Benefits and dangers of using e-cigarettes

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Benefits and dangers of using e-cigarettes

Tatiana A. Dias
September 21st, 2017

E-cigarettes are everywhere, especially in the media at present. As people have become more aware of the risks of smoking tobacco, e-cigarettes may be the answer that smokers have been waiting for. If you are thinking about using e-cigarettes, we will list the pros and cons of using this surprisingly controversial device.


What is an electronic cigarette?

An electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette) is a battery-powered device filled with flavoured chemicals that vaporise when used. The vapour created by the e-cigarette is inhaled by the user, hence the term “vaping”.


Chemicals in e-cigarettes

The liquid used in electronic cigarettes is usually made of propylene glycol, glycerine, nicotine and flavourings. However, not all e-cigarettes contain nicotine. The chemicals produced depend on the temperature by which the liquid is vaporised. The higher the temperature, the higher the number of chemicals generated by the e-cigarettes.




Quit smoking

E-cigarettes are advertised as tools to help long-time smokers quit smoking. Although some e-cigarettes contain nicotine, Cancer Research UK says that the level in e-cigarettes is a lot safer than that produced by burning tobacco. Besides, according to a study from the University College of London, approximately 18,000 people have improved their likelihood of smoking cessation in 2015 thanks to e-cigarette. In terms of second-hand smoke emitted by e-cigarettes, reports state that it is safer than the second-hand smoke emitted by traditional cigarettes.


Benefits of the e-cigarette

Odor: E-cigarettes produce vapours that are relatively odourless. Traditional cigarette smell is very distinct and can cling to clothes, fingers, or inside the car.


Cost: As long as the electronic cigarette device is functioning, the user only needs to buy the e-liquid. One container of e-liquid can last longer than to the number of tobacco cigarette sticks that you would purchase for the same price


Safety: Lighting e-cigarettes does not pose any fire hazards compared to conventional cigarettes. E-cigarettes would not cause a fire when used since they run on batteries.


Health: Risks relating to cancers and some conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease have been linked to traditional cigarette use. The toxins produced by burning tobacco are the primary cause of disease and death.


Drawbacks of the e-cigarette

Some people fear that they can increase nicotine addiction in young people and lead them to, rather than sway them from, regular cigarettes.

Nicotine is not the only chemical that we should be concerned with. Despite their favourable flavours, previous research has identified 42 chemicals found in e-cigarette vapour. Moreover, half of them can significantly affect the health of users and the people exposed to second-hand e-cigarette smoke.


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“ Some people fear that they can increase nicotine addiction in young people and lead them to, rather than sway them from, regular cigarettes. ”

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