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Electronic Cigarette Health Risks

Electronic Cigarettes or E-cigarettes are getting very popular now a days despite of the fact that very little facts are known about the health hazards posed by them. The electronic cigarettes health risks are fairly worrying. This article has been prepared by compiling several official sources, studies and philosophical studies prevailing about the health concerns of electronic cigarettes in 2013. Virtually, there is very less research outcome about the health hazards of electronic cigarettes. New York was the first to state to ban Electronic cigarettes because FDA has not given approval for the device. Talbot said some users of e-cigarettes reported problems to lungs and throats and quit them eventually.

Electronic Cigarettes Are Addictive

Nicotine - a greatly addictive chemical - is the main chemical content of electroinc cigarettes. Declaring it ‘safe’ will attract youngsters everywhere to start using it and create a generation of Nicotine addicts. Although nicotine aerosol from e-cigarettes are not as poisonous as chemicals from conventional tobacco, Nicotine is addictive - once you start you start using it you can’t stop it.

Electronic Cigarettes are potentially Unsafe

The Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has released their latest concerns about electroinc cigarettes for the public this July 2011. They have concerns over the following issues:

  • Youngsters those who start with electronic cigarettes may later move on to more harmful and addictive drugs or normal cigarettes.
  • The aerosol produced by e-cigarettes may contain toxic substances which might be harm humans.
  • The proportion of nicotine contained in the e cigarettes might vary with different manufactures.

Science Daily published the findings after a research funded by Talbot from the University of California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). The expose the the following threats that are related to lack of standardization and environment safety :

  • There is no proper way to dispose electronic cigarettes.
  • The nicotine which is a highly addictive and dangerous substance is the main content in the e cigarettes cartridge. If the cartridge breaks and leak it might be harmful for children, pets and environment.
  • Unregulated rules prevail the making and marketing of e-cigarettes. It will take few more years to fix standards and regulations on this.

Recently, the American Lung Association have also issued warnings about the potential threat of electroinic cigaretts.Doctor Robert Greene treats lung cancer patients at the Palm Beach Cancer Institute said "The hazards might be even greater than the result of using conventional tobacco. We might inhale more amount of nicotine through e-cigaretts than the conventional tobacco.". This three year old innovation is not quite yet ready to be accepted as a solution for tobacco addiction. When FDA conducted a test few years back with a few of them it was found harmful substances like diethylene gylcol ( used in antifreeze ). FDA have proposed many changes the in the coming years. Until the regulations standardized and tested its better not to opt an e-cigarette.

Electronic Cigarettes Are Safer than Conventional Cigarettes

The nicotine aerosol from electronic cigarettes are directly not as dangerous as conventional cigarettes. But till now its not approved by FDA and there is no regulation or standardization of this device. Discover News says, as long as this situation prevails the e-cigarettes may even contain undisclosed chemical components which might be even more harmful than conventional tobacco. It is true that the proposed ideal e-cigarette is safer than the conventional cigarettes. But we have to wait till the ideal e-cigarette which falls under some standardization and under a monitoring agency becomes a reality.

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bobwebdesig 5 years ago from Florida

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OpenYourEyes 4 years ago

This should open many eyes, here's the original patent from 1963......http://www.google.com/patents?id=RjlUAAAAEBAJ&prin...


Monica 4 years ago

I have a electronic cigarette and have been off regular cigarettes for 3 months. I convenced my inlaws to get one and my father in law had a severe allergic reaction. He broke out in hives all over his body and i feel responcible. Nothing has happened to me but a little weight gain, but I have been hearing a lot of horror stories. Thank you for the information.


aMY 4 years ago

I am now having heart palpitations and shortness of breath, and actually went to the doctor. I have been using e-cig for 6 mos. now and just quit them too. I am an otherwise healthy woman, eat right, exercise.


AHR 4 years ago

Please note that these comments are contained only to my personal experience, and I am by no means an expert. But for what it's worth, here's a summary of my own personal experience with e-cigs:

I was a pack-a-day smoker for 10 years (between 16-26 years old). I switched to the e-cig about 3 years ago and to be honest, I have noticed a significant decrease or outright elimination of the effects associated with normal cigarettes. I use my e-cig daily and am able to run 5 miles, powerlift, and hike 6 miles through rugged terrain without issue (when I could not even get close to doing these things when I was smoking tobacco cigarettes). The ability to increase my physical activity has led to a 20lb weight loss, and I never experienced the weight gain normally associated with quitting smoking.

About 6 months ago, I had a normal tobacco cigarette for the first time after switching to the e-cig and had to throw it out after only 2 puffs--it made me dizzy, nauseous, and I could not stop coughing (my lungs hurt for a good hour afterwards). It was identical to smoking for the first time. I was not expecting this reaction as I use my e-cig daily, so I was somewhat surprised at how severe the difference was for me, personally.

That all being said, I absolutely think that they must conduct more studies as we do not know for sure what the long-term health risks are. Also, e-cigs really aren't for everyone as far as cessation is concerned. My mother, another pack-a-day smoker (for the past 40 years) doesn't find them to be a suitable alternative and stopped using the e-cigs I bought her after a few days of trying to make a complete switch.


Jake S 4 years ago

I've smoked about a pack or more a day from age 16-24 been almost 2 months now without a cigarette. I personally think the possible health effects far outway the risks from real cigarettes. My lungs feel bit better, im healthier. Ive tried every other alternative, gum, lozenge, patch, chantix. They only take the edge off not the cravings or potential stress. From day one tho the electric cigarette was great. I can be around smokers an even drink without thinking about a real cigarette. Cant wait to really quit but they have lower nicotene cartridges to help with that an Ive sucessfully gone down one so far :)


Max 4 years ago

This page and pages like this make me sick. NO matter the health risks of electronic cigarettes they are better then traditional cigarettes. I mean common people really open your eyes for real. We take in so many chemicals it is outragous! Focus your energy on something more worthy like Kony i Africa or the toxins in dryer sheets and tide. Wake up people! You broke out in hives I am sorry their way worse allergic reactions with nyquil for the love of god do not turn hardcore smokers away from e cigs they will go back to regular cigarettes and then what in the heck have you accomplished?


nell 4 years ago

tobacco compnies are just throwing fits they are losing money causse more peole are going to e cigs,its nicotine people!!!!!!! cigerttes have carbonmonoxide emboming shit in it car exhuast cleaner,and much muchmore dangererous stuff in ciggertes!!! nicotine in the e cig is the only thing in it safe as cafine and that is a fact by doctors look it up, , you dont stink,ur not going to get cancer from it causw theres no bad chemicals in it...dont let stupid people talk u into thinking its bad,it has vegetble glycerin and pg in it """which is used in almost everything you eat dumb asss ,if your scared of e cig go but a pack of smokes for 7 dollars and chances are "cancer" and second hand smoke to ur loved ones,e cigs is water vaer when exhaled "harmlesss ,fda justwant and has been searching to find somthing wrong with it for how long now ,they will scare you but its just non sence they want to be in control and ............. get the point

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