Friday, December 21, 2012

Where do I begin?

When discussing this subject with someone for the first time, I always have trouble deciding what major positive aspect of E-Cigs I should cover first, and I always come to the conclusion that the "Health" side of things would be best to cover first. So that is where we will start.

As most cigarette smokers already know, cigarettes are highly carcinogenic (ie. They cause Cancerous Tumors) and are just horrible for you in general.

But on the other side of the coin we have the Electronic Cigarette. While in a regular cigarette there are something to the tune of 5,000+ carcinogens and other chemicals, electronic cigarettes only have Nicotine, Propylene Glycol (a non-toxic substance also found in a lot of foods you eat on a daily basis), and various flavorings.

Now being so new, there haven't been a whole lot of major studies done on the effects that E-Cigs have on the human body, but most research that I can find points to them being a whole lot better than regular cigarettes.

(The following is quoted from a recent article on WebMD to further my point) 
According researcher Konstantinos Farsalinos, MD, of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece; "Considering the hazards associated with cigarette smoking, currently available data suggest that electronic cigarettes are far less harmful, and substituting tobacco with electronic cigarettes may be beneficial to health," he says.

Further on in the article American Heart Association spokesman Russell Luepker, MD, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, says that because they "light up," electronic cigarettes may be preferred over other smoking cessation aids by some people trying to quit.

It’s not surprising they are less harmful than the real thing, he says. "The e-cigarette has the advantage of not having the thousands of other chemicals, besides nicotine, that a real cigarette has," he says.

"I don't think it's conclusive but there's no doubt if you expose someone to fewer bioactive chemical compounds there is going to be less effect on the heart," Luepker says. But they should only be used as a temporary bridge while quitting smoking, he says.

Well there you have it... One major reason to trade your cancer-sticks for an E-Cig; Your Health.

And tomorrow I will be covering the second major reason: Your Money!

Stay tuned!


1 comment:

  1. I've actually stopped smoking for 7 months now cold-turkey, but back then I read a little about this and though it's an interesting alternative, probably would've been a lot easier for me!