Side-Effects OF E-cigarettes

The safety of e-cigarettes is a grey area and this is largely due to the fact that the long-term effects are unknown and this is currently an unregulated industry. NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) currently states that there is no sufficient evidence to suggest that using e-cigarettes is unsafe; in addition, it recognises that there are significant benefits of using e-cigarettes when compared to traditional forms of smoking. NICE backs the use of licensed nicotine products, including inhalators and patches, but it has not yet added e-cigarettes to this list and this is predominantly because research into the safety of e-cigarettes is ongoing.

Many people use e-cigarettes without experiencing any problems, but it possible to experience side-effects; these effects, which include a sore, dry or itchy throat, are caused by propylene glycol.

It is important not to confuse the signs and effects of giving up smoking with using an e-cigarette; if you are using an e-cigarette as a means to quit smoking, you may experience some effects of reducing your nicotine intake, such as mood swings and changes in appetite.

When buying e-cigarettes, it’s a good idea to look for products with the ECITA mark and to ensure that you don’t exceed the recommended nicotine dose of 20mg per millimetre.


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