Electronic cigarettes first began to emerge onto the market in 2011, and are now taking off in a big way. They are being promoted as a healthier alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, and studies are beginning to suggest that this really is the case.
Most e-cigarettes work by using a heating element to vaporise a liquid solution. Some solutions available deliver a hit of nicotine, although at a lower intensity than a cigarette, while others merely deliver a flavoured vapour. The sensation of using an e-cigarette is almost the same as smoking tobacco, and so e-cigarettes could become the primary way for people to wean themselves off of ‘fully loaded’ cigarettes.
As yet, there have not been extensive studies into whether e-cigarettes are healthier than tobacco, but all the evidence suggests that they are. The solution that gets vaporised does not, for example, contain even one thousandth of the toxins delivered by cigarettes – carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, hydrogen cyanide, acid, arsenic, lead, formaldehyde and tar all get left out of the mix. These chemicals are part of what makes cigarettes so dangerous. While no drug addiction is healthy, nicotine on its own would never do the damage to the human body that cigarettes can achieve – it is the cocktail of chemicals as a whole that makes smoking a potentially deadly habit.
E-cigarettes do contain anabose, myosmine and b-nicotine, but only fractional amounts when compared to cigarettes. They are also healthier on the budget; most brands cost around £20 to buy, and users will find that one bottle of solution will last them far longer than a packet of cigarettes would. Also, e-cigarettes can be smoked inside, as there is no evidence of any chemicals in the vapour, the devices are not considered a risk to the public.
The general consensus is that e-cigarettes are the healthier alternative to cigarettes, on your body, budget and social life. With their low toxicity, and low nicotine levels, they are set to become the national alternative to traditional cigarettes, and it will not be long before the major tobacco producers begin to manufacture them on an industrial scale.
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