Posts Tagged ‘addiction’

Terminal Woman Opens Electronic Cigarette Store

Friday, March 8th, 2013

On February 26th, a Lincolnshire news website reported on a new electronic cigarette store that recently opened up in Boston, Massachusetts.

Why did a news group in the U.K. publish an article about a couple opening an electronic cigarette shop in America? Because the owners, Chris and Camilla Bowman, have a special story to tell.

The Bowman’s life was turned upside down when Camilla was diagnosed with breast cancer only a week before their wedding in England. The newlyweds visited America for their honeymoon, where they first encountered electronic cigarettes.

Chris and Camilla were both avid smokers, but as soon as Camilla was diagnosed, they decided to give up cigarettes for good. Chris switched to electronic cigarettes because it offered the pleasure and habit of what he was used to, but without the 4,500 toxic chemicals which would only worsen his wife’s cancer.

“I stopped smoking as soon as I found out I had cancer,” said Camilla. “Electric cigarettes helped Chris to stop smoking.”

Now, two years after Camilla was first diagnosed, her cancer has spread to her brain and liver, and doctors have only given her a matter of months to live.

But rather than just sit and wait as the months tick by, edging closer to his wife’s death, Chris decided to be proactive and help others quit smoking so they aren’t being exposed to the thousands of carcinogens his wife fell victim to.

“I’m very passionate about this,” said Chris. “It’s about much more than just making money—I want to help people to stop smoking.”

His new company, Diamond Vapours, just opened their sixth store in Boston. The report published in England has received worldwide attention in the electronic cigarette community, including the E-Cigarette Forum—a central discussion board for vapor smokers.

The reason Chris and Camilla’s touching story has spanned the globe is not just because it is about smoking, but because theirs is a story about love and empowerment in the face of tragedy.

And now, Chris and Camilla seek to empower their fellow smokers to make a choice that can be beneficial to their future by switching to electronic cigarettes.

We encourage you to browse through our online store to shop for an electronic cigarette that fits your lifestyle.

Fox News Investigates E-cigarettes

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Dr. Keith Ablow, a certified psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team, recently published an article looking into the claims made by vapor smokers that e-cigarettes were a positive and viable alternative to smoking, and found that, from a medical standpoint, they actually are.

Of course, we at Modern Vapor, and hundreds of thousands of vapor smokers around the world, already know that e-cigarettes really work, but this new report—along with many others that have surfaced in the last few months—brings third-party creditability to what we have experienced in our own lives.

“Since many of my patients have reported using electronic cigarettes to successfully stop smoking, I now recommend the devices to anyone who has tried to quit smoking cold turkey and failed,” said Dr. Ablow about vapor smoking. “And I think it is time that other doctors do, too.”

But how do e-cigarettes help exactly? According to Dr. Ablow, the benefit of vapor smoking is two-fold.

Physically, smokers who switch to e-cigarettes may notice a small adjustment in taste, but their body will experience and even greater change—the absence of over 4,000 toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. Without the smoke and tar which comes from burning tobacco, e-cigarettes are the obvious choice when it comes to finding a healthier alternative to smoking.

But arguably even more important is the fact that e-cigarettes are psychologically beneficial as well.

On the topic of using e-cigarettes to quit smoking, Dr. Ablow writes, “They are good enough to substitute for real cigarettes, but they aren’t good enough to become an addiction, in and of themselves.”

He uses the example of food addiction to clarify his point, saying vapor smoking is comparable to a low calorie snack—it fills you up enough to avoid eating too much of the unhealthy, addictive foods, but isn’t compelling enough to become addictive itself.

Plenty of vapor smokers would disagree with the doctor on this point, arguing that the customizability of e-cigarettes and the many e-liquid flavors create an alternative to smoking that is indeed just as, if not more, compelling than traditional cigarettes.

But what vapor smokers and Dr. Ablow can both agree on is that e-cigarettes are a better alternative to smoking than nicotine patches and gum, because it so closely simulates the habit of traditional smoking.

The distinct advantages and health benefits e-cigarettes give to smokers trying to quit once and for all is the common ground.

“What no one seems to argue about is that electronic cigarettes…are not nearly as dangerous as smoking real cigarettes,” says Dr. Ablow.

