E-cigarettes are present all the rage and they appear to be a trendy new social activity that appeals to both smokers and non-smokers.
Even though they are tobacco-free, they contain nicotine from tobacco plants. This ingredient is supposed to help smokers give up their use of cigarettes.
Given the fact that more and more research on e-cigarettes becomes available, it becomes evident that there are many dangers linked to their use. In other words, e-cigarettes can be seen as an uncontrolled experiment on consumers at this point.
Both active and passive smokers should take into consideration the negative effect of e-cigarettes. Instead of releasing cigarette smoke, which is known to be highly detrimental, e-cigarettes release an aerosol which is known as harmless. However, it turns out that we have more causes for concern that we used to think.
POSITIVE EFFECTS OF E-CIGARETTES
There is mounting evidence that the use of e-cigarettes helps reduce smoking. If used properly, e-cigarettes can help people cut down their cigarette use and even give up the habit altogether.
However, it appears that this is only a short-term solution for some people. It is important to mention that e-cigarettes affect both direct users and those inhaling second-hand smoke.
In addition, making your own juice for use in your e-cigarette is a good idea as well. This can help you cut down partially, or even completely, the detrimental chemical intake.
NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF E-CIGARETTES
The German Cancer Research Center conducted a study which presented the main pieces of information regarding the use of e-cigarettes.
This study revealed that e-cigarettes and their emissions are not as safe as most people think they are. In addition, it was found that they contain volatile organic compounds, acetone, benzopyrene, acetaldehyde, silicate, and formaldehyde, all of which are known as cancer-causing substances.
Even though this can be seen as a breakthrough and a step forward for individuals looking to give up smoking, it is important to get to know the dangers and keep yourself open to other options for quitting.
According to the German Cancer Research Center,
“Until proof is provided that the products do not involve any health risks, their sale is an uncontrolled experiment, possibly at the cost of consumers’ health.”
As presented in their study:
“The liquids contain ingredients that on short-term use irritate airways and may lead to allergic reactions and which may be harmful to health when inhaled repeatedly over a prolonged period of time.
The aerosol of some liquids contains harmful substances (formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, diethylene glycol, nickel, chromium, lead).
The functionality of electronic cigarettes can vary considerably (aerosol production, nicotine delivery into aerosols).
Adverse health effects for third parties exposed cannot be excluded because the use of electronic cigarettes leads to the emission of fine and ultrafine inhalable liquid particles, nicotine and cancer-causing substances into the indoor air.”
Furthermore, according to the CDC in a recent statement, “If you only cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke by adding another tobacco product, like e-cigarettes, you still face serious health risks… Smokers must quit smoking completely to fully protect their health – even a few cigarettes a day are dangerous.”