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E-Cigarettes

Firstly, at the time of the writing of this blog post, the hot topic of debate in questions is all about E-Cigarettes. How do they work? What is the research behind the product? How many e-cigs are there? Are they an approved method of quitting nicotine addiction?

What Makes an E-cig an E-cig?

To begin, E-cigarettes come in many sizes, shapes, colors, and names. It is a fairly new product that has been in the markets for about 11 years now. For instance, the definition of an e-cigarette according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse is: “Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, e-vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine (though not always), flavorings, and other chemicals. They can resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes(cig-a-likes), cigars, or pipes, or even everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks.” (NIDA). It is estimated that there are over 460 different e-cigarette brands in the current market.

Who Should and Shouldn’t Vape?

That seems to be the million dollar question that needs a million dollar answer. Just like with cigarettes pregnant women, teenagers, and young adults should not vape. Like we discussed in the previous sections there isn’t enough research to know what the long term damage may be. As the current research suggest, there are clear and early signs of damage to the developing brains of teenagers and young adults. The reason pregnant women, teenagers, and young adults should not vape are the effects to the brain. The nicotine is absorbed into the lungs by the person and into the bloodstream.

Additionally, when nicotine enters into the bloodstream stimulates the adrenal glands to release a hormone. That hormone is called epinephrine or as it is commonly known as adrenaline. The epinephrine stimulates the central nervous system and increases your blood pressure, breathing rate, and your heart rate. Nicotine activates the reward center of the brain as most addictive substances do. These actions result in the reward center of the brain to increase dopamine which reinforces the rewarding feeling in the brain and body. This causes the body and brain to crave that rewarding feeling again and again with little regard to any health concerns. 

What Does the Science Say About the Success of Quitting Using E-Cigs?

In short, there were studies done in Europe that showed, those who used e-cigs were less likely to have stopped smoking over those who did not vape. Another study was done, this time with 800 people who had said they were using e-cigs to stop smoking cigarettes. A year later they were asked if they had stopped smoking. The results showed that only 9% of the group had quit smoking traditional cigarettes. To sum up, it is still in the early stages of research, more data needs to be collected and studied. In conclusion, to answer vaping is not an ideal choice to quit cigarettes, not while there are better alternatives available. For more information about the different treatments options available at Embracia contact us via email, fax, or give us a call by following the link; https://embraciahealth.com/contact/ .

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