Electronic Cigarettes are really popular in the younger generation and but also used by young adults. The younger generation is used mainly to fit in and to look cool. There is no purpose or medical advantage in using them. 39% of people that use it claim to use it because a friend or family member uses it too. 31% of people are attracted by the availability of flavours ranging from mint to chocolate to fruits. Lastly, the other 17.1% of people use it as an alternative to smoking because they believe that the damage is less harmful than using other forms of tobacco etc.
Using electronic cigarettes are overall yes a better alternative to smoking however proven by many medical online sources there are many serious health problems that can come out of it. I believe that if you are planning to slowly quit smoking cigarettes then using E-cigarettes can be a better short-term alternative before quitting. However, if you are planning to use them short term then you should be aware of the health dangers to your respiratory system. To make smoking E-cigarettes more enjoyable they add in flavourings to replace the tobacco, but those chemicals inside the flavourings affect the white blood cells inside your lungs which leads to further damage to the tissue inside. According to Reuters (an online medical website), the consequences can be: “lead to wide range of lung problems including fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, and asthma”.
So what exactly happens to your lungs, the nicotine and flavouring can cause some inflammation of the lung tissue. Thus leading it to decrease its reliability to serve as a barrier to other unnecessary substances inhaled. Additionally, E-cigarettes can make it hard for your body to kill off germs leading you to have flu-like symptoms, This can be noticed after only 2 weeks of smoking them.
Some Doctors say that because of this smoking E-cigarettes would be no better than smoking real cigarettes. However, going into further research scientists had collected that actually, E-cigarettes have no medical record in hospitals as a result of being enrolled compared to cigarettes.
So because of all these reasonings and more use E-cigarettes over real ones. They aren’t addictive because they use flavouring as an alternative cutting down the risk of addiction. Not only that but they are also 55% cheaper than buying a packet. This is because they last longer and only have to be charged. They can be charged up to 250-300 times and tend to last around 2 years, unlike cigarettes. Lastly, they are also good for the environment because they don’t release toxic smoke with around 7000 chemicals into the air.
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