There are debates about whether they should be banned in public places and questions about their long term safety. Michael Mosley sets out to cut through the hype and find out: are e-cigarettes safe?
Nicotine is the addictive chemical in cigarettes. We found that vapers get a similar dose of nicotine to smokers, meaning that E-cigarettes could provide a viable alternative for smokers who are addicted to nicotine.
Carbon monoxide is a harmful chemical which is associated with heart disease and acrolein is another nasty chemical associated with cancer and lung problems. The vapers we tested had significantly lower levels of these harmful chemicals than the smokers group. In fact these levels were similar to those found in non-smokers: evidence that e-cigarettes could be less harmful than cigarettes.
Here is an example of a Vape addict that goes over and beyond what's socially acceptable. But we're all for #VapeLyfe =D
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