April 01, 2009

Is e-cigarette dangerous for health?

The latest craze in the market is the e-cigarette. E-cigarette? Are you hearing this for the first time? It may be if you are living in countries like India. However, it has become much common in several parts of the world.

What is electronic cigarette or e-cigarette then? Well, it is an alternative to smoked tobacco products, that includes cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. In short, it is a battery-powered device that provides inhaled doses of nicotine by delivering a vaporized propylene glycol/nicotine solution. In addition to nicotine delivery, this vapor also provides a flavor and physical sensation similar to that of inhaled tobacco smoke, while no tobacco, smoke, or combustion is actually involved in its operation.

Let’s talk of its appearance now. The electronic cigarette, in general, takes the form of some manner of elongated tube, but many of them are designed to be like the outward appearance of real smoking products, like cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. A common design in the form of “pen-style” has also come up. This name is due to its visual resemblance to a ballpoint pen.

Nonetheless, in spite of all these, use of electronic cigarettes is earning strong criticisms or is being censured severely. As stated by users and commoners, the effect of this device is also dangerous for the health. What’s more, it is also leading to respiratory problems, as stated by observers.

The allegations seem to be grave but they have become enough for Health Canada, the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for national public health. It has already instructed businesses not to promote them or sell them till official safety evaluations get completed. The statement made by Health Canada (CBC.ca) declares, “Persons importing, advertising or selling electronic cigarette products in Canada must stop doing so immediately.”

Is this device dangerous truly? Well, nothing can be said at this moment. But, since there is a rise in the number of allegations and also suspected health problems, there should be a thorough assessment of e-cigarette. Original Article

1 comment:

Healthy said...

Of course electronic cigarettes are healthier than regular cigarettes, there's no question about it! E-cigarettes contain water, nicotine, propylene glycol (which is a safe food additive which can be found in everything from ice cream to food coloring), and flavoring. Regular cigarettes contain over 4000 deadly chemicals and cancer-causing carcinogens. My e-cigarette has saved my health and the health of those around me (since there's no second-hand smoke)!

Here's a blog I found that reviews a lot of different types of electronic cigarettes. It helped me decide which one to buy (Green Smoke is my favorite!):

Green Smokes

And here are some videos that explain how various brands of e-cigs work:

HealthySmokes' YouTube Channel



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