Professor R N Sharan of North-Eastern Hill University recently in his article in Indian Journal of Clinical Practice talked about the safety implications of e-cigarette.
When around 6 million deaths start to occur globally every year, several alternatives like Electronic Nicotine Delivery System or e-cigarettes emerged as a safe alternative. The cigarette emission contains around 400 toxins including 69 carcinogens where as an e-cigarette only reduces the quantum of these toxins.
Quitting smoking has become a big deal and may require help as many go for behavioral support, nicotine replacement therapy like: nicotine gum and inhalers approved by the World Health Organization fail to achieve tobacco abandonment. Both e-cigarettes and cigarettes contain nicotine which is an addictive. There are 6,000 chemicals in a cigarette, the toxic chemicals like Class-1 carcinogens and carcinogenic metal icons are found in much higher quantities. While in an e-cigarette these chemicals are in negligible amounts.
Over 106 million cigarettes smokers in India still find it as a challenge to quit smoking and would be fully justifiable to opt for an alternative. It seems like Electronic Nicotine Delivery System is the less harmful way to aid for smokers who are otherwise unable to quit even after hundreds of attempts.
E-cigarette is just a tool to tobacco reduction but not totally harmless. For the youth who wants explore everything, e-cigarette is not a good choice of piece to explore because it further leads to tobacco addiction.