CDC report shows more smokers try to quit with e-cigs than nicotine replacement products

Federal health regulators continue to de-emphasize electronic cigarettes and vaporizers as smoking-cessation options even as they acknowledge increased use of the products for that purpose.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday a 26-month study of 15,943 adult cigarette smokers. It was published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

The goal was determining what may be the most effective ways of quitting smoking among 10 common methods.

The study determined that 74.7 percent of survey participants used multiple methods during their most recent quit attempt.

“Giving up cigarettes all at once (65.3 percent) and reducing the number of cigarettes smoked (62 percent) were the most prevalent methods,” the CDC said.

When it came to a potential smoking-cessation device, substituting some cigarettes with e-cigs (35.3 percent) was used by a greater percentage of smokers than the nicotine patch or gum (25.4 percent) or other cessation aids approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Switching completely from cigarettes to e-cigs was used by 24.7 percent. Other quit methods were: getting help from a doctor or health professional (15.2 percent), using smoking-cessation medications approved by the FDA (12.2 percent), help from a website (7.1 percent) or quitline (5.4 percent).

“Given that our data show that e-cigarettes are more commonly used for quit attempts than FDA-approved medications, further research is warranted on the safety and effectiveness of using e-cigarettes to quit smoking,” the CDC said.

“There is no conclusive scientific evidence that e-cigarettes are effective for long-term cessation of cigarette smoking. E-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation aid.”

The CDC said FDA-approved medications “have helped smokers to quit, in many instances doubling the likelihood of success.”

“We found that most smokers who are switching to e-cigarettes or ‘mild’ cigarettes are not switching completely. These smokers are not stopping their cigarette smoking.”

Lack of clarity

Analysts question whether the study will help resolve, or add to, the lack of clarity on whether e-cigs and vaporizers should be used or recommended as a quit device.

Some studies, including one by the Royal College of Physicians, have claimed e-cigs and vaporizers are up to 95 percent less harmful than traditional cigarettes. The Royal College’s study on traditional cigarettes played a key role in the landmark 1964 surgeon general’s determination on the harmful effects of smoking.

“The CDC has finally acknowledged the popularity of vaping,” said Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and an anti-smoking advocate.

“This study documents that vaping is American smokers’ most popular quit-smoking aid, despite a broad misinformation campaign labeling e-cigarettes as neither safe nor effective.”

Rodu said the study shows that “far fewer smokers use FDA-approved aids, which have been promoted by federal health authorities for many years.”

“Smokers know that, while safe, they are decidedly ineffective.”

Harold Wimmer, president and chief executive of the American Lung Association, said “it’s important to understand that this study ranks cessation methods according to the most common ways people try to quit, (and) not the effectiveness of those methods.”

Wimmer accused e-cig manufacturers of “making unproven quit smoking claims about their products,” even though the major e-cig manufacturers, such as R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co., NuMark and Fontem Ventures, have not made such claims.

“It is imperative that those ready to quit receive accurate information about evidence-based cessation methods and get the support they need to quit for good,” Wimmer said.

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, claimed the American Lung Association was “feigning outrage” with the CDC results.

“A prior CDC study showed that among smokers who had successfully quit in the prior year, nearly one-fourth were current users of e-cigarettes, a finding that cuts against the outdated claim that there is no evidence that vapor products help smokers get off combustible tobacco products,” Conley said.

David Sweanor, an adjunct law professor at the University of Ottawa and the author of several e-cig studies, said the CDC report validates the notion that “an increasing number of smokers are using e-cigarettes in their efforts to quit smoking.”

He said he is disappointed that “ideology or financial conflicts may be blinding (the American Lung Association) to the enormous public health gains that can come from giving smokers additional viable options for saving their lives.”

“They need to be facilitating rather than impeding informed choices about those options.”

The low usage of quitlines as a smoking-cessation method could spur a public policy change in some states, analysts said.

In 2011, the Republican-controlled General Assembly abolished the N.C. Health and Wellness Fund after 10 years as part of an attempt at resolving the state’s budget gap at that time. The average annual spending on tobacco-prevention programs had been $17.3 million.

Since 2012, the only annual dedicated state funding toward tobacco-prevention programs has been $1.1 million for the QuitlineNC program.

Wimmer said the association “believes that smokers should have access to all proven quit smoking treatments, and that health plans should not impose barriers like cost-sharing or limit the number of quit attempts per year or lifetime.”

In December, Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, sounded an alarm about e-cigs by saying there’s no safe use of the products for people younger than 25.

“There is confusion around e-cigs and youths; are they safe to use?” Murthy said in a presentation.

