E-cigarettes may be harmful to health – an annotated graphic

Finally, some good news for smokers. For all those still stoically puffing away on their death sticks, they may be intrigued to learn that research from the University of Athens suggests that electronic cigarettes may also cause damage to a person’s lungs.

Previously touted as a harmless alternative to tobacco cigarettes and an optimum way to quit smoking, this research claims that e-fags may cause airway resistance in users. Who’d a thunk it?

Of course, contracting one of the many forms of cancer or coronary heart disease for which smoking is directly responsible is far and away a more pressing concern for smokers, so if a user is genuinely concerned about their health, giving up smoking altogether is the only course of action with guaranteed health benefits.

Not smoking electronic cigarettes also obviates the need to explain 20 times a day to irate waiters, bar staff and fellow train passengers that it’s perfectly OK to use them indoors and that there is no danger from passive smoking. That gets old quickly. At least with real fags a user knows and owns their place in the world – outside on the pavement, in all weathers, like the addicted social deviant they are.

E&T covered the technology of e-cigarettes in a feature last year.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Electronic cigarettes may be harmful
Electronic cigarettes may be harmful

11 thoughts on “E-cigarettes may be harmful to health – an annotated graphic

  1. E-cigarettes contain nicotine and are therefore harmful to the smoker/user that is beyond doubt. Compared with a regular cigarettes though, they do cut out a large number of toxic chemicals and as there are other nicotine replacement therapies, they cannot be discounted on that basis alone.

    The article you linked to is fairly typical in this day and age. It dismisses one product (e-cigarettes) referencing WHO (when you read the article WHO are no making any statement about e-cig, the article only implies this) and the few medical facilities that are quoted as having performed research have published inconclusive results.

    A cynic might suggest that the tobacco industry is behind alot of the attempts to discredit e-cigarettes.

    I do believe that research and possibly some form of regulation is required.

  2. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added”
    checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from
    that service? Bless you!

  3. I have not had a true cig for 6 months now due
    to using e cigarettes. I am a supporter of these e cigarettes.
    I tell everyone I meet to just Google for e-cigs to check out how well
    rooted this industry is, and how gigantic the selection is for
    these superb products is. What really gets my goat, though, are
    the growing number of posts in the major
    press saying how deadly they are. Apparently pharmaceutical companies – the producers of harm reduction smoking
    helpers are supporting an anti-e-vape war –
    not so much the cigarette companies (as one might think), as
    these are putting money into them. I can FEEL the improvements of e cigarettes.
    Just arguing – that there is always a secret accord with these self-interested
    faceless types trying to prohibit e cigs – our country’s leaders must do a lot more to promoter their use. It makes me depressed. I will be really sorry if they are banned..

    1. Good question. There must be a US manufacturer, surely? I just did a web search for “e-cigarette made in usa” and got several promising leads. Try it for yourself and good luck!

  4. Yes, tell all your mates you know to look on the web for e-cigarettes to check how big this business is, and how big the range is
    for these wonderful products is. What really annoys me,
    though, are the increasing number of stories in the major press saying how bad
    they are. Apparently drugs firms – the producers of end-smoking products are supporting an
    anti electronic ciigarette war – less so the fag firms (as you might suppose) – as they
    tobacco manufacturers are investing in them.
    I can FEEL the benefits of electronic cigarettes. Just arguing – that there is always a secret
    accord with these faceless entities trying to stop e cigarettes .
    .. our country’s masters could do a lot more to promote their use. This makes me so sad. Thanks E-cigarettes may be harmful to health – an annotated graphic | Engineering & Technology magazine.

  5. Hello,

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    Garrett Miller,
    Content Editor
    1World Online, Inc.

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