lawmakers are pushing to moderate the strict vaping laws to encourage people to
using e-cigarettes, is estimated to be about 95% less toxic than smoking
conventional cigarettes, and according to the British parliament, the science
behind vaping shows great health benefits if regular smokers can be encouraged
But this is
happening in the backdrop of a fierce debate as to whether e-cigarettes present
any long-term health risks. There have been several studies that suggest that e-cigarettes
deliver some toxic chemicals on their own, though the toxicity levels are much
lower than in cigarette smoke.
For the most
part, e-cigarette enthusiasts believe that the ban on smoking in public places
should only apply to conventional cigarettes. And some people are acting on
that belief - it's not unusual to see people lighting up their e-cigarette devices
at train stations, restaurants, and other public places.
And why not?
that e-cigarettes are harmless is based on the fact that there is no
combustion, and therefore no smoke. If there's no smoke, it means there's no
second-hand smoke. Without the second-hand smoke, the non-smoking public who
are in the vicinity can't be affected; right?
longest time regular smokers have been relegated to standing outside in the
cold or blistering heat to get their fix; but now as e-cigarettes continue to
permeate conventional society, many more smokers will consider making the
But is there really no risk?
There are a
lot of conflicting studies about vaping and its long-term effects but real data
is limited because the entire e-cig business is relatively new and a lot of
studies are still ongoing. With that said, there are still genuine concerns
about vaping and how increasing nicotine concentration in the air might
generate compounds that have been linked to lung cancer and cardiovascular
published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
found that vaping pouted air quality and released harmful compounds like
formaldehyde, nitrosamines, and lead. Further studies in Singapore have led them to ban vaping so there are obviously issues.
But even with
this kind of data, there's still a general argument that vaping is much safer
than smoking actual cigarettes, and most health experts seem to agree. Much of
what causes health damage in cigarettes occurs through combustion and since
vaping eliminates smoke, then most of those carcinogens are avoided.
At a time
when smoking kills more people than any other preventable cause of death, it
makes sense why lawmakers in Britain are in favour of amending legislation to
make it easier for smokers to use e-cigarettes. Even though the long-term
effects are still being investigated, most people agree that eliminating
conventional cigarettes is better for everyone.
have called for incentives to promote vaping; in the form of reduced taxation
and a possible review of the approval system to prescribe them as valid
So, as the UK
government finds ways to reduce smoking related deaths, for the moment
non-smokers seem not to be the priority in this discussion. Also, we simply don't
know enough about how vaping affects the non-smokers (who are the
who soon may be allowed to vape at public places, restaurants, and train
stations, the effect on non-smokers is a lot like finding feet on seats. It’s
just not pleasant for other people.
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