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?