Whether or not you are a smoker, you would have most likely heard about e-cigarettes. Good or bad, fact or fiction, true or false, that is for you to judge basis your wisdom and awareness.
The biggest advantage of e-cigarettes is believed to be the fact that it helps individuals in overcoming their tobacco addiction due to smoking the traditional cigarettes, and thus considerably reduces the risk of life-threatening diseases such as cancer. Though this is true to a certain extent, it is very critical to also know that e-cigarettes may not really help in getting over the addiction. This is because even though e-cigarettes do not have tobacco, they do have nicotine (which can also be in very high quantities in some cigarettes) which also causes addiction.
It is also believed that the use of e-cigarettes on a wider basis would drive the young generation away from smoking and from getting addicted to harmful substances. However, a study has revealed that almost 40 percent of the youngsters who smoke e-cigarettes have not smoked a regular cigarette ever. This clearly shows that the e-cigarette market is creating its own circle of addiction, and even though it is not as harmful as tobacco, it is not something a parent would like his child into.
The harmful effects of e-cigarettes are also over emphasized by many tobacco manufacturing companies in order to boost the sales of their traditional cigarettes. For example, it has been widely popularized that e-cigarettes contain a lot of harmful chemicals and the vapors generated by smoking them are as bad, if not worse, as those generated by smoking regular cigarettes. This, however, is not true because the vapors generated from e-cigarettes are not smoke but are only like some fumes that do not have any foul smell. They do not harm the people standing close to the one smoking the e-cigarette in any way, like in the case of passive smoking.
Since e-cigarette is a relatively new concept in the market, it is natural for all these misconceptions to crop up. This is because the research in this field is still considerable limited, and people do not have access to all the information easily. What is important for us is to understand and discuss the benefits and the damages in detail, and then take a wise call on whether or not to use them.