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Will e-cigarettes cause more or fewer people to smoke?

Submitted by Bsmart on Sat, 2014-11-15 02:05

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are being advertised as the “safe” replacement to usual cigarettes and nicotine inhalation.  They can be used indoors, giving the smokers the opportunity to get their fix wherever and whenever they feel like.  But there are a lot of questions around this new development. Some of them are: are e-cigarettes really safe?  Will e-cigarettes make more of fewer people to smoke? What are the impacts of e-cigarette on teenagers and people who would have never smoked? Can e-cigarette be a good help for smokers on the path of quitting their dangerous habits?

Nicotine is an addictive drug that stimulates and relaxes. E-cigarettes function by heating a liquid cartridge that contains nicotine flavors together with other chemicals like propylene glycol mist into an inhalable vapor. Due to the fact that e-cigarettes heat a liquid rather than tobacco, what is released is thought to be smokeless.  Nevertheless, it has been found that such chemicals used to generate the vapor may cause respiratory inflammation and eye irritation.

Furthermore, young children are more likely going to buy the idea of e-cigarettes since they wouldn’t have any need for matches or lighter. Again, the liquid in the e-cigarette cartridges is highly concentrated, therefore it can be dangerous infiltrating into the skin and swallowing it may lead to more health emergencies than eating and swallowing conventional cigarettes.

Can e-cigarettes actually help people to cut down or quit conventional cigarette smoking habit?

Currently, there has not been large, top-quality, long term studies on whether e-cigarettes can be used to cut down or quit conventional smoking. The majority of the studies done were only short term, not more than 6 months or the individuals used for the research have been assigned at random with various methods of smoking cessation which includes cigarettes. The majority of the reports available are dependent on self-reported use of e-cigarettes. For example, a research done in 4 countries revealed that the likelihood of e-cigarette users to quite more than the conventional smokers is not there although 85% of them voiced that they were using e-cigarette quit. . Another year-long supporting study, in the U.S. found that smokers may believe they are smoking e-cigarettes to help them quit but between 6-12 months, they would go back to their conventional cigarette smoking habits.

E-cigarettes are a new alternative to nicotine replacement. They can be bought at convenience stores and shops that sell cigarettes. 

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