Are e-cigarettes safe?

E-cigarettes are all around us. They appear to have a huge variety of flavours and are thought to be relatively cheap in comparison to smoking. Unlike cigarettes, they produce very few negative comments from others and appear to be the acceptable face of smoking. All sounds good so far, but do we really know what is in them and what the long-term effects are to our health. I remember my grandad having the firm belief that a cigarette a day was good for his asthma! So find out more..

An e-cigarette is typically a battery powered vaporiser, which simulates tobacco smoking by producing an aerosol that resembles smoke. A liquid solution is inserted that when vaporised is inhaled by the smoker. This solution is made up by various contents including propelyne glycol and nicotine. Some liquids available do not contain nicotine.

Currently, very little research has been carried out to see the health effects of e-cigarettes. Obviously, they contain far less chemicals than traditional cigarettes. However, quite a lot is known about the effects of nicotine in the body. Liquid nicotine, in this form can be lethal. It can cause harm when it’s inhaled, but it can also be harmful when ingested through the skin. Less than 1 tablespoon of e-liquid with nicotine is enough to kill an adult and more alarmingly, only as little as a teaspoon could kill a child. (source: Richtel). In the US, the number of calls to their poison control centre regarding these solutions rose sharply between September 2010 and February 2014, from just 1 to roughly 215. Over half those calls were related to accidental poisoning of children under 5 (source: CDC)

Some preliminary studies state that the e-cigarette devices may release metal during use, including tin. There are also questions about how well the contents of the liquid are regulated. The Food and Drug Administration in the US tested some e-liquid in 2009 and found it had diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in anti freeze.

The most common association of smoking is lung damage. However, lung studies have shown reduced lung function and cellular changes in e-cigarette smokers as similar to those of their tobacco smoking friends. (Source: Park et al) Currently, there are few restrictions on e-cigarettes in this country, but as concerns rise regulation is coming. The general agreement is that they do contain less chemicals than tobacco cigarettes, but do not fool yourself that they are WITHOUT RISK.

As an ex-smoker, I understand how difficult it is to give up. However, hypnotherapy can help you in a single session. Hypnotherapy has been shown to be three times more effective in helping people give up in relation to nicotine replacement treatments in a recent study by the University of Iowa on over 70,000 people (published in the Journal of Psychology). Once you have made the decision to stop call me on 07463884283 to book an appointment.

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