More lives are taken away by smoking cigarettes in the United States than the combined number of deaths because of alcohol consumption, car accidents, HIV, guns and illegal drugs combined claims the American Cancer Society.
But is smoking electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes equally catastrophic?
The US market has been flooded with e-cigarettes which are also known by a number of other names such as e-vaporizers, vapes, hookah pens, mods, etc. Such devices which claim to reduce the negative impacts of nicotine, essentially ids made up of a solution of propylene glycol, nicotine and flavors which are vaporized to give the impact of smoking without the ill effects.
The e-cigarettes also come in a large variety of “fun” flavours from vanilla to blueberry cotton candy and even coffee mocha. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the US allows marketing of e-cigarettes through advertisements an commercials unlike in the case of conventional cigarette were all forms of marketing is strictly prohibited. E-cigarettes are markets on websites and through advertising campaigns which also portray the products to be a form of style and romance and even freedom and rebellion. There are also celebrity endorsements for many of the brands.
However, the claim of such products being safe is now being contested in the US.
“There is insufficient data to be able to say whether vaping causes or does not cause lung or other types of cancer,” says Andrew Hyland, scientific principal investigator of the national Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study. “Studies show that the overall number and levels of toxins are much lower in vaping products compared with conventional cigarettes, which, in comparison, are incredibly toxic, with thousands of chemicals and dozens of carcinogens that cause harm to every organ system in the body.”
Here is a rising concern among a section of Americans that nicotine addiction, especially among the younger generation, could result from e-cigarettes despite the fact that the level of toxins are much lower compared to conventional cigarettes.
The 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey found out the e-cigarettes gad been used in the past 30 days to the survey by about 1.7 million high school students in the country while the U.S. surgeon general noted an increase of 900 per cent in use of e-cigarette by students of high school.
This formed the basis of an investigation that has been initiated by the FDA into the company running the leading e-cigarette brand Juul and which has been accused of conducting very aggressive marketing campaigns targeted at children and teens. It has been alleged that the product has twice the nicotine content of comparable devicesbut has gained popularity because of its sleek and modern design.
A new study conducted by Roswell Park’s Maciej Goniewicz, together with pediatricians from Stony Brook Children’s Hospital claims that those adolescent American who are in the habit of using Juul and other similar e-cigarettes are close to getting exposed to the same level of nicotine as with conventional combustible cigarettes.
The falvours and the effectiveness of e-cigarettes is being highlighted ore and more w2iht the rising evolvement of e-cigarette devices. “We know that many e-cigarette users are trying to quit cigarette smoking, and some cigarette smokers report that flavored e-cigarettes offer an appealing alternative when they are looking for a way to quit smoking cigarettes,” says Dr. Hyland.
“We know that most smokers regret having started smoking and want to quit,” says Dr. Hyland. He stresses that e-cigarettes should not be seen as a means to quit the conventional cigarette but users should attempt to quit use of both cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
(Adapted from MedicalExpress.com)