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Farsalinos on Flavors at SFATA Conference in Chicago

Dimitris Agrafiotis, who appears regularly on YouTube with E-Cig reviews as VapinGreek, managed to videotape the presentation of Konstantinos Farsalinos on flavorings at the SFATA conference in Chicago last Monday (May 5). Both Agrafiotis and Jacques Le Houezec have uploaded the video to the facebook page of Dr. Farsalinos.

The primary point the scientist makes is that flavors are indispensible to e-cigarette marketing, but are not without dangers, albeit dangers that are whole orders of magnitude below the dangers of cigarette smoking. Dedicated users of vaporizers not only like flavors, but they like to sample a variety of flavors. Critically important, some vapers would return to smoking if a variety of flavors were not available. New users tend to prefer tobacco flavor of course, according to the Greek guru's recent studies, which is perfectly natural, he admits, since they are trying to mimic the smoking experience. Once they "lose the Blu's" and graduate to a mod, they prefer, in this order, fruit flavors, sweet flavors, and tobacco, but they like to switch around, according to the good doctor.

Some flavorings turn out to contain toxins, but it is no simple matter to tease out the details. Many studies to date have been marred by disastrous methodological lapses, with the flawed results trumpeted by opponents in the media. It is of signal importance for the test to simulate the actual user experience. The impact of swallowing the liquid is irrelevant, since its impact in liquid form is not at issue. (If it should be swallowed, and the swallowed liquid contains nicotine, the stomach will eject it harmlessly in a vomiting episode, as the nervous nannies will eventually figure out, although it's possible they won't publicize that finding.) But what needs to be researched is the impact when the flavoring is inhaled, since its impact as a liquid is irrelevant. And the inhalation impact differs for each flavoring, since they are all chemically different, although the harm potentials for all of them are all way below smoking.

The scientist concludes with the point that "what is avoidable should be avoided." No particular chemical is essential to the vaping experience. If a particular flavoring turns out to entail unacceptable risk, another can be sought. This is in stark contrast to the risky chemicals users sustain when smoking combustible cigarettes. The harmful chemicals delivered to the user in smoking are produced by the combustion itself, and are unavoidable.

Amid some uncertainties, one thing is clear: Konstantinos Farsalinos is emerging as a kind of saint to the vaping community. He is the guy who understands all the science, and is on our side. His ratings are somewhere between Albert Schweitzer and Mother Theresa. Officials in Rome are probably contemplating bids from vapers for his beatification, with an eye toward eventual sainthood, despite the pesky detail that he probably isn't Roman Catholic.

Ora pro nobis, Constantine! Nunc et in hora "Deeming"!