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The Not-So-Safe Electronic Cigarette

            For many years, we have known that smoking was one of the hardest habits to quit in life. We need a short time to start getting used to cigarettes, but we take many years to give it up. Smokers who have tried quitting smoking before, consider stopping this addiction one of the most challenging trials one can face. Smoking is not only a physical addiction but also a psychological addiction. There are many methods to help smokers kick this addiction. For example, nicotine replacement therapies are used popularly and have helped many people stop smoking. Also, electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarette) are found to help smokers quit smoking. However, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated on their website in July 2015, "E-cigarettes have not been fully studied, so customers currently don't know the potential risks of e-cigarettes when used as intended." Therefore, e-cigarettes are potentially harmful, and it is still not a good method to quit smoking.
             E-cigarettes, however, are also considered an effective solution to help people quit smoking. According to many published articles in 2015, they concluded that e-cigarettes were effective for helping smokers quit. Smokers have seen e-cigarettes as a safer alternative than traditional cigarettes. Almost all electronic cigarettes contain nicotine although they do not produce tobacco smoke like traditional cigarettes. According to many statistics, eighty percent of smokers want to quit smoking, and most of them said that e-cigarettes help them kick this addiction. .
             The danger of e-cigarette lies in the high dose of nicotine available through the device. In addition to inhalation toxicity, nicotine is easily absorbed through the skin, and so handling of used or damaged cartridges is also a mechanism for excess nicotine exposure. Nicotine, even in synthetic form, is highly toxic and e-cigarettes usually contain much higher amounts of nicotine than traditional cigarettes (Lerner).

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