Electronic Cigarettes Effects

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Electronic cigarettes are increasing in popularity, in particular with people who already smoke traditional cigarettes, some of whom are trying to use electronic cigarettes as a gateway to quitting smoking. Electronic cigarettes produce a water-based vapor instead of the combustible smoke produced by the tobacco in regular cigarettes. They contain a battery that heats a liquid containing nicotine, a variety of other chemicals, and sometimes propellants or flavorings, and changes this liquid into vapor, which is then inhaled, simulating the feeling of normal smoking (Hanson). The health effects of electronic cigarettes have been debated since e-cigarettes became available, with some saying that they are much healthier than traditional cigarettes …show more content…
Nicotine can also have some negative health effects, although they are negligible compared to those of tobacco. E-cigarettes do seem to emit particulates and other substances into the air (Fleck). A study done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found cancer-causing chemicals in two different brands of electronic cigarettes. However, these chemicals were found in only about one-millionth of the concentration that is thought to have any effect on human health (Hemphill). On average, the levels of toxins and other substances inhaled by the smoker and released into the air are much lower than those of traditional cigarettes (Fleck). Some people think that more research is needed before electronic cigarettes are used, even to help people quit smoking. However, research so far has shown that e-cigarettes are healthier than regular cigarettes and are effective at helping people quit smoking. In this way, the use of electronic cigarettes is necessary because it can improve and even save lives. In fact, the American Association of Public Health Physicians has stated that electronic cigarettes have the potential to save the lives of four million American adults who currently smoke (about half of the total number) who will, if not given this treatment, die due to the effects of tobacco within the next 20 years

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