The Effects of E-Cigs – by Collin McCloughan (12)


Electronic cigarettes have blown up in recent years. Everywhere people go, everywhere they look, someone has an e-cig. But how truly bad are these devices affecting our bodies? Researches have been looking into these harmful devices, trying to show us how they can bring serious harm to the human body.

After reading an article in Reader’s Digest, I was able to learn that although e-cigs don’t contain tobacco, they still contain nicotine, which can lead to many of the same heart related problems as regular smokers. Also included in this article, Michael Fiore, director of the tobacco research at the University of Wisconsin, says that nicotine lies in the same category of drugs, which leads to the heart to beating faster, and causing blood pressure to increase.

In a 2014 study by the University of California-San Francisco researcher’s found that e-cigs are causing cancer. Not only that but the formaldehyde in the juice is known to irritate your eyes, throat, and nose. Another harmful chemical found in these juices, propylene glycol, causes respiratory tract, and can eventually harm the central nervous system and spleen.  

Although there is little evidence that e-cigs can harm our bodies in an extreme way, it is common sense that inhaling something through one’s lungs that isn’t air is going to cause problems. When every breath taken, humans inhale oxygen, and then people hit a vape and inhale chemicals that come out of a battery powered nicotine machine. Smoking E-Cigs does do harm to a person’s health. There’s no denying that these electronic cigarettes are ruining our bodies, but some people would rather not think of these effects. 


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