Thoughts On E-Cigarettes 2014

Are electronic cigarettes healthier than normal cigarettes? The studies so far have been inconclusive. 

The American Lung Association is "very concerned about the potential health consequences of electronic cigarettes as well as the unproven claims that they can be used to help smokers quit," according to their site. There are few reports on batteries overheating with incompatible chargers but I know my readers too smart for something like that to happen. University College London study said E-cigs worked better for people trying to quit smoking than any other nicotine replacement, but the University of California San Francisco found the opposite is true.

I still have mixed feelings about them.

On one hand you have E-cigs that are marketing towards children with colorful and fruity flavors. E-Cig consumption among high school students has doubled from 2011-2012. Since we don't know the long term affects of E-cigs, will this overall negatively affect one's health?

According to DNews with their video on Is Marijuana Smoke Healthier Than Tobacco Smoke?, it's not the chemicals that are hurting you but the smoke itself. Does that include E-cigs?

On the other hand you have countless success stories from the Reddit electronic cigarette forum that tell the tales of how E-cigs have helped them quit. I personally know two people that are smoking few and fewer cigarettes now because of E-cigs. Will they ever stop completely? Who knows? It's also cheaper.

I will never truly understand what strength of vice grip nicotine has on someone since I've never been in that situation myself. I might of smoked for two months in my experimental college phase but then realized that I was too poor to smoke. +1 for poverty!

The best answer I can give is to try E-Cigs if you definitely have a goal to quit and have exhausted other options. Research the different doses and flavors as much as possible. Understand the risks (dehydration). Obtain a quality kit and juice. Stay away from Diacetyl. Maybe start with a juice that is similar to your favorite brand of cigarettes and then slowly wean yourself off the cigarettes as you start vaping.

Now you are saving a little money and still getting your nicotine fix. Can you wean yourself off the nicotine now?

Here are some quick links:

Quick FAQ on e-cigs
Reddit Eectrong cigarette forumReddit E-cig supplier list

ADC ADSCOPE 603 Stethoscope Review

Price: $32.25
Place: Amazon
Rating: 4.5 / 5

Pros: Lifetime warranty on metal parts. Identity tag. Price. Extra ear pieces.
Cons: Identity tag falls apart. Heavy head. 

The standard stethoscope among many practitioners is the 3M Littmann Classic II S.E. Since mine finally broke after 5 years, I decided to look for cheaper options without sacrificing quality since the Littmann is $105 MSRP (though you could find it for ~$75 online). I learned to take better care of my stethoscope by wiping it down with a alcohol pad every day. The oils in my neck ate away at the stethoscope for years not that I have a very oily neck or anything. I also twirled it around a lot (Don't do that).

After reading through many reviews I ended up with the ADC 603 Stethoscope. From the guys that make our miller and mac intubation blades, the ADC Stethoscope is the same length (22 cm) as the Littmann and looks nearly identical. The Litmman offers a 5 year warranty on metal parts. The ADC offers lifetime warranty. You'll more likely to lose your stethoscope or have it stolen before those warranties though.

The ADC came in a nice box similar to my older Littmann. The box contains the stethoscope, hard and soft ear guards, a spare diaphragm, and identity tag that snaps at the bifurcation point. My Litmann did not contain a identity tag. The sound quality itself is on par with the Littmann. The tubing is thick enough to block out ambient noise but not inflexible. 

The only real problem I have with this stethoscope is the chest piece. It seems a little heavier than the Littmann SE II so it slides off my neck sometimes. The identity tag is a two piece hard plastic that sits at the bifurcation point. There have been times where my stethoscope would hit the desk the the tag would just come apart. I fixed the issue using small amounts of tape on the undersides.
The ID tag also saved my stethoscope on a few occasions. I occasionally leave it at work and it would find it's way back to my work mailbox.

ADC is the best stethoscope for this price point and I would not hesitate to buy another one.