The replacement of tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes was a great idea to save people from the harmful effects of smoking tobacco. The use of e-cigarettes has been increasing rapidly day by day. However, they come with many questions- “Are e-cigarettes harmful to health?”, “What are their health effects?” People have a misconception that e-cigarettes are harmless, but this is not true.
Well, e-cigarettes do have some negative health effects. These are highlighted below.
1. Chance of drug addiction
Did you know that e-cigarettes have become a gateway to addiction to smoking and other drug addictions? It has been found through research that e-cigarette users gradually started smoking tobacco cigarettes. Many non-smokers, after trying e-cigarettes have become addicted to smoking. Many of them started to switch on to tobacco cigarettes slowly. Consequently, this will lead to various smoking and drug-related health hazards.
2. Effects on children
Nowadays, e-cigarettes are available in more than a hundred flavors. The availability of e-cigarettes in different flavors such as strawberry, milkshake, pizza and others have attracted children towards smoking e-cigarettes. Many children under 18 are found to be purchasing and using e-cigarettes. Once they get addicted, it causes them to continue smoking as an adult. Strict rules to ban selling to children below 18 years of age, has been a matter of major concern.
3. Cancer risk
Earlier this year, the New England Journal of Medicine found much higher concentrations of formaldehyde in e-cigarettes than in regular cigarettes, leading to five to 15 times the cancer risk. If the e-cigarette companies care about public health, they should welcome such research. Thus, e-cigarettes might lessen the chances of cancer than regular cigarettes. But they are not risk-free.
4. Nicotine affects
People might not be aware that e-cigarettes also contain nicotine. Nicotine is the active ingredient in tobacco and makes up 0.15% to 1.23% of each cigarette. Meanwhile, nicotine levels in e-cigarettes vary from 0.6% to 5%. E-cigarettes with more or less presence of nicotine elements have bad health effects of lungs cancer, illness and other dangerous diseases.
Bystanders to smokers of e-cigarettes will have fewer effects than that of tobacco cigarettes. However, it is not completely risk-free to surrounding people. E-cigarettes also lead to air pollution. This, of course, leads to pollution-related disease and bad effects on health from the smoke produced from vaping e-cigarettes affecting the surrounding atmosphere.
The above points are some of the major effects of e-cigarettes. Like tobacco cigarettes, they too lead to various types of cancers, heart disease, illnesses and other health effects. The difference is that smoking e-cigarettes have far less effects than that of tobacco cigarettes.
On the whole, e-cigarettes help protect traditional cigarette smokers from health hazards when they switch. At the same time, they still have side effects to others. They are better than normal cigarettes, but not harmless.