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How safe is it to inhale an e-cigarette?

Asked by prolificus (6583points) March 18th, 2010

I would consider myself a smoker. The first cigarette I picked up was when I was around the age of 6. Since then, I’ve smoked on and off a cycle of long-term, short-term, and ex-smoking. This time, I went almost six months without smoking until yesterday when I bought an e-cigarette starter kit.

The reason why I stopped smoking almost six months ago is due to health reasons (among other issues I won’t explain here).

I’ve read different articles on smoking e-cigarettes, including this one.

There are two subpoints to this question:

1. Have you ever smoked an e-cigarette? Why?
2. Do you think e-cigarette are as dangerous as smoking regular cigarettes?

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CaptainHarley's avatar

Safer than inhaling from a regular cigarette, which is enough for me. I use them all the time now. : ))

silverfly's avatar

I don’t smoke, but I have tried the e-cigarette. My girlfriend was trying to quit smoking and bought them. She said they hurt her lungs (if you can believe that) I found it worse than regular cigarettes. I honestly think that e-cigarettes are worse than regular cigarettes. I don’t trust it. The FDA hasn’t approved it either. Putting anything unnatural into your lungs is just bad news bears.

Smashley's avatar

1) Yes I have. It was offered, and I am always willing to try new things.

2) They are probably safer than inhaling burning tobacco and paper, but as of yet, no one has really put it into clinical trials. Theoretically, you are simply inhaling vaporized nicotine which, though still addictive, won’t deposit all the tar and nasty yellow junk in your lungs that cigarettes will.

Whatever future studies will show, it’s probably inevitable that the e-cigarette will be shown to be “safer,” but that’s a far cry from “safe.”

prolificus's avatar

It’s been over a month since I’ve inhaled the e-cig on a regular basis (a few times per day, every other day). I notice that my lungs feel differently in a miserable way than they did before inhaling the e-cig. (I had been smoke-free for almost 6 months prior to the e-cig.) Also, I notice my throat feels a little itchy and my sinuses hurt afterwards. Other side-effects I notice include mild headaches and irritability (I’m assuming it’s from the nicotine).

So, my analysis is this: e-cig is not safe for me.

VocalEK's avatar

1. From about 2004 to 2009, the sound of my wheezing kept me awake at night. I knew that I needed to stop inhaling smoke, but every time I stopped I would become confused, inattentive, forgetful, and depressed. The depression was treatable, but the other problems refused to go away. The last time I tried, I toughed it out for 6 months but when I was about to lose my job, I gave up on giving up. I used to lie in bed at night praying that God would send me a way to become smoke-free without having to sacrifice my cognitive health. On March 27, 2009, I switched to an electronic cigarette and have been smoke-free ever since. Someone up there is listening!
2. The wheezing is gone, as is the productive morning cough, so my personal experience is that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking. Objectively speaking, it stands to reason that smoking is more dangerous. Smoke is created by the process of burning the tobacco, which creates tar, particles of ash, carbon monoxide, and thousands of chemicals. Nothing is burned in an e-cigarette, so there is no smoke. Smoke is responsible for the vast majority of “tobacco-related” disease.

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