E-cigarettes: Boon or Bane?

Source: Environmental Science and Technology
Smoking Cigarette
Smoking Cigarette

Contrary to the common belief, e-cigarettes are not as safe as they are considered to be. A recent research study has proved that e-cigarettes contain carcinogenic chemicals that can cause cancer. The pilot study has found two carcinogenic chemicals, o-toluidine and 2-naphthylamine, to be present in the urine samples of the e-cigarette users. These chemicals are carcinogenic.

Traditionally cigarettes are considered to be a risk factor for bladder cancer. E-cigarettes were seen as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. The new study has shed light on the ill-effects of e-cigarettes and says that they are equally harmful and pose a risk of cancer to the user. Majority of e-cigarette users were traditional smokers at one time and who took up e-cigarettes as a safe alternative. The traditional cigarettes contain carcinogenic chemicals that deposit on the lining of the bladder and cause impaired bladder function and bladder cancer.

Though to a lesser degree, e-cigarette users are still prone to exposure of carcinogenic chemicals in comparison to traditional smokers. When connected with high power charging, the liquid filling in the e-cigarette releases vapour akin to a traditional cigarette. This vapour is found to contain chemicals that can harm the e-cigarette users. E-cigarettes are pre-filled with different flavours that are commonly found in various edible items. These flavours are considered safe for eating purpose but can be harmful when consumed in vapour form.

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