Electronic cigarettes, more commonly called e-cigarettes or e-cigs, have become increasingly popular among the general public. An e-cigarette is a device designed to simulate smoking a tobacco cigarette. It contains an atomizer or heater and cartridge that work together to release flavored vapor, often used to deliver nicotine. Many people see ‘vaping' as a harmless alternative to smoking tobacco, but using e-cigarettes carries many health risks.
Effects of E-Cigarettes
The majority of e-cigarette ‘juices' contain nicotine, the most addictive substance known to humans. Even those that claim to be nicotine free may not be.
E-cigarettes contain many different ingredients that can cause respiratory distress and irritate soft tissues in the throat, lungs, and eyes.
There are numerous dangerous chemicals in e-cig vapor, including many that are in cigarettes as well as several that aren't.
Other Risks of E-Cigarettes
E-cigarettes and their ‘juice' cartridges have been found to contain particles, whiskers, and pellets of tin and other metals, which could end up in a user's lungs.
E-cig exhale and vapor contains many of the chemicals in the original inhale, including formaldehyde, meaning passersby are exposed to ‘secondhand vapor.'
Some claim e-cigarettes are an effective way to quit smoking, but quit rates of e-cig users are no higher than average, and the FDA has not approved e-cigarettes as a safe or effective method to help smokers quit.
Fluids containing nicotine are poisonous, especially to children, and can be toxic if swallowed in even small amounts.
Prevention and Treatment of E-Cigarette Usage
Don't start using e-cigarettes. Even if you use "nicotine free" juice, it still carries risks and may sometimes still contain nicotine, leading to addiction.
If you want to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes or end a nicotine addiction, considering using FDA regulated NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) in the form of pill, patch, or lozenge.
To make an appoinment for smoking cessation call the SHC at (707) 654-1170.