From the Frying Pan to the Fire: E-liquid toxicity causes concern

Apr 09

People are now much more health conscious, and are actively seeking ways to improve their quality of life. The trend is for eating organic food and food products, exercising regularly, having regular detoxification sessions, minimizing alcohol intake, and of course, quitting smoking. But just like saccharine for sugar, and soy milk for cow’s milk, sometimes the substitutes turn out to be more harmful than what had been replaced. In the case of cigarettes, the solution to minimizing withdrawal symptoms is through electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are basically plastic tubes that dispense small amounts of nicotine by atomizing a liquid which contains the chemical as well as flavoring and artificial coloring, the so-called e-liquid. This is not a regulated industry, and anyone can legally make the e-liquid and sell it by the vial, bottle, or gallon.

But possible contamination is not really the problem. The real problem lies in the fact that nicotine is a poison, and in liquid form, it is more deadly than what you find in a standard cigarettes because it is more easily absorbed by the body.

E-cigarettes are touted as a smoking cessation tool, and e-liquid contains nicotine because this is what most smokers are addicted to which makes it difficult to quit smoking. With the nicotine hit in place, the smoker can gradually reduce the amount of nicotine in the e-liquid until finally, the symptoms subside and you are cured of the habit.

It sounds plausible, but it is more akin to jumping from the frying pan to the fire than the road to redemption. While no one has actually died from the prescribed or accidental intake of e-liquid, studies indicate that it is just a matter of time. There is already a trend emerging where out of the number of people being rushed to the emergency room after being poisoned from exposure to nicotine, a significant number are children between 1 and 4 years old. Toxicologists are all up in arms about the product, and it is claimed that e-liquids may be more hazardous to your health than tobacco.

Sometimes, it is better to stick with the evil you know.

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