If you’ve been considering switching to the so-called electronic cigarettes to keep your smoking habit but lower your health risk, save your money. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes are no safer than the traditional tobacco ones, says the FDA.
According to the website E-Cigarettes Choice ,
While cigarettes emit about 4,000 identifiable chemicals as they are smoked and 69 are known to cause cancer, e-cigarettes contain less than 10 to 20 chemicals on average, depending on the brand or strength purchased. No more tar blackening your lungs and no more carcinogens.
But the FDA says:
The FDA’s Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis analyzed the ingredients in a small sample of cartridges from two leading brands of electronic cigarettes. In one sample, the FDA’s analyses detected diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze that is toxic to humans, and in several other samples, the FDA analyses detected carcinogens, including nitrosamines. These tests indicate that these products contained detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals to which users could potentially be exposed.
The FDA also reports that these cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive. The use of the electronic cigarettes may be easier as they aren’t actually a burning substance and this can add to the addictive traits.
What exactly is an e-cigarette?
They are battery-operated devices that generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. The electronic cigarette turns nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.
The e-cigarette site claims that by using their e-cigarettes, you become a non-smoker:
With more and more people that quit smoking, more and more people hound those of us who do smoke to stop. After purchasing the e-cigarette, you can finally tell your friends and family who have been badgering you for years that you have instantly become a non-smoker. No more stinky clothes, hair, vehicles, or homes and you don’t have to worry about your family being exposed to the some 69 carcinogens that are in real cigarette smoke. No more feeling guilty about exposing yourself and everyone you care about to a harmful habit.
If that’s the truth, what the heck are you doing with that thing? Either you’re smoking or your not. It’s like being a little bit pregnant – you are, or you aren’t.