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The Dangers of Tobacco

Over the years, the dangers of both smoking and smokeless tobacco have been shown through reports, statements, and research. These dangers continue today with the continued use of both forms of tobacco. However the new emerging form of smoking known as E-vapor or Electronic Cigarettes, as well as the trend of smoking Hookah or another popular flavored tobacco, have grown dramatically and present their own forms of risks.

E-vapor-Electronic vapors or E-vapors have problems uncommon to those of the rest of the tobacco community. While they are designed for those who are trying to quit traditional smoking, they can have a fruity flavor and a variety of colors drawing a younger group to pick up smoking. The juice inserted in the E-vapors is loaded with chemicals such as acrolein, acrylamide, acrylonitrile, crotonaldehyde, and propylene oxide (VOC’s) which are all common toxins that can cause burning sensations and even allergic reaction to the “juice”. The devices used to smoke these chemicals can also get to hot boiling the vapors and can lead to burns and some extreme cases explosion and destruction of the device. The biggest concern with the use of Electronic Vapors in the unknowing of effects that are long term due to the recent popularity and growth of the devices.

Hookah—Much like E-Vapors Hookah was designed to lessen traditional smoking while encourage fun group style of smoking. However, Hookah comes with its own problems and risks. Hookah possesses the same sets of risks associated with smoking traditional cigarettes, and also increases the potential for the spread of bacteria and viruses through salivary contact on the mouth piece. Also the use of hookah has a lot more strength than that of its traditional counterpart. An hour-long hookah smoking session involves 200 puffs, while smoking an average cigarette involves 20 puffs. The amount of smoke inhaled during a typical hookah session is about 90,000 milliliters (ml), compared with 500–600 ml inhaled when smoking a cigarette. -Centers for Disease Control

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