“We know enough right now to say that youth and young adults should not be using e-cigarettes or any other tobacco product, for that matter. Electronic cigarettes place a whole new generation at risk for nicotine addiction.”

Murthy acknowledged that his report didn’t aim to resolve the bigger public-health questions of whether e-cigs and vaporizers offer smokers a reduced-risk alternative to traditional cigarettes, or should they be regulated similarly to traditional cigarettes.

Murthy has said that e-cig technology should be embraced if evidence shows it can help smokers who otherwise have trouble quitting their habit.


Misconception of E-cigarettes

As more information about e-cigarettes was beginning to spread across the media, the notion that e-cigarettes are not safe was brought about. The idea that e-cigarettes are just as harmful as smoking was popularized and caused many to hesitate and disregard e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking. Though many of the rumors that claim e-cigarettes to be just as dangerous as smoking has been debunked, many still believe them to be as hazardous as smoking due to the vast amounts of media released regarding this matter. This shows how prone people are to media and how headlines themselves can change the opinion of many. Nikki Smith on Cancer Research UK (article title: “Headlines about e-cigarettes don’t mean they’re not safer than tobacco”), states that
“The first study to make the headlines suggested that e-cigarettes were ‘as harmful as tobacco’. After studying cells in the lab, the researchers found some indications of increased levels of DNA damage and cell death in those treated with e-cigarette vapour.
This led one of the researchers to tell the media, ‘I believe (e-cigarettes) are no better than smoking regular cigarettes.’
The most important thing to remember here is that this was a study looking at the effect of chemicals on cells in a lab. Although this can be useful, it obviously can’t give a clear idea of what the impact would actually be in your body. So any claims of impact on health based only on lab studies will always be far-fetched.
The study also looked at an extremely high concentration of vapour. As the researchers admitted at the time, ‘it was similar to someone smoking continuously for hours on end, so it’s higher amount than would normally be delivered.’
It boils down to this: the study showed that it might be worse for your cells to be exposed to e-cigarette vapour than the air in the lab. So e-cigarettes might not be 100 percent harm free. And previous studies have shown there may be some dangerous chemicals present in vapour – so this isn’t a surprise. And there’s little in life that really is ‘safe’ – even drinking too much water can kill you.
But here’s the big caveat. The researchers also treated some cells with tobacco smoke. These died within 24 hours. Those treated with e-cigarette vapour were still alive to experiment on 8 weeks later.
So, contrary to the headlines, this study actually suggests that using e-cigarettes may be far less dangerous than smoking” (Nikki Smith)

Misconception of E-cigarettes

Now, how many people are aware of this fact that the information about e-cigarettes are highly exaggerated and blown out of proportion? By reading the studies released by these scientists that do not clearly state that the experiment was carried out in an unrealistic scale of high concentrated vapor, it is only natural that the public would think of e-cigarettes as a dangerous tool that is no better than smoking. By trying to prevent people from vaping by labeling it as a device just as dangerous as smoking, such claims are now threatening the lives of thousands of smokers who could have switched to the less dangerous e-cigarettes. At the current moment, is not e-cigarette the better choice than conventional cigarettes? If one is not able to quit smoking, would it then not be better to vape?
Yes, it may be a controversial issue when it comes to the question of is this device safe. However, it is not a controversial issue when it comes down to measure if it is a less dangerous device compared to that of smoking. Vaping is less hazardous than smoking and many who have switched to vaping has experienced improvements in health. It is most recommendable that people quit smoking altogether but as this is not simply done, it would be better if they were to use e-cigarettes instead of conventional cigarettes.

E-Cigs’ Inconvenient Truth: It’s Much Safer to Vape


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Daniel Walsh was first drawn to electronic cigarettes for the same reason millions of smokers have taken up the devices. “I was a guy who could work 20 hour days and juggle a number of complex projects, but I couldn’t quit,” says Walsh. “It was my greatest deficit.” The quixotic promise that have made e-cigs the subject of endless controversy — that smoking cessation and smoking as recreation can coexist — resonated with Walsh. After successfully making the switch, he was so enamored by the product that he left his job developing artificial intelligence in San Francisco, decamped to Michigan and launched Purebacco, a manufacturer of the flavored, nicotine-laced liquid that are battery-heated into an inhalable vapor inside e-cigs. With over 30 employees, satellite offices in San Francisco and London, and plans to expand into a 40,000-square-foot headquarters, Purebacco’s growth is a microcosm of the industry as a whole, which is estimated to do $3.5 billion in sales this year. “There is so much anecdotal evidence out there supporting the idea that people like me have helped hundreds of thousands of smokers quit,” says Walsh, who is known to colleagues as the High Priest of Vaping, a fitting nickname for an enigmatic scientist with a mane of blond dreadlocks who works long hours in his sleek laboratory. “Yet as an e-cig CEO, I’m not really supposed to say that, since current rules prohibit us from marketing our products as anything but another vice.”

