Every year world-wide, more than 5 million people die due to tobacco use. Even non-smokers are affected by tobacco use through secondhand smoke. The toxic smoke that fills the air when someone smokes a cigarette, cigar or pipe sends thousands of people to the hospital every year suffering from severe respiratory infections, asthma and other illnesses.
There's been an incredible amount of prevention and education surrounding the harmful effects of tobacco since 1998, leading to a decline in smoking over the last two decades, but tobacco companies are always looking for ways to increase their profits. They claim that smoking e-cigarettes is a safe alternative to conventional smoking and something you can use to quit for good, but that is not entirely true. Tobacco companies wanting you to quit is a conflict of interest. Whether you are smoking or "vaping" (using e-cigs), you are still inhaling nicotine, the main and most addictive ingredient in tobacco products. Nicotine, in its pure form, is a strong poison that is commonly used in pesticides. A small dose injected directly into the blood stream can kill a person within an hour. The juice that is vaporized inside the e-cigs currently has no regulations, so any amount of nicotine can be put into an e-cig. Who knows how much they actually put in there, or worse, what ingredients are used to make the juice.