E-cigs could 'very well save my life

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) on Monday fired back at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over her opposition to electronic cigarettes, writing in a letter that they could “very well save my life."

“Yes, I vape — as do millions of other Americans,” Hunter wrote in a letter to Pelosi. “And why do I vape? It is because it prevents me from smoking the real thing.”

In the letter, Hunter criticized Pelosi for her efforts to restrict the availability of e-cigarettes. Last week, she sent a letter to fellow lawmakers noting that Democrats killed a policy rider in the government spending bill that would’ve provided for greater access to e-cigarettes.  

Hunter also detailed his own struggle with tobacco products, dating back to his time as a Marine.

The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Electronic Cigarettes

In simple layman terms, Electronic cigarettes also referred to as e-cigs, e-cigarettes or even vapes are battery operated devices that are designed to be used just like conventional cigarettes. The operation of an e-cig is primarily based on the atomization of a liquid nicotine solution that gives the user a feeling similar to the one derived from a traditional cigarette. The only difference is that the E-cig does not have tobacco or tar which makes means no cancer risk. There are many benefits and drawbacks to using electronic cigarettes. In this post, we shall be taking a look at both the advantages and the disadvantages of using electronic cigs. So, stay put and read on...

The Advantages of Electronic Cigs

It's  A Healthier Alternative

This is probably the most significant advantage offered by e-cigs. Electric cigarettes have less severe effects on the health of the user compared to the tobacco based cigarette. This is attributed to the fact that the electronic cigarette only has nicotine and various elements that enhance the taste of the vape. Otherwise, it does not contain harmful ingredients such as arsenic, tar, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, acetone and carcinogenic elements that are prominent in traditional cigarettes. 

In addition to the above, people who use e-cigs are free from discolored teeth and yellow fingers, which are common with traditional cigarettes smokers.

Safety

With an e-cig, you don't matches or lighters. Electronic cigs do not have real flames. In fact, the close you will get to is a red light that turns on every time you take a puff. This eliminates the chances of accidentally starting a fire. As if that is not enough, e-cigs are not burnt and so, you do not need ashtrays.

There are No Passive Smokers

Tobacco cigarettes have been known to affect non-smokers by only staying near a smoker through passive smoking. Well, with an electronic cigarette, there can never be a passive victim. This is chiefly because e-cigs do not emit smoke; instead, they remove vapor than disappears in the air and leaves no odor or harmful substances. Keeping this in mind, it's virtually impossible to achieve passive smoking with an e-cig. This makes it completely safe to use in public without having to worry about the effects on people surrounding you.

The Drawbacks of E-cigarettes

According To FDA, using electronic cigs can be dangerous. This is attributed to the fact that some have traces of toxic chemicals found in the formulation. That said, here are some of the disadvantages of using e-cigs.

Questionable Ingredients

There are some types of e-vapes that have dangerous chemicals like diethylene glycol, commonly used as in antifreeze. Diethylene glycol has been associated with various respiratory problems. Ideally, electronic cigarettes have compounds like nitrosamines that can cause cancer. If the device accidentally breaks, the user will be exposed to these harmful substances.

They Are Hard to Inhale

Many people find it hard to use e-cigs. According to research, the density of aerosol drops after a few puffs. This means that the user will need stronger suction to produce the aerosol. As a result, the user needs to make more puffs to achieve the desired nicotine levels. This puts pressure on lungs and can cause lung damage.

Electronic cigarettes also have Tetramethylpyrazine, an element that has the potential to cause brain damage. In addition to this, there are traces of carcinogenic elements found in most of the popular brands of E-cigarettes.

In conclusion, it is wise to weigh in the advantages against the disadvantages before you settle for the electronic cigarettes. If you want to quit smoking, then using the e-cigs would be an ideal place to start. I hope that this information will help you make an informed decision.