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VaporZone Electronic cigarettes are growing very popular and mostly on the basis of them being better for a person’s health than regular tobacco. However, experts are now concerned about the e-cigarettes themselves. Even with many safer and less active options, like nicotine chewing gum or patches available, many are still opting to choose electronic cigarettes over them, even going against prescriptions, sparking a huge controversy on the topic. And now Vapor Zone have realeased their Super Bowl e cigarette commercial to really show they mean business and create controversy.
E cigarettes are a Chinese invention. They were invented by a pharmacist Hon Lik, in 2003, working for the company named Ruyan. Ruyan was the first to enter the market in 2004, and since then, there has been consistent growth in the market. They were marketed against tobacco products stating the absence of any tar or soot stemming from burning organic matter. Since they contained only nicotine in an easily evaporated solvent, they also were said to be less dangerous than using cigarettes, whose smoke contains around 4000 dangerous chemicals and carcinogens. However, the debate as to whether the device is as safe it seems is still on, and there are great many naysayers who do not feel that it significantly decreases the health risks to tobacco smoking, and some suggest it may instead lend a whole other host of health problems to the smoker.
The majority of studies, however, have not proven conclusive, and the few that have fail to suggest anything especially significant. Some studies have reported a significant decrease in lung airway width, leading to an increase in resistance, but they are not significant in percentages compared to a normal cigarette, and if anything prove that the electronic cigarettes are, in fact, better than tobacco cigarettes, even if they are not perfect.
Another study comparing e cigarettes and the normal cigarettes found that they are much better for heart health than normal cigarettes, posing no threat or disturbance to heart activity. Worries about the how the different chemicals other than nicotine in the solution are affecting the smoker’s health still continue to remain afloat, despite many companies stating that their products do not contain anything but nicotine, propylene glycol (used in inhalers), glycerol, flavoring agents, water are compounds that do not threaten human life in any way.
Other than the health risks, the controversy on how the secondhand vapor affects other people is also prominent, but since the water vapor that the “smoke” consists of diffuses into nothingness almost instantaneously, they hold very little if any at all, sway in their arguments. The cause for concern is that many electronic cigarettes companies import their products from China, where the quality control is not as stringent. With proper regulations in place, and also the great number of American brands available, this too should not be a problem.
The main cause for concern that may have actual grounds is that these e cigarettes actually promote the cigarette smoking habit instead of working against it. Regardless, the debate is still hot, and we will all have to wait for a while before any conclusive studies or regulations come out that put the matter to rest at an end.
- 1 sheet (25cm) ready-rolled puff pastry
- 100g butter, softened
- 1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup (100g) almond meal
- 1/4 cup (40g) plain flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbs Calvados (see note)
- 2 pink lady apples, very thinly sliced crossways
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 2 tbs caster sugar, extra
- Step 1
Preheat oven to 200°C. Line the base and sides of a 22cm square (base measurement) fluted tart tin with removable base with the pastry. Use a fork to prick the base all over. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until puffed and golden. Remove from oven and use a clean tea towel to press the base of the pastry to flatten. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool.
- Step 2
Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the egg and beat until just combined. Add the almond meal, flour and cinnamon and stir to combine. Add the Calvados and stir until just combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pastry case and smooth the surface.
- Step 3
Brush the apple slices with the lemon juice and arrange over the tart. Sprinkle evenly with the extra sugar. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until apples begin to curl and filling is set. Remove from oven and set aside to cool in the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.
By Grace Abuor Jook