The Facts About E-Cigs

By | October 17, 2016

e-cigarette-tankEven though we know that smoking cigarettes is bad for our health, many of us who smoke just cannot seem to quit. E-cigarettes may be the answer.

Almost one-fifth of tobacco smokers have used e-cigarettes and many more trying them every day. E-cig reviews are generally pretty positive, although there are some concerns that some e-cigarettes contain nicotine and thus may still be hazardous to one’s health.

One of the benefits of smoking an e-cigarette is that there is nothing to light. The e-cigarette uses a lithium battery for its power source, heating the liquid stored inside the internal chamber and vaporizing it. This is what produces the steam which imitates the smoke of a cigarette.

Some e-cigarettes even have an LED light in the tip which will glow as if it were lit. Since the e-cigarettes do not burn or use tobacco, they do not emit any carbon monoxide or smoke and there is no odor. The user instead, just inhales steam from the vaporized liquid.

One important fact to note is that while e-cigarettes are tobacco and smoke-free, they are not free of nicotine. Typically, the liquid contained in the e-cig will be a combination of flavoring, nicotine, propylene glycol, which is a type of solvent, and other additives. Many of the e-cig reviews mention the popularity of the flavored e-cig liquids. E-cigarettes are available in many flavors such as watermelon, bubble gum, peppermint, and chocolate. There are also e-cigarettes available without nicotine as well. These type of e-cigarettes contain liquid cartridges that do not contain any nicotine.

Despite their increasing popularity, e-cigarettes were not regulated by the Federal Drug Administration until 2014 when it proposed requirements for dissolvable tobacco and nicotine gels, as well as other unregulated nicotine products. These new requirements were proposed as part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and mandated that companies must list the ingredients in their products and be approved by the FDA before they begin to market them.

Additionally, the Act forbids selling e cigs to minors, although the actual age is regulated by the individual states. Language in the Act also requires that health warnings be included on all labeling and prohibits vending machine sales and free samples. Not surprisingly, manufacturers of e-cigarettes are unhappy with these regulations, stating that e-cigarettes are purely for recreation and should not be regulated by the FDA.

E-cigarettes are quickly growing in popularity, even with these new regulations. With the safety concerns about the nicotine levels in e-cigarettes, FDA oversight probably is not going away.