Before we talk about the toxicity of tobacco smoking, you will need some background information on Smokefree electronic cigarettes.
E-juice or e-liquid is a flavored (or sometimes flavorless) substance that vaporizes within an electronic cigarette atomizer to mimic the appearance of tobacco smoke. But the important thing to note is that it is not smoke. It does not contain the many already known and harmful substances that is in tobacco smoke such as arsenic, tar, carbon monoxide… the list goes on.
According to research there are over 5,000 different chemicals in analogue cigarettes and of which, 50 of them are toxic and cancer causing. There are around 100,000 more chemicals that haven’t yet been identified either. This is a quote from an article published by the Discovery News website.
The nicotine juice within electronic cigarettes contains food flavoring, propylene glycol (used in night clubs in smoke machines and also in medical devices such as asthma inhalers) and vegetable glycerin, and also a small concentration of nicotine. These substances are deemed safe.
Now compare this with the cocktail of toxic chemicals present in tobacco cigarettes which have been proven to cause cancer. Which one sounds more dangerous to you so far? Common sense would say tobacco.
According to several articles, nicotine itself isn’t as addictive as the cocktail of chemicals present in cigarettes. Apparently that is what gets us hooked on smoking.
What electronic cigarettes do is help you quit smoking in a safer way, by only delivering nicotine into your system, to fight off withdrawal symptoms. The vapor also helps to give you that throat hit and sensation that most individuals miss when quitting smoking.
Is Nicotine Poisonous?
Hardly. Nicotine is a stimulant, and the way it works is not too different from the way caffeine affects our bodies. There is a very interesting article about the toxicity of caffeine and also its effects on our bodies.
Average doses of caffeine (85-250 mg, the equivalent of 1-3 cups of coffee) may result in feelings of alertness, decreased fatigue, and eased flow of thought. High doses (250-500 mg) can result in restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, and tremors. In high doses, caffeine can cause a hyperadrenergic syndrome resulting in seizures and cardiovascular instability.
Now the thing is, nicotine has very similar effects. When we vape electronic cigarettes or drink coffee, the concentrations are low, and so far there has been no reported life-threatening side effects from the usage of electronic cigarettes.