With the increasing use of e-cigs, the question for many is, “Are e-cigs safer than cigarettes?”
With over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 carcinogenic compounds, cigarette smoking has been taking a back seat to e-cigs lately. However, after accounting for what could be hiding in eLiquid — the fluid responsible for the nicotine solution and flavoring found in e-cigs, many questions still abound.
The majority of eLiquids contain water, nicotine, flavorings, and a base. Since this liquid is not regulated by any federal authority, what can be found in eLiquid varies by company. For example, some eLiquid manufacturers use glycerin, an organic compound that is commonly found in vegetables. Others use diacetyl, which has been tied to abnormal lung function over time.
Since we don’t have any long-term studies on e-cigs, health care professionals are still unsure what dangers await e-cig smokers.
I think the takeaway is… while the compounds found e-cigs are generally deemed less harmful than the cancer-causing agents found in traditional cigarettes… less harmful doesn’t necessarily mean safe.