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By Ariel Richards
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, may be less damaging to the health of the user.
With traditional tobacco cigarettes, smokers inhale nicotine and 7000 other chemicals, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. E-cigarettes have lower levels of nicotine and cancer causing agents. E-cigarettes allow users to possibly avoid negative medical effects.
E-cigarettes may also be less dangerous because they lack smoke. Instead, this product releases vapor, which fails to trigger asthma.
E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that deliver nicotine via inhaled vapors, according to National Center of Biotechnology Information.
The typical e-cigarette consists of a mouth piece for inhalation and an atomizer, which is the heating element that vaporizes the liquid solution. The atomizer and the battery need to be replaced every three to six months.
E-cigarettes are equipped with an air flow sensor that has a timed cut off switch to prevent overheating. A colored light indicates the device’s activation.
There are one and two piece e-cigarettes available. The one piece e-cigarette may be preferred by a first time user, because the whole thing is disposable and comes pre-charged. The two piece E-cigarette comes with a rechargeable battery and a new atomizer with every cartridge.
E-cigarettes vary in appearance. There is the mini e-cigarette which resembles the regular cigarette, the longer pen-style e-cigarette, the electronic pipe, and the electronic cigar.
According to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 80 percent of smokers who use e-cigarettes believe they are less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
Nancy Roberts, the director of Health Services, disagreed.
“I think we need to do more research on the benefits and problems with e-cigarettes,” Roberts said.
The International Tobacco Control Research program found that 73 percent of smokers in the United States were aware of e-cigarettes. Being aware of them, though, does not mean that they use them.
As Kaitlin Platti, a junior psychology major, said, “They’re just useless, and I have no use for e-cigarettes.”
While some people use e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking because of the lower nicotine levels, Tanya Tarnowski, a senior nursing major, said this is not always the case.
“A friend of mine had one, and she could use it in the dorm and anywhere and got more nicotine because of it. Not sure it’s the best scenario.”
E-cigarettes have also been boasted as economically beneficial. The nicotine cartridges do not contain tobacco and thus the product is not subject to federally regulated taxes. Smokers can spend about a quarter of what they would on traditional cigarettes on an annual basis.
If you already smoke, it may be time to consider trying an e-cigarette.