Are Electronic Cigarettes Really Safe?

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 Are Electronic Cigarettes Really Safe?

 Are Electronic Cigarettes Really Safe?In 2009, the FDA held a press conference in which they addressed the safety issues of electronic cigarettes.  During this press conference, the FDA has the gall to say that e-cigarettes were packed full of toxins and carcinogens – despite the fact that there was absolutely no evidence to support this claim.  But, by putting fear into the public’s mind about e-cigarettes, they were essentially saying that they should just stick to smoking tobacco cigarettes instead, a product which we already know kills more than 450 thousand people yearly in the US alone!

 

There was one part of the FDA statement which was true: electronic cigarettes are still new and have not been formally tested for safety.  Yet, it doesn’t take years of testing to know that electronic cigarettes are a safer alternative to cigarettes.  Tobacco cigarettes contain at least 400,000 chemicals, of which at least 50 are known to cause cancer.  While these chemicals are harmful, they aren’t the most deadly part of tobacco cigarettes.  The worst part of tobacco cigarettes is that, when you smoke, you inhale vast amounts of smoke.  The medical term for this smoke is “products of combustion.” It is this smoke which is responsible for killing millions of people every year and maiming even more.

 

Electronic cigarettes are not smoked, thus you do not inhale any products of combustion.  There have been critics who cite the potential dangers of the e-juice used in electronic cigarettes.  The e-juice contains a combination of water and glycerin or propylene glycol.  While we cannot ascertain that these products are completely safe to inhale as vapor, they are commonly used as food additives.  The FDA labels them as “generally regarded as safe” and they have been consumed for years without evident risks.

 

The only known harmful part of electronic cigarettes is the nicotine which the e-juice contains.  Note that not all e-juice contains nicotine.  You can order electronic cigarette juice without nicotine and just “smoke” the vapor instead to get the sensation of smoking. Nicotine is notoriously addictive. It can also cause problems in the body, such as joint pain, mood swings, or increase blood pressure, amongst others. However, it must be noted that the risks of nicotine are NOT the same as the risks of smoking tobacco. Nicotine alone does not cause cancer nor the diseases linked to smoking.

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There are even some studies which show that nicotine may be beneficial to the body.  Most of the benefits of nicotine where discovered by smokers’ paradoxes, or cases in which smokers did not get a certain health condition at the rate of nonsmokers. In studies of nicotine delivered without smoking, researchers found that nicotine can help reduce the risk of breast cancer, preeclampsia, asthma, and ulcerative colitis. Nicotine may also reduce inflammation.

 

Despite these studies, we cannot claim that nicotine is healthy or even obviously beneficial.  However, that alone shouldn’t be a reason for electronic cigarettes to get a bad reputation.  Compared to tobacco cigarettes, an electronic cigarette is basically harmless.  Yet, pressure from Big Tobacco has caused strict regulations on e-cigarettes. No e-cigarette maker can market the product as an alternative to smoking or a tool for quitting smoking. This is quite a shame, especially after you hear the testimonials of the thousands of people who have already quit smoking or reduced smoking with the help of e-cigarettes.

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