The Effects of Nicotine on Human Health

Both cigarettes and e-cigs contain nicotine. So why do proponents of electronic cigarettes claim that these devices are better for your health than cigarettes?

The American Council on Science and Health, or ACSH, recently produced a video which clearly outline the difference between the chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes and e-cigs. Key points from the video include:

  • Traditional tobacco cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals – 69 of which are known carcinogens.
  • Nicotine is not a carcinogen and is not toxic in the amount delivered by cigarettes – traditional and electronic.
  • Nicotine is highly addictive when inhaled with a combination of the chemicals found in tobacco smoke.
  • Nicotine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found in plants, just like caffeine and morphine.
  • Nicotine doesn’t kill; the danger to your health lies in the chemicals, tar and toxins found in cigarette smoke.

Dr. Gilbert Ross of ACSH says it best: “People generally smoke for the nicotine, but they die from the smoke. If we can give them the nicotine without the smoke, we will be doing a great service.”

Want to learn more facts about nicotine? Watch the video below.

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