He goes on to call for in-depth medical research to evaluate the effects vapor smoking has on the human body. If the tests support the product’s health claims, as Dr. Ablow thinks they will, then he suggests that it would be wise for insurance companies to offer e-cigarettes to their smoking policyholders for free.

Read the entire article on FoxNews.com, or ask Dr. Ablow himself about what he thinks of e-cigarettes at info@keithablow.com.

Troubling New Statistics on Smoking in 2013: A Problem for Men and Women

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

For years we’ve heard about the dangers of smoking cigarettes and the health consequences that go along with it. In fact, we’ve heard it so often, for so long, that many people assume tobacco smoking has faded out of popularity.

In a way, that’s true—between 1965 and 2010 the frequency of American adults smoking fell from 42% to 19%.

But what is deceiving about this statistic is that there are still 30 million people worldwide who start smoking each year. If it continues at the current rate, smoking will kill an estimated 1 billion people by the end of this century, compared to 100 million in the last.

Despite all of the regulations and smoking bans scattered across the country, traditional cigarettes continue to take millions of lives every year, and new statistics have cast a fresh, but disturbing light on the current trend in smoking.

On January 24th, the New England Journal of Medicine published their study of smoking hazards in the 21st century and the benefits of quitting. The research quickly received national media attention—CNN, Consumer Affairs, and BBC news, to name a few—which has people everywhere reexamining the dangers of tobacco cigarettes.

Among the more disturbing findings were:

  • Quitting smoking by the age of 40 reduces the excess risk of death by 90%
  • Habitual smoking takes an average of 10 years off life expectancy
  • The rate of mortality was 3 times higher for smokers compared to nonsmokers
  • Out of the 216,917 adults who participated in the study up until 2004, 7,479 men and 8, 236 women died within 7 years—over 7% of the participants. (And this does not include related illnesses.)

Now, you may ask, “What’s so special about this study?” Research and campaigns showing the risks of traditional smoking have well-outnumbered tobacco industry advertisements for over a decade. Don’t we know everything there is to know about tobacco? The lines have already been drawn, and people have already chosen sides.

For one, the study provided new data showing that women are picking up the habit earlier and smoking more than ever before. The consequence? Women now match men in the number of premature deaths caused by smoking. Not only were women found to be smoking as much as men, but researchers also discovered that they were less likely to quit smoking than their male counterparts.

Unfortunately, the one place we do not want gender equality—tobacco’s rising death toll—has attained it. As the researchers of the study put it, “…in relative terms, ‘women who smoke like men die like men’.”

Although breast cancer gets all of the attention from women’s health groups, lung cancer continues to rank higher on the list of leading causes of death in American women. The hope is that this study will shed new light on the devastating effect smoking tobacco has on women’s health.

Secondly, this time around, smokers have a viable alternative. Before, when the first wave to ban and restrict tobacco smoking emerged after people found out how harmful it was, smokers were given an ultimatum—quit cold turkey or be shunned.

This didn’t leave very good options for smokers, and the divide between the two sides grew. Separate areas were created for smokers, one group took over restaurants and other porches and patios, and wary glances were exchanged between the two.

With the development of the e-cigarette—a reusable, battery-run cigarette that vaporizes nicotine and emits harmless, odorless water vapor instead of smoke—the two sides have become blurred once again.

E-cigarettes allow vapers and nonvapers alike to live intermingled as they once did—in fact, better than they once did (without tar and smoke). This growing, new trend is turning the smoking world upside down, and leaving smokers to ask why they should submit themselves to such troubling statistics in light of an alternative that allows them to continue the habit while improving and lengthening their quality of life.

There are not very many cons when it comes to e-cigarettes, and lots of pros. Health experts around the country are hoping that this new study will stick with the American public in conveying how dangerous it is to smoke tobacco. Our hope is that e-cigarettes are doing their part to make that dream a reality.

FDA’s Hearings on Tobacco Harm Reduction – Part One

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

On December 17, 2012, The FDA held hearings regarding “innovative products” for the use of tobacco harm reduction (THR) and nicotine replacement, as well as other related products. It was an informal hearing for the purpose of information-gathering, with both advocates and consumers contributing thoughts, opinions and research.

We’ve seen this coming for a while, and of course these hearings are just the first step in the process. They lay the groundwork for how the FDA views not just e-cigs, but anything linked to nicotine or smoking.

The FDA made the proceedings available online. To save you time, we watched the hearings and summarized each presentation so that you can view the postrions that interest you most.

