Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Emerging Health Risks of 'E-Cigarettes'

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Emerging Health Risks of 'E-Cigarettes'

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According to recent studies, electronic cigarettes ("e-cigarettes") are marketed as being safer than regular cigarettes, even as they affront the user's lungs with a tidal wave of carcinogens. These same studies also suggest that e-cigarettes may promote antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

E-cigarettes were created years ago as a smokeless alternative to tobacco, offering the key chemical found in a cigarette: nicotine. They vaporize liquid nicotine for the user to inhale, burning nothing and offering a way to avoid having to step outside for a smoke. As alluring as these products may be, few studies have actually looked into toxicity, leaving scientists skeptical about describing them as safe.

The particles inhaled through vaporized nicotine have been linked to asthma, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Data collected from 18 studies on e-cigarette vapors discovered that most brands contain traces of the solvents in which nicotine and flavorings had been dissolved. Those solvents, known as lung irritants, have the potential to become carbonyls (a group of carcinogens that also includes formaldehyde and acetaldehyde). …

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