Electronic Cigarettes vs. Regular Cigarettes

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E-Cigarettes 101

Electronic cigarettes look like the real thing; the end glows as you inhale. As you exhale, you puff out a cloud of what looks like smoke, only it’s vapor. Inside the e-cigarette there’s a battery, a heating element and a cartridge that holds nicotine and other liquids and flavourings. Using an e-cigarette is also called “vaping,” because it simulates smoking by vaporizing e-liquid.

Are electronic cigarettes actually safer than regular cigarettes?

So far, evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are in fact safer than regular cigarettes. The biggest danger from tobacco is smoke, and e-cigarettes don’t burn. As well, the levels of dangerous chemicals that e-cigarettes give off is a fraction of what you would normally get from a real cigarette. For those who are addicted to cigarettes, using an e-cigarette is a great option, since they are a safer alternative.

Electronic cigarettes have:

  • no second-hand smoke
  • no smell
  • none of the 4000+ chemicals found in a tobacco cigarette

Electronic cigarettes generate a smoke-like vapor and provide the same hand-to-mouth inhalation experience as smoking. It has been shown to reduce cravings among smokers, not just for nicotine, but also for the relaxation associated with inhaling and exhaling vapor.

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