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E-liquids - a dangerous trend?

Recently, electric cigarettes have become very popular, especially among young people. Not only those who want to stop smoking regular cigarettes, but also many who have not smoked tobacco before, start „vaping“.

E-cigarettes owe their popularity mainly to two of their features - they are not as harmful to health as regular cigarettes and they are offered in many flavors. Not only tobacco flavors are available on the market today, but also a number of completely unusual flavors like Crazy Crocodile flavor or Dragons Breath flavor with menthol. This variety arouses the interest of young people in particular.

What is E-Liquid?

In e-cigarettes liquids, which are in the form of cartridges, are vaporized. E-liquid is heated by a battery-powered mechanism. The resulting vapor can then be inhaled. The cartridges filled with e-liquid can be replaced accordingly after they are empty.

E-cigarettes do not contain carcinogenic combustion products and substances, as is the case with normal tobacco cigarettes. However, the substances used cannot be considered harmless to health. One of the most significant risk factors is the nicotine absorbed through inhalation. This can lead to an increase in blood pressure or heart rate, increased adrenaline secretion or excessive gastric acid formation.

Cases have also occurred that have led to acute nicotine poisoning in adults due to excessive smoking of e-cigarettes or in children due to improper use of liquid (by ingestion).

However, the actual consequences of e-cigarettes can only be determined in some years, when corresponding empirical values are available. Also, according to the current state of knowledge, corresponding dangers for third parties cannot be completely ruled out. Due to the fact that liquid is available in almost unlimited number of compositions, which gives a lot of room for experimentation with the ingredients or concentrates used, it is very uncertain what the e-smoker actually inhales or exhales in a specific case and thus can pollute air in the room, where can be other people. It therefore makes sense to prohibit e-cigarettes in non-smoking areas where conventional cigarettes cannot be smoked.

Currently, however, due to the wide variety of uses of the vaping liquids, e-smoking is so opaque to health authorities at this time that no accurate conclusions can be drawn about the health effects to be expected in both the e-smoker and the individuals who then inhale the smoke (passive smokers).

In a few years, when the relevant research findings are available, e-smoking will probably also be subject to the same prohibition guidelines as normal smoking.

Author: Reiff. Translation. image: Horst Winkler / pixabay.