E-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking and help millions of smokers kick the smoking habit gradually. These hand held nicotine delivery devices come in a variety of flavours, in many designs and with other interesting accessories that make them very popular. Electronic cigarettes are tobacco free products that have been used by scores of smokers very successfully to quit smoking regular cigarettes. However, since these are not regulated by any governmental body, there are continuing doubts about how safe it is to use e-cigarettes.
The first and most important thing to know is that smoking is hazardous for health because of the substances that are generated during the burning of the cigarette. While nicotine does have some adverse impact on health it is not the main cause of the many ailments that smoking results in. An e-cigarette contains liquid nicotine packed into a cartridge which is vaporized using a small heating element. The cartridge does not contain highly concentrated nicotine so there is negligible risk posed by this liquid even if you ingest it accidentally.
The solvent that is used in the e-cigarette is usually derived from natural sources. Most often, the e-cigarette may use propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin. These are very common ingredients in soaps, lubricants and even some food items and clearly quite safe for use. In fact, propylene glycol is actually used in medical devices like the inhalators used by asthmatic individuals.
In spite of the fact that extensive research has not been carried out on e-cigarettes, it is clear that they do offer a safe alternative to those who want to quit their unhealthy smoking habit. The fact that these devices do not actually burn the nicotine eliminates the risk of passive smoking to those who spend much time in close proximity with the smoker. Use tried and tested brands of e-cigarette to ensure that you get the enjoyment of smoking a cigarette without any of the harmful side effects.