Pro and Cons of Electronic Cigarettes
The electronic cigarette is mainly associated by people with smoking cessation and even with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, The American Lung Association doesn’t support its use and the Food & Drug Authority wants to regulate it as a medical product. Add the fact that there is still no enough evidence that can prove its medical use. So before you try using an electronic cigarette, you should learn about its pros and cons.
Pros of Using Electronic Cigarette
- It only contains nicotine
The traditional cigarette contains tobacco, tar, and several toxic chemicals. All of these are harmful ingredients that may cause heart disease, lung cancer, and other lung problems to users, secondhand smokers, and even the environment. On the other hand, electronic cigarette only contains nicotine.
- Different levels of nicotine
Depending on the user, they can choose the level of nicotine content in their electronic cigarette. Some of these only contain flavors. It ranges from no nicotine, 6mg, up to the16mg strength of nicotine. Therefore, the user can cut back on their nicotine use and eventually stop smoking. In addition, users will only experience minimal withdrawal symptoms like depression, fatigue, increased hunger, and irritability.
- It is cheaper than cigarettes
In the U.S., an electronic cigarette costs around $2 to $2.40 per ‘pack’ because five cartridges pack costs $10 to $12. On the other hand, cigarette price ranges from $5 to $14 per pack depending on the location where you will buy it. You can even get coupon codes containing discounts and freebies when you buy electronic cigarettes.
- Can help with COPD
People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease can use the electronic cigarette as an alternative strategy to quit smoking and treat their condition.
Cons of Using Electronic Cigarette
- Potential health risks
There are still low numbers of research studies regarding electronic cigarette. Thus, we are still not sure the adverse effects that it can do to users. The issues may cause long-term health problems which can arise from the chemicals in the vapor.
- No restrictions on selling to minors
Electronic cigarette may encourage young people to start smoking since they can freely purchase it. The help from FDA is needed to issue a guideline and restrictions regarding children and teenagers.
- Potential ‘dual use’
It’s still not clear whether electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit or encourage more nicotine intake. Some people fear that smokers may get more addicted to smoking.