E-Cigarettes Associated With Variety of Respiratory Problems
Dr. Charlotta Pisinger, presenter of the new data, said it is possible that the potential harms associated with e-cigarette use are being obscured by studies that have selection biases and reflect extreme conflicts of interest.
She suggested that there are a number of respiratory problems associated with the use of e-cigarettes, particularly from unregulated chemicals present in the fluid or vapor.
The findings contradict a controversial report published by Public Health England (PHE) last year that claimed e-cigarettes to be about 95 percent less harmful to health than tobacco cigarettes.
Concerns were raised over the quality of the studies and the validity of the claims.
E-Cigarettes – A Step Backward instead of Forward
Electronic cigarettes, commonly called e-cigarettes and also known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings and other chemicals to users in vapor instead of smoke.
Most contain three different components, including:
- A cartridge, which holds a liquid solution containing nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals
- A vaporizer (heating device)
- A power source (battery)
E-cigarettes are being manufactured to resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes, cigars or pipes, or even everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks.
More than 250 different e-cigarette brands are currently on the market.
Recent research suggests that e-cigarettes may serve as a “gateway drug” that could make users more likely to use and become addicted to other drugs.
Surgeon General Murthy told the Associated Press that if e-cigarettes drive users to other tobacco products, “then we are going to be moving backward instead of forward”.