumption by the FDA, thus making e-cigarettes far safer than their poison laced cousins that are absolutely NOT safe for human consumption, yet for some strange reason, while cigarettes kill on average over FIVE MILLION people each year, worldwide, and e-cigarettes have not attributed to a single known death, it is the e-cigarette that is now considered to be a ‘threat’.
So… are you still with me?
Alright, good… because if the FDA, or the EU, or the WHO has its way, that vicious cycle will continue unabated, because cigarettes will suddenly become much more available that their electronic evolution, just like the old days… just like they like it.
They wish to turn a tobacco-less substance into a ‘Tobacco Product’, with the same restrictions that are placed upon cigarettes. That means they’ll be subject to the same anti-smoking campaigns, the same stigmas, the same absurd taxes, and the same impossible to pay permits issued by the FDA, all but assuring that the only ones to profit from this evolution of the cigarette, the only ones capable of shelling out that much cash to the FDA, will be Big Tobacco.
That is why WE must educate the public, why WE must let our voices be heard… because WE, at the end of each and every day, when we’re up against the tyranny of this oligarchy which we each live at the mercy of… that’s all we’ve got left.
Just recently, in response to the World Health Organization’s stance on wishing to force 178 countries to impose harsh restrictions upon the entire e-cigarette market, 53 of the top scientists in their respective fields wrote an open letter to the organization’s Director General, Margaret Chan. This letter warned the WHO not to impose those strict sanctions upon devices that are, in the words written in that letter, “part of the solution,” to tobacco addiction.
In this letter these scientists argue that labeling these products as ‘Tobacco Products’ will “jeopardise (Sic) a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking,” as explained by Reuters.
“These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century – perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. The urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted,” wrote the scientists.
So what have we got so far?
E-cigarettes are seen as a “threat” by the World Health Organization, as well as “part of the solution” by a group of leading scientists attempting to quell their fears.
E-cigarettes contain no tobacco and no smoke, yet the FDA wishes to label them as ‘Tobacco Products’ to restrict their access and all but ensure that Big Tobacco is the lone distributer.
So where might Big Tobacco stand, you may ask, when it comes to labeling the e-cigarette as a ‘Tobacco Product’? Do they really want ALL of that weight upon their already cancer ridden shoulders? Well, ironically enough, and not surprisingly at all, Big Tobacco has apparently sided with the scientists. And rightly so, I say, because if these restrictions are placed upon the e-cigarette market, despite how much more money they would probably be making, that’s just that much more money they’ll have to dump into the FDA’s coffers, more sanctions that they would be forced to contend with. And I think we all know how Big Tobacco feels about restrictions. (Just take a quick peek at their lengthy legal history for a hint… http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/tobacco-litigation-history-and-development-32202.html)
But how about the little guy in all this, the individual consumer, the small business owner, what did we learn about them?
Well, nothing, I’m afraid, because WE have yet to speak out loud enough on this subject… WE have yet to make any real noise. And in the words of one of the authors of that open letter to the World Health Organization, “We want to make sufficient noise now before things get too set in stone.”
So educate everyone you know, about the science, about the movement, about the benefits as well as our current plight involving the FDA and the WHO. Because now is the time for our voices to be heard, the buyers, users and sellers of these futuristic little contraptions, these fancy looking battery powered devices that are literally saving lives.
Let them all know about this crazy Smoke-Free World that we’re ACTUALLY creating!!! And we can only hope that the noise we make will be sufficient enough.

Peace and Love… Always!!!

-External Links-

Top Scientists Warn WHO Not To Snub Out E-cigarettes – Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/28/health-ecigarettes-idUSL6N0OD3ZE20140528

Scientists to Who: Don’t Classify E-cigs As Tobacco Products – Time
http://time.com/135777/e-cigs-tobacco/

The Vapor Movement! Kicking Ash like a BIG CHIEF

The Vapor Movement! Kicking Ash like a BIG CHIEF.

