E-Cigarettes And Vapor

There is a small smoking phenomenon hitting the markets worldwide…e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes. The electronic cigarette was developed in China in 2004 and has now become one of the more popular concepts in removing yourself from smoking nicotine filled tobacco and eventually quitting smoking altogether. However, for many people the act of smoking while drinking or the habit of just having something in their hands to keep busy is enough to make them full-time users and that is because you can now control the amount of nicotine.

An electronic cigarette, also known as an e-cigarettepersonal vaporizer or PV, is an electronic inhaler that vaporizes a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking. Electronic cigarettes are no longer marketed as smoking cessation aids or tobacco replacement in most countries. There may be similarities between conventional and some electronic cigarettes in the physical design and the nicotine release can also be chosen by the user, with some people choosing no nicotine at all.

The benefits and risks of electronic cigarette use are a subject of uncertainty among health organizations and researchers. Limited controlled studies are available due to the relatively recent invention of the device. Laws vary widely concerning the use and sale of electronic cigarettes and accompanying liquid solutions, with pending legislation and ongoing debate in many regions. But the challenge to the tobacco industry is very big. Once someone switches to the electronic cigarette version, they seldom go back to the original design.

From a health issue stand point, the vapor produced by the e-cigarettes is considered somewhat benign. However, having any type of nicotine added to the liquid quickly changes the second-hand liability of the device. The other issue is the potential use of these new devices in restaurants, bars, public buildings, medical facilities, etc., where traditional cigarettes are now banned. Not to be facetious, but this is a possible smoking gun. Since no one really knows the true chemical make up of the vapor produced by these e-cigarettes it is difficult to make any health determinations. These issues will come up and there are already groups who support the e-cig movement asking to be allowed to smoke in now no smoking areas.

Removing cigarette and cigar smoke has always been a challenge, even for companies like Pure Air Systems who have been making commercial grade HEPA filtration systems since 1985. Removal of fine, airborne particulate generated by traditional cigarettes is difficult. Much of the smoke goes into a vapor phase, much like the vapor produced by the e-cigarettes. In cigarette smoke as in vapor smoke, it is not what you see that hurts you…it’s the small, tiny, sub-micron particles that are inhaled into the lung linings and mucus membranes and tend to stay there. Over long periods of time these particles can create a wide variety of respiratory dysfunctions and lung cancer is one of them.This movement toward an electronic smoking system will eventually take a big bite out of the tobacco industry and look for these traditional cigarette companies to get into the e-cigarette market soon.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems manufactured by PAS, go to their website at: https://www.pureairsystems.com or follow them on Twitter @pureairsystems or call them anytime on their toll-free number at: 800-869-8025.



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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

In 1958 the Platters released a new song titled, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.” This song has since been recorded by hundreds of artists over the years. It has been used in more than 50 movies as either the main theme song or one of the tunes as a way to emphasis a certain feeling or emotion. The Platters went on to record a number of other hits, but this one tune has had more impact than all their other well-known songs.

Whether it’s smoke from a cigarette, leaf fire, charcoal grill or exhaust fumes from an oil burning car, smoke will quickly and substantially irritate your eyes; with symptoms ranging from mild irritation to watering eyes, burning sensations, partial or complete blindness that can linger for long periods of time. These symptoms don’t include the choking, coughing, respirable irritation that accompanies the watering eyes. Anyway you slice it, ( and sometimes smoke is so thick you can slice it with a knife), exposing your eyes to smoke is not a good thing.

Interesting that in industrial facilities or manufacturing facilities where respirators are required, often the only eye protection is from safety glasses. While these protect the eyes from large flying particles, they do nothing to keep fine, airborne dust or smoke particles from entering your eyes. Small amounts of contaminants over long periods of  time can be just as damaging as large concentrations over short periods of time. Protection from or removal of the smoke particles is critical.

Pure Air Systems has been making HEPA and Carbon based commercial grade, fan powered air filtration systems since 1985. Removal of very high percentages of very tiny, sub-micron particles is their primary function. The HEPA systems offered by Pure Air Systems ( PAS) have an initial efficiency of 99.99% removal of all particle 0.3 microns or lager. And, approach 95% removal of all particles 0.12 microns and larger.  Since smoke is fairly visible with the naked eye, one assumes that smoke can be easily removed by the  HEPA units. While this is mostly true, it is not what you can see that hurts you, it is what you don’t see, and there-in lies the problem.

The visible smoke is extremely large, measuring more than 20 microns in size up to and over 100 microns in size. These larger particles are normally aspirated in and then expelled from the lungs. These larger particles are also more easily washed away by the tears that form in your eyes when subjected to high concentrations of smoke. However, the smaller, invisible smoke particles; those less than 20 microns in size, are easily ingested into the body and are not as easily removed by the tear ducts in your eyes. It is these smaller particles that cause all the damage and the majority of them can be removed by the use of HEPA filters.

Smoke is an irritant and should be treated as one. Even smoke from candles can be a problem when used in small, confined areas. The black soot-like particles that come from the wick ( both old and new styles ) is also very tiny and should be considered a threat to your body.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems offered by PAS please go to our website at: www.pureairsystems.com or follow us on Twitter  @pureairsystems. You can also follow us on Facebook or call us anytime on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025.

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I Shot The Sheriff, But I Did Not Shoot The Deputy!

There is a lot of discussion today regarding the right to bare arms. Everyone is quoting the constitution and telling their senators and congressmen to uphold the 2nd Amendment as written by our fore fathers. There are federal gun laws that in many cases are being challenged by many states and there is the NRA and other political groups that demand their rights be upheld. This issue is so highly charged that people are threatening their local politicians and demanding their rights to be heard.

The right to free speech and to openly challenge what we think is wrong, is one of the main freedoms we have in this country. The 1st amendment says so. When we see an issue that interferes with our rights or challenges our health we are able to speak out about that issue.

One of the biggest issues that faces a lot of people is the ability to work, play and live in a smoke free environment. For some, protecting themselves from the health dangers of cigarette smoke is an important as being able to carry a gun to protect themselves from harm.

Over the past few years almost all of the large and small corporations in the US have banned smoking in their workplace. For Hospitals and other health care facilities smoking is banned even out in their parking lots. Schools, universities, all public buildings have also banned smoking.  All of these new laws were passed as a direct result of the public speaking out and demanding a safer, healthier work place.

In many cities, counties and townships across the US bars and taverns have eliminated smoking altogether. While many bar owners and restaurant owners thought eliminating smoking would kill their business. Just the opposite. People that never frequented bars now came and stayed for long periods of time, drank and ate more and came more often.

Second hand smoke is now considered to almost as much of a health risk as smoking itself. For children and individuals with respiratory problems second hand smoke can be harmful both short term and long term. Again, the ability to openly challenge the tobacco industry as well as local laws and state legislation regarding non-smokers rights has been successful.

Pure Air Systems has been manufacturing commercial grade HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems since 1985. Since its beginning PAS has been providing filtration systems for bars, restaurants and other facilities where smoking is still permitted. These large, high volume HEPA units incorporate Carbon media as well as a prefilter to effectively remove the harmful smoke particles as well as significantly reduce the smoke odor.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration products and systems by PAS please go to our website at:  wwww.pureairsystems.com

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