What’s the Deal, are E-cig’s Safe?
Electronic Cigarettes, or E-cig’s for short, are the newest fad to come out in the smoking cessation community. Vaporizer, or vape for short, sales have grown tremendously since 2008. That year there were 50,000 sold, versus the 3.5 million in 2012.
What are E-Cig’s?
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cig’s and vapes, are electric inhalers used to replace tobacco smoking. Vapes use different amounts of nicotine and come in a variety of flavors. There’s no smoke involved, only vapor. They often look like regular tobacco cigarettes. They have the same shape, but are usually much longer, almost like a pen. Vaporizers can also be much thicker and hold large amounts of liquid. These liquid containers can be screwed off, allowing the user to try different flavors, as well as increase and decrease nicotine levels.
An electronic cigarette consists of four main parts: the battery, the atomizer (a wick which absorbs nicotine liquid and is heated by a coil to produce vapor), the cartomizer (a tank which holds nicotine liquid), and the mouthpiece.
What are the Pro’s of E-cig’s?
- Not smoking tobacco
- May help to taper off cigarette addiction
- May be more effective than traditional nicotine replacement methods
- Has a less toxic make-up than cigarettes
- Less nicotine than cigarettes
- Offers similar sensation to smoking cigarettes
What are the Con’s of E-cig’s?
- Not proven to help stop smoking cigarettes
- Still contain cancer-causing agents
- FDA found a poisonous liquid in some e-cig’s that claimed to be additive-free
- Still somewhat harmful to humans
- Those experimenting with e-cig’s may find themselves moving to cigarettes
- Still can cause Heart disease, Asthma, Emphysema, and pregnancy issues
E-cigarettes and vapes are becoming increasingly popular. On a positive note, they’re great for the maintenance of nicotine use, and to help quit smoking traditional cigarettes. Many find this method instead easier than using nicotine patches or gum. Being able to have the same sensation as smoking cigarettes is helpful to many e-cig users.
However, the use of e-cig’s and vapes hasn’t been proven to be a completely effective method of quitting cigarettes. People have been able to quit while using e-cig’s and vapes, but have ending up relapsing into cigarettes months, or years, later.
Young people can also be suckered into vaping by it’s fad appeal or attractive flavors. There’s also peer pressure to take into account. Using e-cig’s and vapes may be a gateway to smoking cigarettes for these younger people.
E-cigarettes and vaporizers still contain nicotine and are still dangerous to one’s health over long periods of time. There are numerous studies currently taking place about the health effects of e-cig’s. Also, the legalities of e-cig’s and vapes are being looked into. Right now, nicotine liquid is a largely unregulated market.
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