Electronic cigarettes contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals

Electronic cigarettes

Recent study revealed that several threats are posed to health by the electronic cigarettes. It is believed that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than real cigarettes as these deliver nicotine in a puff of hot gas that feels like smoke.

Study by FDA showed that electronic cigarettes contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol. Hence contrary to the established belief these electronic devices are more harmful than standard cigarettes.

Research team tested 19 varieties of electronic cigarette. Researchers found that the devices can deliver a dose of synthetic nicotine with unknown safety.

Deborah Arnott, director of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) said: "Cigarettes contain thousands of different chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic and are particularly dangerous when burnt, and kill half all long-term smokers."

Researchers warned that electronic cigarettes can lead to nicotine addiction. The availability of different flavors like strawberry can attract children to them.

There was a boom in sales of electronic cigarettes in UK after the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007. E-cigarettes are available in range of £39.99 for the cigarette, and nicotine cartridge refills is available for less than £1 each.

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