Electronic Cigarettes Should Be Legal

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Electronic cigarettes are designed to replicate cigarettes without the smoke, tobacco, and tar. Although smokers enjoy the electronic version of a cigarette, many non-smokers are not too fond of being around one. These devices provide nicotine to the user by converting a liquid mixture to an aerosol, usually composed of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavored chemicals, and a varying amount of nicotine (Grana). Electronic cigarettes have caused a major debate among doctors, smokers, and non-smokers on whether the use of e-cigarettes is safe enough to be used in public. Based upon studies and research, smokers should be able to use electronic cigarettes in any public place they choose. In 2003, Han Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, developed the electronic cigarette after the death of his father due to lung cancer. Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that are filled with flavored liquid that may or may not contain nicotine that can be inhaled by the user. The device gives smokers that experience of a traditional cigarette but without all the tar, tobacco, and carcinogens. The vaporization in electronic cigarettes is started by the battery heating up the liquid solution, then creating a vapor that can be inhaled. Some are in the form of a regular cigarette while others are in the shape of a pen (Prono). The FDA does not currently regulate e-cigarettes and there are no long-term studies on the effects of the chemicals used in the vapor solutions.
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