Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Disadvantages Of Electrical Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes look like the real thing and produce smokelike vapors.

Smoking cigarettes is harmful to your health and can potentially lead to lung cancer, but smoking electric or e-cigarettes can be potentially harmful to your health, too, according to the Mayo Clinic. Electronic cigarettes, like their counterpart paper-rolled variety, contain nicotine. They also contain other chemicals that are not thoroughly known at present.

No FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated electric cigarettes (e-cigs) for safety, nor have they approved them for use, according to the Mayo Clinic. An electronic cigarette manufacturer seeking to align itself with the FDA's seal of approval -- to assure consumers its product is safe for use -- would have supplied a sample and made such a request. When this did not occur, the FDA chose to test a couple of popular e-cigs on its own, finding that the electronic cigarettes contained potential carcinogens (cancer-causing properties), as well as other toxic chemicals. The FDA has since issued a warning, cautioning consumers of potential risks to their health if they use electronic cigarettes.

Method of Delivery

Since electronic cigarettes are battery operated, consumers must maintain the battery's power or purchase and replace batteries in order to maintain the operational ability of e-cigarettes. There is a cost associated with this type of cigarette versus the ones you buy in a pack, made conventionally.

Liquid Nicotine Danger

Nicotine in a liquid form -- the type used for electronic cigarettes -- is a more risky type of nicotine for the smoker to use, as it can be drawn into the mouth rather than just inhaled through smoke. According to the Prime Health Channel, smokers who have a tendency to take a long drag on a cigarette are more at risk for drawing the toxic liquid into their mouths, which can damage the user's health.


The initial cost to purchase the e-cigarette includes a couple of batteries and approximately five nicotine cartridges, according to the University of Wisconsin Medical School's Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. This "kit" ranges from $40 to $140in cost, and replacement batteries can set back a smoker $15 to $20, with additional nicotine cartridges going for approximately $10 for a five-pack cartridge set. That is a much more expensive outlay of cash, initially, to use a product that is not federally regulated for the consumer's safety and is not able to legally tout itself as a smoking cessation product.

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