Problem Solved (or Not?): Is There Carbon Monoxide In Electronic Cigarettes?
As there is no shortage of warnings, lectures, and even advertisements, people all know that cigarette smoking is dangerous to health.
However, at the rate of how people smoke even with price increases, ghastly images of deterioration of body organs and even the ever-looming threat of cancer, the dangers of smoking seem like just another urban legend. With the extensive research and case studies in reducing the harm brought about by cigarettes, the Chinese came up with e-cigarettes or its more common name, vapes.
Even with a relatively weak scientific backing, e-cigarettes are widely considered to be safer than traditional cigarettes. The question of least importance among its users, apparently, is how much safer it is, if users are really free of the carbon monoxide from traditional cigarettes.
Now, to understand how carbon monoxide plays in distinguishing traditional cigarettes from e-cigarettes, an elaboration of what it does is necessary. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a harmful gas present in exhaust fumes like the ones released by car engines and car heaters to name a few. Accordingly, on the average, people get exposed to minute amounts of it.
However, in greater doses, too much of the gas inhaled causes poisoning. When inhaled, the gas attaches to red blood cells, which are known to carry oxygen to the different organs of the body through the bloodstream. If carbon monoxide gets absorbed by organs instead of oxygen, tissues get damaged and body systems gradually fail. Cases of carbon monoxide poisoning have not been unheard of especially among people who smoke more than two packs of cigarettes a day.
It is this concern that induces the question if the dangers of the intake of carbon monoxide are totally avoided in using e-cigarettes as opposed to traditional cigarettes.
The answer is in the science behind the mechanism of e-cigarettes. For one, compared to the inhalation of smoke from combustion of tobacco from traditional cigarettes, nicotine (and smaller amounts of it) is delivered through an aerosolized liquid chemical. For another, aside from the smell, vapers claim e-cigarettes are more socially appealing with its sleek modern look and practical (it’s cheaper) than traditional smoking. In addition, even tests claim that vaping is on the way to ease people into eventually quitting.
In a manner of speaking, there are still a lot to explore regarding the use of e-cigarettes instead of smoking traditional cigarettes. There are claims that vapes are completely safe, and there are also possibilities of the carbon monoxide poisoning being replaced by other problems that can be brought about by the chemicals other than nicotine in the liquid. Basically, the question ‘is there any carbon monoxide in e-cigarettes?’ can be put to rest.
Nevertheless, the relative safety of e-cigarettes still needs a lot more research and case studies to come up with an accurate verdict. Furthermore, for non-smokers vaping may lead to nicotine addiction that then leads to addiction to traditional cigarettes. All points considered, to avoid the risk of addiction altogether, it still better to not initiate nicotine intake.