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E-cigarettes good or bad

Hi, I want to learn about e-cigarettes.
1.  Is it safe or better than traditional tobacco made cigarettes?
2. Is there any liquid or juice used in e-cigarettes?
E-cigarettes can help you to stop smoking and are less harmful than tobacco, according to the ‘Nicotine Without Smoke’ report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Researchers concluded that e-cigarettes should be given out to help smokers quit and their use was not a “gateway to smoking” for youngsters.

The harm caused by the long-term use of the e-cigarettes was found to be less than 5% of the damage caused by smoking cigarettes containing tobacco.

Cancer Research UK's director of prevention Alison Cox said: "We believe e-cigarettes have real promise in helping to reduce the huge death toll from tobacco in the UK.”

What risks do e-cigarettes pose?

Even though e-cigarettes are less harmful than ordinary fags, there are concerns about the possible risks posed by e-cigarette chemicals and toxins other than nicotine.

For example, there are worries over vapour ingredients being absorbed into the body or accumulating in the mouth, upper airway and lungs.

But there have been no long-term studies on the health impact of e-cigarettes because the relatively new product has only been available in Britain for about a decade.

The RCP has called for regulation to reduce their "adverse effects" but said that new rules should not put off smokers from using them to quit.

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Although more research is needed to establish the long term safety of e-cigarettes, they are likely to cause significantly less harm to your health than smoking tobacco.”

What is the view in America?

The positive stance of the British medical establishment is at odds with the more cautious approach taken by American public health officials.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified e-cigarettes as an "emerging challenge" for public health.

It warns: “The potential long-term benefits and risks associated with e-cigarette use are not currently known.”

Are some e-cigarettes better than others?

The first e-cigarettes that appeared on the market, which look like traditional cigarettes, do not deliver nicotine as effectively as more recent large versions, according to the RCP.

The researchers also said: “Technological developments and improved production standards could reduce the long-term hazard of e-cigarettes.”

How do e-cigarettes work?

E-cigarettes release a vapour by heating a solution containing water, nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine and usually some flavouring.

The technology was developed in China in around 2003 and entered the UK market about four years later.

Hi, Dhanabhagya, Thank you for your long clarifications. In this stage - I have learned the concpt, usages, and ingredients. Could pls elaborate this line I copied from your text "possible risks posed by e-cigarette chemicals and toxins other than nicotine."?

Is e-cigarettes contains nicotine like tobacco made traditional cigarettes?

Thanks again

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