Unhealthy smoking: E-cigarettes are not as harmful as tobacco
In recent years, more and more people have started using e-cigarettes. Some believe that the electric vaporizers pose no health risk, but they are anything but harmless. However, according to researchers, they are less harmful than tobacco.
E-cigarettes for smoking cessation
E-cigarette consumption has increased significantly in recent years. Some hope that the electric vaporizers will make it easier to stop smoking. In fact, studies have shown that e-cigarettes can help quit. On the other hand, scientific studies repeatedly find that they are not harmless. However, according to researchers, e-cigarettes are not as harmful as tobacco.
Less harmful than tobacco
"Smokers often use e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes," wrote the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg in a message.
But: "However, a health advantage can only be expected if you switch to e-cigarettes completely and at the same time completely do without tobacco cigarettes," said the experts. The electronic cigarettes are “by no means harmless”.
Although there are no combustion products with this smoking utensil, harmful substances also develop here.
Health hazards due to nicotine and additives
Nevertheless: "It cannot be assumed that they are as harmful as normal cigarettes," said Ute Mons, head of cancer prevention at the DKFZ in a message from the dpa news agency.
Health damage due to nicotine and additives also threaten electronic glow sticks.
The topic is highly controversial among scientists. At present, "there are no studies on the health effects of long-term use of e-cigarettes," says the DKFZ.
Many different types and additives are sold.
"We cannot say how much less harmful they are. But burning tobacco creates an incredible number of combustion products that are toxic and carcinogenic. That doesn't happen with the e-cigarette, ”said Mons. (ad)