Electronic Cigarettes

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Electronic cigarettes have become very popular with more than 250 different brands available. But is using e-cigarettes better for you than smoking? Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are designed as a substitute for cigarette smoking.

Operated by a battery, e-cigarettes work by turning nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled. Most look like ordinary cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Others are designed to look like pens or computer memory sticks.

Tobacco is what makes regular cigarettes so harmful to health. e-Cigarettes do not contain tobacco.

Although e-cigarettes may contribute nicotine vapor to the air, the vapor is much less toxic than secondhand tobacco smoke.

Manufacturers advertise e-cigarettes as a way to help people stop smoking. Some evidence suggests that using e-cigarettes can help people reduce their use of or quit smoking cigarettes. However, this evidence is not very solid. It comes from surveys or reports, not from scientific studies.

People may start using e-cigarettes simply because they are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. They might start using e-cigarettes and then add or switch to tobacco cigarettes or other tobacco products, which have severe known health risks.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.