In August, when British health officials released what was billed as a “landmark review” of electronic cigarettes, Walsh savored a moment of vindication. Describing the devices in headline-grabbing language — “around 95 percent safer than smoking” — the study encouraged e-cigs to be labeled as an effective means of helping smokers curb and kick the deadly habit: a nicotine delivery system with the “potential to make a significant contribution to the endgame for tobacco,” as the report boldly stated, that should be embraced as a public health breakthrough rather than shunned as a novel evil undermining the crusade against smoking. “It was what I’ve been preaching for years!” says Walsh. “Maybe we’re seeing a shift where people like me don’t sound so fringe and crazy.”

In England, perhaps. In America, the dominant message regarding e-cigs is that they are a menace. They have been placed under similar restrictions as tobacco products in the U.S., despite the fact that they contain no tobacco, long understood to be the source of the carcinogens that make smoking the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. Campaigns by anti-smoking groups have successfully fostered the perception that the risks of e-cigs are interchangeable from ordinary cigarettes, and the mainstream media has largely followed in step, with much of the reporting on e-cigs focused on the sensational (exploding devices!) and the apocalyptic (worse than tobacco!). What makes this all particularly confounding is that most American public health officials agree with the core claim of the British report: namely, that puffing an e-cig is significantly less harmful than a tobacco cigarette. Maybe not a provocative 95 percent safer — the research remains spotty, open to interpretation, and e-cigs are too new to be the subject of any longitudinal studies — but at the very least free of the most pernicious toxins released when tobacco is burned. So why the reluctance to make this clear, when 480,000 Americans die from smoking each year?


Daniel Walsh, founder of Purebacco, is known to colleagues as the High Priest of Vaping. Jon Mold

While the e-cig industry was jumpstarted by entrepreneurs like Walsh, big tobacco companies have since waded into the fray — which might be part of the problem. They don’t want to be shut out of a growing business that some predict may eventually overtake their own, but given that cigarette sales still generate a staggering $35 billion in annual profits for the world’s six largest tobacco companies, they remain incentivized to keep smokers drawn to their bedrock product. With electronic offerings like MarkTen — made by Altria, manufacturers of Marlboro — now among the most visible brands, it’s understandable that some view e-cigs as the latest ploy of an industry with a well-documented history of manipulation and subterfuge. Whereas 84 percent of smokers believed e-cigs to be safer than ordinary cigarettes in 2010, by 2013 that figure had dropped to 63 percent. A study last year found that a third of people who had abandoned e-cigs and resumed smoking tobacco did so out of concern for the health effects of vaping.

The crux of the British report is that such misconceptions represent a public health failure, one that could be reversed by highlighting the comparative safety of e-cigs for current smokers, while making it clear that nonsmokers should steer clear of vaping. But the biggest hurdle for e-cigs in the U.S. is the very thing that makes them so appealing: by mimicking the hand-to-mouth ritual of smoking and delivering the same drug — nicotine — found in tobacco, they look and feel a whole lot like smoking. As a result, concerns about e-cigs center on whether encouraging people with a deadly habit to switch will rollback a decades-long trend of historically low smoking rates. Are e-cigs used by smokers to augment their habit rather than abstain? Could they prove to be a gateway toward “re-normalizing” tobacco smoking, especially among impressionable teens? Legitimate as such questions are, at this point they may be eclipsing the most pressing one of all: Is the United States, in applying the same tactics used to demonize smoking on a safer substitute, missing out on a chance to save the lives of millions of its citizens?

People smoke for nicotine but they die from tar.” Michael Russell, a South African scientist widely considered to be the godfather of tobacco control, wrote those words in 1976. At the time it represented a drastic new way of understanding smoking: as a physiological addiction to a drug rather than a purely psychological habit. But nearly 40 years later, the revelation of Russell’s research has been obscured, as the decades long war on smoking became, in effect, a war on nicotine. Rather than occupying a place on the same spectrum that allows caffeine and alcohol to be consumed without stigma, today the word “nicotine” conjures up images of amputated limbs and metastasizing tumors — even though, as Russell made clear, nicotine in itself has never been the deadly culprit in cigarettes.

