Electronic CigarettesĖ a Healthier Alternative to Smoking
Letís do the science. Electronic cigarettes produce a glycol based
vapour that feels like smoke, can be made to taste like smoke if you
want it to, and delivers a regulated amount of nicotine into your body
with each cartridge. The electronic cigarette, in other words, pumps
exactly this much stuff into you: nicotine, a few molecules of
flavouring, and some harmless glycol vapour.
So whatís in cigarette smoke? There are at least 33 known carcinogens in
there, including Acetaldehyde; Benzene; Cadmium; Lead; Formaldehyde;
Polonium-210 (yes, thatís right, a radioactive material); and Vinyl
In the vapour produced by electronic cigarettes: nicotine, flavouring
and glycol vapour.
What else is in cigarette smoke? The electronic cigarette is already 30
substances behind the fag, and only one of those is technically harmful
(nicotine). So what else does a good solid puff on a cigarette bring
into you, which the electric version does not?
Well, in 1994 (thatís almost 20 years ago, so bear in mind that there
are probably even more nasty things than we know about in cigarette
smoke), five major tobacco manufacturers published a list of known
additives to be found in their product. This list included:
Butyl Acetate (a solvent commonly used when producing nail varnish)
Three variants of Dimethoxybenzene, a compound generally used as
building blocks for perfume manufacture
Hexanoic acid Ė a fat compound associate with unpleasant odours
Urea (yes, the chemical contained in urine)
In total, the list comprised 599 additives (i.e. things that had been
put in there as well as tobacco). So how many of them are bad for you?
Many of them are flavourings and colourings, or odorants. Inhaling most
is unlikely to cause you a great deal more trouble than the benzene and
cyanide (did we mention that before? Smoke contains both cyanide and
arsenic) that youíre already sucking down, but then inhaling food starch
and lactic acid hardly sounds like a good idea either.
The electronic cigarette again: glycol vapour; nicotine; flavouring.
Now letís talk about what smoking does to your body. We all know what it
does to your lungs (leaves them looking like lumps of road) Ė but what
about the rest of you? Remember, electronic cigarettes are so far guilty
of one thing and one thing only: containing nicotine, which is mildly
Cigarette smoke causes fat deposits to build up in your arteries.
Eventually the arteries harden with old encrusted fat, which makes it
very hard for the blood to get through. The blood that goes through the
smaller arterial passage is forced to travel at high pressure by the
closing aperture. So cigarette smoke gives you high blood pressure. The
electronic cigarette does not.
Cigarette smoke reduces sperm count. It turns your skin yellow and makes
it appear aged before its time. Heavy smoking can cause leathery skin,
gum disease and gingivitis. Electronic cigarettes donít.
Now we move onto the big one. The big C as itís called. Cigarette
smoking is absolutely known to be a heavy contributing factor in
cancerous illnesses, particularly lung cancer. The precise causes of
carcinogenic activity are unclear but the gist is simple enough: if you
smoke, you are more likely to get lung cancer than if you donít. Medical
records kept over the last 30 years or so make that point without
needing to say a word.
So. On the one hand, you have cigarettes, which are almost certain, old
or young, to heavily increase your chances of getting cancer. They also
make it much more likely that you will die of heart disease. On the
other, you have the electronic cigarette. The electric cigarette has no
carcinogens in it. It doesnít make your arteries fill with fat. It wonít
turn your skin leathery or make your teeth fall out. In fact, it wonít
do anything at all other than put nicotine in your body Ė which, if you
have already smoked, is nothing new.
Nicotine is poisonous, but only mildly (all sorts of things you eat or
drink are mildly poisonous, including Angostura Bitters, which has
arsenic in it). Cigarette smoke is absolutely lethal. If youíre going to
inhale, do it with electronic cigarettes.
Publisher:- Tamara Matthews is associated with various health
institutes as their freelance and staff writer. She has been linked with
some of the best
electronic cigarette companies and is been offering
various ways to stop smoking and switch to
protein at every meal, including breakfast.
Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being.
Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don't eat that portion during your
Apples, pears, plums and berries all are good choices. Bananas are not.
Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow's milk.