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The Real Risks Of E Cigarettes
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The Real Risks Of E Cigarettes

Let's not sugar coat it, beat around the bush, or lie. E cigarettes have risks, both known and unknown. For those of you who use e cigarettes or are thinking of using them, this article is for you.

Our federal government and health officials are reluctant in showing support for e cigarettes as a safe alternative nicotine delivery system due to the unknown risks associated with it. While they have done initial testing on e-cigarettes and their juices, and have cited concerns, the long term risks of this product are still unknown.

Nicotine - This drug is one of the most addictive ones around and not the healthiest when consumed in large doses. Tests of inhaling nicotine-laced vapor over long periods of time via e cigarettes has not been completed. Perhaps this is due to the relative infancy of the popularity of these devices. Nicotine spills (from the juices) onto your skin can easily and quickly be absorbed causing possible health problems. This is also a sore spot for the feds.

Children - Health officials also are concerned that the tasty flavors which e liquids come in can be attractive to minors and nonsmokers who would normally not consider smoking real tobacco cigarettes. Restrictions are in place to selling e cigarettes and their paraphernalia to children. Respectable vendors have warnings about selling to minors and refrain from doing so. Like any other adult product (tobaccos and alcohols), consumers and vendors alike need to make sure these do not fall into the the hands of our young ones.

E Cigarette Juice Ingredients - Since there yet exists the appropriate regulations for e cigarette juice ingredients, it becomes a "buyer beware" situation. The feds have found toxins in some juices including nitrosamines and diethylene glycol (used in antifreeze.) Juices that contain alcohol have also been known to cause infections, burns, and bleeding and these types of juices need to be avoided. Always be sure to investigate what your juices are made of and insist that your vendor demonstrate the ingredients in their e liquids. As an e cigarette user, I hope that the appropriate studies are done and regulations are put into place to make sure we are all as safe as can be.

Advertising miscues - No regulations means misleading labels or lack there of. False advertising can lead to consumers buying e cigarette juices that may be harmful as stated above. It also needs to be clear that e cigs are NOT a cessation device to smoking because you are continuing your nicotine addiction. They should be used only by smoking adults who are looking for an alternative.

Are e cigarettes harmless? No. Are there risks? Yes. Are they as dangerous as real tobacco cigarettes? No way. Are there benefits to smoking e cigarettes? Certainly, and those benefits are what is attracting so many new e smokers.

Educating e smokers about the risks, and how to avoid them, are what is needed until regulations are put into place by our government to help protect us from shoddy vendors.


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