For many smokers who have looked for a way to quit for years, the e-cig was thought to be the Holy Grail for kicking the bad habit. Electronic cigarettes, known commonly as e-cigs, are tobacco-less products, utilizing special liquids that contain varying amounts of nicotine, allowing smokers to slowly wean off the addictive substance. As many smokers have picked up the new product in the hopes of quitting, the questionably of its health risks is put under the microscope.
At a recent gathering of lung cancer researchers, the effects of the e-cig were discussed, after a study showed that the e-liquid caused cancer in vitro on human lung cells. With a multitude of distributors and a lack of consumer knowledge, the Food and Drug Administration will begin laying the groundwork for the regulation of the use of e-cigs, as there are no current laws against them. In addition, more research will be done on the effects of the product over the next few years. Companies that sell e-cig products will also be conducting their own research, in an effort to show that e-cigs are a safer alternative to normal cigarettes.
The best way to quit cigarettes? Cold turkey. However, this is not a reasonable solution for most people. While products such nicotine patches and gum exist, they are certainly not an alternative to the feeling that smoking induces. Electronic cigarettes may seem like a better alternative to quit the habit, but only time will tell as to how much harm they actually cause.
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