E-cigarette

By: McKenley Griffin

What is an E-cigarette?

E-cigarettes were first developed in China and were introduced to the U.S. market in 2007. Many are similar enough in appearance to be mistaken for regular tobacco cigarettes. But one look inside and you'll see the main difference: This is a tobacco-free product. E-cigs are actually vaporizers; instead of burning tobacco, the mechanism heats up a liquid. The liquid turns into vapor, which is then inhaled, or "vaped." While some argue that vapor offers health advantages over traditional cigarette smoke, regulatory agencies and some health experts aren't so sure that's true.

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/smoking-cessation/10-facts-about-e-cigarettes.htm

Facts on E-cigarettes

*You'll never worry about misplacing your lighter or your matches

*there's nothing to light. Instead, e-cigarettes run on a lithium battery

*each also contains a vaporization chamber and a cartridge filled with liquid

*When you puff on your e-cig as you would a regular cigarette, the battery powers the device to heat the liquid and vaporize it

*Some e-cigarettes have a cigarette-like LED tip that glows red

*Because they don't burn tobacco, there's no smoke, no carbon monoxide and no odor; what you inhale is vapor

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/smoking-cessation/10-facts-about-e-cigarettes.htm

Are E-cigarettes better for you rather than Tobacco cigarettes?

An analysis of e-cigarettes by the FDA in 2009 found that they “contained detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals to which users could be exposed.” For example, in e-cigarette cartridges marketed as “tobacco-free,” the FDA detected diethylene glycol (a toxic compound found in antifreeze), tobacco-specific nitrosamines which are elements that have the potential to cause cancer, and other toxic tobacco-specific impurities. The body’s reaction to many of the chemicals in typical cigarette smoke causes chronic inflammation, which in turn leads to chronic diseases like bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease. Since e-cigarettes also contain many of the same toxic chemicals, there is no reason to believe that they will significantly reduce the risks for these diseases. http://www.stopcancerfund.org/uncategorized/are-e-cigarettes-safer-than-regular-cigarettes/
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