The Dangers of Electronic Cigarettes

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Emily Darden, Staff Writer

Advertised as the healthy alternative to tobacco cigarettes, electronic cigarettes are taking the market by storm. Now, is what they say about e-cigarettes true?

Despite being on the market for several years, there is little known about the up and coming e-cigarettes. Because they are unregulated by the FDA, electronic cigarettes do not  have to disclose all of their ingredients to their customers. According to an article on HowStuffWorks.com, even the ingredients they do share tend to not match the actual amount in the cartridge.

It is really hard to trust what people say about e-cigarettes when the statements regarding them have been proven wrong. Realize that by smoking electronic cigarettes, you can never be sure what exactly you are putting into your own body.

Studies have shown that electronic cigarettes contain ingredients such as an extremely addictive chemical called nicotine, and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a cancer-causing agent and according to an analysis published in New England Journal of Medicine, the exposure to formaldehyde from e-cigarettes could be 5-10 times higher than that from cigarettes. Besides causing cancer, electronic cigarettes have been found to harm the heart and arteries. Users have diminished lung function, airway resistance and cellular changes.

Even though electronic cigarettes have been shown to be dangerous, the number of teen users doubled since 2011. People need to be more aware of the dangers e-cigarettes pose to your body. By understanding the risks of electronic cigarettes, people will hopefully make a better-educated decision about smoking them.