Flameless Smoke

February 3rd, 2014

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An e-cigarette, or electronic cigarette, is a small battery powered device that delivers a nicotine and propylene glycol liquid solution in a vaporized form when inhaled air activates an atomizer. It does not contain the substances commonly found in regular cigarettes such as tobacco, tar and other cancer causing carcinogens. They do not involve flames or smoke. Because of these substantial differences between electric cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes, some smokers have opted to buy electric cigarettes instead.

But what are the health and safety benefits and disadvantages? One of the most obvious benefits of electronic cigarettes is that they lack of an actual flame. Every year, almost 1,000 smokers and non-smokers are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes or other smoking materials. If you remove the factor of fire, which e-cigarettes do, the lives of smokers and their families will be much safer. Where there is no fire, there is no actual smoke as well. That removes the health risk of second hand smoke inhalation, which is the cause of many illnesses for individuals that have been exposed to the smoke of cigarettes in workplaces, homes and public places that allow smoking. Because of the risk of second hand smoke, many public establishments have banned smoking. This has left smokers feeling ostracized and segregated. But e-cigarette users do not usually experience this because they are not technically smoking; they are merely inhaling a vapor. When the vapor is exhaled it leaves no smell, and dissipates harmlessly into the air within seconds. Electronic cigarettes can also be easily found online at reasonable prices, made by such quality American-based companies as NJOY, which is the first distributor of E-cigarettes in the United States.

As with any inhaled foreign substance there are certainly risks and disadvantages. E-cigarettes can not officially be called healthy because users are still ingesting nicotine, an addictive chemical. But they can opt to use the zero nicotine cartridges that can be supplied with the electronic cigarettes, a feature not available with traditional cigarettes. And there is something to be said for ingesting basically just nicotine instead of a combination of nicotine, tobacco, tar, arsenic, carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, which are all produced in regular cigarettes by means of combustion.

Just like conventional tobacco cigarettes, since electric cigarettes contain an addictive substance, they are neither sold nor marketed towards underage individuals. In most countries, steps such as requiring valid identification or special cards before purchasing e-cigarettes have even been taken to ensure that e-cigarettes are not readily available to individuals that are not old enough to purchase tobacco cigarettes either. Much like conventional tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes are sold in the United States only to those over the legal age limit. These precautions are, of course, for the protection of youths.

Even though there is still much controversy surrounding the selling and use of electronic cigarettes, the benefits of considering them as an alternative are clear. And really, don’t adults who have already chosen to continue to smoke despite the health warnings and concerns deserve an option with distinct advantages? It is not for anyone else to make this decision for the smoker. After weighing all options, researching and reading electronic cigarette reviews, each individual must decide if, for them, the benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh the risks.

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Comments

  1. shweta sukumar
    September 28th, 2009 at 17:52 | #1

    i agree that every smoker must decide for himself if he wants to be an e-cigarette smoker or not. however, it does not, in any way, mean that this makes the person less suseptible to smoking diseases or decrease the levels of nicotine in the body.

    since this e-cigarette can basically be charged as a mobile phone and carried around everywhere, it is also used extensively and very frequently, rendering it as a major health concern rather than an advantage.

    My Boyfriend just bought one of these a month ago and is totally addicted to it. He wont let the stupid cigarette out of his hands even for a few seconds and repeatedly claims that since he is technically not smoking, its ok for him to keep doing it.

    Smoking Nicotine on its own is the most harmful ways of ingesting anything in the blood stream as it is directly absorbed without any counter forces required to filter it, making it more addictive.

    Please beware what you are getting yourself into, before buying this horrendous piece of junk.

  2. David Coburn
    October 10th, 2010 at 16:10 | #2

    njoy is very good,better than a real cigarette.

  3. Angela
    October 29th, 2010 at 12:09 | #3

    What about the propylene glycol that is being inhaled?

  4. admin
    November 4th, 2010 at 13:45 | #4

    Propylene glycol is in many foods you eat all the time, foods that are FDA APPROVED in fact. It is Diethylene Glycol which was found in ONE BRAND of E-cigs over 2 years ago that is in Anti-Freeze and has POTENTIAL health risks. As far as I’m concerned, going from 2000+ harmful chemicals in tobacco cigarettes to a SLIM SLIM chance of one bad chemical from one bad apple being in MY cartridges that are checked and analyzed first is WELL worth the risk!

  5. Ace
    July 7th, 2011 at 10:16 | #5

    @shweta sukumar
    shweta sukumar you are extremely ignorant, 3 chemicals versus 3,000 chemicals. Not to mention the dangers of second hand smoke. FYI most other “quit smoking aids” have short-term(less than 6 months) success rate of about 7% and long-term(1 year or more) success rate of less than 3%. Almost 80% of e-cig users stop “smoking” for good…Now let’s talk about the health care costs that will be saved by a product like this. And the user in almost all cases will save at least 40% using e-cigs as opposed to conventional cigs. WOW they truly sound like a “horrendous piece of junk”. What a moron!!!

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