Rep Ken Dunkin
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How It Works
To quit smoking is to stay committed to it. But the question here is how active is a habitual smoker when it comes to quitting the habit. It takes a lot of courage for a person to get out of their bad habits because their body is already used to it. This is why you get a lot of feedback from other habitual smokers saying that it is impossible to quit.
Another positive result for vaping was seen last month as the British Lung Foundation publicly promoted e-cigarette use to improve lung health as part of the Lung Cancer Awareness Month campaign. November saw the beginning of the month-long event during which charities and health organisations around the UK aim to educate the general public about the importance of good lung health and the best ways to guard against lung cancer.
As the British Lung Foundation pointed out, 90% of those who develop lung cancer are either current or former smokers, and therefore smoking cessation is a key part of the campaign. As part of the strategy, the organisation is increasingly promoting the use of e-cigarettes as a vital tool in helping existing smokers to give up the habit since they are at least 95% more healthy than smoking tobacco cigarettes.
University Hospital Leicester Endorses Vaping
In yet another positive step towards the acceptance of vaping by health professionals as a positive smoking cessation tool, The Nursing Times announced that nursing staff specialising in lung cancer care at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust would be part of the campaign in Leicester city centre, and would be actively promoting the use of vaping devices as a key tool in stopping smoking since the publication announced that the trust believe that e-cigs are a great way of limiting the harm which tobacco can cause.
Recognition As A Stop Smoking Aid Long Overdue
Leicester City Council supported the campaign, also endorsing vaping by quoting the vital statistics about the health benefits of e-cigarettes when compared to tobacco cigarettes and by expressing their belief that those who make the switch are more successful in their attempts to quit.
This is all very positive news, and as the UK government is currently aiming to provide more accurate research surrounding vaping, it is hoped that campaigns such as this one that positively support the use of e-cigarettes will become more prevalent as time goes on, giving smokers all of the information they require to make a more informed decision about whether or not making the switch to vaping is right for them while also helping to inform the general public about vaping and its safety.
Currently, many non-vapers are still confused over the truth around vaping, and even many smokers remain confused about the benefits. Despite the fact that more than 50% of the UK’s vapers were once tobacco smokers, around a quarter of people are still under the impression that e-cigs are equally harmful as regular cigarettes. However, since this year’s Stoptober campaign which featured the use of e-cigs and the latest government announcements of a further inquiry into their benefits, things are looking more hopeful, both for the UK’s vaping industry and also the health of the UK’s smoking population.
If you are a smoker who is ready to make the switch to vaping, read this complete vape pen guide, to find the best pens for vaping available in the UK today.
Smoking e-Cigarettes is referred to as vaping. It has become a trend because it is marketed that it is not harmful to other people to inhale second-hand smoke. In fact, the smoke-like that comes out of electronic cigarettes is not smoke at all. It is water vapor, minus the nicotine that traditional smokes come with. Because of this fact, a lot of smokers switch to vaping because it is ‘healthier’ than traditional smokes. It may have eliminated second-hand smoke, but it doesn’t change the fact that smoking can kill. The one remaining from the equation still affected by smoking is the smoker himself.
As per statement of Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the leading cause of death that can be prevented in the US. This accounts over 480,000 deaths annually, or just think of it as 1 in every 5 deaths every year. That’s not all – you add over 16 million Americans that are suffering from diseases that are related to smoking, which clearly says a lot about how lowering the rate of cigarette smoking can improve the overall health of a person.
Smokers are Reducing
The numbers have somewhat lowered in the recent years. Even if over 40 percent of the Americans smoked back in 1965, only 18 percent had engaged in 2012. But given that the population today has grown bigger over the past decades – wherein 50 million smokers in 1965 vs. 42 million in 2012 – the difference is only at 8 million.
The drop rate in smokers did not just happen right away. Today’s government and a heap of non-profit organizations have always been encouraging and waged war against smoking. They have been campaigning against it by increasing its taxes, banning broadcast advertising and even put up ad campaigns that center the subject of anti-smoking. California is the state that seems to be leading this fight. And since the year 1966, Americans have been recorded for not being able to purchase even a pack of cigarette smoke-free from the warnings displayed on the label with hazards of smoking.
Then they are greeted with a wide array of products that help smokers quit smoking altogether, starting from gum and patches to prescription drugs, lollipops, and lozenges. The most recent creation is the electronic cigarettes.
Vaping – The New Smoking Trend
Electronic cigarettes have long been on the market, but they weren’t patented back in the 60s. They only hit the trend in the recent decade, wherein they first appeared in China back in 2004 and then started spreading its use across Europe in 2006. It then reached the US in 2007.
Electronic cigarettes are basically composed of a battery, cartridge and LED light. When it is turned on, the e-cigarette heats the liquid inside the cartridge, which produces the vapor that comes out of the e-cig. Thus the word “vaping” comes into action. This is the alternate word since smoking is not the right term for it. Vaping lacks the combustion process that actual smoking has. The ingredients composing the liquid varies, but generally, it still contains nicotine, chemicals used in vaporizing it, flavoring and additives. There are some liquid mixtures that are free from nicotine.
Since they are free from tobacco, as of the moment, they are unregulated in the US, but there might be changes in the future. Cities like New York, Chicago, Boston and the most recent Los Angeles, have already restricted the use of e-cigarettes. New Jersey, North Dakota and Utah have banned the use of e-cigs, especially in areas where smoking is prohibited.