It may come as a surprise to learn that nicotine, when removed from cigarettes, is relatively benign. Though not free of risks — it can harm a fetus and may affect developing adolescent brains — it also has some benefits. A beguiling substance, nicotine operates as both an upper and a downer depending on the state of the user, proven to simultaneously sharpen focus and calm nerves. “In some ways I think of nicotine as the perfect psychotropic drug,” says Paul Newhouse, a scientist at Vanderbilt University. He has spent his career administering nicotine to improve cognitive functioning in those suffering a variety of conditions, from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s to the mental fog created by chemotherapy and HIV medications. “The nicotinic receptors in the brain act as modulators rather than classic transmitters, scanning the system and stimulating what needs to be stimulated and relaxing what needs to be relaxed,” Newhouse says, explaining both nicotine’s therapeutic potential and appeal for recreational use. “That’s why you have a smoker who uses a cigarette to wake up and to go to sleep.”

Since the Eighties, anti-smoking groups have taken to underscoring the dangers of smoking by declaring that nicotine is as addictive as heroin — a shudder-inducing claim repeated today in anti-vaping efforts like the “Still Blowing Smoke” campaign currently being rolled out in California. The truth, however, has always been far more complicated. Rats are not prone to self-administer the drug in laboratory settings, for instance, as they will a substance like cocaine. Newhouse, in his research, supplies nicotine to patients primarily through patches, and even those who have been on the drug for a year show no symptoms of withdrawal when their trial period concludes. “No one goes out and buys a pack of cigarettes when they’re done,” he says. “For someone like me, who is using nicotine to help people, it’s a disservice to portray nicotine as being as addictive as heroin when it absolutely is nowhere close.”

Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, the arm of the agency currently working on regulations for e-cigs, concedes that the new products have presented a formidable challenge to the idea that nicotine is anything but a hazard. “Electronic cigarettes have become the poster child for the questions that, on a societal level, we need to be asking about nicotine,” he says. “None of them have easy answers.” Zeller points out that federal approval for over-the-counter doses of nicotine in the form of gums and patches (with no labels warning of addiction) is evidence that it is not the insidious substance many believe it to be. “How could the same compound associated with so much death and disease be so safe that you can buy it without a doctor’s prescription?” he asks. “The answer is that it’s about the delivery mechanism, not the drug.”

While nicotine can be ingested in a variety of generally harmless ways, it is only when inhaled that its full powers — and potential for addiction — are unlocked. From the lungs it reaches the brain within seconds, providing the satisfying jolt that smokers crave. (A nicotine patch, by contrast, takes many minutes longer.) The habit that is as addictive as heroin, in other words, is smoking tobacco cigarettes, not nicotine consumption. Which is to say that smoking never came to be demonized solely because it is addictive, but because its addictive qualities fueled a dependence that kills. This may seem like splitting hairs, save for the fact that America has anything but an unequivocal issue with drug addiction; if we did, we’d be funneling Starbucks patrons into rehab clinics, pitying those who “need” a glass of wine to unwind rather than joining them for happy hour, and viewing large swaths of the pharmaceutical industry in the same light we do corner drug-slingers.


Illustration by Sarah Allison

Electronic cigarettes were invented in 2003 by a Chinese pharmacist whose father died from smoking, and who believed the technology could evolve, in a sense, into what smoking was always meant to be: a risky indulgence, without question, but not a deadly one. Like traditional cigarettes, e-cigs are designed to be a means of inhaling nicotine. But by replacing tobacco with a synthetic and non-toxic nicotine-laced “juice” (equal parts propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin), heated by battery rather than fire, the most harmful components of smoking are removed from the equation. As Walsh puts it, describing what led him to found Purebacco: “Our mission from the start has been to create an experience that is intrinsically more satisfying than smoking without the tars and heavy metals that make smoking so lethal.” This really isn’t fundamentally different from the thinking behind accepted cessation devices like gums and patches, with one notable difference — electronic cigarettes are designed to be enjoyed. For the government to embrace them means to rethink what has come to be unthinkable: that smoking, in some form, can be tolerated, even deemed socially acceptable.

Stanton Glantz, a professor of tobacco control at the University of California in San Francisco, does not mince words when offering a rebuttal to the utopian promise of e-cigs. “Total bullshit,” he says.

