Are electronic cigarettes safe?

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Asked May 26, 2014
"Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) are the most common prototype of ENDS.The safety of ENDS has not been scientifically demonstrated.The potential risks they pose for the health of users remain undetermined. Furthermore, scientific testing indicates that the products vary widely in the amount of nicotine and other chemicals they deliver and there is no way for consumers to find out what is actually delivered by the product they have purchased.

Most ENDS contain large concentrations of propylene glycol, which is a known irritant when inhaled. The testing of some of these products also suggests the presence of other toxic chemicals, aside from nicotine. In addition, use of these products -when they contain nicotine- can pose a risk for nicotine poisoning (i.e. if a child of 30 Kilos of weight swallows the contents of a nicotine cartridge of 24 mg this could cause acute nicotine poisoning that most likely would cause its death) and a risk for addiction to nonsmokers of tobacco products. Nicotine, either inhaled, ingested or in direct contact with the skin, can be particularly hazardous to the health and safety of certain segments of the population, such as children, young people, pregnant women, nursing mothers, people with heart conditions and the elderly. ENDS and their nicotine cartridges and refill accessories must be kept out of the reach of young children at all times in view of the risk of choking or nicotine poisoning.

As ENDS do not generate the smoke that is associated with the combustion of tobacco, their use is commonly believed by consumers to be safer than smoking tobacco. This illusive ‘safety’ of ENDS can be enticing to consumers; however, the chemicals used in electronic cigarettes have not been fully disclosed, and there are no adequate data on their emissions."
Answered Jun 02, 2014
Researchers have identified the potential growth of electronic cigarettes and claim that electronic cigarettes are a revolution in the tobacco industry and can be seen as a future of smoking. In fact, the electronic cigarette has multiple benefits as it is environment friendly, cost-effective and also not harmful for human health. It is important to know that electronic cigarette is used without flame and it also does not have any effects on the environment. In addition, electronic cigarettes consume less amount of money as they are cheaper than the conventional cigarettes and free from tobacco tax. Similarly, it has been seen that conventional cigarettes has sever effects on human health and may result in different lungs and heart diseases. However, the electronic cigarette has been recognized as an important tool to quit conventional cigarettes that have direct impacts on health. The most important aspect to consider is that electronic cigarette is free from harmful agents that cause cancer as it does not use number of heavy chemicals like conventional cigarettes.

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Answered May 27, 2014
It's safer because when one smokes a stick of tobacco cigarette, he or she inhales over 4000+ kinds of chemicals and amongst them 33 kinds of carcinogens (what causes cancer).

In general e-liquids inhaled with an electronic cigarette, only 4 ingredients (that's at least 4000 kinds of chemicals, less into your lungs) are usually used and all of them are regarded as common food additives, which means you can easily find them in food & drink products sold in the malls. These 4 ingredients are:

1.) Propylene Glycol
2.) Vegetable Glycerin
3.) Nicotine
4.) Food Grade Flavoring

1.) "Propylene glycol, the current dominating liquid base, has been utilized in asthma inhalers and nebulizers since the 1950s, and because of its water-retaining properties, is the compound of choice for delivering atomized medication. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) includes propylene glycol on its list of substances Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS), and it meets the requirements of acceptable compounds within Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations."

In fact, Time magazine published an article about a study that was conducted at the University of Chicago Billings Hospital by Dr. Oswald Hope Robertson which suggested that propylene glycol, the main ingredient contained in E-liquid, acts as a "germicidal vapor", sterilizing air and killing germs such as pneumonia, influenza, and streptococci. He says that propylene glycol vapor is "odorless, tasteless, nontoxic, non-irritating, cheap, [and] highly bactericidal. It kills bacteria and viruses suspended in the air in a matter of seconds, faster than anti-bacterial sprays.

2.) "Vegetable glycerin is also known as vegetable glycerol. It is a carbohydrate that is usually derived from plant oils. It is used as a sweetener and as an ingredient in a number of cosmetic products.

3.) Nicotine is what provides smokers with the mental relaxation. We know it is addictive. It is also a poison in large quantities. However, it is not a carcinogen and no test results have been able to show it as one after extensive research done by medical experts. Electronic cigarettes, nicotine content is usually regulated in safe amounts. Make sure you buy your e-liquids from a reputable company. All negative points of it aside, here are some benefits to nicotine:

"While nicotine is an addictive substance, it is non-carcinogenic. It does not cause cancer. In fact, some studies have indicated that nicotine actually has some health benefits, such as reducing the risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. It is many other chemicals in cigarettes that cause cancer. Besides the nicotine, e-liquid contains ingredients that are considered generally safe for human consumption by the FDA. "

"In 2000, a study performed at Stanford revealed surprising results about nicotine's effects on blood vessels. Contrary to popular opinion, the study showed that nicotine actually boosts the growth of new blood vessels. The discovery may lead to new treatments for diabetes."

4.) Most commonly included in the consumable (food & drinks) products you purchase at the mall.

Traditional tobacco cigarettes produces smoke which deliver harmful side effects, one of the most famous ones being tar residue. Roads are built using tar, so you can imagine what happens when you smoke cigarettes over a long period of time, leaving difficult-to-remove "mud" on your lungs and visible dark stains on your teeth. Besides, inhaling carcinogens means that one would increase his or her possibility in contracting cancer.

Electronic cigarettes on the other hand produce vapor, and by that it means water-based steam that you would get when you heat up a pot of hot soup for example. When there is no smoke, you also don't harm the health of people around you with second-hand smoke. All in all, the benefits of using electronic cigarettes far triumph that of tobacco cigarettes.
Answered May 27, 2014
The nicotine inside the cartridges is addictive. When you stop using it, you can get withdrawal symptoms including feeling irritable, depressed, restless and anxious. It can be dangerous for people with heart problems. It may also harm your arteries over time.
So far, evidence suggests that e-cigarettes may be safer than regular cigarettes. The biggest danger from tobacco is the smoke, and e-cigarettes don't burn. Tests show the levels of dangerous chemicals they give off are a fraction of what you'd get from a real cigarette. But what's in them can vary.
"E-cigarettes may be less harmful than cigarettes," Drummond says. "But we still don't know enough about their long-term risks or the effects of secondhand exposure."
Answered Mar 07, 2015
Thanks for sharing this nice post. Now-a-days electronic cigarettes are popular and it does not contain tobacco. Recently, more and more people are growing health-conscious and it comes in various styles and colors. Szgreatsmoke deals with such types of cigarettes.
Answered Apr 01, 2015
In terms of health impacts I will suggest you E cigarette are better than cigarettes. Reasons that make E cigarette safer and better alternate of regular cigarettes are:

Nicotine from the tobacco leaves is extracted and mixed with the liquid solution, which is then vaporized.

No smoke is produced while smoking e-cigarettes. Unlike regular cigarettes which produce harmful smoke.

Various nicotine strengths helps the users to reduce their nicotine intake gradually and then quit smoking altogether.

So, if you are comparing tobacco and e-cigs, the latter comes out to be definitely the better in terms of health-effects, curbing nicotine intake, variety, and monetary investment. If you want further details of e cigarette and its accessories visit: .
Answered Apr 30, 2015
Ecigs are safer than regular cigarettes by a long shot, but this doesn't mean they don't pose any health risks. Nicotine, in cigarette or ecig form, is, of course, highly addictive. Ecigs are also available in different levels of nicotine to help you stop smoking.
Answered Apr 30, 2015

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