In December, the surgeon general issued a report on electronic cigarettes. In that report, they were referred to as “an emerging public health threat” and with that report, a “tip sheet for parents” was included that evaded answering the often-asked question, “Aren’t e-cigarettes safer than conventional cigarettes?”
Why was this tip sheet included for parents? Because, teens are curious teenagers. They always have been, they always will be. And so are adults, they’re just more cautious about what they experiment with, usually.
They do this by researching and studying on the things they are curious about, such as e-cigarettes. Such as the recently released report that was published by the Annals of Internal Medicine. The report confirmed that e-cigs are not as dangerous to our health than traditional cigarettes. So, if we only read and followed what the government tells us, we wouldn’t know that other research and studies have been done on the comparison.
The results found dramatic differences between traditional smokers and e-cig vapers after a study using the urine samples of participants. The study measured acrylonitrile, ethylene oxide, and vinyl chloride, finding a 57% reduction and with acrylonitrile a 97% reduction. The levels were as low, or lower, for vapers as NRT users. This is surprising when we consider that the one considered to be the safest is NRT.
Long-Term Electronic Cigarette Use
This study included people that had used e-cigs for a long-term, and reinforced the findings of a 2016 study which also showed a large reduction in carcinogens and toxins among smokers that had changed for two weeks to vaping. The findings also jab at the chemical analyses of the liquid used in electronic cigarettes and the aerosol produced therein. That information led to the endorsement by the Public Health England that vaping is approximately 95 percent safer than traditional cigarette smoking.
When it comes to smoking or vaping, the biggest difference isn’t all that surprising, being that vaping is an aerosol that consists of flavoring, glycerin, nicotine, propylene glycol, and water while traditional cigarettes is inhaling tobacco. Being that tobacco is known to contain chemicals that are carcinogenic or toxic.
Still, when it comes to vaping hazards, there are many misconceptions, mainly due to what the anti-tobacco activists and public health officials put out for public information. In fact, bad information was released by one university after performing a survey on e-cigs recently. It stated that e-cigs were as much, or more, hazardous than traditional cigarettes.
When those reports are released to the public and the CDC, the FDA, and the Surgeon General release other pieces of misinformation, there is no surprise as to confusion that exists. Those three organizations have portrayed electronic cigarettes as being a public health menace and not a tool that can help smokers reduce or even quit.
Electronic cigarettes have been inaccurately described by all three of them as “tobacco products,” and they are just as much of a risk as traditional cigarettes. Because of what comes from the Surgeon General’s office is still considered high authority, many physicians follow their clue and dodge questions that are straightforward smoking and vaping hazards. Instead, they respond with irrelevant litany of warnings that are speculative at best.
These efforts that are intended to steer people away from using electronic cigarettes are somewhat pernicious and could be considered potentially lethal as they are successful in deterring smokers from switching.
The U.S. market has had electronic cigarettes since 2008 and in recent years, the popularity has increased. With the wider use of them, the concerns about the impact they have on our health, both long-term and short-term, good and bad, has increased as well.
These battery-powered devices which heat a liquid, usually flavored, can also contain nicotine along with glycerin and propylene glycol and glycerin. All of this together, creates a vapor that is inhaled by a user and delivers the nicotine to their body. While there is no smoke like a traditional cigarette, the nicotine is still considered highly addictive drug.
The FDA is the branch in the U.S. that regulates tobacco products. Because the nicotine level in electronic cigarettes, they have included them will now extend to include e-cigarettes along with other devices such as cigars and hookah as well as pipe tobacco. In the same way as conventional cigarettes are regulated, any person under the age of 18 is banned to purchase these as well, on-line or on-site.
The Unanswered Questions
Electronic cigarettes are somewhat a new way of delivering nicotine, and as such, there are many questions about their impact on health and their safety. There are questions about the long-term effect of them as well the effectiveness they have in helping a smoker quit. And common question about e-cigs is the effect of the chemicals from have on the heart, lungs, and a person’s overall health.
Here, we share the answers that experts offered:
What Do We Know And Don’t Know About Electronic Cigarettes
The danger of vaping is less dangerous than smoking the traditional cigarette because they generate a vapor, not a tobacco filled smoke. In addition, an e-cig has less nicotine, maybe none, in comparison to traditional cigarettes are 100% tobacco.
However, that does not mean that e- cigs are always going to be the safe step toward quitting cigarettes. Some experts feel that e-cigs are dangerous in the fact that they don’t stop a smoker, but prolong their smoking instead. Studies have found that as many as 90% of vapors, also smoke.
No matter how a smoker received the nicotine, through traditional cigarette or through electronic cigarettes, it still affects their body. Because nicotine is a cardiovascular stimulant, heart disease can become potentially worse for those who are diagnosed with heart conditions. There isn’t any proof however, that nicotine is a sole contributor to heart disease for anyone that has not been diagnosed with any.
The studies have been inconclusive as to whether there is less harm from electronic cigarettes versus traditional cigarettes.Since electronic cigarettes have only been on the market for just over a decade, the studies are short-term. There will very likely be more to discuss in 30 years, 40 years, etc.
The flavorings used in e-cigs have unanswered questions as well regarding how they affect a user’s health. rings used in the devices may affect people’s health. With 500 brands that have over 7,00 flavors on the market, the effects they have on the respiratory system are to be determined yet.