Are electronic cigarettes a safer alternative to smoking tobacco? Does the idea of inhaling a vapor that delivers only pure nicotine to your lungs appeal to you more than being subjected to more than 4000 toxic substances with each puff from a ‘regular’ tobacco cigarette?
Then consider the following when trying to decide if making the switch is for you.
When you burn tobacco the combustion process releases thousands of toxic substances, sixty of which are known carcinogens. This is what causes respiratory diseases and lung cancer, not the nicotine. Electronic cigarettes produce none of these toxins. No tar, no carbon monoxide, no lingering odor that clings to your clothes, hair and car upholstery and no ashes or yellow stains on your fingers and teeth.
Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco smoke. For the long time smoker who wishes to continue smoking but wants to avoid all the other harmful substances electronic cigarettes are definitely a safer alternative. They still deliver the nicotine that we crave without exposing ourselves and everyone around us, including our pets, to caustic and offensive smoke.
The delivery system of some electronic cigarettes uses a nicotine liquid which has been recently reported by the FDA to contain traces of carcinogens, although they do not appear to be in high doses. Before deciding that that’s all you need to know to decide against using the e-cigarette, consider that these substances are also found in nicotine patches and gum used for smoking cessation that are approved by the FDA. Funny thing, eh?
Traces of carcinogens are also found in many commonly used food items, tooth paste, and many other things, but that doesn’t keep them off the shelves.
Of course we all should be concerned about the quality of the foods we consume and the air that we breathe. With the advent of the electronic cigarette we smokers can now do out part to help clear the air. We’ll also have the added bonus of not having to give up one of the little pleasures in life and we’ll be healthier too.
At present we do not know if electronic cigarettes are totally safe and until further tests have been done we should assume that they are not. However, compared to tobacco smoke which we do know to be extremely dangerous as well as expensive, the electronic cigarette presents itself as the most sensible solution to kicking the health risks associated with a smoking tobacco habit.
Before purchasing your electronic cigarette do a little research. Buy a good quality brand and don’t be lured in by cheap prices. You really do get what you pay for. Some manufacturers even offer free trial kits when you pay the shipping and handling. If you want more information go to the e-cigarette smoker’s forums. There are several and the users are more than happy to share their experiences and answer your questions.