Electronic Cigarettes and It's Side Effects!?! A must read.

By Daela Latest Activity July 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm Views 30,004 Replies 14 Likes 9


Well I'm sure with society today there will always be someone to look for something bad, harmful, toxic, or dangerous about anything that this world or anyone in it produces even if it was oxygen. With that in mind, I did some simple research that might be just a FYI for those smokers out there. So for those who would like to keep informed about the things they do or keep habits of this is a good article to grind that information out.

I've been a smoker for way more years than my kids have been around, and with this new technology that we've all heard about "The E-cigarette" (Electronic Cigarette) we now have something to either help us do 5 things:

1: Quit
2: Cut down on daily intake
3: Just save money
4: Smoke in public place
5: Whatever else the e-cigarette marketing team can make up :)

Lots of people are out there jumping to try this new thing… But… Do we know what the side effects are? I'm going to review what I've found and then you can tell me what you think.

For now here's all the technical jargon kind of simplified except for the names of the bad things/agents :)

Diethylene Glycol:

Electronic Cigarettes are found to contain an anti-freeze component known as Diethylene Glycol. It is toxic to humans and can cause health worries on inhalation. This is one of the major Electronic Cigarette side effects.


Other than Diethylene Glycol, e-cigarettes also contain cancer-causing compounds like nitrosamines. If the cigarette accidentally breaks, humans may be exposed to such harmful components.

Bad Marketing:

The marketing strategy of e-cigarettes has also come under criticism. Many electronic cigarette brands are being found to offer e-cigarettes in various flavours like mint, orange and chocolate. This can entice smokers as well as non-smokers. This actually promotes smoking rather than curbing it.
Some electronic cigarette juices have caramel and strawberry flavourings that may attract children into smoking. Either way this still sounds yummy.


Health experts argue that electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, the basic element found in cigarettes. In an electronic cigarette liquid nicotine is used. Nicotine is an alkaloid medicine that is harmful for humans. A long drag on the cigarette can make you actually suck some of the liquid nicotine into your mouth. This can be very damaging for health. You have to drag the cigarette slowly for 3-5 seconds, which is not always possible to be careful about.


E-cigarettes also consist of Tetramethylpyrazine. Prolonged exposure to Tetramethylpyrazine can result in brain damage in human beings.

So my friends, like I said there will always be someone out there to say something bad about something. I'm not one of them I just like to keep informed and this is for those that do too.

I AM an Electronic Cigarette smoker now by the way! Unfortunately, I'm still jumping back and forth to the real deal, just trying to ween myself off of them I say. I hope this works out in the end and I'm able to quit full throttle. But the lung complications, I don't think many of us have another choice!!?!!!

So if you put together all the pro's and con's - the electronic cigarette comes out on top. Considering the two bad and the worst ways to get your nicotine fixes, you won't have to worry about another 100+ carcinogen's which will ultimately, kill you faster or bring in additional health complications.

If you have the power, quit cold turkey!
If you don't, quit by weening yourself!
If you can't, switch to an electronic cigarette!
If you won't, well then… see ya!

Let me know what you think & thumbs up if this helps anyone.



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  • buiezgirl
    buiezgirl January 18, 2012 at 10:44 am   

    My mother smoked for 56 years. Her dr. has been telling her to quit smoking for the past 20 years or she would end up on oxygen one day from her COPD. Needless to say she never listened and never really gave it a good try to quit. One month ago she was placed on oxygen after turning blue from not being able to breath at home from the COPD acting up after having pneumonia for the 3rd time in 4 months. I purchased an electronic Cigarette from www.safecig.com last april. She would smoke it every now and then but would still smoke her regular cigarettes. After going into the hospital and coming home on oxygen she is now on the patch and also smoking the safe cig. Her pulmonary dr. says yes there are things in the electronic cigarettes that are not safe but the things in a real cigarette out weigh whats in an electronic one. he also stated that she has COPD, she is on oxygen 24-7 and in rather rough shape. He would rather see her take in harmful stuff from the electronic cig as it helps her quit than see her continue to smoke real cigarettes and make her condition even worse. My view is this…by the time you have COPD MAJOR damage is done! What ever you have to do to quit you should do. Your more likely to cause more damage continuing to smoke than what you will quitting.

