What people probably didn’t know about E-cigarettes

Despite the worldwide awareness of the fact that smoking tobacco is bad for one’s health, more than 40 million Americans are still cigarette smokers. Smoking cigarettes is an addictive habit and is known to cause damage to every organ in one’s body. Plus, smoking-related illnesses are known to be responsible for one out of every five deaths in the United States. Nearly 70 % of all smokers say that they want to quit, and a little more than 42 % report that they’ve tried to quit during the past year.

 

Electronic cigarettes have contributed a lot in aiding these addicts in quitting this harmful habit and as many as one-fifth of smokers have tried e-cigarettes. While some people might argue that vapor produced by these cigarettes offers health advantages over the traditional cigarette smoke, regulatory agencies as well as some health experts aren’t so sure as to the authenticity of this statement. Before one considers taking up the e-cigarette habit, they should keep the following facts in mind.

 

Firstly, when one considers smoking these electronic cigarettes, they would never have to worry about misplacing their lighters as there’s nothing to light. Instead, these cigarettes run on a lithium battery and each one contains a vaporization chamber as well as a cartridge filled with liquid. When one puffs on their e-cig as they would a regular cigarette, the lithium battery powers the device to heat up that liquid in order to vaporize it. Some e-cigarettes also have a LED tip that glows red, just like a traditional cigarette, but not all of these smokeless gadgets resemble regular cigarettes. Because these e-cigs don’t burn tobacco, there’s no smoke, carbon monoxide or any odor. What one is inhaling is just vapor.

Secondly, although electronic cigarettes are smoke and tobacco free, they are not, however, nicotine free. The liquid in e-cigarettes is basically a mixture of nicotine, artificial flavors such as bubble gum or watermelon, propylene glycol, as well as other additives. The exact amount of nicotine depends on the mixture of the specific liquid nicotine cartridge that is installed in the device. Some products might even contain nicotine amounts that are comparable to traditional tobacco cigarettes, while others contain levels that are closer to that of a light or ultra light cigarette. Also, there are cartridges available that contain flavored liquid without the nicotine, for those users who want the sensory experience of smoking a cigarette without having to endure the harmful effects.

Thirdly, e-cigarettes, too, come with health and safety concerns and that is the liquid nicotine. Though, liquid nicotine is extracted from tobacco leaves, but unlike them, it can be lethal. It can cause harm when it’s inhaled, and it can also be harmful when ingested or absorbed through the skin. Calls to poison control centers concerning e-cigarette nicotine-infused liquids rose sharply between 2010 and 2014.  Some studies also suggest that it’s not only the nicotine that is dangerous, some e-cig devices also release metals when in use, including tin in some cases as well as other impurities known to be toxic or carcinogenic.

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