These hearings went on for several hours, so we’ve split our coverage into four parts. Below you’ll find a link to the first portion of the hearings with time stamps for when each speaker begins his or her presentation.

Part One

8:30 – A private citizen discusses the need to view nicotine separately from other elements of smoking, and explains how electronic cigarettes have been demonized while other potentially dangerous products are freely available.

15:30 – Another private citizen and business owner discusses her own experience with electronic cigarettes, and how she believes they have helped her customers, as well. This is a particularly powerful presentation.

23:50 – A THR advocate, speaking as a private citizen, discusses the nature of addiction and how it relates to nicotine products. He also calls out organizations, including the FDA, for discouraging THR and even implying that smoking itself is a better alternative. Be sure the stick around for the panel’s questions after this testimony.

40:15 – A private citizen and documentary filmmaker shares his personal experience with nicotine replacement, including electronic cigarettes.

1:00:35 – The president of Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives presents evidence and statistics that support THR efforts. There are some great facts here, supported by visual aids.

1:15:15 – A representative of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco further elucidates the concepts of THR, and emphasizes the importance of evaluating nicotine alternatives in comparison to smoking, rather than viewing them in a vacuum. Lots of statistics and studies in this presentation, as well as an extensive Q&A afterwards.

We’ll continue our coverage of these hearings with part two, which will be posted tomorrow. Be sure to come back then, and let us know what you thought about part one in the comments.

Cigarette Manufacturing Process

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

While they may seem fairly simple (…especially to a longtime smoker), the process of manufacturing traditional cigarettes is in fact very complicated. Understanding this process helps us also understand the additives in cigarettes and why manufacturers add them to their blends.

Probably the biggest thing to understand – only about 50% of any given U.S. made cigarette is actual tobacco. The remaining part of a cigarette is in fact considered an add-on.

The tobacco itself though is treated with numerous pesticides while it’s being grown. During production, sugar is added to the base tobacco to help make the flavor of smoking tobacco more pleasing.

A large part of the rest of the cigarette contains what’s known as reconstituted tobacco, which essentially is made up of excess tobacco obtained from a variety of places – everything from sweeping excess tobacco off the factory floor, to old cigarettes that have been discarded.

This mixture is poured into two large vats – the first one basically mixes out impurities then sends a liquid solution to a second vat. This is where chemicals like urea, ammonium hydroxide are mixed in along with other flavoring like chocolate and butter fat to enhance the cigarette’s taste.

If you’ve smoked a cigar before, you’d know that smoking straight tobacco can be quite harsh. Cigarette makers add these chemicals and additives in to both enhance the cigarette’s taste, as well as the absorption of nicotine into the smoker’s body.

Once the mixture is complete, the solution is then spread onto paper made from old tobacco stems. It’s then chopped and is now tobacco that’s been reconstituted.

The remaining 20% of the cigarette consists of expanded tobacco, which acts as a filler. This tobacco is essentially reclaimed tobacco and stems that’s been filled with carbon dioxide, or CO2.

From here, the mixture is rolled, cut into proper length and attached to filters, which contain cellulose acetate.

Some of these additives have some very interesting, yet disturbing effects.

In its natural form, the tobacco plant basically contains these big molecules of nicotine, which can be compared to a ball and chain. What these additives do when smoked is essentially break the nicotine molecules, which makes them easier for the user to feel and absorb. This process can scientifically be called free-basing and is essentially the same thing as free-basing cocaine or another drug.

We invite you to watch the quick segment from a History Channel documentary for more information about the cigarette manufacturing process.

What Age Groups Use Electronic Cigarettes?

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Over the course of a few years, e-cigarettes have grown tremendously in popularity. While they’re still relatively new, enough have purchased the devices for us to get some insight into the question put forth above.

Also, as you begin using a new invention like the electronic cigarette, you’re naturally interested in who else uses them?

Are they reserved strictly for 20 somethings?

Or do older, more established adults use e-cigarettes?

While it’s difficult to give precise answers, a recent survey conducted by GuideToVaping sheds some light on the matter.

Within a 65-day time period, the forum site asked the simple question of age and if they used an electronic cigarette. A total of 562 individuals casted votes in the survey.

As you can see from the chart, those in their 30s and 40s constitute by far the majority of e-cigarette users – not too far behind falls those in their 20s.

