With the ever growing sales from e-cigarettes, a great deal of controversy has arisen. After many years of fighting the harmful effects of cigarettes, it only makes sense that addicted smokers turn to e-cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes are popping up everywhere – from tobacco shops, to large supermarkets. Vapor pens not only help many people quit smoking, but also put pressure on the toxic tobacco industry. What's better is that e-cigs can significantly cut down on many smoking related illnesses and deaths. Virginia Commonwealth University researchers, at the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products, believe that addicted smokers who switch to e-cigs have a better chance of surviving longer.
Tobacco Cigarettes vs E-Cigarettes
Tobacco cigarettes contain many harmful chemicals that often lead to debilitating diseases and death.
These are just some of the ingredients found in cigarettes:
- Nicotine - the element that causes addiction
- Tar - a combination of many dangerous chemicals
- Arsenic - this form of arsenic is used to preserve wood
- Benzene - is an industrial solvent refined from crude oil
- Formaldehyde - is used by paint manufacturers and morticians.
- Carbon Monoxide - used in chemical manufacturing and is the main component in auto exhausts.
- Ammonia - used to make explosives and fertilizers
E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are battery operated vaporizers which simulate tobacco smoking. Some eCig models use e-liquids which come in many different flavors which include; a synthetic nicotine, glycerin, and glycol. Smokers can also opt-in for cartridges that contain no nicotine whatsoever. When one draws an e-cig, one inhales a gas that simulates tobacco smoke. Upon exhaling, the vapor dissipates in seconds.
Can E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?
Studies by Krlikova E., all show that smokers attempting to quit with the assistance of e-cigarettes are approximately 60% more likely to be successful. This percentage is much higher than other solutions for tobacco addiction; including over-the-counter gums and patches. Many experts strongly believe that the benefits of using e-cigarettes outweigh any potential harms. According to research, e-cigarette vapors are not harmful to those in close contact with the smoker.
If e-cigarettes can help addicted smokers, they should be allowed to obtain vaporizers without too much regulation. Although the FDA, Food and Drug Administration, does not completely approve of e-cigarettes, they have yet to conduct substantive research on its potential harms. Yet, the FDA claims they'll release their findings by the end of 2016.