Dangers of E-Cigarettes
It’s an increasing trend. One health specialists are worry.
Dr. Piedade Silva, a pediatrician on staff at Lee Memorial Health System, says whether you’re smoking a cigarette or an E-Cigarette the dangers are the same. “We have to bear in mind that e-cigarettes, they are still smokes. There is a notion that simply because they are vapor and there’s not that smell of smoke that they are ok, but they are not ok.”
In fact, when it comes to second hand smoke, health experts say e-cigarettes can actually be more harmful than cigarettes.
“If you smell a normal cigarette and you do not like it, you walk away. Now, if a person is smoking something that really smells good, you sit and your risk of being vulnerable is likely higher,” said Dr. Silva.
The health concerns go beyond potential lung issues. Dr. Richard Chazal, a cardiologist on staff at Lee Memorial Health System, says both e-cigarettes and cigarettes can lead to damage to other critical organs. “There’s some damage that could occur to the heart such as a heart attack that could be, sometimes, irreparable.”
Other concerns, particularly for young people, are brain growth. “It does involve the cognitive functioning development, so it can definitely influence learning,” stated Dr. Silva.
Health experts say both e-cigarettes and smokes have a massive amount of nicotine. Their concern is teenagers will be drawn to the number of tastes offer that is e-cigarettes.
“They have been promoted fairly heavily as potentially a way for folks to get off traditional smokes in perhaps in lower risk automobile.
While health experts are still researching the trend, they state the amount of nicotine and chemicals may make vaping and smoking dangerous and addictive.
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