Staying Healthy in College

Are electronic cigarettes really better than traditional cigarettes?

Like the FDA, many have yet to make up their mind on electronic cigarettes. This relatively new drug is mostly marketed to teenagers and young adults by giving out free samples at rock shows and festival and having a lot of flavors to choose from.

Many college students may be attracted to them because they seem safer, less addictive when compared to cigarettes. They also don’t leave behind a smell like traditional cigarettes. They also don’t contain the same hazards.

That’s because the new cigarettes do not work like traditional cigarettes. There heat up liquid nicotine in to an aerosol rather than burn tobacco. 

If mishandled, the liquid nicotine can be dangerous. The colorful bottles and appealing flavors can attract young children to the bottle, and if they ingest it they child can be severely poisoned or it may even result in death. 

New York Times article states there has been a 200 percent increase in the number of cases called to poison control regarding liquid nicotine. The article goes and to state that it is mostly children under the age of four that are getting the bad end of the deal.

But the problem isn’t just in ingesting it. If the bottle were to break, or if some of the liquid were to touch skin it can have serious damage. Workers mixing the liquids have to wear protective gloves to not be harmed from the liquids.

Although e-cigs aren’t regulated by the FDA it is safe to assume it can still be a harmful, and it should be handled correctly because the consequences can be deadly.

Want to learn more? Here are some articles regarding the subject.

Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes have risks but they also offer public health benefits

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