Did you know that 1.35 billion people worldwide smoke tobacco? That’s one in five people (one in five people in the world also die annually)! The majority of those who smoke are Native Americans. The racial population that smokes the least is Asians. One in four high school students smoke. Tobacco smoking kills more people than homicide, alcohol, car accidents, AIDS, and drug use combined worldwide. As estimated 49,000 people die each year worldwide from second-hand smoke related diseases. That one little cigarette or cigar contains over 4,000 chemicals, over 60 of those are proven deadly. Only 5% of people succeed at quitting smoking. (SOURCE) You can see why companies are recently trying to make a huge profit at selling smoking cessation products like electronic cigarettes!
Most people believe that electronic cigarettes are geared for children. In reality, the companies who make them, mostly from China, are focusing their marketing strategies towards those who smoke or are trying to end. In a recent industry study that included a random sample of US electronic cigarette customers, the average respondent’s age was 44 years old. Further, with an average product price of about $100, it can hardly be called kid-friendly. ( See TABLE for more information about electronic cigarettes users)
The flavors (mint, tobacco, chocolate, fruit, and coffee) of electronic cigarettes are thought of by popular consensus as targeting youths to buy electronic cigarettes. Not so says this site. They maintain that the electronic cigarettes users/buyers are required to be of legal smoking age. There are other smoking cessation products like patches and gums that are also pleasantly flavored that could be blamed for targeting youths, but they are not.
Some argue that electronic cigarettes actually encourage nicotine use amongst those who don’t smoke. Not so says another survey. They have found a strong causative link to 96% of smokers purchasing the product for personal use, and 4% purchased the product for a friend or relative who smoked. Most people like using the electronic cigarettes because decrease their desire to smoke regular cigarettes. Though the electronic cigarettes were found to be more toxic than medicinal tobacco inhalants to quit smoking, users enjoyed the electronic cigarettes more. (See TABLE for more information)
What chemicals and ingredients are in electronic cigarettes? Analysis conducted by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showed that electronic cigarettes (or “ecigarrettes”) contain carcinogens, including nitrosamines, toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, and tobacco-specific components suspected of being harmful to humans (anabasine, myosmine, and beta-nicotyrine). Another study argues to the contrary. They say that “there is no evidence that carcinogenic TSNAs (tobacco specific nitrosamines) are present in the aerosol of its brand of electronic cigarette products.” This latter study executed by The Electronic Cigarette Association (ECA) argues that the FDA is misleading the public about the health risks of smoking electronic cigarettes. There is only a “trace amount” of deadly carcinogens in the electronic cigarettes.
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Some wonder if these electronic cigarettes are even legal in the US. It is true that they cannot be sold in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark or Switzerland. However, they have not been banned yet in other parts of the world like China and the US. The FDA currently only has jurisdiction to regulate drugs and medical devices, and electronic cigarettes are neither.
Can we stop people from smoking with new and better smoking cessation products like electronic cigarettes? A study in Switzerland says no. Tobacco smoking increased in the US in 2008 for the first time since 1965. Despite all of the novel and new ways to curb tobacco addiction in the US and abroad, nothing has worked to lower the popularity of smoking. With the global recession at a peak, and national disasters splashed on every media page, people are more depressed than ever.
Positive effects reported with electronic cigarettes included their usefulness to quit smoking, and the benefits of abstinence from smoking (less coughing, improved breathing, and better physical fitness). The side affects are evidential with dry mouth and throat and less frequently, vertigo, headache or nausea. (See TABLE for more information)
Do these electronic cigarettes taste, look, and work the same as a normal cigarette? In many ways they do, with less harmful affects and health concerns. Not enough is known yet about electronic cigarettes. More research must be done in order for users to know. In the meantime, it has been ascertained that most users of electronic cigarettes enjoy the flavors that are provided on the market. The second positive correlation with usage of these products is the improvement in health. It is not in any way, shape, or form encouraged to use these products. They are just a “safer” alternative to the dangerous and toxic tobacco products that people already are addicted to.
According to statistics, more than 300,000 committed smokers in 50 countries have begun using electronic cigarettes. Until more is known about electronic cigarettes, the WHO has ordered that these products not be marketed as a health improvement product, pharmaceutical product, or that they are a safe alternative to regular smoking. Also, consumers are reminded of the fact that electronic cigarettes are neither classed as a tobacco product, nor food, nor is it registered as a medicine. It is for that reason that federal approval and research on the electronic cigarettes is limited and much is unknown at this time.