Electronic Cigarettes: Less Addicting

The Department of Public Health Sciences within Penn State University conducted an original study which was aimed to determine one’s dependence on electronic cigarettes and if that dependency was greater or less than the dependency on analog cigarettes. 3609 active electronic cigarette users, who were also former analog cigarette smokers, completed an online survey about their e-cigarette use. And the verdict from these 3609 users – electronic cigarettes are less addicting than analog cigarettes. The participants reported that they are less dependent on e-cigarettes when compared to their dependency on analog cigarettes. The reason behind this lesser dependency is likely due to the lower nicotine content in electronic cigarettes as Jonathan Flouds, author of the study suggested. Many electronic cigarette brands provide specific levels of nicotine, ranging from zero milliliters (nicotine-free), 6 ml, 12 ml, 18 ml, and 24 ml. Users are given the freedom to choose what nicotine level would suit their needs, whether satisfying the addiction or reducing one’s need for nicotine. Though the freedom to choose nicotine levels would suggest that electronic cigarettes are a smoking cessation product, the United States Food and Drug Administration has not approved them for this use and for good reason.

Electronic cigarettes are a new class of products that aren’t under proper regulation by the FDA. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine, glycerin, propylene glycol, and flavorings through inhaled vapor. The ingredients within a typical e-cigarette contain far fewer cancerous agents and toxic substances than analog cigarettes. From short-sight, electronic cigarettes seem to be far safer than analog cigarettes. And many short-term studies have proven that e-cigarettes are a better alternative and some have suggested that e-cigarettes can be a smoking cessation product. But what about long-term? That is a territory yet to be investigated, but the FDA is conducting long-term studies on these battery operated devices and the FDA has plans to reveal the results sometime by 2018.

We’ll have to wait another four to five years until we can determine whether or not electronic cigarettes are hazardous to one’s health. But in the mean time, knowing that electronic cigarettes are less addicting than analog cigarettes is great news for the e-cig industry as this study helps push these battery operated devices into a more positive light.

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