E-cigs vr.s Tobacco Cigs

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Are E-cigarettes more healthy than conventional cigarettes?


An estimated 2 million infections and deaths are caused in the United States each year by secondhand smoking(Secondhand Smoke). The newly introduced electronic cigarette, or “e-cigarette”,  proposes to eliminate the negative effects of secondhand smoking. After examining the negative and positive effects of  “e-cigarettes” as opposed to conventional tobacco cigarettes this essay has been created. Cigarettes have had a history of being viewed in a negative light, and the new “e-cigarette” is marketed with the statement of being more healthy than conventional cigarettes by eliminating most of the toxic chemicals and junk that are released as a product of the combustion of conventional cigarettes. The reason e-cigarettes, although not healthy in themselves, are healthier to some extent than conventional cigarettes is because “e-cigarettes” eliminate a portion of the toxic chemicals released through combustion of tobacco cigarettes.
Making the claim that “e-cigarettes” are more healthy than conventional cigarettes is not enough to prove that “e-cigarettes” are actually more healthy than conventional cigarettes. Tobacco cigarettes have been shown to be unhealthy for a large number of reasons. One reason is that tobacco cigarettes release very toxic chemicals in high amounts. ”Regular cigarettes contain as many as four thousand chemicals that are intrinsically unhealthy.”(howedocigswork.org) In this quote “regular” cigarettes are shown to be unhealthy not only because of the chemicals they contain, but also because of the quantity of those chemicals.
Argument in support of  “e-cigarettes” often stands on the fact that “e-cigarettes” are more healthy than conventional cigarettes because they do not release toxic chemicals, although, manufacturers of “e-cigarettes” technically are not permitted to market “e-cigarettes” as safer or healthier than regular cigarettes. A few reasons for that is because “e-cigarettes” contain nicotine which is known to be poisonous to humans. Nicotine is highly addictive. “...the negative health effects associated with nicotine, such as increased blood pressure and a quickened heart rate, will occur with electronic cigarettes just as much as with regular cigarettes.” (howdoecigswork.com) “E-cigarettes” are sold with different levels of nicotine and some have less than others but nicotine is still a dangerous thing and can result in death in the case of an overdose.
The Food and Drug Administration of the United States(FDA) ran tests on several small samples of “e-cigarette” liquid, which is vaporized to simulate the effects of a conventional cigarette, and found traces of dangerous chemicals. “In one sample, the FDA’s analyses detected diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze that is toxic to humans, and in several other samples, the FDA analyses detected carcinogens, including nitrosamines.”(FDA and Public Health Experts Warn About Electronic Cigarettes) If “e-cigarettes” contain such things as they are shown to in these tests then they clearly aren’t very healthy even if they are more a more healthy alternative to conventional cigarettes. When the “e-cigarette” liquid is vaporized it exudes from the cigarette like smoke does from conventional cigarettes which means that the secondhand smoke from these cigarettes can be almost as harmful as secondhand smoke from conventional ones. Also, according to the FDA, “e-cigarettes” are marketed and sold to young people. Though “e-cigarettes” are more healthy than conventional, they still pose a great risk to society.
The reason e-cigarettes are healthier to some extent than conventional cigarettes is because e-cigarettes eliminate a portion of the toxic chemicals released through combustion of tobacco cigarettes. Numerous tests, statistics, and simply the test of time has shown conventional cigarettes to pose a risk to the public. Not only conventional cigarettes are a risk to the public, but also “e-cigarettes” because they release dangerous chemials and infuse the user with nicotine, a highly poisonous and addictive substance. Manufacturers are not allowed to market their product as safer of healthier than conventional cigarettes. Nor are they allowed to market their product as a useful smoking cessation product do to the amount of nicotine present. “E-cigarettes” are also unhealthy due to the toxic ingredients that are known to cause numerous health problems.

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"Secondhand Smoke." American Cancer Society :: Information and Resources for Cancer: Breast, Colon, Prostate, Lung and Other Forms. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 June 2011. <http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/tobaccocancer/secondhand-smoke>.

"Health Canada Advises Canadians Not to Use Electronic Cigarettes - Health Canada Advisory 2009-03-27." Welcome to the Health Canada Web site | Bienvenue au site Web de Santé Canada. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2011. <http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2009/2009_53-eng.php>.

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Submitted: June 11, 2011

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Sticky Rice

yup. this whole article is bullshit. in the midst of my research i found that they are much healthier, but i was too lazy to alter my essay. therefore i just kept going on my original opinion. hey, at least i passed my english class.

Thu, July 14th, 2011 5:58pm

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