Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

10 Things To Consider BEFORE You Start To Smoke E-Cigarettes.

It seems hard to believe that just five short years ago, cigarettes were far more present and accepted than they are now. Ten years ago, you could smoke in restaurants and bars. Thirty years ago, you could smoke basically anywhere you wanted. But time has proven cigarettes to be extraordinarily dangerous to our health and well-being, causing the laws to get more strict and smokers to grow more conscious. A large percentage of smokers have quit, while others have looked for different alternatives: Nicotine gum, patches, and now, e-cigarettes.

But are e-cigarettes really any better than the tobacco cigarettes we're used to? This post explores why some research suggest they're not, and claims that e-cigs might be giving people breathing disorders like emphysema and COPD, and could possibly even be causing lung cancer. Just because it's water vapor doesn't mean it's not harmful -- learn more about why in the story below.

These days, smokers are turning towards an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

E-cigarettes have created a billion dollar industry of battery-operated smoking devices, and many feel they're a better alternative than smoking actual tobacco cigarettes.

These days, smokers are turning towards an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Christophe Ena / AP

As many know, e-cigarette is short for electronic cigarette.

It has a battery, a heating element, and cartridge. The cartridge holds a liquid mixture of nicotine and other flavoring.

As many know, e-cigarette is short for electronic cigarette.

CNN

Using an e-cigarette is called vaping, and many think that it's just not as harmful as smoking a cigarette, cigar, or a pipe.

But what's the whole truth here?

Using an e-cigarette is called vaping, and many think that it's just not as harmful as smoking a cigarette, cigar, or a pipe.

US FDA

It's important to understand that e-cigarettes ARE dangerous.

Some of the facts on the image below might disturb you.

It's important to understand that e-cigarettes ARE dangerous.

Before you get scared, know this: Experts say that the electronic version is likely safer than the regular ones.

Inhaling a regular cigarette means that you’re inhaling a combustion of plant matter which releases several other chemicals including aldehydes, carbon monoxide, free radicals and heavy metals into the lungs.

Before you get scared, know this: Experts say that the electronic version is likely safer than the regular ones.

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