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Transcript of Electronic Cigarettes
Advocates of E-Cigs
Proponents of e-cigarettes and the e-cigarette companies also boast financial savings for smokers who give up traditional cigarettes for vaping. Compared to packs of traditional cigarettes that can range from $5-10, the change to vaping products amounts to spending the equivalent of $0.60 per pack.
Electronic Cigarettes: Safe Alternative to Smoking or Gateway to Nicotine Addiction?By: Jody Esguerra
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, vaporizer cigarettes, and vapes, are devices that emit doses of vaporized nicotine which is then inhaled. The device is battery-operated and can come in many different shapes and sizes. Some are more discrete than others and look similar to regular cigarettes, while other are larger and can be customized by the user.
Despite their difference in appearances, the breakdown of how e-cigarettes work is fairly simple. There is an
that signals when the battery is low, a rechargeable lithium
that include pressure sensors, voltage control, an
that atomizes the nicotine and produces the vapor, and a
for the liquid nicotine.
A recent study published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, found that tank e-cigarettes can produce the carcinogen
, the same by-product gas that is the product of the combustion process of smoking tobacco cigarettes, when the liquid nicotine is heated at high temperatures.
Common ingredients of e-cigarette juice include water, propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin (VG), a potent form of nicotine, and artificial flavoring.
With hundreds of choices, like Strawberry Cotton Candy and Pumpkin Pie Spice, the variety of flavors is appealing to a wide variety of users, especially teens and adolescents.
Liquid nicotine, commonly referred to as e-cig or vape juice, comes in varying levels of nicotine. Ranging from 0-36 mg,
the amount of nicotine dosage in a traditional cigarette.
Adolescents and E-Cigs
Twice as many U.S. middle and high school students used electronic cigarettes in 2012 than 2011, and these teens could be on the way to a lifelong addiction, according to a recent government report.
“Ninety-five percent of tobacco use begins before age 21,” says Jonathan Winickoff, a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital “We know if you reached 18 and never tried cigarettes, the odds are 3 to 1 you never will. If you reached the age of 21, the odds are 20 to 1 you won’t become smokers.”
Both advocates of and those who are skeptical of e-cig effectiveness agree that e-cigarettes should be studied more
and subjected to tighter regulation, including quality-control standards and a
ban on sales to minors.
Despite accounts of individuals using electronic cigarettes as an aid for smoking cessation, there is still
a need for clear evidence
of more people quitting or replacing tobacco smoking with e-cigarettes before we can consider e-cigarettes as a viable harm-reduction strategy.
Ultimately, while there are benefits to using these devices, electronic cigarettes are still an "evil," albeit a lesser evil that traditional cigarettes.
Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Cessation
E-cigs have been publicized as smoking cessation aids, even though there has been
no solid scientific evidence to back up this type of marketing pitch
, despite various anecdotal accounts. In accordance with this, the FDA has not approved e-cigs as safe or effective.
Although electronic cigarettes have spawned debates regarding their safety and effects on youth, it is universally accepted that one benefit of e-cigs is the avoidance of combustion of tobacco that occurs in traditional cigarettes, which is the most hazardous delivery of nicotine.
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"The Dirty Truth About E-Cigs," one individual's view of the dangers of electronic cigarettes. Laci Green is a correspondent from
, a Youtube channel dedicated to "to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories and perspectives you won't find anywhere else."