“Because e-cigarettes do not burn tobacco, these products are a much lower risk alternative to traditional cigarettes,” says a report ‘Achieving appropriate regulations for electronic cigarettes’ published in ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, the website of US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
The report further states, quoting studies, “Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems) are battery-operated devices designed to vaporize a liquid solution of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine which also contains water and flavourings and may or may not contain nicotine. Puffing activates a battery-operated heating element in the atomizer and the liquid in the cartridge is vaporized as a plume of mist that is inhaled. Because e-cigarettes do not burn tobacco, these products are a much lower risk alternative to traditional cigarettes.”
Nicotine is not a mandatory factor in e-hookah and it completely depends upon the user’s choice whether he/she prefers to smoke with nicotine or without nicotine. As e-hookah doesn’t contain tobacco, it is free from U.S. tobacco laws.
The report, quoting various studies, surveys and findings, makes some interesting observations. “In addition to creating vapour which visually resembles smoke, e-cigarettes replace most of the sensory, behavioural and social components associated with smoking. For this reason, they are increasingly used as substitutes for tobacco cigarettes,” it says.
Health benefits as compared to traditional cigarettes, different flavors, lower risks and other such factors are making smokers prefer electronic hookahs over traditional hookahs and regular cigarettes.
E-hookah is entirely different than traditional tobacco cigarette. It is an innovative concept which uses liquidized nicotine and produces less precarious smoke. Here are 5 leading benefits of electronic cigarettes over traditional cigarettes.
Reason #1 – E-hookahs don’t have that typical odor
Those who smoke the traditional cigarette can will immediately notice the difference in odor while using the e-cigarette.E-cigarettes don’t produce annoying odor.
The worst part of using traditional cigarette is that non-smokers who are near the smoker are bound to be annoyed because of the offensive smell.If you are a regular smoker yourself, you do not notice it as you are absorbed in the smoking experience. But others near you might find the smoke irritating. Besides passive cigarette smoking is just as fraught with health risks as smoking itself.
E-cigarettes do not have an ominous odor as instead of exhaling smoke, you exhale a vapor that evaporates almost instantly.
Reason #2 – E-hookah smoking is much cheaper than traditional cigarettes
If you are a smoker then you can certainly relate to this point-traditional cigarettes are getting costlier by the day.You could buy cigarettes for $ 1, in 1980. Today, one has to pay a lot more for the same cigarettes.
Those who prefer traditional cigarettes indirectly pay tax with every cigarette they buy. The tax is actually attached to the cost of the cigarette. On the other hand, It doesn’t happen with e-cigarettes.
Reason #3 – E-hookahs don’t cause fire hazard
With e-cigarettes, there is no risk of any fire hazard. While traditional cigarettes if left smouldering and unattended can cause a serious fire hazard, e-hookah has no such risk.
Reason #4 – Health Benefits
There is no doubt in the fact that smoking tobacco cigarettes are injurious to health. They are known to cause debilitating and fatal diseases such as cardiac problems, lung cancer, throat cancer, osteoporosis, and so on.E-cigarettes have a much lower risk.
The report published in the National Institutes of Health website states, “Moreover, internet surveys and clinical trials show that the e-cigarettes may help smokers quit smoking or reduce harm by smoking fewer tobacco cigarettes, without any remarkable adverse events or risks, for the user or for the bystander. Even compared with NRTs, such as nicotine patches, e-cigarettes prove to be more effective and with a tolerability rate similar, if not better, to that obtained with the patches. As a consequence, popularity of these products has increased exponentially in developed countries.”
Reason #5 Flavors
Traditional cigarettes don’t provide any flavors to the smoker. On the other hand,e-cigarettes provide an array of flavors to the user. One can choose the particular flavor with their own choice such as banana, cherry, cinnamon, menthol, pineapple and so on.
Apart from the5 major benefits of e-cigarette, discussed above, one must also mention some other great advantages that make e-cigarettes the preferred choice over traditional cigarettes:
* No flame required for smoking
* No lighter or match box required
* You may take a puff whenever you want
* Satisfies your craving for nicotine, as with a cigarette
* You may control nicotine intake
* Not banned under the smoking ban
* No passive smoking
* It’s less expensive
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Are electronic cigarettes bad for you? Risk Bites takes a look at the pros and cons, and ends with a bit of a twist.
Please check the Further Information below for links to more information and resources. And don’t forget to join the conversation in the comments.
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FURTHER INFORMATION AND READING
A Harmful Cigarette: MTSG, March 19 2013. http://www.mindthesciencegap.org/2013/03/19/a-harmless-cigarette/
e-Cigarettes. JAMA, January 8 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.2013.279164
FDA web page on electronic cigarettes: http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm172906.htm
WebMD: E-Cigarettes: Expert Q&A With the CDC. http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20131112/e-cigarettes-cdc
Secondary Exposure to E-cigarette Emission Might be Harmful to Health. FDA Advisory No. 2013-015. June 26 2013. http://www.fda.gov.ph/advisories/food/80233-fda-advisory-no-2013-015
Metal and Silicate Particles Including Nanoparticles Are Present in Electronic Cigarette Cartomizer Fluid and Aerosol. Williams et al. PloS One March 20 2013. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057987 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0057987
Evaluating the harm caused by nicotine products. Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs. http://drugscience.org.uk/external-resources/nicotine-mcda-briefing/
Regulations expected soon on e-cigarettes. Sacramento Bee, January 10 2014. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/10/6062228/regulations-expected-soon-on-e.html
The E-Cigarette Industry, Waiting to Exhale. New York Times, October 26 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/business/the-e-cigarette-industry-waiting-to-exhale.html
VAPING AND MARIJUANA
Cannabis Drug Info, Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs: http://drugscience.org.uk/drugs-info/cannabis/
E-cigarettes packed with marijuana oil set to boom in Colorado. NY Daily News January 6 2014. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pot-boom-e-cigs-sales-set-soar-colo-article-1.1567304
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