Saturday, December 15, 2012

E-cigarettes Are Here to Stay

Electronic cigarettes are likely here to stay according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. About 40 percent of individuals in the study had heard of e-cigarettes, and awareness was highest among smokers. And, smokers are among the most likely to use e-cigarettes.

There are many brands, flavors and nicotine strengths in e-cigarettes, which can be purchased at convenience stores and on the Internet. They aren’t regulated by the FDA as a drug delivery device because they aren’t marketed as stop-smoking aids.

E-cigarettes resemble traditional cigarettes. They have a cartridge, a mouthpiece, a vaporizer and an indicator light. According to many e-cig advocates, they should be chosen over traditional cigarettes because they only contain nicotine, not the hundreds of other chemicals found in tobacco. New findings suggest smokers are interested and are trying e-cigarettes as cessation devices. E-cigarettes contain only water vapor, safe diluents such as glycerin, and nicotine, and are likely much less harmful than inhaling combusted tobacco smoke.

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