Electronic cigarettes are all the rage among smokers in the 21st Century. For those who don’t smoke, the whole thing just adds another layer of bewilderment to it all, surely, but they may be surprised to know that many are using the devices to quit the habit, not simply to continue engaging in it.
In a lesser-of-two-evils kind of way, electronic cigarettes have been found to be safer than traditional cigarettes by none other than the Boston University School of Public Health. A study conducted in 2010 found that these devices were “much safer” than conventional means of nicotine delivery – and speaking of nicotine, the level of toxicity they contained was similar to those in existing nicotine replacements such as patches and chewing gum!
In fact, the amount of carcinogens associated with electronic cigarettes was found to be up to a thousand times lower than that in regular cigarettes. The study even noted that preliminary evidence so far demonstrates that such devices can actually help smokers quit smoking by simulating a real tobacco cigarette. And indeed, some people, ironically, doubt that any significant amount of nicotine is delivered at all! In fact, differing concentrations of nicotine exist, so that users can decide the amount of nicotine they wish to take in, from none whatsoever to levels even higher than otherwise available!
However, it is also important to note that while many manufacturers and resellers have marketed the products to be an easy and even effective method of kicking the habit, even the trade group recently formed to represent the industry requires its members to refrain from making such claims. On the other hand, surveys of users have found at least the perception of a reduction in health problems, such as less coughing, the increased ability to exercise, and an improvement in the senses of taste and smell!