Electronic Cigarettes and Your Health: How They Pair Up

The U.S. market has had electronic cigarettes since 2008 and in recent years, the popularity has increased.  With the wider use of them, the concerns about the impact they have on our health, both long-term and short-term, good and bad, has increased as well. 

These battery-powered devices which heat a liquid, usually flavored, can also contain nicotine along with glycerin and propylene glycol and glycerin. All of this together, creates a vapor that is inhaled by a user and delivers the nicotine to their body. While there is no smoke like a traditional cigarette, the nicotine is still considered highly addictive drug.

The FDA is the branch in the U.S. that regulates tobacco products. Because the nicotine level in electronic cigarettes, they have included them will now extend to include e-cigarettes along with other devices such as cigars and hookah as well as pipe tobacco.  In the same way as conventional cigarettes are regulated, any person under the age of 18 is banned to purchase these as well, on-line or on-site.

The Unanswered Questions

Electronic cigarettes are somewhat a new way of delivering nicotine, and as such, there are many questions about their impact on health and their safety. There are questions about the long-term effect of them as well the effectiveness they have in helping a smoker quit. And common question about e-cigs is the effect of the chemicals from have on the heart, lungs, and a person’s overall health.

Here, we share the answers that experts offered:

What Do We Know And Don’t Know About Electronic Cigarettes

health 2The danger of vaping is less dangerous than smoking the traditional cigarette because they generate a vapor, not a tobacco filled smoke. In addition, an e-cig has less nicotine, maybe none, in comparison to traditional cigarettes are 100% tobacco.

However, that does not mean that e- cigs are always going to be the safe step toward quitting cigarettes. Some experts feel that e-cigs are dangerous in the fact that they don’t stop a smoker, but prolong their smoking instead. Studies have found that as many as 90% of vapors, also smoke.

No matter how a smoker received the nicotine, through traditional cigarette or through electronic cigarettes, it still affects their body. Because nicotine is a cardiovascular stimulant, heart disease can become potentially worse for those who are diagnosed with heart conditions. There isn’t any proof however, that nicotine is a sole contributor to heart disease for anyone that has not been diagnosed with any.

The studies have been inconclusive as to whether there is less harm from electronic cigarettes versus traditional cigarettes.Since electronic cigarettes have only been on the market for just over a decade, the studies are short-term. There will very likely be more to discuss in 30 years, 40 years, etc.

The flavorings used in e-cigs have unanswered questions as well regarding how they affect a user’s health. rings used in the devices may affect people’s health.  With 500 brands that have over 7,00 flavors on the market, the effects they have on the respiratory system are to be determined yet.