E-cigarettes are smoking devices that use batteries. Many people think that E-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes and they can help people quit smoking. However, the health risks of these devices are not known widely. This article will show you why E-cigarettes are unhealthy.
E-cigarettes increase nicotine addiction in youth and non-tobacco users
E-cigarettes may look like traditional cigarettes but do not work the same. The users puff on the cartridge, which holds a special liquid. This cause the heating device called vaporizer to heat the liquid. Then the liquid turns into vapor that will be inhaled.
E-liquid that is used for E-cigarettes contains nicotine. Nicotine can stimulate the center nervous system, raise blood pressure and cause the heart to beat faster. And, of course, nicotine it is highly addictive. Some studies have shown that nicotine can make the brain become addicted to other substances.
More and more teens and young adults start using E-cigarettes. This may be because e-cigarettes are easy to get and use. Also, it is thought that E-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes. Remember this, although E-cigarettes works differently from real cigarettes, they do contain a highly addictive drug – nicotine.
E-cigarettes contain potentially harmful ingredients
E-liquid that is used for E-cigarettes also contain flavorings (cinnamon, chocolate, strawberry, cherry, mint, banana, cheesecake, tobacco) and other chemicals. Some brands of E-liquid contain formaldehyde – another ingredient used in antifreeze that can cause cancer. Some brands contain diacetyl that can cause lung cancer when inhaled. Formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein can cause inflammation, damage blood vessels, and affect the center nervous system.
Toxic metals from the vaporizing mechanism such as tin, nickel, lead, mercury can also be health risks. Plus, the cartridge can be filled with other unidentified liquids so the user may be exposed to other unknown dangerous drugs.
Liquid in E-cigarettes can cause nicotine poisoning
The liquid in E-cigarettes is used to inhale. If someone drinks, sniffs, or touches it, nicotine poisoning can occur. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include:
- Watering mouth
- High blood pressure
- Pale skin
- Raised heart rate
- Heavy breathing
- Shallow breathing
E-cigarettes do harm to pregnant women
If pregnant women use E-cigarettes, it is extremely harmful. Nicotine can cause negative impacts on both the mothers and the babies. It can impair the development of the brain and lung. The newborns may get memory and attention problems. In addition, nicotine can also cause shorter gestational periods and low birth weight. Thus, pregnant women should not use any form of nicotine product.
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Review Date: October 15, 2018 | Last Modified: October 15, 2018
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