Electronic Cigarettes : Harmful Or Harmful? Essay

1167 Words Jan 20th, 2016 5 Pages
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 and should be readily available, and others arguing that more research should be done before they can be used. I will be examining this issue through the perspectives of health professionals and smokers to show that electronic cigarettes provide a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes and are scientifically proven to help people quit smoking.
Most people believe that electronic cigarettes are not nearly as harmful as traditional cigarettes. Many health professionals believe the same thing: that the vapors produced by electronic cigarettes have fewer health risks than the tobacco in traditional cigarettes (Hanson). Armando Peruga, who works for the World Health Organization, stated in an interview that the average electronic…

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