E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are the new thing (well, new since 2004 anyway, which is relatively recent in the product world). They were not only created for people wishing to quit smoking, but also for those that want to still smoke but do it in a way that is less offensive to others.
But are these modified smoking aids as good for you as the manufacturers would like you to believe?
The Arguments For
Proponents of the Chinese invented e-cigarette state that they are better for you because you aren’t taking in all of the toxins found in regular cigarettes. They also work to protect others from second hand smoke as the e-cigarettes only emit a vapor which dissipates – not actual smoke. Therefore, the user can get his or her dose of nicotine without hurting people around them.
In addition, e-cigarettes smell better than traditional cigarettes. They come in a variety of flavors, ranging from cherry to vanilla to menthol which some find appealing to be around. Some manufacturers even offer alcohol inspired options like pina colada and peach schnapps.
The Arguments Against
Just because electronic cigarettes don’t offer the same negative side effects as regular cigarettes, some health officials aren’t ready to declare them safe for use. They feel that much more research needs to be done in regard to taking nicotine into the lungs, which is why some countries (like the U.S.) are considering banning their sale.
Plus, there are questions in regard to the addictive qualities of using and possibly abusing this type of smokeless device. They fear that this is just one more substance that people can rely on instead of learning positive ways to cope with life.
The Bottom Line
So, are e-cigarettes good for you? More research needs to be done to answer this question with any sort of reliance. Until then, you may be better off trying to quit smoking entirely – eliminating the need for traditional and e-cigarettes.