E-cigarettes equally injurious

Syed Najaf Raza

Electronic cigarettes have become a hot item. Since they first appeared in China in 2004 and began to be imported, the numbers of brands and users have jumped. Many smokers have been drawn to claims that e-cigarettes are a safe substitute for standard cigarettes because they deliver nicotine without the harmful chemicals and toxins in tobacco smoke. Some e-cigarette supporters say these products can help smokers to quit or cut down the amount of tobacco they use. What’s more, e-cigarettes supposedly do not expose others to the dangers of second-hand passive smoking.
Yet many health experts have sounded alarms about e-cigarettes, calling for more study and control. Much of the debate has been about nicotine, the key and addictive ingredient in most e-cigarettes. Issues have included uneven delivery of inhaled nicotine, quality control problems such as poor labelling and leaks that can expose e-cigarette users to toxic liquid nicotine, maintaining a person’s addiction to nicotine, and uncertainty about effects on his health over the time.
Until recently, the vapour that puffs from e-cigarettes in place of tobacco smoke has drawn little attention. In fact, many fans of e-cigarettes say that, because they create a mist produced by propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine rather than smoke, they should not be covered by no-smoking rules in public places. My message here is that it doesn’t matter which cigarette or brand you smoke e-cigarette or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters is, are you honest with your health? Think about it.
—Karachi

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