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Are E-Cigarettes Healthier, and Do They Really Help Quit Smoking Tobacco?

Sunday, 09 March 2014 10:58 PM

Smoking and tobacco addiction are two interconnected big problems. Smoking is linked to a lot of adverse medical effects for smokers as well as for people near them. The traditional way of smoking is by igniting cigarettes to burn tobacco and inhaling the fumes. Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as an e-cigarette or e-cig, is an electronic vaping device for smoking or delivery of nicotine. Different types of electronic cigarettes are available in the market and they are now getting popular for smoking. The consumption and craze of e-cigs is remarkable among teenagers.  Most Internet sites that sell e-cigs, claim low side effects to this kind of smoking.
An electronic cigarette or e-cig is a battery-operated instrument for smoking tobacco. E-cigs can deliver tobacco as well as other flavoring agents for smoking. A liquid solution is used in e-cigs, which is heated with an electronic element and vaporized to fumes. Just like the cigs used in conventional smoking, e-cigs carry the risks of tobacco addiction and smoking side effects. The claims that electronic cigarettes help you abstain from tobacco and have fewer side effects are not true. There is no scientific proof of efficacy of e-cigs in reducing tobacco addition or smoking side effects.
The manufacturers of e-cigs claim that the electronic cigarette is a safer option than traditional tobacco cigarettes, but the Food and Drug Administration has not approved these claims yet. Studies carried out by the FDA on the effects of electronic cigarettes declare that they contain same toxic carcinogens as found in traditional cigarettes.
Physicians of the American Association of Public Health recommend that people unwilling to quit smoking and using other methods can try e-cigs and chewing gums containing nicotine. Many authorities recommend scientific validation and regulation of e-cigs before allowing them for tobacco cessation in the market. As electronic heating in a closed environment produces less toxic gases, electronic cigarettes are a healthier and safer option as compared to conventional cigarettes.

Only electronic cigarettes that are marketed for therapeutic purpose are presently regulated by the FDA Center for Tobacco Products. The FDA has a dedicated a webpage providing information on the adverse effects of electronic cigarettes. Voluntary reports on the adverse health effects of e-cigs received by the FDA include pneumonia, congestive heart failure, seizure, hypotension, and disorientation. These are the same effects as caused by conventional cigarettes. 

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Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigs, are very popular and are available with claims of being less toxic and with fewer side effects than conventional tobacco cigarettes. It is important to evaluate the pros and cons of these claims if you wish to use an e-cig.
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