Are Electronic Cigarettes Any Safer Than Regular Tobacco, Toxin-Filled Cigarettes
Although first developed during the 1960s, the craze of electronic cigarettes didn’t really happen until the last 10 years. There are currently over 250 e-cigarettes brands available in all kinds of flavors and colors. According to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, approximately four million Americans are using these battery-powered devices, with projected sales to exceed billion by the end of the year. Currently over one million users now in the United Kingdom
E-Cigarettes: What Are They
If you’ve never heard of or seen electronic cigarettes before, they’re battery-powered nicotine inhalers that consist of the following things:
- Rechargeable lithium battery
- LED that will light up when you take a puff (simulation of an actual cigarette)
- Cartomizer (this holds the propylene glycol ingredient e-liquid that can include flavorings, nicotine and other things)
E-cigarettes are a smaller version of smoke machines rock bands tend to use. When you take a puff on the e-cigarette (also known as vape), the heating element will warm the e-liquid up until it generates a vapor. Regardless of how hard you puff, the vapor amount will be the same until one of two things happen:
Battery charge runs out
Cartomizer doesn’t have any more e-liquid in it
What Is The Cost Of The E-Cigarette
If you like the idea of using e-cigarettes, you might be wondering how much they cost. Starter e-cigarette kits can range from £10 to £50. The projected annual replacement cost for cartridges is £250 compared to £2000 or higher for the regular cigarette habit. You can also find promotional codes and discount coupons on the Internet to help lower the cost.
Are There Any Regulations with E-Cigarettes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was given the authority in 2011 to regulate e-cigarettes under the existing tobacco laws instead of classifying them as a medical device or medication. The reason behind this is that e-cigarettes still provide nicotine, which comes from tobacco.
While the agency has hinted it will start e-cigarette regulations soon, the agency’s only action is a 2010 warning letter to e-cigarette distributors to stop making uncorroborated marketing claims. For the time being, there is no governmental-agency control over the devices – something that worries the experts.
American Lung Association Assistant Vice President Erika Seward said e-cigarettes is a new product in the tobacco industry that using the same techniques to embellishing the products, including using fruit and candy flavors to entice kids to use them. She went on to say the e-cigarette manufacturers use health claims that encourage smokers to drop the regular cigarette habit and use their products instead of trying to quit smoking altogether. Seward said the manufacturers sponsor research that helps them bolster those health claims.
InLife co-owner and Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association co-founder Thomas Kiklas said the device’s performance is similar to that of a regular tobacco cigarette but with fewer toxins mixed in. Kiklas said he doesn’t mind if an independent study of electronic cigarettes is done to determine how safe they are compared with the traditional toxin-filled cigarettes.
He said it’s thought that the amount of people who will switch from regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes will quadruple, which means there isn’t going to be a lack of information for this area.
What Risks Are There With Vaping
It’s not known if vaping has any significant risks because science has yet to question the safety of e-cigarettes. However, there have been some small studies conducted that have highlighted the positive and negative aspects of electronic cigarettes.
A widely known study regarding electronic cigarette safety was conducted. Researchers looked at two popular e-cig brands and determined the devices did have small amounts of toxins such as antifreeze’s main chemical ingredient. Kiklas said the FDA report noted only nine contaminates compared to the 11,000 found in tobacco cigarettes. He also said the toxicity levels were much less than what is seen in tobacco cigarettes.
Seward said the un-regulation of e-cigarettes means it’s not possible to reach conclusions about every brand based on the two brands tested, including Kiklas, which was not included in the research.
She said to make the claim that every e-cigarette brand is safe is disturbing because it’s not known how dangerous the trace levels will be.
According to the American Cancer Society’s science and trends director Thomas Glynn, there are always going to be risks when somebody inhales more than clean, fresh air. However, he said, it’s possible that e-cigarettes can prove themselves for being less dangerous than regular cigarettes, at least when used for a short period of time.
Glynn said it’s not known what the long-term effects will be when the lungs are hit with the vapor for days, months or years. He said nobody can give the answer to this right now.
Article Posted: 16/11/2013 01:00:01
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