Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have gained popularity fast over the last few years. Sales are expected to reach $1.7 billion in 2013, a 240% increase over 2012, according to Wells Fargo projections.
The 1.7 billion dollar question becomes…Are electronic cigarettes safe?
Unfortunately, we don’t know currently whether or not they’re safe because they haven’t been around long enough. However, we do know beyond any reasonable doubt that they’re safer than regular cigarettes.
Many people incorrectly assume nicotine is the dangerous part of a cigarette. Although nicotine is highly addictive and can raise blood pressure, it’s not the main cause of smoking-related ailments. Plus, nicotine actually has many health benefits, although it’s taboo to speak of them since nicotine is inextricably tied to cancer-causing tobacco products.
It’s not the nicotine that will kill you. It’s the smoke.
When you smoke cigarettes, burning the tobacco produces tar, which is resinous, partially combusted particulate matter. Tar coats your lungs, covering and eventually killing the cilia and often causing lung cancer. The vapor in e-cigs has no tar by virtue of the fact that you’re not burning anything. You’re vaporizing it. It’s an indisputable fact: there is no tar in e-cigs.
Cigarettes contain carbon monoxide. E-cigs do not. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t be inhaling carbon monoxide into your lungs.
The tobacco in most cigarette brands has a medley of carcinogens. Some of the chemicals are mixed with the tobacco to preserve it, some are mixed in order to make the tobacco burn faster, and some are simply added in order to make consumers more addicted to that particular brand of cigarette.
Again, e-cigs have not been proven to be safe, simply because they have not been around long enough. However, there is not a single person on record who has died or suffered from any disease directly related to the electronic cigarette. Combine that with the fact that millions of people have made the switch from cigarettes to the e-cig, and most or all of them will tell you how much healthier they feel, and how much healthier their doctors say they are as a result.
For those of you who have been unsuccessful, you just didn’t use the right hardware with the right method. Stick around here at EasyCig, even if you don’t plan on making the switch at this moment, and you will learn everything you need to know.
If you read nothing else of this article and only briefly skim it, at least read the two conclusions below:
Conclusions: “This study indicates that EC vapor is significantly less cytotoxic compared tobacco CS.”
Key Conclusion (of several): “Even when compared to workplace standards for involuntary exposures, and using several conservative (erring on the side of caution) assumptions, the exposures from using e-cigarettes fall well below the threshold for concern for compounds with known toxicity. That is, even ignoring the benefits of e-cigarette use and the fact that the exposure is actively chosen, and even comparing to the levels that are considered unacceptable to people who are not benefiting from the exposure and do not want it, the exposures would not generate concern or call for remedial action.”
An interesting article I came across recently points out the fact that although there are no long-term studies on the e-cig, there are various studies done on the fog machine, which can be compared to the e-cig since the medium is the same:
Are E-Cigarettes Safe or Not? Research on Fog Machines Could Lift the Haze
Combine the significant reduction in adverse health effects when switching from cigarettes to the e-cig with the other benefits of vaping and there’s no reason why a smoker who is not able to quit outright should not give it a shot. Ideally, all smokers would just quit cold turkey. But of course, as many of us know from experience, it’s much easier said than done.
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