Dr. Rachel: E-Cigarettes…Why All the Attention?

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Electronic cigarettes or e-cigs are getting a lot of attention right now here are some facts so you can understand why they are getting this attention.

E-cigs work by heating up liquid nicotine into a mist or vapor that gets inhaled into your lungs. There is even an LED at the end that lights up when you inhale. There’s no fire, no ash, and no smoky smell like with traditional cigarettes.

E-cigarettes do not contain ALL of the harmful chemicals associated with smoking tobacco cigarettes. But, e-cigarette vapors do contain toxins such as propylene glycol along with nicotine, flavoring and other additives that are not good for your lungs.

There are no restrictions on e-cigarettes so they are reaching our children at an alarming rate. Their use has doubled among high school and middle school students in the past year. Kids who use e-cigarettes are more likely to become addicted to nicotine and use real cigarettes.

Nicotine is a highly addictive dangerous substance, whether it is delivered in a traditional cigarette or an e-cigarette.

No e-cigarette has been approved by the FDA as a safe and effective product to help people quit smoking. In fact, about 80% of people who smoke e-cigs will continue to smoke traditional cigarettes.

The best thing you can do is to not smoke anything at all. Your lungs will definitely thank you.