Many reports lately have seemed to indicate the electronic cigarettes are as dangerous as smoking traditional cigarettes, if not more dangerous. Many areas have banned the use of electronic cigarettes in public when they were once allowed, for the reason of these stated health concerns. In fact, the New England Journal of Medicine, for example, recently published a letter from researchers that created alarm. They reported that some e-cigarettes release formaldehyde, a probable cancer-causing substance, known as a carcinogen, when heated with batteries set at high voltages.
However, conflicting research brings to light that although there are risks associated with e-cigarettes, the risks are still far less deadly and numerous than actual smoking. This may be good news for people who have been able to stop smoking by the use of e-cigarettes.
So, what’s the latest word on e-cigarettes for those who enjoy them? They may not be as bad for you as originally claimed.
Dr. Derek Yach is a researcher and physician who believes that e-cigarettes are a better alternative than smoking, and he is not alone in his view that e-cigarettes are being touted as much worse than they actually are. To support his claim, he quotes the Royal College of Physicians.
“Switching completely from tobacco to e-cigarettes achieves much the same in health terms as does quitting smoking and all nicotine use completely. Furthermore … risks associated with passive exposure to e-cigarette vapour are far less than those associated with passive exposure to tobacco smoke.”
It sounds as though the latest verdict is while e-cigarettes may not be able to be categorized as 100 percent safe, they are proven by research-backed evidence to be less deadly than regular smoking. Which raises the question: isn’t that why they were created, after all?
“Electronic cigarettes have become a new trend among young people with national companies using celebrities to advertise their products. If appropriate restrictions are not put into place now, the recent efforts of public health to limit smoking and to make the habit socially unacceptable will be reversed,” said Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.
Dr. Yach refutes this view. Many medical professionals endorse this view – that vaping hooks young people on nicotine and create new addicts. Dr. Yach’s response? Prove it. Because, in his opinion, they haven’t.
“Unsupported statements are accepted as truth by policymakers and are used as the basis for stringent regulation of e-cigs in many jurisdictions.”
It seems there are many differing professional opinions regarding e-cigarettes and that big pharma may be involved. Readers, what are your opinions and experiences with e-cigarettes?