The Dangers of Toxins in E-Cigarettes 

When e-cigarettes first appeared on the market, it was like a beacon of hope for all the smokers who were hoping to quit and start leading a healthier lifestyle. They eliminated all the toxins that smokers were inhaling when smoking cigarettes but still let them hold on to the habit of smoking as a distraction and mean of calming down. It was too good to be true, and as it turns out, it wasn’t. After studies were conducted, it turned out that the vapor from the e-cigarettes contains toxic metals which can be just as damaging to your health.  

Toxic metals, cadmium, chromium, lead, manganese, and nickel, were found in the liquid that creates the aerosol (the vapor which e-cigarette users inhale) during a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  

“We do not know if these levels are dangerous, but their presence is troubling and could mean that the metals end up in the aerosol that e-cigarette users inhale,” said study leader Ana María Rule, Ph.D., MHS, assistant scientist of the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. Rule added: “One of the things that is troubling is that the metals in e-cigarette coils, which heat the liquid that creates the aerosol, are toxic when inhaled, so perhaps regulators might want to look into an alternative material for e-cigarette heating coils.” 

Nevertheless, regardless of the amounts, these are metals which should be avoided at any cost, and it goes without saying that you should not be putting them into your body. One of the metals, cadmium, is known to be carcinogenic, meaning a source of cause for cancer for pancreas, breast, prostate, endometrium, and urinary bladder. In fact, in Canada, these vaping cigarettes are required to be labeled carcinogenic.  

So, if you think about it, people who started using e-cigarettes as a safer alternative are not doing their body any more justice than when smoking regular cigarettes. They are just tricking their minds into thinking that they have found a better alternative. All in all, the only safe way to quit smoking is to actually quit. The FDA has also recently started regulating e-cigarettes and evaluating the risks, so if you are considering the option of using an e-cigarette it might be wise to wait until a little more extensive research is done, and appropriate regulation is in place. 


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