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E-Cigarettes: Beneficial or Hazardous?

While browsing the New York Times’ website’s Science section this afternoon, I came upon an article about a new product that is attempting to persuade smokers to quit.  It’s called “E-Cigarettes”.  Electronic cigarettes contain a vaporized liquid nicotine solution that forms an aerosol mist.  This hit of nicotine, along with the action of putting a cigarette to one’s lips, provides users with the familiar sensations of smoking without the dangerous substances of cigarette smoke.  Test subjects found after six months that use of these e-cigarettes cut down their smoking habit by 50%, and nearly a quarter of subjects had stopped smoking altogether.

However, there is controversy with this new product.  Critics have come predominantly from Democratic officials who want to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and their use in public places.  They argue that the product is not yet well-enough tested and that users should stick to nicotine patches and gum.  These critics believe that e-cigarettes do not help users to kick the nicotine addiction altogether and that they could be a gateway to nicotine addiction for young people.  While both sides of the argument agree that the product should be tested more thoroughly, those in favor of electronic cigarettes propose that it is better to use a product that has been proven to lower smoking habits than to allow smokers to continue lighting up with regular cigarettes.

What do you think about this new product?  Do you think it is more dangerous than it is beneficial? Would you recommend it to someone you know who smokes?

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  1. November 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    The idea of E-Cigarettes doesn’t really make sense to me. From my understanding of this post, they exist to help wean people off cigarettes. While that is a great initiative, people who are looking to quit smoking have other alternatives that are easy to use, effective, and scientifically proven to work. I see two problems with E-Cigarettes:

    1. There’s evidence that other, more time-tested methods of quitting cigarettes work. Nicorette gum and nicotine patches are commonly used products that benefit their users and help them to quit smoking. They are endorsed by doctors and are considered on most accounts to be extremely effective. Do we need another product? Will another product survive in this market where other, established products already exist?

    2. I feel as though there is something oddly ironic and slightly comfortable with using a technologically enhanced cigarette that doesn’t emit smoke in order to get away from a smoking habit. This brings me to the question: why do people smoke? Is it because of a certain “look?” I personally am not a smoker, primarily for health reasons, but I find it slightly odd when people smoke “just to smoke,” or for image-oriented purposes. I am not opposed to smoking. But for people who are looking to get rid of a habit and stop smoking, they should stop altogether. This means not only should they stop smoking cigarettes, but they should stop giving people the impression that they smoke cigarettes.

    Unique invention, though. Props to the inventors.

  2. November 10, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I think E-cigarettes are a great idea. My Grandmother recently bought one so that people around her do not have to deal with second hand smoke. So I had thought this was to cut down on the smoke non-smokers inhaled in public. This post has me thinking that the E-cigarette is a cool idea for quitting but I highly doubt it will be that affective. jpeligri’s comment says it all. Why this invention has the possibility to not really work. But it might just inspire someone else to invent something new that will work!

  3. November 10, 2011 at 5:25 am

    There is a psychological aspect to smoking: some smokers can’t make it through the day without going outside for their ten minute smoking break. I think this product could be good for those who have built in smoking to their every day routine and need it just to feel normal. And while there are proven ways to quit smoking not everyone can quit using those methods, so it is good to try and innovate another practice that can be beneficiary to others.
    Having said this, this product could also lead to heightened dependency or could become a new trend among groups of people, which would be defeating the purpose of the product. I’m not sure if E-cigarettes’s positives outweigh its negatives, but it is definitely a cool idea and worth a try.

  4. November 10, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I have seen people smoking these E-cigarettes before. They seem very strange because it looks like the person is smoking but the “cigarette” lights up and produces water vapor. The device makes sense for people trying to quit smoking who still need to get their nocotine fix but it also helps people to continue the habit of “smoking.” I have a friend who smokes (tisk tisk, I know) and she claims that part of the addiction for her is just holding it in her hand and having something to do, something to smoke. I know this sounds bad but it is just one of the many results of smoker’s addictions. For this reason, I think that E-cigarettes would be good devices for people to quit smoking maybe before using a nicotene patch or gum.
    The bottom line, however, is that smoking is a habit that is incredibly difficult to break, and it would just be easier for everyone if you never became addicted in the first place.

  5. November 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I do not see E-cigarettes a gateway for an addiction, but rather a way to get people to quit smoking. It is a way to deliver the nicotine to the person in a familiar form, the cigarette, without all the added chemicals that are in cigarettes. Arsenic, acetone, methanol, tar, formaldehyde, lead, cadmium and other substances are all in cigarettes while the e-cigarette lacks theses. One of the other benefits is that the e-cigarette does not cause second hand smoke, so the person can get their nicotine intake without endangering others. I think this is a good way for someone to quit smoking, or at least switch to a healthier form.

  6. November 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I would guess that they are beneficial and the Democrats are just paid by lobbyists to say that they’re harmful. But if they really are harmful, then I guess I’ll just stick to cigars…

    I personally smoke for the taste, and only once per week or so. I just love the taste of tobacco smoke, so the E-Cigarette won’t do me any good.

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