Electronic Cigarettes: A boon or bane for smokers?

Electronic cigarettes that are considered as a good way to quit smoking or a better and healthy alternative to traditional cigarettes, are raising concerns among the researchers as they are still unclear about their health effects.

How far these e-cigarettes are healthy is a matter that needs to be addressed. There’s a little research on how safe they are and their efficiency on kicking the smoking habit is also doubtable.

Dr. Michael Siegel, a public health researcher at Boston University, says that these modern cigarettes could help in uprooting traditional smoking culture in the United States. His former teacher and mentor, Stanton A. Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, hold a different opinion.  He says e-cigarettes may erase the hard-won progress achieved over the last half-century in reducing smoking. But he says the modern cigarette will lure children and young adults and in totality will invite more and more smokers.

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Siegel says, e-cigarette pessimists are stuck on the idea that anything that looks like smoking is bad. “They are so blinded by this ideology that they are not able to see e-cigarettes objectively,” he said. Glantz disagrees by saying, “E-cigarettes seem like a good idea but they aren’t.”

Electronic cigarettes that are considered as a good way to quit smoking or a better and healthy alternative to traditional cigarettes, are raising concerns among the researchers as they are finding health woes related to it.

How far these e-cigarettes healthy is a matter that needs to be addressed. There’s a little research on how safe they are and their efficiency on kicking the smoking habit is also doubtable.

CDC notes that smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, and nearly 90% of adult smokers began smoking by age 18.