Rounding out the results are users in their 50s, 60s, 80s and 70s respectively. Vapers in their 50s in fact are almost as numerous as those in their 20s.

One interesting point revealed by this poll – adoption of electronic cigarettes isn’t limited to one age group.

Many products and services out there only apply, or appeal, to certain age groups.

E-cigarettes though are different and attract a broad range of age groups. While we don’t have data readily available, we can also assume that other demographic indicators are just as diverse when it comes to e-cigarettes.

This poll was completely un-scientific.

And while we’re sure there are vapers in their teenage years, we do not market or sell Modern Vapor e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 years of age.

Seeing the diversity of age ranges is certainly inspiring though. We thank GuideToVaping for conducting this survey.

What is Nicotine and is it Harmful?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Nicotine itself is the substance smokers and vapers (e-cigarette users) crave…puffing on an analog or electronic cigarette is simply the delivery method for this nicotine.

Thousands of deaths each year are attributed to smoking traditional cigarettes, which is why there is some ambiguity on whether the nicotine itself is harmful. Numerous studies have shown that other substances in the cigarette smoke like tar and carcinogens amplify these risks, not the nicotine itself.

The substance nicotine is in fact naturally occurring and is derived from the tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum and is considered an alkaloid, which is basically a naturally occurring compound comprised mostly of nitrogen. Its chemical formula is C10H14N2.

Nicotine certainly has physical impacts but whether it’s harmful or not is up for debate. Some have claimed that it causes cancer but it is not proven.

What nicotine does do is stimulate the production of dopamine within seconds of being inhaled. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that regulates emotions and feelings of pleasure. Nicotine’s effects on the brain are similar, albeit to much lesser degree, than cocaine or amphetamines. This fact is why many make the claim that nicotine is as addictive as cocaine and heroin.

Besides these psychological effects, ingesting nicotine also causes increased heart rate and blood pressure and restricts blood flow to the heart. Interestingly, nicotine can act as either a stimulant or a depressant. Nicotine also has the effect of increasing alertness and enhancing mental performance.

While these effects are relatively minor, NICOTINE IS VERY ADDICTIVE

People who are addicted to nicotine do experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop smoking or otherwise ingesting nicotine. Anger, anxiety, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, increased appetite and cravings for nicotine are very real.

These effects though subside within 3-4 weeks in most people…cravings and hunger though may go on for months.

Nicotine’s addictive nature is largely due to the dose and rapid delivery to the brain when vaping or smoking cigarettes.

So in the end, nicotine is very addictive but it isn’t necessarily too harmful. Other substances in cigarette smoke like tar and carcinogens are largely responsible for health effects connected with smoking. Simply ingesting nicotine, while it has its effects, is relatively harmless.

Do Regular Cigarettes Taste Awful After Vaping?

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Many people who try electronic cigarettes do so because they’re looking for an alternative to regular smokes. Perhaps you’ve been a smoker for many years and want to quit but feel like you’re unable.

Nicotine is a very powerful drug that’s highly addictive. For instance, it’s commonly believed that quitting cigarettes (…or nicotine more specifically) can be as difficult as quitting heroin. It’s hard to believe that something so common could be so addictive but it is.

For those unable to kick the habit, electronic cigarettes offer an alternative that’s not quite so damaging. E-cigs do not contain many of the harmful chemicals and components found in traditional cigarettes…they really only contain nicotine, which is ultimately the substance we crave.

When a smoker makes the switch to vaping and electronic cigarettes, many are unsure of whether the digital devices will actually work in helping them kick their former smoking habits.

While results are mixed, many vapers do officially become former smokers.

One of the main reasons why is the fact that many vapers claim regular cigarettes have a foul taste once they’re used e-cigs for a while…the effects are also more pronounced with one vaper claiming that smoking a cigarette made him feel light headed and dizzy.

Another thing too is the smell – after quitting, many ex-smokers say cigarettes smell awful to them. Electronic cigarettes do not produce this putrid odor so once you use them for a while instead of traditional smokes, it’s easy to detect the smell of a regular cigarette.

It’s well known that quitting smoking helps you dramatically improve your sense of smell and taste buds. So when you puff on a cigarette after not doing so for a while, it’s easy to see how a regular cigarette will taste and smell pretty bad.

