What you should know about e-cigarettes

What you should know about e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that stimulate the feeling of tobacco smoking.

Many people think that e-cigarettes are healthier than real cigarettes, because most toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke are absent in e-cigarette vapor.

However, recent studies show that using e-cigarettes can bring some harmful effects on the body.

First, e-cigarettes contain nicotine can cause nicotine addiction. This is bad because many teens use e-cigarettes. Nicotine can harm the development of their brain.

Second, the flavors of e-cigarettes can be toxic. Currently there are more than 7000 flavors available for e-cigarettes.

Some flavors are highly toxic, such as Cinnamon Ceylon. It contains a chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which gives cinnamon its flavor and whose side effects may include coughing and sore throats.

Third, e-cigarettes produce ultrafine particles. These particles can trigger inflammatory problems and lead to heart and lung disease.

Fourth, people who use e-cigarettes may be harmed by second and thirdhand smoke.

Although e-cigarettes don’t produce sidestream emissions like smoked cigarettes, they still generate secondhand or thirdhand smoke harms when users exhale the mainstream vapor.

The toxic chemicals in e-cigarettes can hurt eyes and breath. When you increase the voltage, the toxic chemicals are concentrated in your body.

Fifth, e-cigarettes can explode. As an electronic device, an e-cigarette uses battery, which can lead to fire or exploding if overheated.

During 2009-2016, there were 134 reports about such accidents. Because e-cigarette batteries can explode without notice, people can be injured severely.

Sixth, if you swallow the e-liquids in e-cigarettes, you can get poisoned. Young children, like age 5 or younger, can accidently swallow the e-liquids.

The number of such accidents has increased from 19 to 243 from 2012 to 2014.

Seventh, it may not be able to help you quit smoking. Some people choose e-cigarettes because they want to quit smoking cigarettes.

But currently there are mixed scientific research results about whether e-cigarettes can help smokers quit.

For example, one study shows that adult smokers who use e-cigarettes are about 30 percent less likely to stop smoking cigarettes.

Another study shows that e-cigarettes are associated with more, not less, cigarette smoking among adolescents.

Eighth, e-cigarette price has increased because the devices are taxed now. This means you have to pay more money to use them.

Last but the least, there can be some unknown risks in e-cigarettes. Scientists don’t know the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes yet.

While e-cigarettes deliver fewer cancer-causing chemicals than cigarettes, more studies are needed to reveal how e-cigarettes fully impact heart and lung health and their cancer-causing potential.

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