E-cigarettes and vaporizers have become very popular over the years but according to publichealth.org:
“While e-cigarettes have drawn the attention of the FDA, they have not yet been officially regulated, as we mentioned above. In 2014 the agency proposed, under the Family Smoking and Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, that e-cigarette manufacturers disclose all ingredients and market products only with FDA approval.
However, this has not yet been added to existing legislation. Health concerns expressed by government entities include the fact that there have been no long-range studies of e-cigarettes’ impact on users, nor of synthetic nicotine vapor inhaled directly into lung tissue, nor even of propylene glycol’s effect when it is used in this product.”
Crazy! That something so widely used still hasn’t been regulated in the U.S., and no long term trials have been carried out either for the impact of e-cigs on users.
As far as I know, there is no regulation for the quality of the liquid used in these devices either.
The problem with these devices, especially with so many smoking bans in place, is that they are so convenient to smoke. This can make you smoke more.
e-cigarettes come in many forms and can contain a variety of flavours… so even people that don’t usually smoke conventional cigarettes could start smoking e-cigs.
Are e-cigarettes safe?
According to the NHS in the UK, “We don’t really know until they have been thoroughly assessed and monitored in a large population over time. However, compared with regular cigarettes, they are certainly the lesser of two evils.
A recent Public Health England evidence review concluded that e-cigarettes were 95% safer than “traditional” cigarettes.
First, e-cigarettes don’t contain any tobacco – only nicotine, which is highly addictive but much less dangerous. For this reason, smoking e-cigarettes (known as “vaping”) is generally regarded a safer alternative to smoking for those unable or unwilling to stop using nicotine.”
Also, while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the liquid and vapour to contain traces of toxins (PDF, 237kb), including cancer-causing chemicals nitrosamines and formaldehyde, the level of these toxins is about one thousandth of that in cigarette smoke.
We cannot be certain that these traces of toxins are harmless, but tests on animals and a small study of 40 smokers are reassuring, providing some evidence that e-cigarettes are well tolerated and only associated with mild adverse effects (slight mouth or throat irritation, a dry cough).”
According to the NHS, e-cigarettes are safer than conventional cigarettes but we still don’t know if they are safe over the long term as no significant studies have been carried out.
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