Future Vs Present

Future Vs Present

Possible Future.

  • E-cigarettes could serve as a gateway to conventional cigarettes—“renormalizing” nicotine use in public places and creating a net increase of people hooked on tobacco cigarettes.
  • E-cigarette vapor contains toxins and carcinogens suspected of being harmful to humans.
  • E-cigarettes are no more effective in helping people quit smoking than over-the-counter nicotine patches, nicotine gum and lozenges, or smoking-cessation drugs—and most smokers who use e-cigarettes to stop smoking appear to fail.
  • If e-cigarettes are redesigned to deliver the same levels of nicotine as regular cigarettes, they may foster addiction in young users who have not smoked before and lead to relapse in former smokers.
  • The longer that e-cigarettes are sold without regulatory constraints and are targeted to youth, the more likely they are to gain a foothold in the market before all the scientific data are in.

Presently Known.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable premature death worldwide, killing nearly 6 million people each year. Building on a “harm reduction” approach—which aims to minimize the deleterious effects of an addictive substance rather than encourage total abstinence—substituting e-cigarettes for tobacco cigarettes could save lives.
  • E-cigarettes generally contain fewer toxic chemicals and lower concentrations of carcinogens than tobacco cigarettes.
  • E-cigarettes may deliver less nicotine than regular cigarettes and thus may be less addictive.
  • E-cigarettes do not produce the sidestream smoke in combustible cigarettes that causes dangerous secondhand exposure.
  • E-cigarettes match smoking’s gestures, behavior patterns, and “throat hit,” making them a more appealing alternative to traditional forms of nicotine.

-[www.hsph.harvard.edu/magazine-features/e-cigarette-quandary/]