Electronic Cigarettes: A Healthier Alternative Essay

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From my late teens, into my mid-twenties, I was a smoker. At first, it was just recreational; however that changed fairly quickly. I began buying them and smoking regularly throughout the day. It then progressed to smoking a pack per day until it was too late. I was officially addicted. I knew it was a terrible habit and I was shamed of it and would hide it from friends and family hoping they wouldn’t find out. Finally, after coughing hacking, and repeatedly getting sick several times a year, I came to the realization that I had to quit. However, it wasn’t as easy as I had anticipated. After relapsing several times before I was finally able to quit, I broke this terrible habit successfully. It was an extremely difficult habit to break…show more content…
I believe there’re many misconceptions about electronic cigarettes which are used to benefit competitive manufactures and government agencies to discourage the use of this potential aid. Since I was a smoker for several years, I understand how difficult it is to quit and any product that can help individuals quit, is worth looking into. Even if that means manufactures tightening standards that meet consumer and government expectations. One concern related to electronic cigarettes are the usage of electronic cigarettes in public places. Since no regulations on electronic cigarettes exists, many critics believe it will affect the no smoking policies that several states have passed, which could consequently lead to issues relating to second hand smoke. Why is this a concern? Electronic cigarettes are a vapor, not smoke. The difference between smoke and vapors are different. First, cigarettes contains thousands of harmful chemicals such as cyanide, acetylene, methanol, and ammonia, which are harmful to the human body and known carcinogens. When a cigarettes burns it releases harmful chemicals into the air creating a smoky cloud that will linger for hours and cause concerns of second hand smoke if inhaled constantly. However, an electronic cigarettes releases a vapor which dissipates within a few seconds of making contact with the atmosphere. It’s also believed that in most situations you can’t smell an electronic cigarette in use due to the quick
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