How Electronic Cigarettes Affect Human Health

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are battery operated electronic devices that are designed to convert a liquid solution containing nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals into vapor for the user to inhale. They are often given the look of everyday items like pipes, pens, cigars, tobacco cigarettes etc. As using conventional tobacco cigarettes is considered smoking because of the smoke it produces, using e-cigarettes is called vaping because of the produced vapor. Three different components make up an e-cigarette and they are the cartridge holding the liquid solution, the vaporizer which is the heating device and the battery which is the power source.

A relatively recent entry into the markets of USA has been the reason behind lack of conclusive evidence validating the fact that electronic cigarettes are truly a safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. However, by virtue of the limited research done on the subject it can be said that as the quantity of nicotine derived from e-cigarettes is much lesser than what is derived from tobacco cigarettes, the former is the safer option between the two. Apart from this there are also other strong reasons to believe that the health risks associated with e-cigarettes are much lower when compared to the tobacco ones and hence bend the popular opinion in the favour of vaping.

Cigarette smoking alone stands responsible for a number of deaths each year associated with critical health conditions like heart disease and cancer. Keeping aside the addictive nature of the cardiovascular stimulant, nicotine, it can be said that the tobacco combustion resulting into tar and other harmful chemicals is one of the major issues with smoking. The inhalation of the tar and the chemicals has serious consequences for your health and is easily one of the worst side-effects of smoking. Obviously then the addictive, reinforcing and pleasurable side of nicotine only adds to your worries. And this is exactly where electronic cigarettes fit in delivering a flavored vapor that gives the feel of the tobacco smoke and produces nicotine but with lesser amount of toxic chemicals than what is left by burning tobacco in the conventional cigarettes.

But if you stand to be totally convinced that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes then let us tell you that even though you do not have to worry about the problems associated with tobacco smoke in e-cigarettes, the liquid solution in many of the devices contain toxic chemicals and carcinogens like formaldehyde and acetaldehyde along with potentially dangerous nanoparticles of toxic metal from the vaporizing appliance. This is exactly why it is repeatedly told that the effects of the long term use of these electronic devices are not yet known and is a subject of ongoing research.

 

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