E-cigarettes: The New Alternative to Cigarettes

E-cigarettes is a new trend for many young people. But is it truly a healthier alternative?

Nowadays, it is common knowledge that cigarettes are harmful and can even be deadly. According to the National Cancer Institute, tobacco smoke consists of over 250 damaging chemicals, 69 of which are cancer-causing.

Secondhand-smoke is also deadly, causing about 3000 nonsmokers in the United States to die of lung cancer every year. Nicotine causes cigarettes to be addictive, making it harder for smokers to quit.

Along with the dangers of smoking, a pack costs about nine dollars, so the expenses add up.

The new trend: E-cigarettes

With all this information readily available, many young adults have been considering a new option: e-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, which claim to be less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

Craig Youngblood, president of InLife, an e-cigarette company, made an argument in favor of e-cigarettes.

They are electronic, alternative smoking devices that simulate the sensation of smoking,” he said to WebMD. “They do not expose the user, or others close by, to harmful levels of cancer-causing agents and other dangerous chemicals normally associated with traditional tobacco products.”

How it works

An e-cigarette works like this: the user inhales through the mouthpiece, which triggers a sensor, causing a heater to vaporize liquid nicotine and propylene glycol (PEG).

PEG is what makes the smoke appear. Depending on the brand, e-cigarettes can cost between one- and two-hundred dollars, with nicotine cartridge prices, which are good for a few uses, varying.

However, although e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they use synthetic nicotine, which is still addictive. Studies have shown that use of e-cigarettes is growing, doubling in high school students from 2011 to 2012.

Growing trend of e-cigarettes

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 4.7 percent of high school students had tried e-cigarettes in 2011, growing to 10 percent in 2012. They also found that more than one million middle and high school students in the United States have tried e-cigarettes in 2012.

E-cigarettes appear to be catered toward younger generations, because they come in different colors and are made to look like an accessory.

These factors only promote the use of nicotine and if young adults aren’t afraid of becoming addicted, whose to say that traditional cigarettes, which are more harmful, are not next on their list of things to try? Perhaps e-cigarettes are a gateway to the very thing that they are modeled after.

The CDC also found that just over three fourths of the middle and high school students who tried e-cigarettes within the last month also tried traditional cigarettes during that time; only one in five who ever tried the electronic kind reported they had never tried traditional cigarettes.

Information like this is what leads people to believe that e-cigarettes lead to the real thing; the electronic ones still encourage nicotine and addiction, just like regular cigarettes.

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E-cigarettes are often referred to as an “alternative” to regular cigarettes. However, the CDC claims that there is no definite scientific evidence that e-cigarettes help a person to quit smoking.

E-cigarettes could grow to become a popular product, with their modern look, lack of tobacco, and overall expense. However, by smoking e-cigarettes, nicotine will still enter your body, just like traditional cigarettes.

If you’re going to make the decision to smoke, it is important to understand the effects it will have on your body. If you are trying to quit smoking, there are resources available, such as 1-877-44U-QUIT, the National Hotline for quitters.

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1 Comment on E-cigarettes: The New Alternative to Cigarettes

  1. youngandtwenty // September 26, 2014 at 10:48 am // Reply

    Apparently there’s new studies showing E-Cigarettes harmful as well! A lot of places are in the process of banning them from inside and around buildings.

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