Are Vapor cigarettes and E-cigarettes Healthier than Traditional

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Abstract

Vapor cigarettes and or e-cigarettes resemble the traditionalcigarettes physically, but they are different in some aspects. Thee-cigarettes do not produce smoke and the odor that the traditionalcigarettes produce as a result of burning the tobacco. Thee-cigarettes contain a liquid cartridge that is usually heated, andit produces the vapor, which contains nicotine and a myriad of otherflavors (Carney, 2016). Therefore, it is essential to note that sincethe e-cigarettes burn a liquid instead of tobacco, it is impossibleto produce smoke. The debate over the health status of the vapor ande-cigarettes in comparison to the traditional cigarettes has beenthere for over five years now, and it has attracted scientists theworld over who are seeking to analyze the chemical components of thevapor and the possible health effects. There is no doubt that therehave been numerous research studies carried out concerning thetraditional cigarettes, and they have been found to present hazardousand life-threatening health risks such cancer, pneumonia and heartdiseases.

The vapor cigarettes and or the e-cigarettes have been marketed asthe safer and healthy alternative to the traditional cigarettes. Eventhough there have not been many scientific research studies doneregarding the contents of the vapor in e-cigarettes, it is evidentfrom the available information that the e-cigarettes are not safer orhealthier than the traditional cigarettes. However, one research byRoswell Park Cancer Institute found out that the e-cigarettes containnine times fewer toxins than the conventional cigarettes (Friedman,2014). Notable is the fact that tobacco is not only the harmfulchemical in cigarettes and, therefore, the vapor cigarettes have beenfound to contain other toxic chemicals that can cause diseases suchas cancer.

Studies by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have indicatedthat the contents of e-cigarettes constitute nicotine and otherharmful chemicals that might cause cancer and irritate the liver.This has made the FDA call upon all the manufacturers of the vaporcigarettes and e-cigarettes, as well as the marketers to register theproducts under the provisions of Family Smoking Prevention andTobacco Control Act (Carney, 2016). This is a clear indication thatthese new smoking gadgets are not healthier than the traditionaltobacco burning cigarettes. It is crucial to note that thetraditional tobacco cigarettes are also registered under the sameregulations. Research by FDA in 2009 found out that the vapor ine-cigarettes contained compounds of antifreeze that are typicallyfound in tobacco cigarettes, and they are responsible for causingcancer. This is a clear manifestation that the e-cigarettes are nothealthier at all than the conventional ones (Friedman, 2014). Anotherstudy by FDA found out that that the new cigarettes containedFormaldehyde, which is a well-known chemical that causes cancer. Itis worth noting that the level of Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes wasfound to be as high as in the conventional cigarettes. This impliesthat the health risks of smoking the modern cigarettes are similar tothose of smoking the traditional ones.

Cancer and other health hazards that are associated with tobaccotake numerous years to develop and show symptoms. Additionally, therehas not been any research that has indicated that the e-cigarettesand the vapor ones are safe. It is, therefore, prudent for anyresearcher to note that the effects of the modern cigarettes willtake over 15 years before they can be realized (Carney, 2016). Thevapor and the e-cigarettes were introduced in the United Sates a fewyears ago, and it would be plausible to argue that their healtheffects are yet to be known. Scientists and other researchers canonly make an informed conclusion regarding the health effects ofthese products in 10 years time.

A group of investigators from the University of California has addedto the research on the health effects of e-cigarettes. The researcheranalyzed the effects that the vapor of the e-cigarettes has on thecells of human beings. The leading researcher, Dr. JessicaWang-Rodriquez, who is a professor of pathology at the Universitystated that the exposure of cells to the e-cigarettes vapor lead totheir death. The death of these cells, where their DNA is destroyedis associated with cancer (Knapton, 2015). This is an indication thatthe new model of cigarettes is neither healthy nor safe for thesmokers. Although the Public Health England (PHE) has been urgingsmokers to shift from the traditional smoking to the modern one,there are a few research findings and numerous developing scientificresearch studies that indicate that the modern cigarettes havesimilar health risks like the traditional ones. It is also paramountto state that the World Health Organization (WHO) has also weighed inon the debate and has said that there is no evidence that thee-cigarettes are safe or healthier in any way (Knapton, 2015).

In conclusion, it is abundantly clear that there is no researchfinding that has proven that the e-cigarettes and the vaporcigarettes are healthier or safer than the traditional tobaccoburning cigarettes. The present research studies have demonstratedthat the new cigarettes contain numerous chemicals that are containedin tobacco, and they present various health risks. Cancer-causingcompounds have been found in the vapor, and this is a great concernfor the smokers. The FDA and the WHO have also pointed out that themodern cigarettes are harmful.

References

Carney, J. K. (2016).&nbspControversies in public health andhealth policy. Burlington, Massachusetts: Jones &amp BartlettLearning.

Friedman, J. (2014).&nbspE-Cigarettes: Can the electronic devicescurb tobacco use? Washington DC: CQ Press.

Knapton, S. (2015). E-cigarettes are no safer than smoking tobacco,scientists warn. The Telegraph. Retrieved from:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/03/12/e-cigarettes- are-no-safer-than-smoking-tobacco-scientists-warn/