Emerging Cigarette Alternatives Could Address Potential Dangers | Health
Earlier this month, it was reported that a local resident had an electronic cigarette explode and start a small fire, likely because the wrong charger was used.
Fortunately, such stories are fairly rare, especially with millions of e-cigs sold every year.
Concerns over health hazards (real or perceived) could be the larger issue to address.
E-cigs could generate $1 billion in sales in 2013, according to a recent news report.
With that kind of popularity, regulators and cautious consumers are already raising concerns about potential adverse health effects, despite their lack of cigarette smoke.
Alternatives to e-cigs are hitting the market that could prove a better alternative for those who have health concerns.
Many believe that e-cigs are healthier since they convert nicotine into a vapor, with no long-term research showing negative effects.
However, many aren't so sure, including some doctors and the FDA.
This is largely due to the fact that they contain a mixture of nicotine, water, artificial flavoring, glycerol, and propylene glycol, which creates the exhaled imitation of smoke according to the report.
It should be noted that at least according to Joel Nitzkin, a member of the Tobacco Control Task Force and public health physician, nicotine normally has minor health effects in people who are otherwise healthy, and that the chemicals in cigarettes are the largest concern.
Published reports indicate that cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemical compounds along with hundreds of additives. They are often considered the major health concern related to smoking.
A newer offering from the startup world holds promise in addressing the possible (yet unproven) negatives of e-cigs.
The Pax by Ploom, being offered by Vape World, uses real loose-leaf tobacco converted into a vapor without combustion (burning), eliminating the harmful chemicals present in cigarette smoke.
The use of loose-leaf tobacco could also provide a more authentic experience since it avoids the oil mixtures used in e-cigs.
It also comes with its own charger, eliminating safety concerns if directions are followed.
Large firms are also getting into the market with inhalers and aerosol devices including Phillip Morris and Reynolds American.
Another company, CN Creative, is developing an inhaler device called Nicadex, although further details aren't yet available.
None of this is to say that smoking should be promoted, although some enjoy smoking, and better options than cigarettes have a place in the market. Newer offerings provide another alternative, even to e-cigs.
While some may go cold turkey, others may find the newer offerings beneficial.
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