Mind, Body & Soul

Electronic Cigarettes: Are They Really The Safer Choice?

Written by Jina S. Bazzar

Traditional tobacco has been around for millennia, smoked or chewed, its “beneficiary usage for religious rituals or medicinal use,” was first implemented by the native tribes in the Americas.  Before Europeans began exploring the New World.

In this age where technology rules, a trending topic around the globe has been about e-cigarettes, and whether they are a healthier choice than traditional cigarettes. The fact is, the carbon monoxide that e-cigarette smokers inhale is considerably less, than what is inhaled by normal cigarette smokers.

Does that mean that the damage to the lungs is less as well? The correct answer despite a lot of positive feedback, is that there isn’t enough data, or long-term research to conclude an accurate answer.

It is true that the smoke from burning tobacco isn’t being inhaled however, it is highly speculated that the chemicals found in e-cigarettes can cause severe damage to the lung cells. On one hand, we have traditional cigarettes with lots of data and research, then on the other hand, e-cigarettes which have been in the market for a handful of years. Institutions are still scrambling with their tests for a favorable long-term result, despite all the progression we have made with technology.

The chemical ingredients of each e-juice and flavoring used in e-cigarettes, vary between each e-cigarette brand. The nicotine dosage can be customized according to an individual’s preferences. Therefore, the side effects vary from one person to the next.

No institution wants to discourage the smokers who switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes, but they are still cautious, if not uncertain, about the long term useage and what the damage may be.

Medics still advise smokers that quitting is their best option for a healthier life, certifying that after a month upon quitting smoking, the lungs begin to clear. They also advise that smoking both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes, can be more harmful than deciding on one habit and sticking to it.

Institutions do exist to help those who decide to quit, providing them with the necessary means to succeed with their choices. Consider this as an option as the most safer choice.

About the author

Jina S. Bazzar

Jina was born in a small town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she had a fulfilling childhood. Soon after she graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a chronic disease that eventually caused her to go blind. Currently she lives in the middle east with her mother and three kids.