Smoking causes lots of health issues that are very harmful to lung and smokers body. Smoking has many different toxins that are already contained in the tobacco and the toxin that is created through the combustion. Which is the reason why many smokers try to stop smoking. However, there is much addictive substance in tobacco which makes smokers hard to stop smoking. So they use many different kinds of tools to help them stop smoking. E-cigarette provides the nicotine which is highly addictive substance through aerosol which is different from the normal smoking. E-cigarette heats the nicotine-laced liquid solution with flavours, propylene glycol, glycerol and other chemicals to make the solution turn into vapour (aerosol) which users of E-cigarette inhale and consume nicotine. The e-cigarette is one of the most common tools that smoker who are willing to stop smoking. This is designed to be less harmful than tobacco cigarette but E-cigarette is not 100% safe at all.
The e-cigarette does not create tar which is a toxic chemical that forms when combustion happens with tobacco. (PragerUniversity) The impacts of tar on our body and health are very huge. When the smokers inhale the smoke of the tobacco, the tar stay in the smoker’s lung. This makes the smokers to hard to breathe and causes the lung cancer, emphysema and it even causes heart disease. Since E-cigarette does not combust tobacco, it does not create tar. Therefore E-cigarette creates less amount of major and well-known toxin from smoking more than tobacco. By preventing to create tar, E-cigarette has less chance to be disease than tobacco smokers and lowered the harm.
However, there are possible harms to the people who use E-cigarette. There is not much investigation on E-cigarette which is definitely need more but some studies show clear disadvantage and impact of E-cigarette. One of the most well-known substances that is contained in both tobacco cigarette and E-cigarette is nicotine. Especially, teenagers who have the brain that is still developing, they are sensitive to addictive effects which also includes other drugs. Which is why nine out of ten adult smokers started smoking since teenagers. (E-Cigarettes) Not only addiction, nicotine damages our brain. The neurotransmitter, acetylcholine must be released and received by neurons to neurons and nicotine copies acetylcholine and confuses the brain which makes teenagers more addicted to nicotine and this may make teenagers be more receptive to other drugs not only tobacco.
E-cigarette surely has less harm than an actual tobacco cigarette. But that does not mean that E-cigarette is safe. But many people use this including teenagers. The trend of users of E-cigarette in teenagers shows that teenagers who use E-cigarette are increasing. Also, it is used by many smokers who are willing to stop smoking. This is controversial. Some studies prove that E-cigarette helps a smoker to quit smoking but some other studies found that E-cigarette makes them harder to quit. It is important to quit and reduce the smoking step by step and using E-cigarette is not proven to be effective. There are many other ways to quit the smoking without side effects. In conclusion, I think that it is better to use E-cigarette rather than a tobacco cigarette. However, it is completely not safe which is why I do not think that E-cigarette is a good tool to use to stop smoking and I would recommend another way to quit smoking which does not have many side effects and have health issues.
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