It is not that Glantz disagrees entirely with the British review’s assessment on e-cigs, though he believes they are more dangerous than the report concluded. “I’ll eat my shoe if that 95 percent figure turns out to be correct five years from now,” he says. “But, yes, there is no doubt that electronic cigarettes are better than cigarettes.” While Glantz can entertain a fantasy where all current smokers switch to e-cigs — “That, of course, would be great” — what troubles him is how consumers actually use them. “Are there people who have totally made the switch or quit completely because of these?” he asks. “Yes, I believe there are. Terrific. But most are what we call dual users — those who smoke both, often to smoke in places where they can no longer smoke cigarettes. If you’re talking about a smoker using these to inhale more dangerous chemicals, well, that has a net negative effect on public health.”

In April of this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report finding that e-cig use had tripled in the past year among middle and high school students — results that Glantz and others cite as proof that e-cigs are initiating a new generation into nicotine addiction, especially by offering flavors he believes are designed to appeal to kids. Like so many reports on e-cigs, however, this one could be interpreted in a less distressing light. For instance, the study didn’t differentiate between a teen who takes a single puff in the course of 30 days and a habitual user, which is to say that it didn’t account for the reality that teenagers have a propensity toward experimentation. The report also found that, since the advent of e-cigs, teen smoking rates have not increased, but rather have reached historic lows.

Earlier this month, Harvard released a study suggesting at least one aspect of vaping might be as detrimental as traditional smoking. Researchers at the university found that 75 percent of flavored e-cigs contained a chemical called diacetyl, commonly used in artificial butter flavorings. While safe to eat, the dangers of inhaling diacetyl were revealed in the early 2000s, when workers at several popcorn factories came down with a condition that became known as “popcorn lung,” an irreversible scarring of the lungs that causes shortness of breath and fits of coughing. The Harvard study led to the inevitable haunting headlines, some of which were testament to how little many in the media actually understand about the perils of tobacco smoking. “Flavored E-cigarettes May Be Worse For You Than Nicotine” declared Mother Jones, reinforcing the misguided notion that nicotine, present in all forms of vaping and tobacco smoking, is the leading scourge. While studies like Harvard’s are critical to fully understanding e-cigs, they too often have the opposite effect. Tobacco cigarettes, for instance, have also long been known to contain diacetyl — at levels over 100 times those found in electronic cigarettes — yet earlier tobacco studies found that even these levels were not enough to cause popcorn lung in smokers.


Electronic cigarette advocates protest anti-vaping laws outside City Hall in New York. Richard Levine/Corbis

“The Harvard study is a perfect example of something that happens over and over,” says Michael Siegel, a physician and professor at Boston University. “It creates a scare by omitting a key piece of information, undermining the public’s appreciation of the severe hazards of tobacco smoking and leading to perverse public health outcomes.” Siegel, who studied under Glantz in San Francisco, has spent much of his career fighting tobacco companies: testifying against them in court, pushing for smoking bans in bars and restaurants, advocating for policies making it illegal to market cigarettes to youth. When e-cigs first started gaining popularity, he was skeptical, believing them to be little more than a product designed to mask the dangers of smoking. Today, however, he has become one of the most outspoken supporters of the idea that e-cigs can succeed where the crusade against smoking has come up short. Given that the current e-cig market is dominated by habitual smokers, Siegel calls the U.S. government’s reluctance to allow them to be pitched as a safer alternative “irresponsible.” “Even the worst case scenario — that a current pack a day smoker replaces a single cigarette with an e-cig — is better than where we are right now,” he says. “All conclusive evidence shows that these are safer, so why aren’t we encouraging smokers to make the shift? If we did, we’d be saving millions of lives and talking about the greatest public health moment of our generation.”

Last April, the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products released a set of “deeming” regulations for e-cigs — essentially a preview of the formal ones still being tweaked, which the agency will only say will be made official “as soon as possible.” Plenty of the guidelines—like banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturer’s to disclose all ingredients — are sensible. But by modeling them primarily on those in place for tobacco cigarettes, the suggestion seems to be that e-cigs carry similar risks. The chief concern for someone in Walsh’s position is that the rules would deem each flavor an “SKU” — basically, a product needing approval. “The cost of admission would be 5,000 hours per SKU,” he says of the lawyer’s fees involved. “At a minimum of one hundred bucks an hour, that’s five million per SKU. Well, my company currently manages 240 SKUs, which means I’m looking at a billion dollars plus if I want to stay in business.”


