E Cigarettes, What’s New?

As technology is encompassing more and more areas of the personal and commercial domains of life, the new and better uses of technology are constantly been introduced, not only for the industrial but for the personal use as well. As with other industries, the technology has significantly affected the health industry, as a result the healthcare technologies have been re-engineered in many aspects andhelping in adopting a healthy life style better than before.A lot of health focusedtechnological products are now available in market from more accurate digital MRIs, exercise loggers to electronic blood sugar testers and the list goes on.

One of the tantalizing and yet controversial pro-health product is the e-cigarette or the electronic cigarette. The focal objective behind the invention of e-cigarette was to avoid the harmful effects of tar associated with the burning of paper and tobacco in traditional cigarettes. However, there are other harmful effects caused by the toxic elements namely diethylene glycol,in the chemical ingredients of e-cigarette.

E-cigarette is basically a method of nicotine intake using battery-powered device which converts liquid nicotine into a vapor, or mist, that the user inhales. E-cigarettes areavailable in many shapes and sizes, including conventional cigarettes, cigars and pipes. There’s no fire, no ash and unlike traditional smokes, which contain harmful levels of carcinogens and emit a lingering cloud of fumes, e-cigarettes are odorless.The vapored liquids nicotine known as e-juices variesthrough brands and contains flavoring and other chemicals.

Initially, Herbert Gilbert in the year 1963 patented the e-cigarette and it is believed to be the first patent of e-cigarette. However, Gilbert’s product couldn’t get considerable response from the market. Subsequently in the year 2003, a Chinese chemist Hon Lik patented the nicotine based e-cigarette. Fortunately, the product of Hon Lik attained the attention of local and then international markets.

In response to the controversial status of e-cigarette and its vague effects on health, some countries have either completely banned the sale and marketing or banned the use of e-cigarettein hospitals and other public places. Further, controversies are emerging regarding social acceptance and whether to allow or ban the vapored liquid nicotine at workplace. Moreover, health professionals are expressing concern that e-cigarettes may lead young people toward a lifetime of addiction by encouraging them to smoke regular cigarettes.

However, the manufacturers are marketing the e-cigarette as a healthier substitute to traditional cigarettes andnot as smoking-cessation tool but a growing number of peopleare using e-cigarettes as an alternative to tobaccoand some even reported areduction in smoker’s cough and improvement indaily sleep.For investors and manufacturers, e-cigarettes are tempting because of the potential to earn consistent huge profits. According to Forbes.com, theUS manufacturers annually make between estimated $250 million to $500. The profitability is enough of a reason for manufacturers to oppose the ban and do lobbying for lifting it.

The fact that whether e-cigarette is a healthier option or just a commercially viable technological product cannot be concluded until further high quality research, long term health consequences and study of user experiences.


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