Should Electronic Cigarettes Be Harmful?

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Despite various claims via online websites and advertisements, electronic cigarettes are not a safe alternative to regular cigarettes. Often advertised as having no dangerous chemicals, many people would think that they are completely safe because of these misleading ads. However, electronic cigarettes still have toxic chemicals inside of them, and even more that are created when smoking them. The biggest reason cigarettes are addictive is because of a drug called “nicotine” inside of them. This drug creates a feeling of pleasure in the brain, but it is short lived, turning that pleasure into irritability and eventually addiction. Besides nicotine, e-cigs also have other ingredients such as aldehydes (which kills cells around the mouth and throat), nitrosamines (which can cause lung cancer), and even some metals. Because of these dangerous chemicals that are still present in electronic cigarettes, they are not a safe alternative to cigarettes, the presence of nicotine being the biggest reason. The nicotine drug is “a toxic colorless or yellowish oily liquid that is the chief active constituent of tobacco” (Definition of Nicotine in English). This means that it is dangerous (harmful to health), and is the main ingredient in cigarettes. Dr. Ananya Mandal, MD, says “Nicotine is a chemical compound that is present in tobacco. When tobacco is smoked, nicotine is absorbed through the wall lining of the small air sacs in the lungs. When sniffed or chewed, it is absorbed through
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