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e-cig = Fatal?
How they work
E-cigs all have a mouthpiece, a vaporizing chamber , a coil, a cartridge to hold the liquid, something controlling the voltage, and a LED indicator. E-Cigs do not burn anything so it does not produce any smoke only vapor.
The cartridge holds the liquid which is heated by the coil powered by a lithium battery. When you take a puff The battery heats the coil which vaporizes the liquid letting it flow into the vaporizing chamber then into the mouth piece.
The Liquid is still full of carcinogens "cancer causing toxins" from the nicotine and maybe some of the flavoring. Although the main ingredient propylene glycol hasn't show any signs of being a carcinogen; e-cigs are still far from being approved by the FDA.
Quotes from doctors
Dr. Robert Greene
“There really is no information about whether they're safe or not, and that's part of the problem," said Greene."
Dr. Michael Siegel, professor at Boston University School of Public Health, who has more than 20 years of experience In tobacco control.
“The level of the same tobacco-specific nitrosamines in conventional cigarettes is at least 300 to 1,400 times higher than what has been detected in electronic cigarette cartridges. In other words, you would have to smoke as many as 1,400 electronic cigarettes to be potentially exposed to the same amount of these carcinogens as smoking one conventional cigarette.”
said, Dr. Michael
New York State Health Commissioner, Richard Daines, M.D.
“Smokers smoke because they are addicted to nicotine in cigarettes, but it is the smoke not the nicotine, which causes a long list of diseases, including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and emphysema.” said, Richard.
Dr. J Nitzkin AAPHP
"If we get all tobacco smokers to switch to e-cigs. We would eventually switch the US death toll from 400,000 a year to 4,000 or maybe even 400." Said, Dr. J Nitzkin.
So compared to a regular cigarette E-Cigs don't really seem like a threat. Well they might not be as bad as cigarettes but they can be fatal. The main killer of cigarettes is the smoke mixed with the many chemicals. The main killer of E-cigs is the Nicotine which can act as a poison for only .8mg/kilo of pure nicotine could kill a full grown adult if ingested.
Also many of the liquids are made in the stores and not everything is regulated. So some E-cigs might be more dangerous than others depending upon the ingredients in the liquid. This shows the real harm of E-cigs comes from people accidentally swallowing the liquid or a child drinking it.
Being a E-cig user my self I know that sometimes the devices can leak liquid through the mouthpiece and into my mouth. I will immediately spit it out knowing its toxic but i always think how many times would it take for me to get this liquid in my mouth to make me ill?
Vaping isn't 100% safe but all of the professionals seem to say compared to real cigarettes E-cigs are much much safer.
A growing business
E-cigs are growing and there are so many different types out there. some real fancy ones as well. This might not be a good thing because the more they grow the more dangerous they might become like what happened with regular cigarettes. 200 years ago regular Cigarettes probably didn't have as many chemicals in them.
Although my personal opinion is it would be a good thing if the E-cigs put regular cigarettes out of business. Which would be very difficult to do but could save many lives.