The Warnings on Tobacco in the Media – Are E-Cigarettes the Answer:
Caution: Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health.
Warning: The Surgeon General Has Determined that Cigarette Smoking is Dangerous to Your Health.
SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, And May Complicate Pregnancy.
None of these warnings are found on the packaging for e-cigarettes. Every pack of tobacco-based products contains either the above, or another alarming message. Some simply state: Smoking kills.
And it does. However, new advancements have brought about the development of electronic cigarettes that mimic traditional products without the carcinogenic properties found in tobacco and for many, these new e-cigarettes could be a healthier way to enjoy the sensation of smoking.
Many people, well-aware of the risk, choose to smoke tobacco based products – like cigarettes, pipes, and cigars – and continue to do so despite the warnings and risks. Beyond the immediate danger of inhaling toxic smoke into their lungs, smokers have been banished from almost any public place due to the second-hand smoke to which others in their immediate vicinity are subjected. E-cigarettes provide a “cleaner” way to smoke in that there is no combustion, resulting in no smoke. The substance released from the e-cigarette is a liquid-based vapor that users inhale just as they would a cigarette but without emitting the fumes everyone despises. Now, with e-cigarettes, smokers can enjoy the pleasure of a cigarette without the risk of offending others.
Aside from the cleaner vapor, electronic cigarettes will not lead to discoloration the way traditional cigarettes can. Typically smokers suffer from a yellowing of the fingers, nails, and teeth due to the tar and other components that comprise old-fashioned cigarettes. Repeatedly inhaling smoke from burned tobacco can also cause permanent damage to the vocal cords. Decreased lung capacity, numerous heart issues – none of these have been found to be present when using e-cigarettes. The worst part of smoking, the actual smoke and burning elements, is eliminated. Therefore, while studies are still being conducted on how these new inventions may affect the body, they clearly pose far fewer health risks than using tobacco-based products.
And don’t forget the sagging skin, infertility, halitosis, gum disease, shortness of breath, and risk of blindness that comes with typical cigarettes and not with electronic ones. While users of e-cigarettes may opt to use a liquid concentrate that contains nicotine, many have only a flavor and are nicotine free. The main ingredients in any of the electronic cigarette vapor concentrate are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine, and sometimes polyethylene glycol – all of which have been used for years as additives in food and personal hygiene products.
There will, undoubtedly, be many studies conducted as to the potential health risks of e-cigarettes, as there are with any new product for human consumption. Regardless of the eventual findings, it goes without saying that by eliminating the major carcinogenic elements in cigarettes, electronic cigarettes provide a cleaner, safer, healthier way for smokers to enjoy cigarettes and for those around them to enjoy their company.