Electronic Cigarettes by Lynn Stanton, M.D.
Tobacco use is a highly significant detriment to the general health of smokers and chewers. Additionally, the lingering odor from the smoke is very undesirable; your co-workers can always tell when you’ve had a work break. Despite the clear warnings about the health dangers of tobacco use, cessation is difficult whether it’s smoked or chewed. The addictive properties of tobacco are well-known. Are electronic cigarettes a treatment option?
In 2007, e-cigarettes were introduced in the U.S. Since then, there have been efforts in the medical science community to use the e-cigarettes as a tool to help tobacco users abstain. So far, the usefulness has been on a par with the nicotine patches. The effectiveness has been less than ten percent.
There are 3 types of e-cigarettes:
- One piece disposable vaporizer with a nicotine cartridge.
- Two-piece device with a rechargeable battery and refillable cartridge.
- Three-piece kit with a rechargeable battery, nicotine cartridge, and atomizer.
The e-cigarettes are safer than inhaled or chewed tobacco as they lack the tar, carcinogens, and other harmful chemicals found in tobacco. E-smokers will experience mouth, pharyngeal irritation, and cough. The federal government is planning to decide how to regulate the e-cigs. There are currently no laws concerning e-cigarette usage. They are considered a medical device that does not provide any health benefits.The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.