Are e-cigarettes really safer than regular cigarettes?
The use of e-cigarettes in the UK has tripled since 2012 and it’s now estimated that 2.1 million people use these electronic devices. An article on the BBC website states that 71% of e-cigarette users are doing so to help them give up smoking and 37% are using them to save money.
Many smokers are now starting to use the electronic cigarette as a substitute for the regular variety. Giving up smoking by reducing the nicotine content of the device may make life easier when trying to stop. These devices don’t always contain nicotine and can just be used as a relaxation aid. One of the main benefits of using the nicotine-based variety is that they don’t contain the carcinogenic properties of standard cigarettes.
The EL Science website is a useful source of further information on electronic cigarettes and the effects they can have on a user’s health.
The origins of vaping
There have been many studies carried out since the arrival of the e-cigarette in the early 2000s. These tobacco substitutes originated with a Chinese pharmacist, Hon Li, who carried out research into the cessation of tobacco cigarette smoking. Herbert A Gilbert took out the first e-cigarette patent in 1963, but it’s only as a result of numerous health studies highlighting the dangers of cigarette smoking that vaping has become more popular.
Smoking will damage your health
Tobacco cigarettes emit toxins, carbon dioxide and other poisons and are responsible for 100 million deaths in the 20th century. A way to reduce this mortality rate is to use e-cigarettes. The Independent newspaper published an article that shows the problems and benefits of using these devices across the globe though some governments are undecided when it comes to regulation. A Queen Mary University of London study, says ‘e-cigarettes cut smoking related deaths and doesn’t see a need for stricter regulations.’ Also Professor Peter Hajek, who led the study said, “The evidence we currently have is clear: e-cigarettes should be allowed to compete against conventional cigarettes in the market place.”
Safety with vaping
The health benefits of vaping are numerous. One of the major problems of conventional tobacco cigarettes is the harm that they inflict on others. Figures released by HM government in 2013 show that, ‘800 children visit the doctor every day due to the serious effects of second-hand smoke exposure.’ Vaping can reduce these shocking statistics. Also e-cigarettes don’t produce the tar and other carcinogens that kill. These toxins include polonium, and arsenic.
Vaping as a trend
The new trend of ‘vaping’ has started to spread across the country and there are now vape cafes opening up in many places. The Huffington Post explains in a recent article that people from all walks of life are visiting these cafes to use the electronic cigarettes, which are made up of a battery, an atomiser and a cartridge containing propylene glycol or glycerine and nicotine. The battery heats an element that converts the liquid to a vapour, hence the name. Vaping, at least, produces a solution for those who want to give up smoking, cuts down on expense and helps save lives.
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