E-cigarette question – Daily American Online

Question: Are e-cigarettes a safe alternative to regular cigarettes?

Answer: E-cigarettes, for AYS readers who may be less aware, are battery operated devices that heat a liquid with nicotine and other ingredients, turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled. This is referred to as “vaping.” Solutions sold for vaping typically contain vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol, along with ingredients to add particular tastes, other additives and varying amounts of nicotine. Bear in mind that nicotine is highly addictive. Once you start vaping you will have a lot of difficulty stopping.

The solutions sold for vaping don’t include tobacco, so vaping doesn’t present the same level of health risk as regular cigarettes or other tobacco products.

However, there have been a number of incidents in the media regarding e-cigarettes overheating and exploding. When tested, the level of nicotine actually in a vaping solution is often different than what’s reported on the package, so these solutions may be more addictive than you think. The long-term health effects of inhaling vapors from vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol and the other ingredients in e-cigarette solutions remains largely unstudied, so it’s difficult to say what they might be. Needless to say this will be a hard habit to break, so it is probably best to avoid it entirely, unless you plan to use e-cigarettes as part of a plan to stop using tobacco products entirely. If this is the case I recommend you talk to your doctor, who may be able to prescribe safer alternatives to e-cigarettes.

Our thanks to the reader who asked this question! Here’s where to send your comments or inquiries: At Your Service, Rob Stemple, Daily American newsroom, P.O. Box 638, Somerset, PA 15501 or email [email protected].

(Rob Stemple

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