The truth about e-cigarettes: Are they really safe?
WASHINGTON, May 23, 2014 — It started as a funny looking joke to smokers, but the electronic cigarette industry has grown to a $2 billion a year business.
As smoking bans have continued to spread to include most indoor and even some outdoor locations, electronic cigarettes have provided an acceptable alternative.
E-cigs, also known as Vape Pens, deliver nicotine to the user through a vaporized delivery system created by heating a liquid form of the drug.
Although there has not been much research on e-cigarettes yet, they do appear to have fewer health risks than traditional cigarettes because they have far fewer carcinogens than tobacco products, but experts warn that “safer” does not always mean “safe.”
E-cigarettes still contain the highly addictive drug nicotine, and the delivery method via e-cigs is the same as it is with tobacco cigarettes. A freebase form of the drug is created through the heat and is sent straight to the lungs where it is absorbed into the blood stream quickly.