An electronic cigarette is a device that be used as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. When using an electronic cigarette, nothing is burnt; there is no tar, tobacco, ash or lingering odor. Electric cigarettes vaporize liquid that contains flavorings, common food additives and nicotine which is inhaled much the same way as smoke.
There has been a lot of controversy in recent years regarding electronic cigarettes but some very credible sources have sided with them and their safety.
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One such source comes from the Guardian newspaper. It describes how the governments nudge unit wants to encourage the use of electronic cigarettes in an attempt to reduce the number of people in the UK killed by smoking diseases each year.
The government's “nudge unit” wants to encourage the use of smokeless nicotine cigarettes, banned in many countries around the world, in an attempt to reduce the numbers killed in the UK by smoking diseases each year.
( Full Article Here – guardian.co.uk/society/2011/sep/14/smokeless-nicotine-cigarettes-government )
Another source, The American Association of Public Health Physicians states that smokers can reduce their risk of tobacco related death by up to 99% if they switch to an electronic cigarette device.
Conventional cigarettes account for about 80% of nicotine consumption in the United States, but more than 98% of the illness and death. This harm is not caused by the nicotine, but by toxic products of combustion. A cigarette smoker can reduce his or her risk of future tobacco-related death by 98% or better by switching to a low risk smokeless tobacco product. He or she could cut that risk by 99.9% or better by switching to a nicotine-only delivery product like one of the pharmaceutical products or E-cigarettes.
The above information shows that Electronic Cigarettes appear to be a far better alternative to smoking normal cigarettes. In the future we can expect electronic cigarettes to become safer and safer as new regulations are brought in that will ensure the ingredients of the liquid are of a higher quality.
There are many credible suppliers who already control the quality of their own products, but there are still some that offer liquid that is far too strong in nicotine which can pose as a risk not only to the consumer, but to the entire industry.
If you are looking for a safe nicotine level you need to aim for between 8 and 18 mg per ml. 1ml of liquid lasts around the same amount of time as a pack of 20 cigarettes. This means that 18mg is equivalent to 0.9mg cigarettes.