The Pros and Cons of E-Cigarettes
A New Option
Giving up smoking is a challenging — but admirable — choice. Cigarettes have a plethora of negative side effects, including lung disease and cancer, and secondhand smoke can have an adverse effect on a smoker’s loved ones. But even when smokers know they should quit, the addictive qualities of nicotine make it difficult. This is where e-cigarettes come into play.
An electronic cigarette is an electronic device that contains a liquid mix of nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. When someone inhales, the liquid is turned into a vapor. For this reason, smoking an e-cigarette is also called vaping. They contain lower doses of nicotine than regular cigarettes, which is why people who want to quit smoking often use them. Since they don’t burn, they are also less likely to cause lung damage or harm surrounding people via secondhand inhalation. Overall, studies have shown that e-cigarettes are generally about 80-90% less dangerous than cigarettes.
That said, e-cigarettes present their own unique dangers.
What are the risks?
First of all, they can explode. Most e-cigarettes contain lithium-ion batteries, which combust if they become overheated. Most accidents occur while the device is charging, which is when it’s most likely to overheat. However, other explosions have occurred in cars, in people’s pockets, or even when they were trying to smoke their device. Explosions have caused facial damage and severe burns. They have also started fires and caused structural damage. In two Florida e-cigarettes cases, two men are separately suing the manufacturers and vape shops after explosions left them with serious injuries.
Additionally, e-cigarettes can cause harm to others, particularly children. The liquid in e-cigarettes often comes in fruity and colorful flavors, which can be enticing to children. Due to this, more than half of all poisoning center calls are the result of a child coming into contact with e-cigarette fluid. Consuming the fluid from an e-cigarette can cause nausea, vomiting, and eye irritation, and the nicotine can cause severe poisoning in small children.
So, are e-cigarettes really helpful? Do the benefits outweigh the risks of explosion or overdose? Plenty of e-cigarettes users would say yes. But for those who have been injured by e-cigarettes, the answer is probably much different!
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