Despite being banned in several places, e-cigarettes are considered to be comparatively harmless, which is one of the reasons why "vaping" has turned into a popular trend instead of just being a substitute for conventional smoking.
A new report, however, disproves the idea that e-cigarettes are harmless.
In a recently released report by California Health Department, officials claim that e-cigs contain a liquid solution that emits at least 10 types of toxins when heated up. These toxic chemicals include benzene and acetaldehyde, which are cancerous.
The state plans to launch a nationwide public education campaign to inform people about the misconceptions and health risks of electronic cigarettes.
“We really, really believe people of California need to know what is in e-cigarettes and the harm that they can cause,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, State Health Officer and Director California Department of Public Health. "As we have done with other important outbreaks or epidemics, we are taking this formal step of warning Californians about the health risks of e-cigarettes."
The health officials said that these cigarettes are addictive and get the users hooked on nicotine, which has lead to several cases of poisoning in the past few years. The statistics are really high among children of young ages and teenagers.
“E-cigarettes contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals, and the nicotine in them is as addictive as the nicotine in cigarettes,” Chapman said in the report. “I am advising Californians to avoid the use of e-cigarettes and keep them away from children of all ages.”
This report has drawn severe criticism from e-cigarette users who claim that these cigarettes are not as harmful as the regular ones, since the byproduct of burning tobacco in a joint or a pipe is far more dangerous than the heated liquid inhaled through the electronic ones.