Regular cigarettes or traditional cigarettes:
- Contain about 600 ingredients. When burned, they create more than 4,000 chemicals, at least 50 of which are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.
- Many of these chemicals are also found in consumer products, but these products have warning labels. While the public is warned about the danger of the poisons in these products, there is no such warning for the toxins in tobacco smoke
- Few chemicals in tobacco smoke: Ammonia Arsenic, Benzene, Butane , Cadmium, Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Hexamine, Lead, Napthalene, Methanol, and Tar – toxic and damages lungs overtime
Electronic cigarettes, on the other hand, mainly contain 3 main ingredients:
- Propylene Glycol – Propylene Glycol is FDA-approved for numerous purposes, including use in theatrical smoke machines, as a solvent for food colorings and as an additive in and medicine and food.
- Glycerol – Glycerol is a naturally occurring chemical. People use it as a medicine. Some uses and dosage forms have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Pure Nicotine – Nicotine is the addictive component of tobacco smoke, but unlike some other constituents of tobacco smoke, it is not carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and according to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) ‘medicinal nicotine is a very safe drug.’
Essentially an electronic cigarette has pretty much removed all harmful ingredients from a cigarette. It still satisfies the smoker’s craving of smoking. And the hand-to-mouth motion with generation of smoke like vapor gives a smoker full satisfaction as well. Further, one can gradually decrease the strength of the nicotine over time to have 0 nicotine in their e-cig, essentially resulting in completely quitting.