Electronic cigarette dangers – new research

electronic cigarette dangers

Note – this article has been updated with new research and information about electronic cigarette dangers. Please comment there, as the comment section for this article is closed.

Over the past few years, electronic cigarettes (often called a personal vaporizer, e-cigarette, or many other trendy descriptions–I’ll abbreviate them as EC, just to save space) have become a popular alternative to tobacco cigarettes. They originally were developed as a tool to quit cigarette smoking, which is factually linked to lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

However, ECs have become much more than a tool to end smoking, but they have evolved into popular subculture phenomenon known as the “vaping community” that, in many respects, seem to mimic the marijuana advocates. The vaping community continues to push a belief that ECs are safer than traditional cigarettes, have little health risk to the vaper (electronic cigarette smoker), and is much more socially acceptable than smoking cigarettes or cigars.

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E-cigarette chemical flavorings linked to lung disease

e-cigarette chemical flavorings

Much of recent research regarding e-cigarettes has been focused on nicotine and other chemicals related to tobacco. However, new research has examined e-cigarette chemical flavorings – which may appeal to younger smokers – and their relationship to certain lung diseases.

Electronic cigarettes, often called a personal vaporizer, vaper,  e-cigarette, or many other trendy descriptions–I’ll abbreviate them as EC, just to save space–have become a popular alternative to tobacco cigarettes. They originally were developed as a tool to quit cigarette smoking, which is factually linked to lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

The safety of ECs has been subject to early research, although lacking the robustness of research we have seen with tobacco. This will take time. However, some important scientific research has provided us with enough evidence that we should consider strongly regulating ECs.

Much of the research has focused on compounds found in tobacco products, such as nicotine and tar, while not looking at other chemicals that are a part of the vaping culture, such as artificial flavorings like fruits, cupcakes (really?) and cotton candy. So let’s look at this research.

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