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Vapor Cigarette Health Risks: An Introduction

Currently, there is a fair amount of debate on vapor cigarette health risks. The Electronic Cigarette Association of the US says that there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that vapor cigarettes contain carcinogens like traditional tobacco and may be harmful to users in the long run.  This of course, was issued after the US Food and Drug Administration declared that Diethylene glycol was found in one particular brand of electronic cigarettes as also some  nitrosamines  that are known to cause cancer. Moreover, the FDA said that nicotine inhaled in whatever way is capable of doing the same harm as traditional tobacco.

Another prominent body -- The American Association of Public Health Physicians has, however, supported electronic cigarettes and found that vapor cigarette health risks are reduced by nearly ninety eight per cent  if the smoker uses a smokeless electronic cigarette. The Association has also declared that passive smoking would be greatly reduced if the user smokes an e-cigarette. Contradictorily, Health Canada, another notable public health body has stated  that nicotine vapor may cause addiction and even poisoning.


Vapor cigarette health risks are yet to be definitely proven, according to a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO feels that so far no extensive study has been conducted to show that the claims made by e-cigarette manufacturers that they help smokers quit the habit needs to established through peer-reviews, toxicity analyses and rigorous studies.


The tilt is more towards suggesting that vapor cigarette health risks are negligible. An independent study conducted in New Zealand on a particular e-cigarette brand has revealed that the nicotine level in the e-cigarette was the same as that in patches that are used to quit smoking. This has been supported by another study in the UK which states that if both nicotine levels are same, then there are no potential health hazards because toxicants and carcinogens present in the e-cigarette was below danger levels. The School of Public Health under Boston University has concluded that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes and may eventually help the individual to quit smoking. Moreover, the study has also confirmed that levels of nicotine in e-cigarettes were the same as those in nicotine gums or other tobacco substitutes and in quantitative terms, is one thousand times lower than tobacco cigarettes.


In sum, the debate on whether vapor cigarette health risks are really to be taken seriously rages on. Arguments on both sides are equally strong and it’s an evenly poised battle.

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