Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are frequently advertised as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, or as a smoking cessation tool.
While e-cigarettes contain fewer chemicals than traditional cigarettes, users still inhale nicotine, which has health risks of increased blood pressure and heart rate.
E-cigarette cartridges, both with and without nicotine, have been found to have harmful chemicals, metals, and silicates in the vapor. The nanoparticles emitted by e-cigarettes can penetrate deeply into the lungs, affecting non-users through secondhand exposure to vapor.
E-cigarettes are currently unregulated products, leaving a great deal unknown about not only the health risks, but also about product manufacturing and safety.
There is not sufficient scientific research that definitively concludes electronic cigarettes are effective tools to quit smoking. The FDA has not authorized electronic cigarettes as stop smoking devices.
-Susan Gleason, program coordinator, Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition for Porter County