Today, I am following up on e-cigarettes and their relative "safety". I ran across this information today, and learned a few things about "vaping". It is well known that smoking conventional cigarettes is dangerous to both smokers and those nearby inhaling second hand smoke. The smoke contains thousands of toxic chemicals resulting in concerns for health and environmental cleanliness. These concerns have bought about implementation of laws and practices establishing smoke-free environments and designated smoking areas.
E-cigarettes have become available and are popular as an alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. It advertised as a "cleaner" and "safer" cigarette, as no smoke and resulting toxins are created from combustion. However, whilecertain levels of toxins are reduced in e-cigarettes, research shows that others still exist, in levels found to be "quite high" and potentially dangerous to your health.
Studies have shown that e-cigarettes actually emit higher levels of toxic metals. Researchers suggest that the metal particles come from the cartridge in the e-cigarette, which could be addressed by the manufacturers improving the cartridge design and manufacturing. E-cigarettes still do contain toxic carcinogenic ingredients.
How do e-cigarettes work? When you take a puff of an e-cigarette a battery heats up a liquid. That liquid contains a flavoring (such as tobacco, menthol, cherry, vanilla, or java), a humectant (typically propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin) and, sometimes, nicotine. As you inhale, you get a "dose" of flavored nicotine without the chemicals typically produced from burning tobacco. That being said, you're still getting a dose of chemicals. (source: mercola.com)
In addition to metals, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has indentified a potentially deadly antifreeze chemical called diethylene glycol in an electronic cigarette cartridge along with tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are linked to cancer. (source: mercola.com)
To learn more about the hazards presented by smoking e-cigarettes, visit the links below.