Why All The Fuss About Electronic Cigarettes?

There is a lot of attention aimed towards electronic cigarettes now days. Even though they have been around for awhile now, just within the last 2 years has the electronic market started to BOOM! There has been a lot of negativity aimed towards e-cigs and how they are bad for you, but there are so many studies that show the opposite? The government wants to say E-juice should be labeled as a tobacco flavor, even though there is no tobacco in the juice?? People want to say that electronic cigarettes are addicting. We can not say if we agree or disagree to anything above but we can post some test results that have been done in just the last couple years!

Is Nicotine Bad For Me?

Nicotine at one time was actually used as a treatment for multiple mental health problems. These problems include:

  • Attention-deficit disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression

Nicotine releases several neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine which both are associated with positive side-effects. You can find the above information here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8741955

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12151749

http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/09/08/nicotine-therapy-for-schizophrenia/59285.html

There are other nicotine-replacement therapies on the market today such as patches, gums, and sprays. The purpose of these products are to give the user their nicotine and to cut out the tobacco, the tobacco being one of the many harmful substances in a cigarette. Without the tobacco and combustion, electronic cigarettes can not deliver the carcinogens that tobacco contains.

Are Electronic Cigarettes A Gateway Product?

Many parents feel that electronic cigarettes will make their children want to smoke. Making it a gateway product to smoking cigarettes, or even worse. A study from the ASH actually proves that E-cigs are not a gateway product. According to their article there are a majority of electronic cigarette users that used to smoke tobacco that transitioned to vaping instead to try to quit! Smokers that are trying to quit without professional help are actually 60% more likely to succeed with the use of electronic cigs rather than over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies. You can find this fact from:

http://www.addictionjournal.org/press-releases/e-cigarette-use-for-quitting-smoking-is-associated-with-improved-success-rates-

Are Electronic Cigarettes Bad For Me?

We can not say that electronic cigarettes are good nor bad for you but we can say this….. A Professor of Health Psychology and the Director of Tobacco Studies at University College London, Robert West, said: “It would be a shame to let it slip away by being overly cautious. E-cigarettes are about as safe as you can get. We know about the health risks of nicotine from studies in Sweden into the use of “Snus”, a smokeless tobacco. Nicotine is not what kills you when you smoke tobacco. E-cigarettes are probably about as safe as drinking coffee. All they contain is water vapour, nicotine and propylene glycol.”  If anything in the E-juice would be harmful it would be the propylene glycol… People want to compare the PG to a cigarette when it comes to breathing in a “chemical”. If you were to compare electronic cigs to cigarettes in this case it would look like this.

Electronic Cigarette = 1 Chemical

Cigarette = Over 4000 Chemicals

There are over 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, almost all more harmful than propylene glycol.

There will always be different looks on electronic cigarettes, but it’s hard to ignore the facts that are given. As e-cigs grow we will see more and more tests. Hopefully these tests will show for the better! All we can do is hope!

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Andy Flynn

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