  • Daela
    Daela August 10, 2011 at 12:05 am   

    I'm really glad this is helping those people that are looking still for alternatives. Like some of you out there we are really trying to bear through all of this "Dis-Ease", unfortunately some alternatives aren't working, and when there's other illnesses there are on top of that and we need a nicotine fix, it tends to make things worst like coughing fits etc., like Sadi23 wrote.

    I'm stuck in a rock and a hard place. I love to smoke, I feel like I "need" the nicotine. And to try other things like chewing tobacco and nicotine gums seems a little to rough for me. UGH! So even though I'm still trying the e-cigarettes out I'll have to wait it out. Smoking cigarettes is ok until the cigarette is out… Then the coughing begins and automatically after I finish the last puff and throw the butt, my lungs are on FIRE!

    I wonder if they will ever make something to actually help those smokers (x-smokers) trying to kick it, to finally come to a resolve and kill this habit??!!
    Or maybe there is something… I haven't found it yet… Wish I could.

  • camerashy
    camerashy July 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm   

    I tried e-cigs, but only once. The taste was so awful, I'd rather try to quit by cutting down. And I have. I've gone from 2 packs a day to 1/2 pack a day. Most days. Some days are so stressful that I end up smoking most of a pack.

  • director59
    director59 July 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm   

    I have been using E-Cigs for almost 2 years now and my condition is the same. My Pulmonologist told me that they are a good replacement for cigs and the added chemicals will not affect me.

  • sadi23
    sadi23 July 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm   

    You may want to educate your doctor on the new dangers of these E-Cigs, as my doctor said no way, just a thought, if there not hurting you, and you have done all the research of negitive side effects, then there is nothing for me to say, then good luck and god bless you..

  • Gemm
    Gemm July 28, 2011 at 10:51 am   

    Personally I quit about 1 1/2 yrs ago just after my doctor told me I had COPD. I used the patches though I know they don't work for everyone. I have seen the commercials for the e-cigarettes but had no idea they had all those chemicals in them, or the side effects. Our son had thought about trying them to stop smoking but before he makes up his mind I will have to send him this information. My husband quit this past January, also after our doctor told him he had COPD, and was successful with the patches as well.

    I had tried them before, unsuccessfully but wasn't sure of some of the other methods. One thing I learned this time around though that was different was my motivation for quitting. This time I did it just for myself, not because I knew I 'should', because someone else wanted me to quit … etc. I quit because I WANTED to quit! I found the motivation made all the difference for me.

    Hugs to all

  • RachelChavez
    RachelChavez July 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm   

    Thank you for sharing with us! I thought the the electronic cigarettes were just water and steam, I had no idea they contained other chemicals. They are just trying to get us to swap one unhealthy habit for another. I hope the lesser of two evils is helping you to kick the real deal sooner. Best of luck!

  • Niblets1926t
    Niblets1926t August 15, 2011 at 1:32 am   

    I was told not to use them just because of the simple fact about them being WATER and STEAM… Which can make it worse for you if you have COPD… Just like humidity does, hot showers, and so on,…

  • Daela
    Daela August 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm   

    Oh my goodness… That's probably so right! And it's so obvious too. I was wondering why I start coughing so badly when I take in my first inhale and after I put it down… Hmmm, thanks Niblets

  • Phonse65
    Phonse65 July 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm   

    Like Rach I thought that those thing were just water and a little steam, but lately I've been thinkin it can't be so simple! Daela did a ton of research, and I am grateful to have the info she provided.

