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Ecigs and Sex

A new book looks at the effects of vaping on men’s reproductive and sexual health.

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Academics from the Southern University at New Orleans, and the Tulane University School of Medicine, have released a book that contains a chapter about vaping. Or rather, a chapter on how vaping affects men’s reproductive and sexual health. Or rather, how misunderstanding how ecigs work can lead to false fears.

The tome, Bioenvironmental Issues Affecting Men's Reproductive and Sexual Health, has been written by Bashir Rezk, Suresh Sikka, and Wayne Hellstrom. The 636 pages claim to have been designed in order to facilitate a “logical flow” of information related to men’s reproductive and sexual health.

They say: “This is an essential reference for those working and learning in the field of human reproduction, reproductive toxicology and environmental influences on reproductive and sexual health. [It] brings together the leading authorities working in the field of male reproduction and sexual health and how the environment affects these issues.”

Unfortunately the treatment of the subject of electronic cigarettes is, at best, lazy. This is a generous description as some may describe it as an torpid collection of lies.

The description of what electronic cigarettes are, as if any of their target audience are unaware, is far too simplistic. The diagram refers to the vaper as the “smoker”. In fact, the image of the cigalike appears to demonstrate a clear confusion on the part of the authors as to what is actually inside such a simple device.

Then, the trio launch into dogma rather than factual accounting. “Candy-flavoured, fruit-flavoured, and menthol-flavoured e-cigarettes appeal to adolescent (sic) more than tobacco-flavoured or alcohol-flavoured e-cigarettes”. All in all, not very sexy news so far, and it’s not surprising that they add: “e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular, a concerning trend given the limited information about their chemistry.”

The authors then dismiss the wealth of sound data available on juice composition and vapour toxicity by stating: “minimal valid chemistry data are available on e-cigarette emissions.” Given their stated opinion that there is no reliable spread of data, it seems exceptionally odd that they would then choose to base an entire chapter of the book on the most flawed and disreputable couple of studies ever carried out: “Data on the daily exposure from liquid-phase aerosol particulate matter in e-cigarettes showed significant formation of formaldehyde and formaldehyde hemiacetals then high voltage (5V) was applied.”

Then the trio use this bogus toxin discovery to talk about how formaldehyde has an adverse impact on the reproductive system, especially on semen quality form a study by a Professor Wang.

Of course, all of this would be valid comment were vapers to actually inhale formaldehyde – but this is a product of dry burning and vapers self-regulate when it comes to unpleasant experiences.

Even if you have an avid reader in the house, maybe there are better things to spend £128.16 on this Christmas?

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Dave Cross

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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