The extensive use of electronic smoking devices has caught the attention of governments and health experts around the world alike. This has sparked several debates and controversies as a result. While supporters of these devices cite its many benefits as a reason to encourage its sales and production, health organisations are worried about the risks these devices present. So far, no one position has been sufficiently proven by hard scientific evidence, therefore the debate will continue.
It is becoming somewhat apparent that while electronic smoking devices pose some risks, they also offer sufficient public health benefits justifying their demand. This article explores the risks and benefits in more detail. Readers can determine for themselves the position they will like to take on the matter. As you read through the article, consider what is most important to you, your health, and what traditional cigarettes have done to people in the past. This will help you to make a proper determination regarding these new devices. Remember, they are only healthy if you do not use nicotine or tobacco.
Risks of Electronic Devices
The use and sales of electronic smoking devices are regulated in several places due to the perceived risks they may pose. Among the claims against these devices is that it actually encourages young children and teenagers to smoke, rather than acting as an alternative to smoking. The argument states the attractive flavours of e-liquid are specially designed to appeal to young children, which normalizes a smoking habit. This issue is easily resolved by putting an age-restriction on sales.
Other than that, the critics are wary of the addictive effects of nicotine liquids. It is worth noting in this context that the contents are mostly benign and pose only small health concerns. Also, there are plenty of nicotine-free options that customers can choose instead.
Public Health Benefits
The public health benefits are attractive and encouraging enough to validate its continued production and sales. Despite the criticism on these devices as a smoking tool to quit, the fact still remains it has actually helped numerous smokers reduce or quit their habit of smoking tobacco. This means the health risks associated with conventional tobacco smoking like lung damage and mouth or lung cancer is under more control and even reduced.
Second-hand smoke is almost equally damaging for anyone who inhales. Like helping the smoker, a second hand exposure is not only reduced, but gone completely as there is no smoke produced by these devices. Instead, harmless vapours are created by the electronic smoking device, making conventional cigarettes thousands of times worse when smoked in public places, as compared to electronic devices.
These devices are a promising alternative to smoking because of public health benefits, and there is a socioeconomic advantage due to lower costs than tobacco products.
While there are risks, proper regulation can easily take care of these issues. The public health benefits of these devices are undoubtedly attractive enough to warrant the continued rise of demand and sales. However, the necessity of proper scientific research on the matter to determine the exact risks and benefits cannot be ignored.