20 April 2009

E-cigarette: what you need to know

Here's the latest on how our e-cigarette blogger is getting on. Find out whether it helps her to cut down on her daily dose of cigarettes.

Many smokers are wondering about the electric cigarette, but aren't sure what it is or how it works.

It's a fairly new device that releases a dose of nicotine in vapour, instead of smoke, as normal cigarettes do.

Those that are pro the e-cigarette believe it is a healthier alternative to smoking. Their argument is based on the fact that there is no burning, thus no smoke, thus none of the cancer-causing chemicals or gases that are released by the burning of tobacco. There is also no second-hand smoke and therefore it poses no threat to anyone else.

The greatest criticism of the e-cigarette is the fact that it has not been scientifically proven to be safe. The World Health Organisation released a statement in September last year warning that there was no evidence to back up contentions that e-cigarettes are a safe substitute for smoking or a way to help smokers quit.

One Health24 blogger got her hands on one and is keeping a Smoker's Diary blog. Read it and make up your own mind.

Also visit our Stop Smoking Centre or join in the discussion on our smoking cessation peer support group.


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