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Dangers of electronic cigarettes

Published Aug 05, 2012 12:05am

ELECTRONIC cigarettes are battery-operated devices that have been developed as an alternative to normal cigarettes. These are made up of a heater, a battery and a cartridge that contains a solution of propylene glycol, nicotine and some other chemicals.

Electronic cigarettes are found to contain an anti-freeze component known as diethylene glycol. It is toxic to humans and can cause health worries on inhalation.

Other than diethylene glycol, e-cigarettes also contain cancer-causing compounds like nitrosamines. If the cigarette accidentally breaks, humans may be exposed to such harmful components.

Many electronic cigarette brands are being found to offer e-cigarettes in various flavours like mint, orange and chocolate. This can entice smokers as well as non-smokers and actually promotes smoking rather than curbing it.

Some electronic cigarette juices have caramel and strawberry flavourings that may attract children into smoking.

In an electronic cigarette liquid nicotine is used. Nicotine is an alkaloid medicine that is harmful for humans. A long drag on the cigarette can make you actually suck some of the liquid nicotine into your mouth.

This can be very damaging to health. You have to drag the cigarette slowly for three to five seconds, which is not always possible to be careful about.

E-cigarettes also consist of tetramethylpyrazine. Prolonged exposure to tetramethylpyrazine can result in brain damage in human beings.

There is also a widespread concern that electronic cigarette consumption may promote drug use. There are reports of liquid nicotine being substituted with liquid THC, a popular potent marijuana resin. If electronic cigarette e-liquid is replaced with addictive drugs, it can become highly damaging to health.

In electronic cigarette nicotine, flavourings and many other harmful chemicals are used that may have cancerous effects on the body. Electronic cigarette cartridges contain nicotine which can cause heart ailments. Cartridges containing even traces of nicotine can be risky for the health of your heart.

No electronic cigarette company is endorsed by any health organisation. This is the reason why there has been an effective electronic cigarette ban in a number of countries, including Canada.

AHMER N. JAKARTAWALA Karachi

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Comments (10) (Closed)


Uzair
Aug 05, 2012 09:55am
they have been planning to spoil us from the centuries..... dare to research about ILLUMINATIS!
Sangat Singh
Aug 05, 2012 01:56pm
SHAME ON THE INDUSTRY!
Cyrus Howell
Aug 05, 2012 01:50pm
My life was not in danger. This is the first time I have ever heard of electronic cigarettes. There are different brands?
Josh
Aug 05, 2012 04:15pm
OMG! I had been using one for the past few months. And my doctor told me it's better then smoking cigarette in every way. Do you think the doctor is ignorant or they just overlook its harmful effects?
Razzaq
Aug 05, 2012 06:35pm
A very usefull information.
Matthew
Aug 05, 2012 07:45pm
Where do you get this information ? and please provide some proof of your documentation and by who please ? I smoked 2 packs a day of cigarettes for 25yrs and tried to quit smoking for many years, nothing worked from the simplist things to Big Pharma products which gave me the worst side effects I ever experiance in my life. Your stating that e-cigs now promote drug use too, OHM PLEASE, Provide some proof on this false statement too.E-cigarettes simply work and vaping is way less harmful then cigarettes are,,,,, now please provide your proof on your statement with scientific data and who did the testing please.
Zain
Aug 05, 2012 09:42pm
"some other chemicals" = food safe flavorings, often natural or organic... diethylene glycol would NOT be present nor would any carcinogens... this article is so full of misinformation and just plain nonsense it's not even funny, a shining example of copy & paste journalism without ONE single fact checked at all... if you got paid for this you should be ashamed.
2year e-cig user
Aug 06, 2012 12:43am
bunch of nonsense... get your facts straight..
loft
Aug 06, 2012 04:18am
Someone needs to do their research before posting.
Vapin Joe
Aug 07, 2012 01:46am
E cigs are not safe - but safer than regular (analog) cigs. In my opinion smokers that switch to e-cigs are better off than smoking analogs. Quitting is the best thing - but not for everyone. What is healthy these days? Our food is processed. Or air and water are polluted.