E-cigs aren’t working to help people quit smoking

E-cigarettes were supposed to be the greatest invention since the patch in helping millions of people quit smoking. Designed to deliver the nicotine without all the other harmful substances that are inhaled with traditional smoking it was supposed to turn smokers into non-smokers.

Problem is that neither of the above premise are actually true.

1. We’ve talked before on this blog about the fact that e-cigs were never really tested and that they were released for use with no real study about what, in fact, e-cig inhalers were, in fact inhaling. Turns out that besides the nicotine you’re actually inhaling metal and silicate particles. Doesn’t take a long-term study to conclude that this can’t be good for you. It may actually create a greater problem down the road than regular smoking.

2. They don’t actually help smokers quit. According to a new study by the Journal of Internal Medicine, “One randomized trial comparing e-cigarettes with and without nicotine with a nicotine patch found no differences in 6-month quit rates.” In other words they just don’t help smokers kick the habit.

Back to the drawing-board to find a miracle, overnight cure to help smokers quit.

Smoking Can Rot your Brain

A new study published in the Age and Ageing journal has found that, as if lung cancer and rotting teeth weren’t enough to get you to quit smoking, smoking “rots” your brain. The study measured cognitive function in some 8,800 people over the age of 50 and concluded that they was a measurable decline in cognitive ability in smokers.

We’ve known for years, of course, that smoking was bad for your body but the study now gives weight to the theory that it’s bad for your brain as well.

The obvious hypotheses for why this might be has to do with how smoking affects the cardiovascular system, restricting blood vessels and impairing circulation to the brain.

The study is not a medical study and further testing and exploration will have to be done. It would be interesting, for example, to find out how many of the patients with Alzheimers were smokers before they started to suffer the effects of this debilitating disease.

For those of you who are into numbers, the study will give you all the numbers you can chew on but the bottom line for the rest of us is that if you needed another excuse to quit smoking this year, this might be it.

How your co-workers’ smoking could kill you!

Donald Adams has probably heard that smoking is bad for your health; he’s probably heard that second hand smoke is bad for the health of those around him as well. He apparently doesn’t care. In fact, he doesn’t even care if his smoking starts a combustible dust explosion, as long as he can get his nicotine fix because Mr. Adams decided to light up and have a cigarette while underground in a cold mine in Pennsylvania.

You can read the full story at the miningaustralia.com.au website. The article is entitled Idiot of the week: Miner charged with smoking in underground mine.

Interestingly, Mr. Adams admit that the cigarette butt that they found in the mine, deep underground is actually his but he denies smoking it. Not quite sure how that would work!

Quit Smoking and Stay Quit

Been to the gymn yet this month? Have you noticed how crowded it is? Have no fear, the treadmill will be freed up again in a couple of weeks. Why? Because with the new year many people commit to a new, healthy lifestyle that includes a daily workout. The vast majority won’t keep that resolution and by the middle of February they’ve gone back to “business as usual”!

The same thing applies to smoking. Many smokers resolve to quit smoking and most will not succeed. Fact is that most smokers will quit 8-11 times before they are able to stop smoking for good. With that in mind, Quit and Stay Quit Monday is here to help.

Rather than wait weeks, months or years before you quit again, quit every Monday.

With a tip for every week of the year, it’s a great way to make the “quit” stick.
The website has brochures, posters, toolkits, e-cards and a ton of other resources.
Need even more help? Try “find a Monday Quit-Buddy“.

Make this the year when you become a quitter… for good!

Cigarette Safety – the essentials

More people die in fires caused by smoking than in fires with any other single cause. Because tobacco is designed to stay alight, cigarettes can easily start an accidental fire.

  • Keep your home, business, co-workers and family safe from fire.
  • Use your common sense – know the risks and make sure when you put it out, it really is out!
  • Take extra care if you smoke when you’re drowsy, taking prescription drugs, or if you have been drinking. It’s too easy to fall asleep and not notice that a cigarette is still burning.
  • Don’t leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe lying around. They can easily overbalance as they burn down, land on a carpet or a newspaper, and start a fire.
  • Take responsibility and keep lighters and matches out of reach of children.
  • Don’t light up if you need to lie down. Despite the risk of falling asleep or setting the bed on fire, people are still smoking in bed.


  • Use a proper ashtray. Make sure the ashtray is heavy, can’t tip over easily, and is made of a material that won’t burn.
  • Never tap your ash into a wastepaper basket – only an ashtray. Make sure it can’t be easily knocked over and don’t let ash build up.
  • People often like to smoke when they’re drinking. But someone who has had a few drinks can end up passing out with a cigarette in their hand. The result? Severe burns, permanent scarring, or even death.
  • Every year children die from starting fires with cigarettes and lighters they shouldn’t have.
  • Consider buying child-resistant lighters and matchboxes. Matchboxes now carry this warning label.


Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths in the United States and the second leading cause of injuries among people ages 65 and older. Evidence suggests that most of the fires that result in death were caused by smoking materials, such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, igniting in bed. Never smoke in bed or if you are sleepy, intoxicated or taking medication.

Did You Know?

  • Eighty percent of all fire deaths occur in the home.
  • Careless smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths.
  • The most common material first ignited in home smoking-related fires is trash, followed by mattresses, bedding and upholstered furniture.
  • Having a working smoke alarm more than doubles your chances of surviving a fire.
    • Encourage smokers to smoke outside.
    • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
    • Test the batteries every month and change them at least once a year.
    • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn.

Following these simple fire-safety tips can boost survival rates dramatically:


  • Never smoke in bed or when you are drowsy, intoxicated or medicated.
  • Use large, deep, non-tip ashtrays to prevent ashes from spilling onto furniture and check them frequently.
  • Do not rest ashtrays on sofas or chairs.
  • Empty ashtrays into the toilet or an airtight metal container.
  • Warm ashes dumped in trash cans can smolder for hours, and then ignite. Completely douse cigarette butts and ashes with water before throwing them away.

  • Do not allow smoking in a home where an oxygen tank is in use.
  • When smokers visit your home, ask them to keep lighters and matches out of reach of young children, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes.
  • Don’t leave cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended.
  • Be sure to check on the floor and around chair cushions for ashes that may have been dropped accidentally by visiting friends or relatives.

If a fire does occur and your clothing happens to catch fire, you should remember the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique. This could prevent serious burns to you or a family member.

Fire safety is not difficult. It only requires awareness and common sense to keep families and homes safe from fire. Please remember to make sure your cigarettes are fully extinguished before leaving the area. By taking preventive measures can keep a friend, family member, co-worker or business from becoming a fire statistic.

 Information provided by the NFPA

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald
Safety and Security Manager for Plateau