Over the past decade, there have been some truly remarkable advancements in technology. From smaller processors to tablets, smart phones, and some amazing portable electronics, technology has brought to our attention an entire world of new gadgets. In addition to bring new gadgets to us, innovation in technology has also lead to improvements and new takes on pre-existing things. One new take on something very old is e-cigarettes.
Lets take a moment to explain what e-cigarettes are. In addition, we will list the pros and cons of e-cigarettes so that you can have a better understanding of why e-cigarettes are so controversial.
What Are E-Cigarettes?
E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes are a new take on cigarettes that uses technology to replace most of the classic cigarette. Instead of smoking tobacco, individuals smoke the nicotine directly. E-cigarettes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from those that try to closely model the classic cigarette experience to those that introduce new ways to smoke. In addition, e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular throughout the United States, leading many people to begin questioning their safety.
Pros of E-Cigarettes
1. The primary argument for e-cigarettes is that they offer a healthier alternative to cigarettes. Simply put, because you are not smoking all of the harmful chemicals found in tobacco, you are in fact decreasing your chances of lung cancer. Because of this, the health argument is one of the most numerous arguments that can be heard in favor of e-cigarettes.
2. Along with being a healthier alternative to normal cigarettes, e-cigarettes are seen as a way to help people stop smoking. Similar to a nicotine patch, the e-cigarettes are a way for people to more closely regulate their nicotine receptors, forming an excellent bridge between using cigarettes and being completely clean. Due to the number of nicotine types and the variety of e-cigarettes on the market, it is easy to find the e-cigarette version of your favorite classic cigarette.
3. A popular reason why people like using e-cigarettes is because it helps them get around the various government bans on cigarette usage. With sweeping legislation passed over the past two decades, it has become very difficult to smoke in public places. E-cigarettes however operate differently then cigarettes, meaning that the pre-existing legislation may not cover them. As a result, people who smoke have a new way to get around regulation and enjoy smoking in a variety of places.
4. A final pro related with e-cigarettes is that they offer a wider variety of smoking experiences then normal cigarettes. First there is the flavor. E-cigarettes use nicotine cartridges. These cartridges can be flavored in any number of ways, allowing for an amazing variety of flavors and experiences. There is also the shape and size of the e-cigarette itself. Created into a wide variety of forms, it is easier for a person to find an e-cigarette that they can use effectively.
Cons of E-Cigarettes
1. One of the greatest concerns regarding e-cigarettes is that they are new and untested. Normally, most things that we eat and drink is tested by the Food and Drug Administration. This arm of the government is responsible for ensuring that what we eat and drink is healthy. If it is not healthy, then we as consumers are supposed to be made aware of the risks associated. When it comes to e-cigarettes, there has been very little coverage by the FDA. As a result, people are not really sure what the effects of using e-cigarettes will be in both the short and long terms.
2. E-cigarette companies are also very new. Unlike traditional cigarette brands, e-cigarettes are made by newer start-up companies that occasionally boon and bust. Given the lack of oversight and regulation in the industry, there is a chance that any brand you like may not be around in a year’s time. In addition, the make and model of your e-cigarette may become outdated very quickly.
3. While smoking an e-cigarette has not been reported as being fatal, accidentally consuming a nicotine cartridge can be. There have been reports of kids finding and eating these cartridges with tragic results. While common sense would help prevent tragedies like this from occurring, it is important to note that these nicotine cartridges can be very dangerous to one’s health.
4. While e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking, it can also get people to start smoking and get them addicted to nicotine. E-cigarettes, like cigarettes before them, are seen as cool and in vogue. They have an allure all their own, that may convince impressionable people to take part. In addition, when combined with the general ignorance surrounding e-cigarettes, it is very easy to get lost in misinformation and believe that what you are doing is safe and does not carry the same risks as traditional smoking.