Do E-Cigarettes Solve a Problem or Just Create a New One?

E-Cigarrettes are being pitched as a great way to quit smoking, a sort of stepping stone away from tobacco and towards a healthier lifestyle.  However the funky packaging and styling of the items would no doubt appeal to younger people. Available in hot pink or metallic blue with leopard-print or copper tips, they look more like stylish fashion accessories than the slender tubes of tobacco.

There are certainly issues with e-cigarrettes:

-        Users may become addicted to smoking e-cigarettes due to the nicotine found in e-cigarette cartridges.

-        Users may experience nicotine withdrawal symptoms when they stop smoking e-cigarettes. This may include restlessness, irritability, anxiety, and depression.

-        Users may experience worsening of heart problems or damage to the arteries due to the nicotine content in e-cigarettes.

Further, there has been a lot of discussion on propylene glycol. This is a substance that is used for the purpose of producing fog in fog machines, sanitizing and disinfecting air, in asthma inhalers, and much more. There are concerns that this substance, as it can absorb water, may be harmful to the lungs. However, studies on propylene glycol have found that it is generally safe and that it does not cause illness when inhaled as vapor.

Do they work in smoking cessation?

E-cigarettes manufacturers claim that they serve as a very effective way for someone to wean off of their smoking addiction.  The smokeless variety of e-cigs contain no tobacco, which is laced with toxins and other harmful chemicals that can lead to cancer and other serious health issues. Smokers still get the “hit” they need to quell cravings by inhaling liquid nicotine — minus the carcinogens.  It seems to be a healthier alternative to smoking, but absolutely not as healthy as not smoking.

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