Many vapers writing on electronic cigarette forums back up this claim. Unsure of how electronic cigarettes will work, many keep a pack of their favorite smokes around just in case. But once they’ve used an electronic cigarette for a while, their sense of smell and taste return. When trying to puff on a regular cigarette, they begin to realize how distasteful they really are.

It’s certainly unclear why the use of electronic cigarettes makes traditional smokes taste awful. Have you had this experience? Tell us about it by leaving us a comment.

Research Evaluates Acute Effects of Electronic Cigarettes

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Since e-cigarettes are relatively new on the market, little research has been done to determine their effects. Smokers can find a wealth of information about the immediate (a.k.a. acute) effects of traditional smokes but for e-cigarettes, there’s not much out there.

One study (… see http://www.vapersclub.com/Eissenberg2ndstudy.pdf for more) conducted last year by Dr. Thomas Eissenberg and associates at Virginia Commonwealth University helped provide some clarity on the acute effects of electronic cigarettes…study findings were published in the American Association for Cancer Research journal.

Researchers at VCU in Richmond, Virginia evaluated 32 smokers in 4 different conditions separated by product – (1) smokers’ own regular cigarette brand, (2) NPRO brand electronic cigarettes with a 18-mg nicotine cartridge, (3) Hydro brand electronic cigarettes with a 16-mg nicotine cartridge and (4) what was dubbed ‘sham,’ or an unlit cigarette.

At two separate times during each session, participants took 10 puffs. Four factors were assessed, including:

  1. Plasma nicotine concentration
  2. Carbon monoxide concentration
  3. Heart Rate
  4. Subjective effects of the user

Within the first five minutes, regular cigarette users experienced increased plasma nicotine concentration, carbon monoxide concentration and heart rate. NPRO, Hydro and sham users did not experience this increase in concentration and heart rate.

Also, own brand, NPRO and Hydro significantly decreased tobacco abstinence symptom ratings but increased product acceptability ratings.

From these results, researchers were able to conclude that neither of the electronic cigarette brands exposed users to measurable levels of nicotine and carbon monoxide. Each though suppressed nicotine/tobacco abstinence ratings. This finding is one strong reason why we think it’s unwise to market electronic cigarettes as quit smoking aids.

Studies like this can shed a lot of light on the effects of electronic cigarettes. Understanding the true nature of these devices can help us properly communicate the benefits (…and risks) of these devices.

If you’re looking for such alternative, we invite you to examine our large selection of electronic cigarettes for sale…our available models cover all types of vapers’ preferences and needs.

Common Medical Conditions Linked to Traditional Cigarettes

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

It’s certainly easy to know the main illnesses attributable to cigarette smoking. Packs of Marlboros and any brands sold legally in the U.S. come with a warning label as required by law – ‘pregnant women should not use’ or ‘smoking can be hazardous to your health’ are just a couple that come to mind.

Medical professionals generally agree that smoking cigarettes can be the cause many long-term health problems…lung cancer, emphysema and heart conditions are some of the more common ailments that plagues long-term smokers.

Considering the multitude of chemicals and other harmful attributes of cigarettes, it’s easy to understand how cigarette smoking can lead to many other health problems, some you may have never heard of.

Continue reading for a brief list of medical conditions that can be linked to cigarette smoking. Quitting doesn’t necessarily eliminate these risks but it does greatly reduce the probability of experiencing any of these damaging medical conditions.

We’ll break down the list by region of the body.

Brain, Eyes and Mouth

  • Addiction
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimers
  • Cataracts
  • Throat Cancer
  • Periodontitis

Throat, Heart

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (restricted breathing)
  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumonia
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease
  • Myocardial infraction

Stomach, Digestive

  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Stomach cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Renal cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Bladder cancer

Reproductive System

  • Infertility
  • Low birth weight
  • Miscarriage
  • Cervical cancer

Other areas

  • Myeloid leukemia
  • Osteoporosis

These conditions stem from the use of cigarettes. While nicotine is considered a very addictive substance akin to caffeine, there’s no evidence to show it has disastrous health consequences.

Smoke and the chemicals within the cigarette are generally the culprits of these kinds of conditions.

If you’re a smoker struggling to find the inspiration to quit, try and think about how some of these health problems can create a pretty big drain in your life. Granted everyone gets sick at some point in their lives, reasonably doing what you can for your health reduces your chances of coming down with illnesses that will become a big obstacle in your life.