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It seems like you can’t turn on the radio, listen to the news, or browse your favorite social media sites without hearing something about e-cigarettes.
And, if you believe everything you read, e-cigarettes alternate between being the best thing since sliced bread or the worst thing since the plague of 1346. The truth, as with most things, lies somewhere in between.
So what do we really know?
We know that cigarettes – not e-cigarettes – contain nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic and DDT. Cigarette smoke has been shown to contain over 4000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing carcinogens and 400 other toxins. We know this because we have more than 75 years of scientific research devoted to the study of cigarettes, cigarette smoke, and the correlation between smoking and diseases like cancer.
E-cigarettes, on the other hand, have only gained popularity and widespread use within the last ten years, even though the very first electronic smoking device was patented in 1963 by Herbert A. Gilbert. We know that e-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG) and various flavorings. E-cigarettes do not produce smoke; they produce vapor. We also know that the research on e-cigarettes, including any possible health related effects, is in its infancy and far from complete or scientifically validated.
Does this make e-cigarettes and vaping akin to the Holy Grail or another cancer causing death stick?
The bottom line…we don’t know…yet.
So, before you make up your own mind about e-cigarettes and vaping, do a bit of research and apply a bit of common sense to what you read, see or hear. Most of us wouldn’t buy a car, a home, or even a flat screen television without considering all of the options and as much information as we can find.