E-Cigarettes, Good or Bad?

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E-Cigarettes, Good or Bad?

Maddy DiMartino

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E-Cigarettes are said to help smokers kick their bad habits, but is that really the case? Their use has been surrounded by much debate. There seems to be a lack of research and information on the long term effects of these devices. Some also argue that there is potential for e-cigarettes to act as a gateway into smoking regular cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes, better known as e-cigs, are cigarette-shaped devices containing a nicotine-based liquid that is vaporized and inhaled, used to simulate the experience of smoking tobacco. While they are likely safer than tobacco cigarettes, their effects are unknown. There is an uncertainty of the long term problems that these devices could cause. When used by non-smokers, e-cigs can lead to nicotine addiction.

It has become “cool” among teenagers to smoke out of and own e-cigs. “It’s just something everybody does.”, said an anonymous source, “At parties we vape, in the car we vape, it’s become very popular among our age group.” There is concern that teenagers could become smokers after using these devices. “Teenagers need to be warned that the vapor produced by e-cigarettes is not harmless water vapor, but also contains some of the same toxic chemicals found in smoke from traditional cigarettes. Teenagers should be inhaling air, not products with toxins in them.” said Dr. Mark L. Rubinstein. Being exposed to nicotine can be detrimental to brain development. Young people who are exposed to nicotine in any form are often at risk for long-lasting effects. E-cigarette usage can not only lead to nicotine addiction but can also be a gateway drug into other substances such as cocaine and meth.

Scientists and other researchers need to take action and start doing their research on e-cigarettes and their long-term effects. By doing this they will be able to inform the general public about the dangers of these devices and hopefully limit people from using them.