Shane Brooks’s insight:
Hey, don’t go shooting the messenger now. I’m just a guy asking questions here. With all of the recent anti-science propaganda being regurgitated by an irresponsible media, I thought it was time to ask a few basic questions–maybe provoke a serious in-depth honest discussion or two.
So just how dangerous is vaping on eCigs or Personal Vape Devices anyway? Perhaps we should be comparing it to the dangers of taking hot showers and yearly bathtub deaths to get an idea.
A study from the University of Colorado raises concerns about pathogens and pulmonary disease from the use of shower heads. That’s right, shower heads.
“The researchers used high-tech instruments and lab methods to analyze roughly 50 shower heads from nine cities in seven states that included New York City, Chicago and Denver.
They concluded about 30 percent of the devices harbored significant levels of Mycobacterium avium, a pathogen linked to pulmonary disease that most often infects people with compromised immune systems but which can occasionally infect healthy people, said CU-Boulder Distinguished Professor Norman Pace, lead study author.
It’s not surprising to find pathogens in municipal waters, said Pace. But the CU-Boulder researchers found that some M. avium and related pathogens were clumped together in slimy “biofilms” that clung to the inside of showerheads at more than 100 times the “background” levels of municipal water.
“If you are getting a face full of water when you first turn your shower on, that means you are probably getting a particularly high load of Mycobacterium avium, which may not be too healthy,” he said.
The study appeared in the Sept. 14 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Co-authors of the study included CU-Boulder researchers Leah Feazel, Laura Baumgartner, Kristen Peterson and Daniel Frank and University Colorado Denver pediatrics department Associate Professor Kirk Harris.
The study is part of a larger effort by Pace and his colleagues to assess the microbiology of indoor environments and was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Research at National Jewish Hospital in Denver indicates that increases in pulmonary infections in the United States in recent decades from so-called “non-tuberculosis” mycobacteria species like M. avium may be linked to people taking more showers and fewer baths, said Pace.
Water spurting from shower heads can distribute pathogen-filled droplets that suspend themselves in the air and can easily be inhaled into the deepest parts of the lungs, he said.
Symptoms of pulmonary disease caused by M. avium can include tiredness, a persistent, dry cough, shortness of breath, weakness and “generally feeling bad,” said Pace.
Immune-compromised people like pregnant women, the elderly and those who are fighting off other diseases are more prone to experience such symptoms, said Pace, a professor in the molecular, cellular and developmental biology department.
The CU-Boulder researchers sampled shower heads in homes, apartment buildings and public places in New York, Illinois, Colorado, Tennessee and North Dakota.”
Wow. What ever will we do about the children?!
Let’s take a look at some findings concerning possible negative health effects of just taking a hot shower or bath in general.
“A Professor of Water Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh claims that exposure to vaporized chemicals in the water supplies through showering, bating, and inhalation is 100 times greater than through drinking the water.”
“As chlorine is added to kill pathogenic microorganisms, the highly reactive chlorine combines with fatty acids and carbon fragments to form a variety of toxic compounds, which comprise about 30% of the chlorination by-products.”
“During the mid-1970s, monitoring efforts began to identify widespread toxic contamination of the nation’s drinking water supplies, epidemiological studies began to suggest a link between ingestion of toxic chemicals in the water and elevated cancer mortality risks. Since those studies were completed, a variety of additional studies have strengthened the statistical connection between consumption of toxins in water and elevated cancer risks. Moreover, this basic concern has been heightened by other research discoveries.” — The Nader Report — Troubled Waters On Tap: Center for Study of Responsive Law.
“The national Academy of Scientists states that people die in the United States each year form cancers caused by ingesting the contaminants in water. The major health threat posed by these pollutants is far more likely to be from their inhalation as air pollutants. The reason that emissions are high is that water droplets dispersed by the shower head have a larger surface-to-volume ratio than water streaming into the bath.” — Science News, Vol, 130: Janet Raloff
“A long, hot shower can be dangerous. The toxic chemicals are inhaled in high concentrations.” — Bottom Line August 87: Dr. Julian Andeiman, Ph.D.
“Skin adsorption of contaminants has been underestimated and ingestion may not constitiute the sole or even primary route of exposure.” — American Journal of Public Health: Dr. Halina Brown
“Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.” — U.S. Council of Environmental Quality
Well, I do say–that’s incredibly alarming. Media, y u no report?
Just how safe are our nations bathtubs and showers?
A study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission has revealed the following.
“One of the most significant findings in the report is that children under five years old, while comprising only 8.5 percent of the total U.S. population, account for almost 30 percent of the 110,000 annual bathtub and shower-related accidents.
Over 75 percent of all bathtub and shower-related fatalities occur among children under five and 90 percent of the injuries and deaths occur when these young children are not being supervised by a responsible adult.
The study identifies three major hazards associated with bathtubs and showers — slips and falls, burns and drownings — and makes specific recommendations to consumers and manufacturers to meet those hazards.
Slips and falls in bathtubs and showers were found to be the most frequent type of accident. Burns from scalding water were less common, but generally much more serious, resulting in over 70 deaths each year. In addition, over 100 people drown every year in bathtubs.”
So I’ll ask again, is vaping on an eCig or personal vaping device safer than taking a hot shower or bath in America? If you think this piece is utterly ridiculous, you’re damn right it is. Don’t even get me started on the poor kitty that’s pictured, I’m so pissed off right now.
Is Vaping on an eCig Safer Than Taking a Shower?
Source: Electronic Cigarette News