The adverse effects of conventional cigarettes are well known, but little is known about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) that are getting popular among smokers who have tried to quit numerous other ways. Early opinions about e-cigarettes were negative, because they contain nicotine as well cancer-causing chemicals in the aerosol emitted. 

However e-cigarettes are now marketed in some countries as smoking cessation aids.

The main concern about e-cigarettes is whether nonsmokers who try them, particular young people who think e cigarettes are healthier than normal cigarettes, will move on to conventional cigarettes. 

Many studies have indicated that the use of e-cigarettes by young people increases the odds of smoking conventional cigarettes later.

If it becomes a widespread trend, we could end up with a whole generation of teenagers hooked on to cigarettes, and that might not have happened if they hadn’t had the e-cigarette option. 

E cigarettes if at all considered  are only for the adult  population trying to quit smoking.




Guest Article, Dietician Shwetha Bhatia