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How Safe are Electronic Cigarettes?

Friday Feb 10, 2012

E-cigarettes smokingAn electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a type of hand-held -delivery device. A rechargeable battery powers a heating element that is inside the device. The that is contained inside of a replaceable cartridge is vaporized and inhaled by the user. Safe use of e-cigarettes is in question as they become popular as an alternative to nicotine patches and gum. Nicotine is considered a carcinogen and the amounts that are in electronic cigarettes are not healthy and long-term dangers to their use are yet to be known.

Benefits of the E-Cigarette

Many advocates point to benefits that users gain from the use of e-cigarettes. These benefits include the fact that an e-cigarette contains no tar or tobacco. As a result these devices do not have the dangers of a real cigarette such as second hand smoke and ash. They allow users to receive the same amount of nicotine as a real cigarette. Currently, prices for replaceable cartridges are less than $5. This is a cost savings of over $1,000 a year. Another benefit claim of the electronic cigarette is that carcinogen levels present within the replaceable cartridges is found only in trace quantities.

Potential Dangers of Electronic Cigarettes

Safe electronic cigarettesUsers can obtain electronic cigarettes from various sources that include internet purchases and in a mail kiosk. Health advocates are concerned about the ability of children to become addicted to these devices as they are available in many flavors, such as chocolate. One issue with electronic cigarettes is that they do not eliminate the addiction to nicotine. Currently, these devices do not qualify as a drug delivery product and are not being regulated by the FDA. However, they are considered as a typical tobacco product which can be purchased by anyone.

Safety First!

Unlike real cigarettes the chemicals that are produced by electronic cigarettes are identified by using a process known as gas chromatography. As a result, the primary components found within electronic cigarettes includes propylene glycol, glycerin and nicotine. Other chemicals that are a concern because of their unknown long term dangers and safety include tobacco specific nitrosamines and diethylene gyclol. The remaining chemicals found in an electronic cigarette do not currently pose any known health concerns. Keep in mind that continued use of these devices, long-term, is not a healthy alternative to quitting the habit.

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