Are There Any Side Effects With Smoking E-Cigarettes?

Created by Chinese druggist Hon Lik in 2003, the e-cigarette has gained popularity among smokers and non-smoker worldwide with many different brands marketing it as an alternative to normal cigarette smoking and claiming to that they can help one to kick the habit. Although similar in size, shape and general appearance, electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco. Instead, the device is made of a heater, a battery and a cartridge that contains different flavors of liquid nicotine that can be inhaled once heated and turned into vapor. The smoker gets the same kick/rush as that of smoking a normal cigarette without the worry of getting lungfuls of the harmful substances such as tar, tobacco and carbon monoxide that are characteristic of normal cigarette inhalation. There is no yellowing of teeth or bad breath as well.

One would think it would be the Holy Grail for smokers worldwide, wouldn’t they? Remember, if it is too good to be true, it probably is. So, are there any side effects with smoking electronic cigarettes? Unknown to many e-cig smokers, there are a number of side effects that make smoking e-cigs as harmful as smoking regular cigarettes.

The little-known facts

· Electronic cigarettes contain a substance known as Diethylene Glycol which is a brake fluid and antifreeze component that is toxic to human beings.
· E-cigs also contain some cancer causing compounds such as nitrosamines. Both of these toxic compounds are present in e-cigs and smokers are exposed to the dangers they pose.
· Particles of certain metals such as silver, aluminum, iron, and silicates as well as nanoparticles of chromium, tin and nickel are also present in electronic cigarettes, much in the same quantity present in the conventional cigarette.
· They also have nicotine, the core ingredient in each and every cigarette. Therefore, the claim that e-cigs help one to kick the smoking habit cannot be entirely true since the addictive compound is found in both types of cigarettes.

Trying to quit smoking by switching to e-cigs is futile. Furthermore, one will experience the exact same withdrawal symptoms as those trying to quit regular smoking.

Electronic cigarettes are not licenced or regulated. Due to the fact that e-cigs do not contain tobacco, they are not regulated by the United States tobacco laws and therefore, have not undergone adequate and proper research trials to prove and verify they are safe for use.

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Side Effects of inhaling the smoke from electronic cigarettes

Although there is little documented research into the possible side effects of smoking electronic cigarettes, the chemical diethyle glycol is currently classified as a poison by the WHO (World Health Organization) and is known to cause nerve dysfunction, kidney damage and respiratory failure at high quantities. The metallic particles and nano-particles are also known to cause respiratory disease and distress. Additionally, research has noted that those who use electronic cigarettes tend to suffer from mood disorders, lack of concentration, depression, increased appetite and high levels of anxiety.

In conclusion, electronic cigarettes have not yet gone through proper and adequate research trials to prove that they are a safer or healthier alternative to conventional tobacco smoking. However, due to the fact that they contain harmful chemicals, particles and nano-particles of harmful metals, side effects such as respiratory distress and psychological problems such as depression and one’s incapability to concentrate are some of the side effects caused by inhaling the substances present in e-cigs.

Smoking without harming your health

An electronic cigarette is the best alternative to conventional smoking which can help you to leave the habit or to maintain it without harming your health. With traditional cigarettes, you absorb a wide variety of toxins such as carbon monoxide and tar which promote the emergence of different types of cancer. In addition, the addiction to tobacco is the biggest obstacle for people who want to stop smoking; however, tobacco is the main responsible for the emergence of carcinogenic diseases.

The electronic cigarette has been designed to help the smoker to leave the addiction to the toxin without losing the habit of “smoking” a cigarette. One of the pros of electronic cigarette is that it provides an experience quite similar to the one related to conventional cigarette, the smoker can keep enjoying the gesticulation of holding a cigarette, the inhalation of vapor and the taste on the mouth among other things, all of this without having to inhale toxic substances issued by conventional cigarette.

On the other hand, with the electronic cigarette people near the smoker are free from inhaling toxic substances, helping in this way on the eradication of passive smoking. Since, as it has been mentioned, the main obstacle for the smoker to leave the cigarette is the addiction to nicotine, the system of electronic cigarette has been designed to regulate the levels of nicotine to reduce them gradually until the smoker feels no more needs of inhaling such a toxic element.

Electronic cigarettes were created China on 2003, they are made with stainless steel, and inside they contain a chamber with liquid nicotine in different concentrations and their mechanism works with a rechargeable battery. Electronic cigarettes can contain cartridges of even twenty-four milligrams of nicotine, this dose can be reduced since there are cartridges with lower levels of nicotine and there are also cartridges with no nicotine at all. Thus electronic cigarette is a good alternative to conventional cigarette for people who want to keep smoking without inhaling the seven thousand varieties of toxic substances of tobacco and for those who do not want to harm the health of people surrounding them.

Nicotine is addictive, but the real cause of cancer is the mixture of ingredients of the conventional cigarette. The dose of nicotine contained on each cartridge of electronic cigarette is the equivalent of two normal snuff packages. Each cartridge for an electronic cigarette contains nicotine, natural aromas extracted from tobacco and humectants such as propylene.

E-cigarette binds the advanced technology of microelectronics and the technological vaporization physics. The inhaler is quite similar to a conventional cigarette and it has a red light on the tip which simulates the fathom of a conventional cigarette. Besides electronic cigarette emulates the flavor of a conventional cigarette and issues a fume which is not toxic since it is sort of a water vapor. Electronic cigarette offers many advantages over the conventional cigarette; it does not produce bad breath and a yellowish coloration on teeth like conventional cigarette, you can use this cigarette on any public place without causing annoyances.