Electronic Cigarette Environmental Analysis

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With the increase in use of e-cigarettes among smokers and nonsmokers, academics are pitching their strongly held beliefs for and against its use. These electronic devices that closely resemble a conventional cigarette, and mimic the style of smoking are advancing new concerns over the potential harm vaping may bring. At the turn of the 21st century, smoking rates among teenagers has steadily declined, however with the introduction of the relatively new e-cigarette, this phenomenon is no longer the norm and we see a dramatic increase in e-cig smoking rates. According to a study published in The American Journal of Public Health in December of 2015, Electronic cigarettes are now the most common tobacco product used by adolescents. The electronic…show more content…
Many traditional smokers have converted to e-cigarettes because there is a belief that it is a safer alternative both for one’s health, as well as the environment. Traditional cigarette buds are non-biodegradable. Further, cigarettes produce more carbon monoxide. Contrary to popular opinion, the production of e-cigarettes shows a more devastating environmental impact compared to that of smoking traditional cigarettes. The pollution emitted by e-cigarette factories outweighs its potential environmental good. In addition, e-cigarettes operate on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. These batteries typically are replaced every one to two months. The improper disposal of these batteries causes greater harm to the environment than conventional cigarettes, due to the heavy metals within the battery. When these heavy metals are exposed to our water system, it is highly dangerous toward humans, animals as well as overall environmental…show more content…
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