An alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes is the use of electronic cigarettes. They are touted as being safe and many smokers think they look “cool”. It is those two things that have grabbed the interest of smokers that are looking for help to quit that expensive, nasty, unhealthy habit they have now.
Electronic cigarettes aren’t really all that new, but they haven’t been on the market long enough for health experts to get a clear knowledge on the long-term effects, good or bad. Not so much the vapor itself being the question, but the e-juice that is used in e-cigs which creates the vapor. But what most experts do agree on so far is that electronic cigarettes are safer than the traditional tobacco. They may not be 100% safe within themselves, but in comparison, they are safer.
What Is E-Juice?
E-Juice or E-Liquid is what goes inside the E-cigarettes and is heated up by a battery electrical connection to create the vapor. This simple compound is an integral part of vaping, consisting of a few ingredients. Those ingredients aren’t anything new, they have been in existence for years.
It was a Chinese pharmacist, a smoker himself, that first came up with the e-cig idea with the goal of improving the health of smokers (and those around them). His motivation for this idea was fueled when his own father passed away from lung cancer. His invention was on the market by 2007 and 7 years later, the electronic cigarette market had grossed over 2 billion dollars.
The Here and Now of E-Cigs
Vape Mods are the part of the electronic cigarette that ad has an atomizer, aka heating element, inside. The simple device releases vapor instead of smoke that traditional cigarettes do by heating a special liquid that inside the vape tank. The user inhales that vapor which serves as a conduit that gets the nicotine into the users’ system.
The Future of E-Cigs
As more and more people become conscious of their health and the things that can affect them, electronic e-cigarettes will continue to grow in popularity. And so will the concerns of how e-liquid can affect the health of those who convert from traditional to electronic cigarettes.
The long-term effect of electronic cigarettes and the vaporized e-liquid used in them will be researched and studied for many years to come most likely before experts are satisfied with the findings. So, what exactly is in those e-liquids? Let’s take a look:
Vegetable Glycerin – This comes from plant oils such as coconut, palm, or soy. It is clear and odorless, and the natural triglycerides contain fatty acid s that are esterified with glycerin. Other products we use everyday contain this ingredient such as cosmetics and foods. Because it is considered a safe ingredient in so many other products, there hasn’t been that much research performed to tell us the long-term effect of using it.
Propylene Glycol – This is the primary ingredient in most of the e-cigarette cartridges and e-liquids. This is an FDA approved ingredient for inhaling, injecting, or topical application. Common household items contain this ingredient. Inhaling this ingredient has brought about questions over the past 70 years, but the results have proven that there is no apparent danger in haling it.
Natural Flavoring – Another FDA approved ingredient that has no artificial additives, colors, ingredients, or sweeteners. When it comes to be considered safe for ingesting or inhaling, this FDA approved ingredient is considered to be safer than other ingredients. They have not been tested in regard to the safety of this ingredient when it comes to inhaling. Over the years, some various flavorings have proven to cause health concerns such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, “popcorn lung”.
Nicotine – This is an optional ingredient for e-cig users. For those trying to kick the habit, they can lessen the amount of this ingredient over a period time until they reach the point of not having any nicotine at all. This liquid alkaloid is an organic ingredient that is made from carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and occasionally oxygen. It has been well-known for years that nicotine is a dangerous addictive ingredient. Recent studies have found nicotine doesn’t have any indication of harmful effect when inhaled in a pure form.