ARE E-CIGARETTES REALLY SAFER THAN SMOKING TOBACCO – I have to say that I was stupid enough to start smoking again after abstaining for a year. The trouble with smoking is that even if you do quit it is easy to relapse and that innocent cigarette at a party or down the pub often leads right back to 20 a day.
I recently went out with some friends, yes I do have a couple, and one of them was brandishing an e-cigarette. This was the first time I had laid eyes on one and asked what on earth she was smoking.
My friend explained about her new e-cigarette habit and regaled me with stories that there were none of the harmful bi-products associated with regular tobacco; most notably tar.
What intrigued me was the fact that it didn’t give off that horrible tobacco smell nor did it leave the usual bad taste in your mouth. As my friend pointed out, it’s just steam with a nicotine kick, so you still fuel the habit without the nasty side effects of all the chemicals and tar.
She also told me that she recently took an international flight and that the flight attendant was not opposed to her puffing away; as it only produced an odourless steam.
E-cigarettes have become all the rage and many places, such as restaurants and pubs don’t object to people using them; it simply comes down to the fact that there is no smell and other patrons are not being subjected to passive or second-hand smoke.
The e-cigarette really does appear to cover all the basis; still getting a nicotine fix whilst not damaging your health or those around you – what could be better?
The question is how safe are e-cigarettes and are they safer than smoking tobacco?
According to new research e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes, contain carcinogenic chemicals that make some of them as harmful as regular tobacco smoke.
A recent French study tested ten different types of e-cigarette available on the market and three showed a significant amount of carcinogenic molecules in the vapour; which have so far remained undetected due to such tests not being carried out.
The French Government also raised its concerns over the carcinogenic chemicals and plans to ban the use of e-cigarettes from public places.
According to scientists the carcinogenic chemical is worrying enough but some e-cigarettes are also giving off highly toxic acrolein molecules at far higher levels than found in traditional tobacco cigarettes.
There were also other concerns including the lack of safety e-cigarettes have regarding child access; that is the caps on the devices were easy to open and contain a liquid that if consumed by a child would be lethal.
The industry for selling e-cigarettes is outraged that the French Government are to treat e-cigarettes the same as normal tobacco and ban them from use in public places.
They argue that the e-cigarette is far less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes and any ban would devastate sales.
According to retailers of the e-cigarette in France, nearly 1 million French citizens now use the e-cigarette on the basis that they are not as harmful as tobacco and they are currently able to use the devices in public places; banning such a use would destroy the industry.
Some health experts still believe that heavy smokers do benefit from the e-cigarette but advise that smokers would be much better off quitting altogether and that alternatives, such as nicotine patches or chewing gum, is a better option.