E-Cigarettes: 4 Facts You Need to Know

E-Cigarettes: 4 Facts You Need to Know

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E-cigarettes are used by many smokers as one of the best alternatives to tobacco. While many think that electronic cigarettes are less harmful when compared to traditional cigarettes, it is to be noted that were introduced just as a resource to facilitate reduction in cigarette smoking and also that they have their own pitfalls.

Here are some of the issues with smoking e-cigarettes if you are thinking about using them as a smoking alternative.

1. E-Cigarettes Are Not Regulated

All regulated tobacco products must strictly adhere to the rules imposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some of these include:

  •  Manufacturers should report about the ingredients used in making the product and also register their existing products.
  •  Any new product going into the market should get a prior approval from the FDA.
  •  If any product claims that it reduces health risks, such claims should be backed by science and research.

Tobacco products that are currently regulated by the FDA include cigarettes and cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own-tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Other tobacco products including e-cigarettes hookah tobacco, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco, cigars and dissolvable tobacco products are yet to be regulated by the FDA.

As there is a lack of regulation, users cannot trust whether an electronic cigarette contains the amount of nicotine that it actually claims. This becomes extremely dangerous if you are using them as an alternative to quit smoking.

2. Electronic Cigarettes Have Lot of Toxins

A recent study suggested that electronic cigarettes have a lot of toxins in varying amounts. These toxins include formaldehyde, acetone, acetaldehyde, methyl benzaldehyde, acrolein and other volatile organic compounds together with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and phenolic compounds which are all harmful to health. Even if the amounts of these chemicals in e-cigarettes is less compared to traditional cigarettes, risk of exposure to the same chemicals is what the users need to worry about.

The most worrying of all is the presence of TSNAs which are associated with oral and esophageal cancer and cancers related to lungs, liver and pancreas. A number of heavy metals including zinc and lead are also present in e-cigarette emissions. Chromium, which is not present in traditional cigarette smoke, is also found in e-cigarette smoke. Nickel in e-cigarettes is also four times more when compared to regular cigarettes.

3. E-Liquid Is Poisonous

As e-liquid comes in sweet and candy flavours, it is more appealing to kids and teens. But, as the e-liquid is laced with nicotine, poisoning can occur if this liquid is inhaled or ingested or even absorbed through the skin and eyes. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of calls pertaining to liquid nicotine have largely increased since e-cigarettes gained popularity and the most affected age group is between 5 and 20 years.

4. E-Cigarettes Do Not Aid in Quitting Smoking

Most of the smokers are still actively addicted to smoking even if they use e-cigarettes regularly. That’s probably because e-cigarettes are just smoking alternatives and do not help in completely quitting smoking. If e-cigarettes become regulated products in future, there is a chance that smokers will be able to find an aid in the form of a physician-designed and endorsed smoking cessation regimen. But that’s really a long way to go. So, anyone thinking of using an e-cigarette as a form of quitting aid should do some research and consult with their doctor for best advice.