An electronic cigarette, otherwise known as an e-cig, personal vaporizer (VP), or an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), is essentially a battery powered device that vaporizes a liquid solution called an e-liquid.
E-liquids usually contain a mixture of propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine and/or flavorings. It's the assumption because "vaping" does not burn tobacco, that it should be safer than conventional cigarette smoking. However, e-liquids decompose into known carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acetone, when aerosolized. Additionally, both conventional cigarettes and e-cigarettes deliver nicotine.
One component of the marketing efforts promote e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation product. However, a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that "data supporting the effectiveness of e-cigarettes at helping smokers quit are lacking."
The simple truth is that e-cigarettes have not been fully studied. We don't fully understand the potential risks of e-cigarettes when used as intended. We don't know how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use. This includes secondhand vapors that can be inhaled by bystanders. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that e-cigarettes should be banned indoors, because they emit chemicals potentially as dangerous as cigarettes and have a potential passive smoking risk.
We also don't know whether there are any benefits associated with using these products. The California Department of Public Health has issued a health advisory warning related to the toxicity of e-cigarettes, stating the nicotine in them is as addictive as the nicotine in conventional cigarettes. There is also concern that e-cigarettes can increase nicotine addiction among young people and lead kids to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, which are proven to cause disease and lead to premature death.
Currently, the FDA only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco. However, efforts have been made by the FDA to extend its tobacco authority to additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
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