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How Safe Are Electronic Cigarettes?

How Safe Are Electronic Cigarettes?

We’ve all heard about the risks of smoking and see tons of people doing it. Of course they know what these risks are as well, but for some, the addiction outweighs any notion of risk. For family members or loved ones, the severity of what could or would happen is very scary.

Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe


Many companies and manufacturers get as creative as possible and try to come up with solutions to getting rid of the smoker’s “addiction.”  Many over-the-counter solutions are being sold in mass supplies, while smokers are hopeful of the possibilities. There is a new “solution” that has become the most recent fad and it’s causing some quicker and possibly deadly effects on smokers and even casual users.

As a parent, one of the worst experiences you could have is to witness your child going through pain and not being able to do anything about it.  My mother and I rushed my brother to the emergency room on Wednesday because he had trouble breathing, massive pain in his back, his abdomen, and blood pressure that dropped to scary low of almost deadly.  His body appeared to have lost its color and it felt as though we were just about to witness the person we love die right in front of us.

The doctor believes had he waited a few more hours and he would definitely not have made it.  He was diagnosed with pneumonia, he went into septic shock, and had infection that accumulated into his liver, which caused his jaundice.

After days in the hospital, the only explanation the doctors and anyone had as to the possible cause of his trauma was the constant inhalation of water vapor that came out of the electronic cigarettes he was using as a substitute for his smoking habits.  It’s possible that bacteria could have formed in the small tube of the cigarette, where it’s kept moist, causing him to inhale this bacteria straight into his lungs.

In a recent study published by Forbes online magazine, participants who smoked the electronic cigarettes were found to have had an immediate increase in airway resistance. Participants were a mixture of smokers and non-smokers.

After more than 5 years of being in the market, the FDA still has limited regulations of e-cigarettes. Perhaps it may be due to the uncertainty of its health effects.

A friend of mine asked how my brother was doing and after a few moments, we came to the conclusion that these cigarettes are extremely dangerous. Her husband, who complained of pain not too long ago, had also been rushed to the hospital.  At the time, he was diagnosed with staph infection in his lungs, which also was thought to have come from the cigarettes. His pain sounded very similar to my brother’s who is now in the hospital, stuck to an IV that has pumped him with 7 different antibiotics and once.

Although the cause of my brother’s hospitalization is just an assumption, knowing that at least 2 cases with such similar symptoms is enough to get us to try to get the word out there that electronic cigarettes may not be the smartest alternative to smoking the real thing.  When something as horrific and terrifying as a “close death” situation like this has occurred, it is something you might also feel the need to spread the word about.

Lexie Lane

Lexie Lane is the creator of voiceBoks.com, owner of Social Media Panel, and co-author of the book, The Blogger's Survival Guide Tips and Tricks for Parent Bloggers Wordsmiths and Enthusiasts.


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  • Thank you for sharing this.My son in law has asthma and thought the e cigarette would be better for him and even help him quit smoking. I am sharing it with everyone

    • Thanks for reading Jeannette. Yes, these seem to strike people really quickly. so there aren’t too many signs. Please do tell him! We want to spread the word but finding better ways to do it.

  • Hi Lexie – Interesting. Thank you for sharing. I was literally just thinking about these today and wondering if we were going to find out that they are not safe. Sharing makes people aware of the possibilities and risks that are out there. Hope your brother is doing better.

    • Thank you Leslie. We really appreciate your comment. He is at home now. He is 23 years old and was in perfectly great condition. He has some serious respiratory issues right now and can’t walk 2 steps without panting and having shortness of breath, but we are hoping he recovers really soon.

      I just hope I can help anyone at all who has any thoughts about whether or not they should use these cigarettes as a temporary or a complete replacement for cigarettes. We don’t like cigarettes either but I think now after the “near death” experience he just had that it seems a much safer thing.

      Hope you are having a great week and thank you again for the visit.

      • My husband has been using an e-cig for a few months and over this past weekend, he started having severe pain and swelling in his neck and throat. We went to the ER and he was diagnosed as having Mediastinitis, initially… but because of the severity of his throat, they also did cultures which have shown that he has a severe staph infection. The infection is so severe, they are saying he will be in the hospital for a month. The staph infection is in the muscle of the throat, neck and the esophagus. I absolutely believe that his infection was due to his e-cig, whether via self-inoculation with his own strep… or whether by contaminated “e-juice”… or even by damage/breakdown to the throat/esophageal tissues due to the Propylene Glycol, leaving him susceptible to opportunistic infection.

        I would love to hear from other e-cig users who have suffered from similar infections.