Hookahs and Electronic Cigarettes
There are rumours going around that hookahs and electronic cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes. This is not true. Hookahs do not have filters. Hence they cannot filter out the harmful chemicals in tobacco. Electronic cigarettes contain toxins and carcinogens and do not have FDA approval. Basically, all nicotine products are harmful, so stay away from all of them. E-cigarettes is increasing at alarming rates and has surpassed cigarette smoking. The tobacco industry, aggressively markets e-cigarettes, glamorizing e-cigarette use in advertisements and offering e-cigarettes in candy flavours such as bubble gum and gummy bears. Adults and children also can easily buy e-cigarettes online, as seen by the Journal of JAMA Paediatrics.
Can E-cigarettes Help Someone Quit Smoking?
Many e-cigarette companies market products as a tool to help smokers quit. Instead of quitting, many users are continuing to develop addiction and still use cigarettes. While these do not produce smoke, they expose others to second-hand emissions. Studies have found formaldehyde, benzene and tobacco-specific nitrosamines (all carcinogens) coming from those emissions. Chemicals exhaled by users also contain formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other potential toxins. There is no evidence that shows e-cigarettes emissions aerosol are safe for non-users to inhale.