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Electronic cigarettes: What do you need to know?

While electronic cigarettes may have been well received by those looking for an alternative to patches or gum, there has been something of a debate about his anti-smoking device of late. Some professionals have questioned just how safe these products are, and what they really add to the plethora of smoking cessation tools. Research suggests that while there is no evidence to claim that they damage your heath, there isn’t any to suggest they’re safe either. Real cigarettes pose a significant health risk, with nearly 4000 chemicals which re produces from the burning tobacco, but nicotine is a medically graded chemical which is considered a strong poison in liquid form. In electronic cigarettes, this dose is far higher than what is found in patches and gums.

Electronic cigarettes pose a health risk because they’re not regulated. There are numerous websites offering low quality liquids and devices, compared to nicotine patches which have to be provided through a pharmacy in most countries. According to most health professionals, electronic devices aren’t considered quitting aids, so they aren’t monitored in the same way. Many people also claim that the only reason behind the lack of support for legalising e-cigarettes is that high duty tax can’t be added to the prices, so the government misses out on additional income.

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There are some safety tips which are worth remembering when it comes to electronic cigarettes. Firstly, it has been proven that some people are allergic to polypropylene glycol, or PG, which is used to delude liquid nicotine. This food grade substance is used in preserved meals, but it can lead to allergies and asthma attacks. There is a vegetable glycerin alternative which can be used. Also, when you’re refilling the cartridges, be sure to wear protective gloves to avoid the nicotine being absorbed through the skin, which can lead to an overdose.


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