Answer– Since November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month this is the perfect time to answer this question. Electronic or e-cigarettes are battery powered devices that produce a nicotine infused vapor which is inhaled by the user and absorbed through the airways. These products have been offered as a less expensive and safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and as an aid for smoking cessation. But with the addition of flavorings like buble gum and chocolate has raised its appeal especially among teenagers.
The heart and lung problems of nicotine and tobacco are all too real and most doctors are concerned about the potential hazards of a new nicotine delivery system. Nicotine is a highly addictive toxin tht raises blood pressure, crosses the plcenta durng pregnency, and causes changes in the lungs similar to those seen in cystic fibrosis. Nictotine has been liked to a whole slew of cancers including breast cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. On the beauty front, nicotine is a rapid skin ager. It constricts blood vessels, shutting down food and oxygen to the skin. As a result it slows skin growth and repair.
Because the nicotine vapors of e-cigarettes do not contain the same products of combustion of traditional cigarettes, “vaping” has been heavilly promoted as a safe and effective way to quit smoking. Its not nearly that simple and there have been few if any studies that deals with both the short and long term health problems of e-cigarettes.
The Marketing of E-Cigarettes
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of e-cigarettes is their marketing to women and teenagers. Sweetened and colored flavorings make the vapors see more like candy than an addicting introduction to nicotine. Even the name is designed to hook the young tech generation on nicotine.
The dangers of tobacco are well defined and accepted by virtually all doctors, whereas the impact of e-cigarettes is not. The last thing we need is another beauty buster nicotine delivery system.