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Electronic Cigarettes versus Tobacco Cigarettes

By now, most of us know a good deal about cigarettes and their dangers.  When it comes to electronic cigarettes though, there is limited information available. The federal government has placed strict regulations on how e-cigarettes can be marketed, which has left a void of information and a lot of people confused. Here is the overview of how electronic cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes compare.

Firstly, electronic cigarettes are not cigarettes in the standard sense at all.  They do not contain any tobacco.  Rather, they have a cartridge which contains a small amount of liquid.  This liquid, called “e-juice”, usually contains nicotine but you can also purchase it without nicotine or with flavors or aromas. When you take a drag on the e-cigarette, the suction activates a battery-operated vaporizer.  The e-juice turns to vapor which you can inhale and exhale, creating a small mist resembling smoke.

The e-juice in electronic cigarettes is comprised of water and glycerin or propylene glycol, both of which are commonly used as food additives and regarded as safe by the FDA. When heated and turned into vapor, the e-juice will resemble smoke but it is not smoke.  It is not hot and will not burn your mouth or lung tissues. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, a carcinogenic chemical notorious for causing lung cancer and other health problems. There are at least another 4000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, including arsenic, formaldehyde, and benzene. At least 50 of the thousands of chemicals in tobacco cigarettes are known to cause cancer.

 Electronic cigarettes are not only healthier for you as the “smoker”, but also for the people around you.  They do not cause any secondhand smoke or release chemicals which could harm others. Since there isn’t even any smoke from an e-cigarette, just a puff of liquid vapor mist, they aren’t going to bother anyone either. E-cig smokers can puff away without causing their friends to choke up or get red eye.  Since there aren’t any ashes from an e-cigarette, they are also much cleaner.  You don’t even need an ashtray for electronic cigarettes.  The “smoker” can put down the cigarette wherever without worrying about burns.  This is great news for the thousands of people who die yearly because they fell asleep with a lit cigarette!

 When it comes to the environment, electronic cigarettes are the much better choice.  Tobacco cigarettes have chemical-laden filters which typically end up in the street – not the ashtrays where they belong.  Even if the filters do get conscientiously thrown away, they are still taking up space in the landfill.  Cigarette filters aren’t going anywhere soon either – it can take up to 10 years for a cigarette filter to decompose!  Most electronic cigarettes are completely reusable.  You just need to refill the cartridges with e-juice when they run empty.  The parts of an electronic cigarette generally last a very long time so you create almost no trash compared to the tobacco cigarettes.

There are laws which prohibit electronic cigarette makers as advertising themselves as smoking alternatives. But, when you look at the facts for yourself, it is easy to see that electronic cigarettes are the better choice for your health, the people around you, and the environment.  Since electronic cigarettes are also much cheaper than tobacco cigarettes, they are also the better choice for your wallet!

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