More an more people are now smoking electronic cigarettes, which are battery operated, and contain nicotine and other flavors that the user can inhale.
Instead of smoke, e-cigarettes produce vapor. Advertisers claim that e-cigarettes are safer because they do not burn tobaccos.
In addition, they are cheaper in the long run and it all sounds perfect to most smokers.
People who have switched to e-cigarettes report that they can breath easier, the cough is gone is finally gone and it is possible to smell all things again.
It all sounds good, but could electronic be dangerous, people have recently started asking.
By isolating nicotine, e-cigarettes should carry far fewer chemical risks than regular cigarettes, said Michael Siegel, a tobacco researcher at Boston University.
Tobacco contains about 5,000 known chemicals, he said, with as many as 100,000 more that haven't yet been identified. E-cigarettes eliminate many of those ingredients.
Few would say that e-cigarettes are as dangerous as real cigarettes, but researchers are pointing out that electronic cigarettes could be dangerous nevertheless.
"There really are a lot of unknowns with respect to health," said Prue Talbot, a toxicologist at the University California, Riverside.
"I don't know of any studies in the literature which are peer-reviewed.
Almost all of the studies have been paid for by the e-cigarette companies.
"E-cigarettes are often sold as safe, which is probably not true," Talbot added.
"They may not be as dangerous as real cigarettes, but on the other hand, they could be. We just don't know."
Various types of electronic cigarettes are being sold.
Electronic cigarettes, which are often made to look like real cigarettes, contain carcinogens such as diethylene glycol, used in antifreeze and nitrosamines,
FDA lab tests have revealed.
FDA public health experts also warned that e-cigarettes could increase nicotine addiction and tobacco use in youth, especially since they are available in flavors.
Craig Smith has been selling electronic cigarettes in United Kingdom for some time now. It is a growing business.
Unfortunately, according to federal regulations, Smith cannot discuss the e-cigarettes he is selling .
"I'm not allowed to tell people what electronic cigarettes actually do," says Smith. "The only thing I'm allowed to do is sell them as a novelty product.
If you want to learn about electronic cigarettes . . . you have to do the research yourself because I'm not allowed to tell you because I sell them."
Earlier this year, an electronic cigarette blew up in a Florida man's face, leaving him in a hospital with severe burns, missing his front teeth and a
chunk of his tongue.
Fire officials said Wednesday that the man had switched to electronic cigarettes to try and quit smoking, and that the scary situation was caused by a
"The best analogy is like it was trying to hold a bottle rocket in your mouth when it went off," said Joseph Parker, division chief for the North
Bay Fire Department. "The battery flew out of the tube and set the closet on fire."
Since E-cigarettes contain no health warnings, as conventional cigarettes and anyone can buy them, one would naturally like to know more about this
controversial new product, but it seems the customer must do the research on his on, something few smokers will bother to do.
So, we are left with the question - "Are e-cigarettes really safe or are they in fact a deadly trap?"
For many experts the list of unknowns is still too large for them to consider e-cigarettes worth recommending.
It seems that to be on the safe side, the best solution is simply to stop smoking.
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