What is Nicotine
Where Nicotine is Found
Nicotine is a simple alkaloid produced predominantly by the tobacco plant and can also be found in much lower quantities in plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and green peppers. The effects of nicotine itself are similar to caffeine. Nicotine can both invigorate and relax a smoker, depending on how much and how often they smoke. Research has shown that nicotine increases the level of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that is responsible for feelings of pleasure and well-being.*
The Confusion about Nicotine
However, there is no evidence that nicotine causes any substantial risk for cancer, and the research shows that the risk for cardiovascular disease is minimal. The confusion about nicotine comes from anti-smoking activists talking about nicotine and smoking as if they were the same. With traditional smoking, in addition to the nicotine, more than 4,000 different chemicals are released. Four hundred of these are known to be poisonous, and forty-three have been shown to cause cancer. A lit cigarette releases, among other things, carbon monoxide, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, benzene, formaldehyde, acetone, methanol, and vinyl chloride. Furthermore, when smoke is exhaled from the lungs, a substance called tar remains in the body. As its name suggests, tar is a sticky residue that clings to lung tissue. Tar contains cancer-causing compounds.
Nicotine in Electronic Cigarettes
Ozone Smoke™ O3 Cartridges contain nicotine (also available in zero nicotine), which is the only substance responsible for feelings of pleasure in traditional smoking. With Ozone Smoke™ Electronic Cigarettes there is no burning of any plant matter so all of the combustion related carcinogens are no longer present. Using Ozone Smoke™ Electronic Cigarettes does not harm the ozone layer by releasing carbon monoxide into the atmosphere, plus there are no cigarette butts or ashes to dispose of, which accumulate to over 4.5 trillion as litter each year (worldwide).
* Ozone Smoke™ products may contain nicotine; nicotine is highly addictive and should not be used by people who do not smoke, pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding or may become pregnant, people sensitive to nicotine, people who may be at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma or other breathing problems.