  • sadi23
    sadi23 July 29, 2011 at 12:31 am   
    Edited July 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm by sadi23

    I agree!! i thought they worked like a vaporizor worked, with a sm. battery that heats and cause a mist of water only vapor.. i tried, but found i would choke and cough, i couldn't beleive that I couldn't drag on it, even with light draws, I would go into a coughing fit. I just thought it was me, as everytime i try a new great item that may in-prove my health, or make it easy, it never seams to work.I am on high doses of Oxycontin 160 mgs three times daily with a fast acting 15mg for break through, at one or two 6 times a day, not nameing Clonzapam, Flexeral, Laxis (kidney failure) heart pills, and many more…the pain meds I have been one for 15 years or so, or with a pain managment specialist DEA approved. I have to take drug testing regularly, they found a new saliva test, easy, as I have to lay down, from 20 mins to 3 hours so I can cath to urineate, for the test, this was going to be simple…Well not for me, I have Seconary Sjogrens which I have little to no saliva, the darn test wouldn't even regester, in my mouth, rub on cheeks and under and on my touge…i never win a break..lol thank so much for doing the reasourch you have done for us all good job daela your a god send!!!!!! EVERYONE PLEASE READ THIS ON THE NEW E_CIGS>>>NOT GOOD I couldn't even take a small draw, and I was coughing and choking… thanks again Teri sadi23

  • Phonse65
    Phonse65 July 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm   
    Edited July 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm by Phonse65

    God Love Ya Sadi, Since MY comment, I saw the same info that you provided. I hope the rush to E-cigs drops. Hell when I started smoking, it was reported that as long as you didn't swallow the smoke, smoking couldn't hurt you. Well here is I sit wit a tube in my nose. BTW Sadi your pain management program sounds much like mine. There is an irony, as someone with COPD I, like others, complain that people just don't understand. It is worse with my pain, friends think I am a junkie because I am addicted (medically dependent) to opiates for years & years, I have been in nearly unberably pain 24/7. Teri God Blesss you & be well.——-just alec

    P.S. As a retired Federal Agent I have to caution you. You are ok here, but please be very careful who you tell about your meds. In Phoenix someone is killed every night as a result of "Home Invaisons" the police have documented that most are committed by someone searching for pain drugs. For example you may be talking to a friend, and be overheard by a doper. Word travels, at least here. Two types of people are subject to "home invaision" as that term is used now; 1.) Junkies, 2.) innocent persons that are believed to have alot of medications on-hand) That's today's good deed! Don't be alarmed, just be cautious.

  • sadi23
    sadi23 July 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm   
    Edited July 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm by sadi23

    thank you for reading, alec I like how you wrote, and thanks for the heads up. i do keep my meds locked up, I am in my room, as I have to lie down 98% of the time with my legs up, due to my kidney failure, among other things, if i leave the room I look my room, just to be safer, we even put put there that I went on a pain patch, a lie but if it saves my life, you got to do, what you gotta do!!!!!!!!!!!!as everyone one sadly, knows me as the lady thats dieing…I have Lupus with many seconary Conditions, request me as a friend and you can read on my profile, my COPD is also Secondary condition, which "secondary" means the medical condition is driven by a pirmary disease, doc. says its like a fire, that pores gas on the secondary disease so they all progress at a much faster pace, lucky me! :( but I like what I read, on your comments and posts, so lets be friends. I also have hardly any home town friends or family, many have hurt me, mostly because they don't understand, and don't really want to, well we can talk about this later{:>)<: take care, keep intouch Teri sadi23 also look up the "Spoon Theroy" and click on many of the other topics, "hiding behind the smile" and " the dumbest things people say or ask us" thats not the full names but you'll find them through those, great info. I sent many to family and friends, they really explain how a lot of us feel. www.butyoudontlooksick.com I think is the web site that there on. let me know if you don't find it, and I will get you the proper website…talk soon teri

  • sadi23
    sadi23 July 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm   

    my first reply was to "DIRECTOR59" and my second reply was to "PHONSE65" after i posted, it didn't seem to look that way, sorry Teri

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