E-CIGARETTES – NOT WITHOUT SURPRISES
E-Cigarettes have won the hearts of conscientious smokers, and the most responsible of them use it to quit altogether.
Experts, however, are coming out of the woodwork with warnings.
Scientists from Harvard researched the cartridges and liquid, and they were not disappointed. They found endotoxins, the name of which is self-explanatory.
But that’s not all; they also found glucan.
I don’t know about you, but for me “glucan” is a meaningless word. After 30 minutes of reading articles about it, it isn’t much clearer.
Nowadays, it’s almost a rule that, for the common reader, scientific terms are just abracadabra.
However, without these incomprehensible, scary words, the persuasiveness of such articles (in the eyes of a journalist) loses its power.
Nevertheless, scientists argue that prolonged exposure to endotoxins and fungal glucans can cause allergies, asthma, pneumonia, and pulmonary insufficiency.
In fairness, though, there is a difference between correlation and causation. I’m not a fan of cigarettes, so I’m quite non-partisan here, but allergies can be caused by anything.
Scientists have tested approximately 40 different e-cigarette cartridges and an equal number of liquids, from around a dozen of the most successful American manufacturers.
E-CIGARETTES – WHAT’S IN THEM?
They detected endotoxins in 23%, and glucan in 81%.
The most dangerous in terms of glucan was in the tobacco and mint flavors. Fruit flavors, however, have a higher instance of endotoxins.
Where does it come from? They believe that cotton is to blame. Endotoxins and glucan are frequent “guests” of cotton fibers.
“Thus, e-cigarette users expose themselves not only to harmful chemical compounds, but also dangerous biological substances,” says one research participant.
They also, however, recited the mantra that “more research needs to be done”, in order to fully assess the effects of glucan and endotoxins on the health of a smoker.
Let’s face it; it is unlikely that a safe alternative exists. So quitting has all the same allure as before, and your eyes will thank you for it.