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The Safety Of Electronic Cigarettes

     The electronic cigarette is still an enigma, even though it has been on the market for many years now. Users of electronic cigarettes, who often refer to themselves as vapers rather than smokers, generally believe them to be superior choices to tobacco. While health concerns have driven many of these people to try this alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes, others continue to question the safety of these devices.

Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?

The safety of electronic cigarettes is a complex topic. First of all, it is important to remember that each brand of electronic cigarettes is a business product issued by an independent company. Therefore, you cannot really speak about electronic cigarettes as a whole. Secondly, when discussing health and safety, you have to take into account the health and safety of people who smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes. These people make up the main market for electronic cigarette sales.

A number of myths have erupted with regard to electronic cigarette safety. In an attempt to compare these devices to tobacco products, anti-smoking groups have alleged that electronic cigarettes contain a form of anti-freeze called diethylene glycol. Others state that these devices are just as carcinogenic as tobacco cigarettes, that they are just as addictive and that they pose a similar danger to people in the vicinity vapors.

As for the accusation regarding anti-freeze, there may be some confusion arising from a key ingredient which is found in all electronic cigarettes. Propylene glycol, which sounds a lot like the anti-freeze product diethylene glycol, is the basis for the liquid that is vaporized in the typical electronic cigarette. It is occasionally used as an additive in anti-freeze but has been deemed safer for human consumption than the other substances commonly found in that product.

Possibly the best argument against this accusation, though, is the lack of evidence. If some harmful product were in the millions of electronic cigarettes sold, surely there would have been a health complication blamed on the substance. Yet there are no such cases of illness due to such a product.

The accusation about carcinogens in electronic cigarettes is laughable. While there have been traces of certain carcinogenic substances known as nitrosamines found in these devices, there are nowhere near the amount found in tobacco cigarettes. Furthermore, tobacco cigarettes contain substantial amounts of a long list of carcinogens. Yet the best that critics can come up with regarding electronic cigarettes is the detection of trace amounts of one single carcinogen in some electronic cigarettes.

Electronic Cigarettes vs Tobacco Cigarettes

When it comes to a test by comparison, electronic cigarettes easily demonstrate that they are healthier alternatives to tobacco cigarettes. You can make a long list of ingredients in tobacco cigarettes that are known to be harmful even in small quantities for humans. Detractors of the electronic cigarette have only been able to point out a limited number of instances in which these products have been shown to contain small amounts of anything that might harm someone.

Side Effects of Electronic Cigarettes

No one should make the mistake of assuming that electronic cigarettes are 100% safe. After all, the main ingredients of the e-liquid which is vaporized are water, propylene glycol and nicotine. This last ingredient is found in very small amounts but it is the key ingredient for vapors who are trying to quit smoking tobacco. They can satisfy their need for nicotine while avoiding the multiple contaminants found in tobacco cigarettes.

Nicotine is an addictive substance. Some critics suggest that electronic cigarettes are an even better vehicle for nicotine delivery than tobacco cigarettes. However, the ability to control the amount of nicotine in each cartridge of liquid and to smoke only as much as you want allows vapors to modulate their intake of this substance much more effectively than smokers.

The real side effects of electronic cigarette smoking are minimal. Some people will complain of muscle aches, sore throats or trembling hands. This has much to do with the transition from nicotine levels found in tobacco products and those found in electronic cigarettes.

The best and safest way to try electronic cigarettes is to make sure that the nicotine liquid is produced in the United States. This ensures that the product has passed certain tests for safety, even if it does not guarantee it as 100% safe.

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