Debated by politicians, health experts and everyday people, electronic cigarettes are considered one of most controversial topics in the nation, according to WebMD.
Nicotine and tobacco products are thought to be dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published about 480,000 people died from smoking or other tobacco and nicotine products.
However, a new alternative version, E-cigs, is becoming popular in the States and is free of tar, tobacco and 100s of other chemicals. However, school nurse Rachel Huertas said,”It’s a fallacy to say E-cigs are better than regular [cigarettes] They only have smaller concentrations.”
The CDC said the most dangerous ingredient E-cigs truly retain is nicotine, a known carcinogen.
Also a recent Portland State University study showed the carcinogen formaldehyde is also found in E-cigs.
E-cigs have refillable cartridges that contain gel or liquid that contains the nicotine. E-cigs have multiple flavors also from the liquids/gels like fruits, nuts, candy and even artificial tobacco flavoring.
Steam, instead of smoke comes from the end of the E-cig, dissipates into the air quickly. This is a positive effect since no one is affected by secondhand smoke, according to E-cigarettes 101. If secondhand smoke does not exist with these, E-cigarettes are more environmentally safe because there is no smoke in the air or litter on the ground.
However, vice principal John Raimondo said,”There isn’t enough data yet to prove that secondhand smoke, or vapor, does not affect people.”
The average smoker, who may smoke at least a pack and a half a day (about 22 or 23 cigarettes), would end up paying over $1,500 a year, according to experts at DailyFinance. E-cigarettes would reduce the price to $600 a year or, $50 a month.
CDC researchers said the inexpensive cost and upkeep might motivate adolescents to buy them. A survey done by the CDC in 2011-2012 said the use of E-cigs went up 3.3 percent to 6.8 percent. Different factors went into the rise like pricing, availability in the area and background of individuals.
In October, Missouri became the 41st state to require buyers to be 18 in Missouri.
Ingredients like nicotine are still found in E-cigs, but in smaller amounts. Howstuffworks, a popular website, said nicotine, when inhaled, goes directly into the bloodstream and cause the user to feel temporary feelings of relief and reduced stress, anxiety and even pain.
Part of the reason cigarettes are so addictive is the nicotine, and cigarettes are thought to “help” with stress, according to E-cigs 101, and the TeenageStress organization found recently that one-third of all teenagers experience stress in their week.
However, nicotine use greatly increases the chance of heart disease, diabetes and numerous cancers, according to the CDC, and
E-cigs offer no health benefits to those who start them, according to Biologynews.
Principal Raimondo said,”Why would anyone want to ruin their body?” about choosing to begin smoking.