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.