Free of Tobacco Does Not Mean Free of Addiction
“Take back your freedom,” said Stephen Dorff, an award-winning actor. You might recognize him from the 2011 movie, “Immortals,” or you might know him as the face of blu eCigs®.
Electronic cigarettes, also known as “e-cigs,” are battery operated devices that deliver liquid nicotine in the form of vapor, rather than smoke. Similarly, vaporizers, also known as “vapes” use e-liquids known as “vape juices” that are available in a variety of flavors such as cantaloupe, the popular cocktail, appletini and even lemon-filled glazed donut. Both products allow consumers to enjoy smoking without the pungent scent of burning tobacco, the stale aftertaste, or the messy ash that falls every few puffs. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigs can conveniently be smoked indoors, so they are often preferred to tobacco products. Although this popular method contains no tobacco, that doesn’t mean they’re better for you.
Know the Truth
E-cigs and vapes are often advertised as the “safe alternative” to traditional cigarettes because of their tobacco-free, liquid nicotine. However, nicotine itself is an addictive, toxic chemical, often used as an insecticide. There are 42 other potentially dangerous chemicals that can be found in e-cigs, including several already found in traditional cigarettes such as formaldehyde and cadmium. Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas that when exposed to it, can cause symptoms such as nosebleeds, coughing, scratchy eyes and sore throats. Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal used in car batteries that affects the lungs. Studies show that animals exposed to cadmium over extended periods of time are more likely to suffer from lung cancer.
Even after these hazardous chemicals have been discovered, companies continue to advertise their product as the way to quit smoking. With a seemingly endless variety of flavors, who wouldn’t find vaping intriguing? But the truth is e-cigs aren’t a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. If you want to quit smoking, quit smoking; don’t get addicted to the variation of a cigarette.
*Facts were derived from Drugabuse.gov, blucigs.com, Medicalnewstoday.com, cdc.gov and gaspforair.org