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E-Cigarettes and Your Health

E-Cigarettes are they Healthy?

No one would debate the dangers of smoking tobacco cigarettes – studies have shown for decades the multiple health risks involved.  But what about the dangers of e-cigarettes – are there any? These products stand to revolutionize the way the world views smoking and the health of any smoker who chooses to switch.  Here’s a breakdown on why they are a safer alternative.

Found in cigarettes:  Nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, arsenic, and dozens of other toxic chemicals, commonly found in manufacturing, cleaning agents, or preservatives.  The tar also coats your lungs and prevents proper lung function leading to debilitating respiratory problems.

Found in e-cigarettes:  Nicotine, water, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, and polyethylene glycol.  Notice that the only common denominator between the two products is nicotine, which is itself not found to be carcinogenic in nature.  The nicotine rush is the predominant reason people smoke and continue to do so – they enjoy the sensation.  The nicotine itself raises blood pressure and gives a boost of adrenaline, but is not as we understand the substance causing the long-term health affects in tobacco cigarettes.  The other components of e-cigs are all FDA approved food additives that have been used for years.

Second-hand smoke:  Not only do traditional cigarettes pose a health risk to the smoker, they also pose a threat to the health of anyone in breathing distance of a lit cigarette.  The second-hand smoke released from the combustion of a cigarette travels far and wide and anyone in its path will be able to breathe in the same toxic chemicals the smoker chooses to inhale.  The difference?  They aren’t choosing to do so.  They are a bystander suddenly caught up in a cloud of smoke.

Second-hand vapor:  E-cigarettes don’t produce smoke, but vapor from the heated liquid concentrate containing the nicotine and other ingredients.  Because of this, the vapor produced dissipates quickly and the only lingering odor may be any flavorings added to the nicotine concentrate.

Discoloration:  The burning tar and other chemicals in tobacco cigarettes causes unsightly discoloration of fingers, fingernails, and teeth.  The yellowing effect is an immediate tell that a person is or was a smoker and these signs don’t go away quickly, even if you quit smoking.  Not to mention the loss of skin elasticity and increase of wrinkles, especially around the mouth.

Tar-Free:  Since e-cigs don’t contain tar and aren’t activated by combustion, none of these side effects occur with smokeless cigarettes.  Skin, nails, and teeth all stay healthier, and there’s no smokers’ breath either.  It is a cleaner, healthier way to enjoy a cigarette.

Electronic cigarettes are still relatively new for consumers, but their popularity is skyrocketing.  There are many medical institutions currently conducting studies on any potential dangers of e-cigarettes, but so far no conclusive data has been released.  However, the immediate benefits of e-cigarettes over traditional tobacco ones can’t be denied – if you can eliminate thousands of harmful chemicals from your daily life by making one easy switch, why wouldn’t you?

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