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Risks of e-cigarettes

We all know that cigarette smoking is dangerous, although it took decades before the tobacco industry admitted it. Less is known about electric cigarettes that evaporate liquid, particularly because they have not been around for very long. What are the risks of e-cigarettes and how does vapors compare to smoking?

The potential risks of e-cigarettes


Cigarettes are mainly addictive due to the presence of nicotine. This is not in itself a harmful substance, but an addictive substance in combination with the tar and soot of tobacco leads to a dangerous combination. When vaporizing e-liquids, no smoke is released, the addictive effect of nicotine persists. There are also products available that do not contain nicotine.

Hazardous Ingredients

The fatal cases in the United States all seem to be linked to the steaming of THC, an active substance in hemp. To evaporate this weed e-liquid, a vitamin E acetate was used which, according to researchers, may have been the cause of the accidents. These e-liquids did not come from regular trade, where only ingredients that are found to be suitable for human consumption are used.

Excessive use No matter

how you turn it around, you breathe in hot vapor. A little is not bad, but the potential consequences of frequent fumes are unknown. For example, it may lead to damage to the vesicles, a process that may not be reversible. In particular directly to the lungs vapors at low resistance is associated with very high temperatures.


The risks of e-cigarettes are not yet known. Although it is generally stated that it is a better alternative to normal smoking, there do seem to be side effects. In particular, self-applied modifications and applications outside the standard products can pose a health hazard. The first conclusion is that fumes are better than smoking, but using no (electric) cigarettes at all remains the best.