With the popularity of E-Cigarettes in the UK growing, Cancer Research had their doctor answer the most common questions being asked about UK E-Cigarettes.
In the last year or two electronic cigarettes have got a mixed reaction from the medical world.
WHO (World Health Organisation) is largely negative towards e-cigarettes while the Public Health England declaring that e-cigarettes are at least 95% safer than smoking cigarettes.
Opinion has definitely shifted then towards the e-cigarette and how it can dramatically help people, so much so that Cancer Research UK recently released the top 10 questions about electronic cigarettes they are asked, and have them answered by Dr. McEwen.
In the article Dr. McEwen discusses the most common questions, for example "Are e-cigarettes safer than smoking?", and "Will e-cigarettes be cheaper for me than smoking?" These kind of questions have been answered here before (if you are wondering though, Yes e-cigarettes are much better than smoking and Yes they are much cheaper than smoking, click on the links if you want to see more) but there were less asked questions that are perhaps even more important to answer.
Is Nicotine Dangerous?
Its always been a common misconception that nicotine was the dangerous ingredient in tobacco, after all cigarettes ware traditionally the only place you got nicotine and cigarettes are dangerous! So for many people they are one and the same. In the doctor’s words however:
Dr McEwen: "Nicotine doesn’t cause smoking-related diseases, such as cancers and heart disease, but it is addictive. However, there’s a common misconception that you can overdose on nicotine using e-cigarettes.
But you are in no danger of poisoning yourself, nor have there been any cases of overdose from inhaling the nicotine-containing fluid that an e-cigarette vaporises, known as e-liquid. So you can use your e-cigarette as often as you need to help manage nicotine withdrawal and urges to smoke.
Much the same as with Nicotine Replacement Therapy, if you do have more nicotine than you’re used to, then you might feel a little nauseous or lightheaded, both of which pass quickly. If this happens, just reduce the level of nicotine in the e-liquid that you buy, or use the e-cigarette less."
Is Second-Hand Vapour From E-Cigarettes dangerous?
To many people, this is the big concern, with e-cigarettes legally allowed to be used inside and allowed essentially anywhere it is important to put this question to rest.
Dr McEwen: "Unlike second-hand smoke from cigarettes – which is known to cause cancer – there’s no evidence that second-hand e-cigarette vapour is dangerous to others. Some studies have found traces of toxic chemicals in second-hand vapour, but at such low levels that they’re not harmful to those around you.
In order to prevent accidental poisoning, for example by young children drinking e-liquids, you should store your e-cigarettes and liquids away safely, just as you would with medicines."
Vapour for an e-cig is miles better then the smoke produced by a cigarette, to the point that it is considered harmless.
The article didn't even go into the fact that there is so little nicotine in the vapour that you could stand in a room full of e-cig users for days and you would still breathe in a fraction of a cigarette's nicotine!
Do E-Cigarettes Produce Harmful Chemicals Or Blow Up?
When you think of e-cigarettes in the news you will almost always think of the news about exploding batteries or news that they are full of poison. However that is simply not the case.
Dr McEwen: "Some studies have found chemicals in e-cigarette vapour that are known to cause health problems. But these studies have tended to use artificial conditions, and when good quality e-cigarettes are used normally (e.g. not overheated), there are far fewer harmful chemicals present in the vapour than in tobacco smoke. If the e-liquid is being overheated it tends to produce an acrid, unpleasant taste – you’ll know if this happens.
As with any rechargeable device, such as mobile phones and laptops, it’s important to charge e-cigarettes with the right charger, and don’t leave it unattended while charging. Ensure that you buy from reputable suppliers and avoid generic charging equipment. There have been reported cases of e-cigarettes causing fires, but far fewer than the number caused by cigarettes, which are the most common cause of lethal house fires.”
With any new technology there is always the worry that it will have unintended consequences, but that’s the thing about the e-cig, a lot of the technology has been around for a long time.
The batteries used in e-cigs (called lithium ion batteries) have been around for at least 10 years and are found in everything from your mobile phone, to your tablet and laptop. Basically anything that you recharge will have the same type of battery as an e-cigarette. If you take the same care of your e-cigarette as you would with your phone then you won't have a problem.
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