Are you being a guinea pig?


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This September 25, 2013 photo illustration taken in Washington, DC, shows a woman smoking a “Blu” e-cigarette (electronical cigarette). The National Association of Attorneys General on September 24, issued a letter urging the US Food and Drug Administration to clamp down on the fast-growing e-cigarette market, saying manufacturers are enticing teenagers to smoke with cartoon characters, television ads and bubble-gum flavors. AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Shurui Zhang, writer/ editor

When electronic cigarettes first sweep across the US in 2007, until now, nearly 13 percent of U.S. adults said they had tried electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, in 2014, according to newly released nationally representative data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems) are battery-powered vaporizers. Instead of cigarette smoke, the users inhale aerosol laced with nicotine for an effect similar to smoking traditional cigarettes. This process is commonly called vaping.Vaping-Fuel-Learn-Batteries1

According to The New York Times, Is vaping worse than smoking, published on JAN. 27, 2015, one result is that, 84 percent of current smokers thought e-cigarettes were safer than ordinary cigarettes in 2010, that number had dropped to 65 percent by 2013.

So is vaping dangerous? Unfortunately, this question is difficult to answer because insufficient information is available on these new products. August 2015 NIH said that Although e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, e-cigarettes still contain nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, and recent research suggests nicotine exposure may also prime the brain to become addicted to other substances. Also, testing of some e-cigarette products found the vapor to contain known carcinogens and toxic chemicals (such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde), as well as potentially toxic metal nanoparticles from the vaporizing mechanism. The health consequences of repeated exposure to these chemicals are not yet clear.

Another worry is the refillable cartridges used by some e-cigarettes. Users may expose themselves to potentially toxic levels of nicotine when refilling them. Cartridges could also be filled with substances other than nicotine, thus possibly serving as a new and potentially dangerous way to deliver other drugs.

Above all, the side effects of vaping is still dramatic. Taking your time to think for a while-would i rather be a guinea pig, or a healthy nonsmoker?

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