Electronic cigarettes, widely used as an antismoking supplement, might cause lung cancer, allergies and mental instability if overused, the Korea Food and Drug Administration said yesterday.
The products, often called e-cigarettes, are shaped like cigarettes bondbut run on batteries and capsules of nicotine, although less than the average amount found in ordinary cigarettes. When one inhales on the product, a nicotine solution is vaporized in the mouthpiece. Since being introduced to the Korean market a couple of years ago, they have been catching on in popularity, especially because it is reusable and, thus, cost-effective.
However, the Food and Drug Administration warns that as the products use the same ingredients as cigarettes, but just in smaller doses, they are not safe to use for a prolonged period.
“Although the risk of addiction is much less for e-cigarettes compared to traditional cigarettes, it is not true that the products are good for one’s health or as safe as some e-cigarette companies advertise,” said an official at the administration.
The administration said that if used for a prolonged period of time, e-cigarettes can lead to dizziness, nausea, anxiety, loss of concentration and lung cancer. It added that propylene glycol, created when the cigarette ingredients are vaporized, can lead to allergies for some users.
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