What You Need To Know:
Tobacco kills 47,000 Canadians each year.
Electronic Cigarettes - What are they? How do they work? Do they work? Are they harmful? These are common questions and I will answer them here.
What are they?
Essentially they are merely vaporizers. They turn water into a mist steam using heat. Most of them have a very small amount of food grade Vegetable Glycerin or PG400 added to give it that full bodied look - like smoke. It is not dangerous. Some of the electronic cigarettes have food grade flavoring such as Cherry. Mint and many more. Again these are food grade. Also, Nicotine is added for those who want it.
Is Nicotine Harmful?
If you were to gulp down a full jug of pure Nicotine I am sure the outcome will not be good. But then again, anything in excess is no good. The amount of Nicotine in an electronic cigarette is about the same as in a regular cigarette. But the harm in cigarettes comes from the tars in the tobacco, because when those tars burn, they create carcinogens, which of course cause cancer. Also when tobacco burns there are hundreds of other chemicals that are created such as Arsenic, Cyanide, and formaldehyde, to name a few.
While nicotine is addictive, the scientific evidence is that it won't cause you any harm itself. In fact there are some medical benefits.
Will I gain weight if I quit smoking?
This is a common question. Cigarettes have Nicotine in them and Nicotine enhances your metabolic rate which is good. So If you quit nicotine consumption then you may gain some weight EXCEPT if you use electronic cigarettes with Nicotine. Also, people with dementia problems find that the nicotine helps stimulate their memory. I gave my mother (who has Alzheimer's) one in her nursing home where she can't smoke cigarettes, (she was a smoker for 60 years) and she perked up.
In an electronic cigarette, the liquid is vaporized as steam - nothing is burned so no dangerous chemicals are created.
Are electronic cigarettes completely 100% safe?
Well I think we all know today that there is nothing completely 100% safe. But the chance of harm from an electronic cigarette is miniscule compared to a regular cigarette. I would estimate that is would take smoking 10,000 electronic cigarettes to equal one regular cigarette. Just imagine the chemicals you are getting in a real cigarette - cyanide, formaldehyde, and many more. I am sure your body would appreciate not having these chemicals.
Did you hear about the chap who said he had an electronic cigarette blow up? This can not be true. First he was offered to have his medical bills paid for and he said he had none. Second, electronic cigarettes have a 1.5 Volt Battery. Have you ever known a 1.5 volt battery to blow up? And even if it did - it would get real hot first - and how long would you hold on to something that was real hot before you realized there was something wrong?
The Tobacco Companies do not like Electronic Cigarettes because they are a serious threat to their profits. They are not interested in the health issues in their products - they don't care if people die as long as they are making money. I am sure that any negative information about electronic cigarettes comes from the tobacco companies.