Read and Discuss. a good old fashioned debate.
We know smoking is bad for us. Tar, tobacco, a whole host of other chemicals, including cyanide and formaldehyde are in your average cigarette and cause diseases, mainly cancer.
Now, with the invention of electronic cigarettes all that isn't a danger any more.
An e-cigarette is just nicotine suspended in a water vapour.
Tar and so on, very bad for you but nicotine is, surprisingly, good for you.
it's tar that clogs up the lungs and causes the breathing problems, nicotine may in fact open the airway. Which may go to explain how easily tar clogs up the airways. when they're wide open they will fill quickly.
First causing a release of glucose from the liver and epinephrine (adrenaline) from the adrenal medulla, it causes stimulation. Users report feelings of relaxation, sharpness, calmness, and alertness
so nicotine has both stimulating and calming affects, can be good for the body, reduces pain, enhances serotonin and dopamine. it may even be an appetite suppressant, but that's down to individuals responses. Personally I have known a number of very overweight.
Also taken from wikipedia:
Technically, nicotine is not significantly addictive, as nicotine administered alone does not produce significant reinforcing properties
So that's the evidence for the pro section.
The con section is that, like smoking too many cigarettes, nicotine overdose is always a danger. But also like smoking too many cigarettes, you'd have to smoke a hell of a lot of e-cigs to do it.
The other con is that no one yet knows what the long term health affects of smoking e-cigarettes would be.
So, with all of that, what do you think?
If you are a smoker, would you make the switch to an e-cig to gain the health benefits and keep your habit?
If you are a non-smoker, would you think of taking up the smoking of e-cigs to gain the benefits of nicotine without the downsides of tar and tobacco?
Myself, I'm on the fence. I've been tempted to buy a disposable e-cig to try it out and see if there are any noticeable benefits.