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The past few months we have seen a massive increase in Electronic Cigarettes. Everyday thousands of smokers are replacing the smelly and unhealthy “Analog Cigarette” for the new and modern Electronic Cigarette. Although these devices have been around for a few years already, the boom is well underway. This year more people are set to join the revolution.

Along with the good, comes the bad. We have all seen the negative press regarding Electronic Cigarettes. I have read stories about eCigs thats is enough to scare anyone off for life but before we get to embroiled by the political do’s and don’t lets not forget why people are to the electronic device… To quit a habit that is killing them, so surely any alternative, even if only slightly healthier is worth it, right?

I personally believe that Electronic Cigarettes are a damn sight healthier than cigarettes and the chemicals the body is exposed to is 98% less. I though it was a great time to take a look at what really is in cigarettes.

There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes, give or take. When burned, they create more than 4,000 chemicals. At least 50 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.

A lot of these chemicals are also found in consumer products, but these products have warning labels. While the public is warned about the danger of the poisons in these products, there is no such warning for the toxins in tobacco smoke.

Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke, and other places they are found:

  • Acetone – found in nail polish remover
  • Acetic Acid –  an ingredient in hair dye
  • Ammonia – a common household cleaner
  • Arsenic – used in rat poison
  • Benzene – found in rubber cement
  • Butane – used in lighter fluid
  • Cadmium – active component in battery acid
  • Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes
  • Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
  • Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid
  • Lead – used in batteries
  • Naphthalene – an ingredient in moth balls
  • Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel
  • Nicotine – used as insecticide
  • Tar – material for paving roads
  • Toluene – used to manufacture pain

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I personally would challenge anyone to find even 2% of those chemicals in an Electronic Cigarette. While nobody can say conclusively that e-Cigarettes are 100% safe, I think we can all agree they are a lot safer than the alternative.

Please share your ideas, thoughts and personal experiences.