Apologies in advance for what is no doubt something of a spammy first post. I've been doing a fair bit of research into the safety of electronic cigarettes - because a lot of people are asking the question. The main studies (Burstyn, Etter, Laugesen, the FDA study, the Greek study) are no doubt well known to regular forum participants, but perhaps not to new or potential users.
The prevailing scientific opinion is that they are safe, certainly relative to regular cigarettes, but that there's further long term research needed into usage patterns, impact of long term inhalation of propylene glycol and other solution ingredients on the lungs, etc. I also feel that there are other risks which need to be taken account of (e.g. children's access to liquids / juice for refillable cartridges, etc).
I've written up what I've found so far on ecigarettesafetyquestions.com
, which is meant to provide a wholly independent and unbiased view - see the disclaimer below.
Apologies if this is considered spam - I do intend to hang about and answer other questions if I can!Honest Disclaimer!
My primary reason for participating in this forum is to promote the site ecigarettesafetyquestions.com
I've got no agenda - I'm not trying to sell or promote e-cgarettes, and I'm not trying to dissuade people from using them.
Lots of people seem to be asking "Are electronic cigarettes safe?" or "Are e-cigarettes bad for you?". It it seemed that there was a good opportunity to have a clear and unbiased summary of all the relevant information in one place, rather than having to trawl forums or be swayed by pro or anti articles. I'm still populating with the base content at the moment (as of October 2013), but if there's an audience for this information, I'll continue to build it into a great source of neutral information.
For what it's worth - my own opinion from reading the scientific evidence available to date is that there are still some risks which need long term research, but there's no clear evidence that electronic cigarettes pose a long term health risk, and they are certainly safer in the shorter term than cigarettes.