E-Cigs: Everything You Need To Know When Looking for the Right One
While E Cigarettes have received wide acceptance as safe smoking alternatives, there is not a lot of information about their effects on the health over an extended period of usage. Research into traditional cigarette’s impact on the health of users is almost comprehensive. You may already know that traditional cigarettes have well over of 7, 000 toxins that include 250 poisons, including cyanide, and 70 cancer-causing chemicals. In fact, no amount of secondhand cigarette smoke is considered safe to breathe.
On the other hand, E-cig products emit vapor that contains far lesser toxins compared to traditional cigarettes. One of the factors that make e-cigarette vapor less toxic than traditional cigarette smoke is the fact that the vapor doesn’t originate from burning organic compounds. The vapor from electronic cigarettes comes from heating a liquid that contains liquid tobacco, causing it to vaporize.
However, electronic cigars are not entirely safe, even if they are less hazardous than traditional cigarettes. But they are the best alternative to traditional cigarettes. Here are a few issues you should be concerned about while using e-cigarettes, either as a quitting aid or as an alternative to smoking. It is important to point out that most of the hazards associated with the use of electronic cigars are not inherent in the device themselves. Rather the concerns are as a result of external factors such as:
1. Manufacture Electronic Cigarettes is not Supervised
In the most countries, the manufacture and sale of tobacco products are highly regulated and supervised. Tobacco companies must adhere to strict government regulations imposed by agencies such as Australia’s Food Standards and the U.S FDA.
The regulations require manufacturers to register products and report all ingredients used in the products. Scientific facts must back products that are labeled as offering reduced health risks, and manufacturers must never give tobacco products as samples to young children.
Currently, regulation only affects cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and cigarette tobacco. E-cigarettes are not regulated. Therefore, it is hard to trust most products since there is no way of verifying the claims. For instance, you cannot know whether the product you’re buying contains the levels of nicotine it claims.
At the same time, information on electronic cigarette packaging claiming the products come with nicotine free cartridges cannot be verified. Some unscrupulous manufacturers sneak in some nicotine in cartridges that aren’t supposed to contain any nicotine. They can do this because there is no regulation imposed on their products. This is particularly dangerous if you are using E Liquid to quit smoking by reducing nicotine intake gradually.
2. Some E-Cigarettes Contain Harmful Toxins
You might think that manufacturers of e-cigars do everything in their power to make them less toxic than traditional cigarettes. Some manufacturers clearly didn’t get the memo. Studies show that some e-cigar vapors contain a group of four chemicals known as TSNAs. TSNAs are some of the most potent carcinogens in tobacco smoke, and their presence in Ecig products and liquid tobacco is disappointing, to say the least. TSNAs are linked to lung cancer, liver cancer, mouth and esophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer. Growing evidence from research also shows TNSAs may also contribute to cervical cancer.
3. Presence of Heavy Metals
Some emissions from e-cigars have trace amounts of chromium and other heavy metals. The bizarre thing is, chromium is not even present in traditional cigarette smoke. In fact, the concentration of heavy metals in some E Liquid products is much higher than in customary cigarette smoke. It would appear that the heavy metal concentration comes from the tobacco cartridges. Standardizing the manufacture of e-cigarettes may reduce these metals.
With proper regulation and standardization of the e-cigarette industry, then e-liquid and electronic cigarettes would live up to their true potential-reduce health risks associated with smoking.