Electronic Cigarettes – Good or Bad For You?

The premise

An electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette), according to Wikipedia, is a “battery-powered device that provides inhaled doses of nicotine by delivering a vaporized propylene glycol/nicotine solution”.

What this means is that the e-cigarette is supposed to give you the fun of smoking, as well as the addicting substance in regular cigarettes (nicotine), without the bad stuff – the tobacco (you can read here why smoking regular cigarettes is bad for you).


Electronic cigarette. All the fun without the bad stuff? Photo by uduokkamah

The news

Last Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples has found that they contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals. The FDA analyzed 19 varieties of electronic cigarettes, and found that half of them contained nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are the same carcinogens (materials that can cause cancer) found in real cigarettes. Many of the other e-cigarette brands also contained diethylene glycol, which is a poisonous ingredient found in antifreeze.

Your take

Have you tried any of these e-cigarettes?

What do you think about the FDA’s announcement. Are they worried over nothing or is this a new health hazard? Let us know in the comments.

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