Researchers in Purebacco’s lab developing the company’s growing line of nicotine-infused e-liquids. Jon Mold

The irony looming over the entire controversy is that cigarettes remain perfectly legal — in the United States, in England, across the globe. As long as this is the case, a certain subset of the population will smoke, for reasons physiological and psychological, and regardless of whether they have to shiver outside a bar or listen to lectures by friends and family about their senseless behavior. While America may have some of the strictest rules on cigarettes, their continued legality is testament that other deeply-engrained national ideals — the freedom of choice, the minting of money — often trump the aims of protecting the health of our citizens. As a result, Walsh insists on what he calls an “FDA clause” in all of his leases, allowing him to break contracts and close up shop without penalty if the regulations make business untenable. “I refer to it as living life under the regulatory guillotine,” he says with a grim chuckle. “It’s an odd dichotomy, isn’t it? After years of trying to disempower Big Tobacco, we are now looking at legislation that will remove all the independents like me from the game and put the industry right into the hands of Big Tobacco.”

Walsh is still optimistic that e-cigs can be, if not quite the end of smoking, then a reinvention of sorts; it’s just likely that, in the end, it will be the big tobacco companies who reap the rewards. Many of his colleagues, he notes, have begun transitioning to another growth industry: marijuana, a drug that has been on the path from demonization toward acceptance during the same period that nicotine has been on the opposite trajectory. “That industry is booming right now, with a fraction of the hurdles we have to jump through,” he says. “The way the regulatory climate is going, huge portions of the e-cig business may transition to marijuana. You have all these people who want to help people quit smoking, but they have no way to conduct commerce.” He pauses. “Sometimes you just have to laugh at the randomness that says one substance is okay and the other is not.”


Advancement in E-cigarette technology: Temperature Control

Following the e cigarette boom, there have been various technological advancements that have been made to improve the performance of vaping. When e-cigarettes were first introduced into our society, it was a marvel that sparked many people to view it as an alternative to smoking. This idea has spurred on many companies to arise and undertake the task of developing this device into one that will not only satisfy the users desire to smoke but also provide a safer and less harmful method of smoking, or as it is called, vaping.

In Adrianne Jeffries article, “Circuit vapers: the e-cig is getting an upgrade”, which can be found online on The Verge, Jeffries mentions that ‘“we’re seeing this e-cigarette category grow exponentially,’ Cordisco says. ‘It’s already a $1.8 billion industry and it just really came here and started in the US in 2007. This inflection point with e-cigs is really reflective of adult smokers’ desire to look for alternatives that are a better fit with the 21st century’”. With the demand for e cigarettes on a continuous rise, vape companies have constantly refined their products to fit the needs of their customers. What started off with the Minis and Ego e-cigarettes have upgraded into Mod devices, the device that is in trend currently.

One of the latest technological advancement that e-cigarettes have undergone is the temperature control ability. According to Tim Hanlon in Gizmag he states in his article “Temperature-controlled e-cigs: The next giant leap in harm reduction of nicotine use?” that “there are a growing number of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) with temperature control functionality, allowing a fool-proof way to avoid either the overheating Propylene Glycol (PG) and Glycerine (VG), the common carrier liquids for nicotine and flavoring, or a ‘dry puff’, where the wick becomes too dry to produce vapor, and simply burns instead”.

Temperature control for e-cigarettes opens up a new platform that creates greater potential for e-cigarettes in becoming the ultimate replacement for traditional cigarettes. The benefits of temperature controllable e-cigarettes has been outline by the E-Cigarette Lobby as they claim that there are two main reasons why it is good to choose devices with this function. The first is the “Temperature control makes vaping safer. We all know that vaping is safer than smoking as it seldom contains nicotine or any other harmful chemical ingredients. However, improper use of high wattage box mods may cause damage to vaping device or even explosion. Vaping devices with temperature control function can limit the temperature before it goes too high to avoid burning coils, dry liquid and explosion of the batteries”. The second reason that was stated was that “temperature control provides you with a better and more enjoyable vaping experience. Temperature-control mod will give you a hint by cutting off power when the temperature is too high, otherwise the coil may be burned and the liquid may be dry, which may definitely produce undesirable flavor. Fortunately, by using temperature-control vape devices, when you want the vapor to be warmer, you can simply adjust the wattage a bit higher and the temperature control board will automatically adjust the voltage to provide you with warmer vapor and provide you with better and more enjoyable vaping experience”.

With the invention of the e-cigarettes, there have been hot debates between two opposing sides. One side claiming that e-cigarettes are an adequate alternative to traditional cigarettes while the other argued that there are still dangers that are still unknown. However, with new innovations such as temperature control, e-cigarettes are becoming a device that users may rely on for both safety and performance. Even while e-cigarettes are already seen as a safer alternative to smoking, with the constant technological development regarding e-cigarettes, users who want to quit smoking may look forward to vaporizers that fulfill both the crave for cigarettes along with safety from the diseases that follow from smoking traditional cigarettes.

