Devices work with nicotine vapor, not smoke
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/26/2012 -- Two recent studies offer apparently contradictory evidence about whether electronic cigarettes are bad for your health.
A study reported in August that e-cigarettes do not damage the heart. In September, it was found by Greek researchers found that the vaporous devices were bad for the lungs.
Users of e-cigarettes, which are powered by batteries, inhale vapor rather than smoke. The devices heat nicotine, and they don’t have tobacco or the same amount of chemicals that traditional cigarettes have. Some smokers have used e-cigarettes to help them kick the tobacco habit, and others use the electronic gadgets to get around smoking restrictions.
“Many people use them as a bridge product” to put off quitting, explained David Abrams, Schroeder Institute executive director.
About 70% of Americans think e-cigarettes are not as dangerous as a traditional smoke, according to a research reported in the American Journal of Public Health and co-written by Abrams.
Abrams’ institute is connected to Legacy, an anti-smoking organization.
In the Greek study, electronic cigarettes were found to cause problems breathing for subjects whose lung functions were characterized as normal. For 13 smokers with lung disease or asthma, no effect was found.
Earlier studies have indicated other possible health risks, but so far there has been nothing conclusive to settle debate.
The FDA has sought to regulate e-cigarettes, but a federal judge in 2010 said the agency did not have the authority.
SobeSmoke.com (http://www.sobesmoke.com) is an online resource for information about electric cigarette options. Readers can learn about how the e-devices work and order starter kits and accessories. People can get news about electronic cigarette and special offers at the website.
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