When we opened our doors at Big Chief Vapor products we had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into. We failed to realize how much of an impact the e-cig industry had on our generation. The billion dollar companies and government officials opposed to the success of this industry had never crossed our minds. All we knew is these little electronic devices saved our lives and we wanted to pay that forward. Electronic cigarettes help people, why would anyone want to get rid of them? This was the question I asked myself, when I heard of recent proposals to ban the use of these devices. The idea that anyone would want to ban something that will save millions of lives was a concept that has been hard for me to grasp. This left me angry, confused and looking for answers! The Big Chief & I have seen and experienced first hand what a positive effect e-cigs have on peoples lives. Since our doors opened we have watched hundreds of people come in looking for an alternative to their combustable cigarettes. When they enter Big Chief Vape Shop they are in search of a solution to a very hazardous problem: and we provide them with the information on alternatives to combustable cigarettes. We offer them the support they need along with a verity of nicotine delivery devices. I am not an Expert or a Doctor, this is strictly from First Hand Life Experience. These devices provides you with an alternative way to receive nicotine and elemenate thousands of harmful chemicals that other wise would have been inhaled through combustable cigarettes. As time have passed we have witnessed how effective e-cigs are by providing you with a satisfaction for each habit that comes with traditional smoking. The security of holding a cigarette is received and you satisfy that hand to mouth fixation. (This was a on the top of my list to help me) To satisfy your nicotine cravings, you inhale a vapor which provides you with nicotine – minus all of the harmful chemicals . (seems healthier to me) To complete this trio is the visual Gratification the vapor provides you with. It is a Triple threat method to “Kick Ash Like a Big Chief!” With each sense satisfied Kicking Ash like a Big Chief takes Little to no effort from smokers. The ease of the switch has resulted in Thousands of “accidental Quitters”. These are people who had no intention of giving up combustible cigarettes, They just used the E-Cig as an alternative and soon found them selves no longer reaching for cigarettes. It was easier, and it did not leave a order, are phrases we hear everyday in this business. Regardless of how this transition occurred or will occur in my opinion it is a positive one. To watch people regain there confidence from overcoming a habit that has imprisoned them for years is a wonderful thing to witness. Everyday we hear testimonial after testimonial of success stories…… Lives being saved ……… People Feeling Better……… and you are against this why?   -Big Chief-

The Vapor Movement! Kicking Ash like a BIG CHIEF

When we opened our doors at Big Chief Vapor products we had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into.  We failed to realize how much of an impact the e-cig industry had on our generation.  The billion dollar companies and government officials opposed to the success of this industry had never crossed our minds.  All we knew is these little electronic devices saved our lives and we wanted to pay that forward.

Electronic cigarettes help people, why would anyone want to get rid of them?  This was the question I asked myself,  when I heard of recent proposals to ban the use of these devices.  The idea that anyone would want to ban something that will save millions of lives was a concept that has been hard for me to grasp.  This left me angry, confused and looking for answers!

The Big Chief & I have seen and experienced first hand what a positive effect e-cigs have on peoples lives.  Since our doors opened we have watched hundreds of  people come in looking for an alternative to their combustable cigarettes.  When they enter Big Chief Vape Shop they are in search of a solution to a very hazardous problem: and we provide them with the information on alternatives to combustable cigarettes.  We offer them the support they need along with a verity of nicotine delivery devices.

I am not an Expert or a Doctor, this is strictly from First Hand Life Experience. These devices provides you with an alternative way to receive nicotine and elemenate thousands of harmful chemicals that other wise would have been inhaled through combustable cigarettes.  As time have passed we have witnessed how effective e-cigs are by providing you with a satisfaction for each habit that comes with traditional  smoking.

  •  The security of holding a cigarette is received and you satisfy that hand to mouth fixation.  (This was a on the top of my list to help me)
  • To satisfy your nicotine cravings, you inhale a vapor which  provides you with nicotine – minus all of the harmful chemicals  . (seems healthier to me)
  • To complete this trio is the visual Gratification the vapor provides you with.

It is a Triple threat method to “Kick Ash Like a Big Chief!”

With each sense satisfied Kicking Ash like a Big Chief takes Little to no effort from smokers.  The ease of the switch has resulted in Thousands of “accidental Quitters”.  These are people who had no intention of giving up combustible cigarettes, They just used the E-Cig as an alternative and soon found them selves no longer reaching for cigarettes.  It was easier, and it did not leave a order, are phrases we hear everyday in this business.

Regardless of how this transition occurred or will occur in my opinion it is a positive one.  To watch people regain there confidence from overcoming a habit that has imprisoned them for years is a wonderful thing to witness.  Everyday we hear testimonial after testimonial of success stories…… Lives being saved ……… People Feeling Better……… and you are against this why?

 

-Big Chief-