Trends in E-cigarettes

As the idea of e-cigarette was first introduced in the year 2003, over the course of a little over a decade, the popularity of e-cigarettes has exponentially risen. However, though the product was introduced in 2003, the increase in the awareness of this product highly increased from the year 2010 to 2013.

According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research has published a new study that focuses on adult awareness and use of electronic cigarettes. Researchers from CDC and Georgia State University found that from 2010 to 2013, awareness grew to 80% and use of e-cigarettes more than doubled amount U.S. adults. In 2013, approximately 8 in 10 adults were aware of e-cigarettes, while nearly 1 in 10, or 20.4 million individuals, had ever tried the products at least once. E-cigarette use was especially prominent among current and former cigarette smokers”.

With an increased awareness and more demands for e-cigarettes, there has been a trend in what kind of products users are purchasing. Along with the development of vaporizers, people are constantly looking for more to enhance their vape experience. According to Tyler McCanus in Electronic Cigarette Consumer Reviews, he states, “while the typical consumer may have started off with a Blu e-cig and found it wasn’t cutting it, they went looking for more. This next year (2015) we’ll see more of that, as current vapers become less wary of handling e-liquid and many will take that next step up”.

E-cigarette industries are constantly on the rise as e-cigarettes, according to Tyler McCanus, “are still that hot as they are a hot topic in pop culture, a topic on capital hill, and a hot topic among smokers”. People are constantly looking for that better, more advanced and cool device to use as an alternative to smoking. In a sense, it has become a method of socializing with others. As many have started of with products that actually look like traditional cigarettes (Minis), they have upgraded into Ego or Mod products to enhance their vaping.

A current trend of e-cigarette is that users have been upgrading their devices into mod devices. The reason for this mainly lies in the fact that Mod devices can be customized to fit the needs and preferences of the users. Many mods that are available in the market today allow users to modify not only the looks of their devices but also the settings to create more power and better taste. For example, Innokin’s latest devices such as the CoolFire IV, iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro, and the all latest Disrupter allow users to adjust the voltage and wattage of the device according to the users desires. Though Minis and Ego electronic cigarette are more common across the world, users of mod devices are increasingly rising.

It is important that users remain satisfied with their products. As there are new products that are released into the market that provide users with new settings and more options, people are constantly changing their devices. This again shows the increasing popularity of mod devices as users have shown great satisfaction with these vaporizers. A study by Smoking in England “shows that rates of quitting smoking increased from 2011” and also claim that “E-cigarettes may have helped approximately 20,000 smokers to stop in 2014 who would not have stopped otherwise”.

With the notion of e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking, users are constantly on the look for the best devices to satisfy the craving caused by traditional cigarettes. The trend today is currently leaning towards the latest mod devices. However, as trends constantly change, perhaps in the future, we can look forward to a new device that will grasp the attention of all smokers.

Safety of Vaping

According to Kevin Hughes on The Telegraph, “the rise of the e cigarette has been verging on the meteoric – in 2013, sales rose 340 percent year on year, beating nicotine patches, lozenges and gum for the first time. While e-cigarettes are not necessarily pitched as aids to help smokers quit traditional tobacco, it’s clear they are being used as an alternative – sales totaled £ 193 million last year (up from £ 44 million in 2012)”.

The great increase in the sales show the rising popularity of e-cigarettes in our society today. However, as the idea of e-cigarettes is a relatively new device and idea, there are various controversial issues that arise from this topic. The main dispute is regarding the idea of whether or not the vapor coming from these e-cigarettes are harmful or not and whether e-cigarettes should be seen as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. Though Kevin Hughes states that “e-cigarettes are not necessarily pitched as aids to help smokers quit traditional tobacco”, the fact that people are using this as an alternative to traditional cigarettes show the use of e-cigarette as a means to quit smoking. According to Steven Reinberg on WebMD News, a “study found that people who wanted to quit smoking were about 60 percent more likely to succeed if they used e-cigarettes compared to would-be quitters who tried an anti-smoking nicotine patch or gum”. Also Dr. Michael Siegel (professor of community health sciences at Boston University) states, “It appears, at least for some people, e-cigarettes are a viable method of quitting that looks comparable to, if not better than, traditional nicotine replacement therapy”. People are starting to recognize the need to quit and e-cigarettes are seen as the most effective method that has actually helped many people quit traditional smoking.

