Electronic cigarettes are devices operated by batteries aimed at stimulating combustible cigarettes. E-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco but do operate by heating nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor that can be inhaled. The addictive substance in the tobacco is nicotine but the smoking-related diseases are caused by other chemicals in cigarettes. The electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine without the majority of these chemicals and for this reason medical and healthcare organizations indicate that the E-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco. A wide range of larger designs of the E-cigarettes have been introduced like the clearomisers and personal vaporizers, although most first-generation devices did have a physical resemblance to cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes have been available in the UK more than 10years ago. In other words, they have become a staple of everyday UK life. This has provoked extensive debate on the role of electronic cigarettes in the society and health wise. Although others claim that uncertainty about their role and effects in tobacco control prevents e-cigarettes from being endorsed on health grounds, some argue that any products that are less harmful alternative to tobacco should be accepted.
The proportion of e-cigarette smokers do increase every year without varying in terms of socioeconomic status and sex. Some people have come up with views that the use of these products will in the coming years overtake the cigarette use. Most e-cigarette smokers do so to assist them to stop smoking or cut down, in cases when smoking is not allowed or accepted then they become a replacement. Smokers get killed by the carbon monoxide, carcinogens and other toxins that accompany nicotine in the tobacco smoke even though they only smoke for nicotine. Electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine in form of vapor rather than smoke, emissions they let out are limited to those generated from, or contained in, the nicotine solution that is used in the device.
Electronic cigarettes has benefits though, the main is that they provide nicotine that can be inhaled in a form that mimics the behavioral components of smoking but its risk is relatively low. For a smoker that cannot quit, or wants to go on using nicotine in a way that resembles smoking, then electronic cigarettes are the preferred option. A complete switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes achieves the same health results as quitting smoking and all nicotine use completely does. Moreover, e-cigarettes tend to be less expensive than tobacco smoking, and the associated risks with exposure to vapor from the e-cigarette are less than the ones associated tobacco smoke exposure.
E-cigarettes has got potential hazards which fall into three categories: the ones arising from the relation generated between the use and tobacco smoking, the ones from the product itself, and finally those from e-cigarettes exploitation which promotes tobacco smoking. Even with the low inhaled nicotine hazard, potential health risks from the product mostly arise from other vapor constituents. Propylene glycol is the main component, and it is said to be safe, adverse effects in the lung from long-term inhalation can’t be ruled out. The same concern applies to the other constituents, though the risks are less. With the regulation absence to ensure that the products are standardized, direct hazard to the e-cigarettes users inconsiderate of the smoking status and more, from the electronic cigarettes is less. Product standards introduction to minimize or avoid contamination more likely reduces the ill effects.
In the UK, E-cigarettes are marketed as consumer products, and therefore exempted from medicines and tobacco regulations. The ones supplying are not in any way obliged to provide data for the product performance. The general clarification is that, electronic cigarettes are less hazardous than tobacco is