5 Little Known Facts About E-Cigarettes 23rd July 2015 – Posted in: News – Tags: ,

Despite the increasing evidence that smoking tobacco is bad for you, over 40 million Brits smoke every single day. Traditional cigarettes are known to cause damage to almost every organ in your body, and cause an average of 1 in 5 of all deaths within the UK and US. However out of those 40 million or so smokers, nearly 70% of them say they want to quit, but need some support to do so. In answer to that need, e-cigarettes hit UK and US shelves in 2007, and they have been a huge hit in helping smokers to quit smoking, tobacco free. But there are many things you might not know about your everyday e-cigarette.

Nothing Actually Burns

As well as reducing your tobacco intake to 0, you never have to worry about carrying around your lighter again. Instead of burning a grass like substance, e-cigarettes contain a lithium battery, which heats a vaporising device within the cigarette. This device contains a nicotine liquid, which when heated by the vaporiser turns to a harmless vapour, which you then inhale. Because there is no tobacco in an e-cigarette the vapour produced contains no smoke, no carbon monoxide and even no odour, making them the perfect tool to help you ease out of a smoking habit.

They Can Be Toxic

The average traditional tobacco cigarette contains over 7000 chemicals. Among them are over 70 known carcinogens (chemicals directly involved in causing cancer), making them an incredibly lethal addictive substance. But while e-cigarettes remove the toxic chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes, they are not without their own risk. This is because they contain liquid nicotine, which in a concentrated dose can be lethal. When it it’s liquid state, just a tablespoon of nicotine when inhaled directly, ingested or absorbed through the skin is enough to kill an adult, with just a teaspoon for children. This is why the liquid nicotine is sold within a sealed container for consumer safety.

They Are Reusable (As Long As You Take Care Of Them)

There are a few options available to you when it comes to electronic cigarettes, but what you might not know is that they are reusable. While many are displayed as ‘single use’, they are essentially battery-powered devices, and can be recharged and re-used the same way your phone can. You can even get in car chargers for them! They do however require maintenance, including cleaning and changing the empty liquid nicotine cartridges with new ones.

Vaping Is Allowed In Some Smoke Free Environments

This is great news for those who work in a busy office and can’t take regular smoking breaks. Because e-cigarettes emit no smoke and the vapour they do release is harmless with no health risks, they are allowed in a lot of otherwise smoke-free environments. The regulations on these do vary though, and certain cities (particularly in the US) have banned e-cigarettes in their public venues as a precaution., so it’s always worth checking before you ‘light up’

They Do Produce Second Hand Vapour

As we know, it’s not just smokers who suffer the side effects of the toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke. Between 1964 and 2014 over 2.5 million non-smokers died form the lethal effects of second hand smoke. E-cigarettes have helped to reduce the risks of second hand smoke, but they are not a complete cure. The vapours given off by e-cigarettes contain 10 times less nicotine than traditional tobacco cigarettes, but they are not completely clean. However the vapour is free from the tobacco-based toxins that cause a large amount of problems with second hand smoke.