The growing popularity and demand for e-cigarette is undisputable as it is simply a trend that is taking place in our society today. The real question or controversy regarding this idea is whether it is actually safer than traditional cigarettes or not. Though there is a clashing of ideas, as there still needs to be more research done regarding this issue, vape still has high potential of being safer than traditional cigarettes. As Morgan Griffin states in WebMD, “so far, evidence suggests that e-cigarettes may be safer than regular cigarettes. The biggest danger from tobacco is the smoke, and e-cigarettes don’t burn. Tests show the levels of dangerous chemicals they give off are a fraction of what you’d get from a real cigarette”. With the growth of technology, e-cigarette industries have, according to Jason Koebler in his article The FDA Says E-cigarettes Are Less Harmful Than Smoking, ‘“given an opportunity to make a serious dent in the death and disease toll, now that we can regulate these,’ Zeller said. ‘Let’s not lose our focus on what the primary cause is for those 480,000 avoidable deaths each year’…Zeller’s comments were some of the first that suggests the FDA sees vaping as inherently less harmful than smoking”.

E-cigarettes do not produce smoke that comes from burning tobacco like that of traditional cigarettes. Dennis Thompson, in Healthday, refers to “Thomas Kiklas, CFO of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association who states, “All constituents (of e-cigarettes) have been in the U.S. food supply for generations and all are approved by the EPA/FDA for human inhalation and us dermally. The e-cig has and is being used by millions of Americans; There have been billions and billions of uses without a single incidence of harm”.

Though there still needs to be more research done in this specific area, the use of vapor rather than smoke is seen as a safer alternative. With the continuously growing technology and rise of leading e-cigarette companies such as Innokin, we can hope for a safer and healthier society, one that is absent from smoke.

The New and Upgraded iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro!

The iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro is one of the newest products that were created by Innokin. It is a product worthy to be recognized by regular and new coming vapers as it is “the perfect starter kit for new vapers, but also a worthy addition to the seasoned vaper’s rotation”, according to the online shoppig site, VAPORDNA.

The iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro is a high-powered vaporizer that Innokin’s team of experts created by using the “most advanced integrated vaping technologies to create to the perfect full size, high power e cigarette, with an awesome maximum range of 60 watts of vaping power”. This powerful vaporizer created by Innokin is a product that could satisfy all vapers in our society today.

To describe some of the features of the iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro, it operates on a voltage that ranges from 3.0 to 9.0 Volts. The wattage ranges from 6.0 to 60 watts. The battery outruns that of many mod type e-cigarettes as it runs on a 4500mAH, long lasting battery. The features presented is similar to that of the CoolFire IV as it incorporates the vape timer, puff counter, integrate short circuit protector, left/ right screen orientation, 15-second cutoff and more.

The features of the iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro is well described through the VAPORDNA site as it states that “the iTaste MVP 3 Pro has been upgraded from top to bottom with impressive specifications making the iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro the perfect starter kit for new vapers, but also a worthy addition to the seasoned vaper’s rotation. The variable voltage feature can be adjusted from 3.0v to 9.0v in increments of .1 volts, while the variable wattage feature can be adjusted from 6.0 to 60 watts, doubling the power of its predecessor, and with an ohm cutoff of .2 ohms can be run Innokin’s included iSub G Sub-Ohm Tank with ease. Utilizing vRMS DC current, power deviation is held within .1 watts for an incredibly accurate and consistent vape every time. The rich OLED screen is now integrated to accompany the new chipset, providing full readouts for battery life, output and ohm reading. The battery life has been substantially increased to a 4500 mAh integrated battery to ensure all day vape potential, a significant upgrade from the MVP 3.0. The 510 how has a spring loaded, brass positive contact ensuring easy and constant contact with all standard atomizers, with an included Ego adapter for use with compatible tanks. The construction of the MVP 3 Pro has durability and a 22mm flush fitting bezel in mind all while encased in a sturdy aluminum case. An integrated Micro USB cable at the base gives the MVP 3 Pro ultimate usability as portable power source, charging your favorite devices from massive battery bank without the need to carry any additional cables. Pass through capability allows for simultaneous charging and vaping, with a speedy 1A charge current for low downtime”.

Along with the new and advanced features from the original, the iTaste MVP 3 Pro strives to offer the users the best vaping experience possible. Regarding the exterior design, it comes in a box form that hasn’t changed much from the previous MVP 3.0 but has improved in terms of function and technology.

The iTaste MVP 3 Pro is a product that is especially recommendable to those who have previously used the MVP 3.0 as it is an upgrade of that with newer and better technology. Those who have used this product has expressed their satisfaction as, according to Innokin, it “gives you precise control for perfect flavors and unbelievably huge clouds”.