Friday, July 27, 2012Electronic cigarettes have been making a lot of headlines recently. In the United States, e-cigarettes are grabbing a lot of popularity among smokers who want to quit the habit of tobacco smoking.
A new study in the American Journal of Public Health reports that about 40 percent of individuals had heard of e-cigarettes, and awareness was highest among smokers. A majority of Americans consider electronic cigarettes to be effective for quitting smoking and a healthier, safer way of smoking.
Electronic cigarettes go by many names including e-cigarettes, electric cigarettes, smokeless cigarettes and vapor cigarettes. They are available in a variety of flavors and nicotine strengths and can be purchased on the Internet and in stores.
Jennifer Pearson, Ph.D., MPH and research investor at Legacy, an antismoking group in Washington, D.C. says, “We don't have data to say about long-term effects of e-cigarettes, but they are probably less harmful than combustible cigarettes.”
E-cigarettes resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes in many ways. They have a cartridge containing liquid nicotine, a vaporizer that vaporizes the liquid nicotine into vapor upon inhalation, an indicator light to give smokers a more real feel, and finally the mouthpiece. The cartridges can be purchased again in case the cartridge runs out of liquid.
Findings from recent studies of vapor cigarettes suggest that smokers are using them as smoking cessation tools. Also, many harm-reduction advocates say that the main selling point of vapor cigarettes is that they only contain nicotine sans the harmful carcinogenic products that are found in tobacco cigarettes. This suggests that they may be a safer cigarette.
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