MANY people still believe that people are just as bad for you as smoking ordinary cigarettes.
But that's not it.
They also think that because you inhale nicotine in the vapor of e-cigarettes, you will get as much lung cancer as you do when smoking tobacco.
There are also concerns that vapen acts as a gateway for young people who have never smoked, to evolve into traditional cigarettes and thereby ruin their health.
It is also fears that smoking will be "normalized" again, just as public health campaigns contribute to more people stopping smoking permanently than ever before.
All the evidence, however, says that this is simply not the case.
Do not get me wrong, as a doctor I would prefer if nobody smoked OR vaped.
Years ago, as medical students, who should have known better, many of us smoked a little – often to mask the terrible, lingering smell of the cadavers that we had to analyze in the anatomy room.
But we quickly stopped when we saw with our own eyes what the long-term effects of smoking had on the human body.
- 2006: Year e-cigs went on sale in the UK
- 3m vapers in Great Britain
- 9m smokers in Britain
- 1.7m have used vapen to stop cigs
- 900,000 have stopped with both cigs AND vapes
- £ 3796: Year costs of smoking 20 cigarettes per day
- £ 271: Annual prize of equivalent vaping habit
In the Pathology Museum we would see a nice healthy pink lung, inlaid in a pot of formaldehyde next to another lung, black of tar and soot of smoking, in the middle of which was a hard, pearly grapefruit-sized knuckle of cancer with tentacles that reach for other adjacent organs, including the liver and the brain.
Smoking is deadly.
Later, as qualified doctors in the departments, we saw the terrible consequences.
People who could not breathe without oxygen tanks, people with heart attacks or strokes, or amputations or removal of stem cells for throat cancer.
We saw – and still do – the damage to unborn babies of expectant mothers, who remain addicted, and the increased risk of breast and ear infections of passive smoking, and meningitis and leukemia in infants living in smoking households .
The medical proof is irrefutable. Tobacco smoking is bad news.
But vapen is different.
You heat a solution called an e-liquid, which usually contains nicotine, a propellant called propylene glycol and / or vegetable glycerin and flavorings.
What you do not do is burn tobacco or produce tar or carbon monoxide – two of the most harmful elements of all in tobacco smoke.
Of course, some vapes may contain a fraction of some of the harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke, but they are present at much lower levels if they are perceivable at all.
Are they safe? According to all international medical-revised data from such expert organizations as Public Health England, the Royal Colleges of Physicians and General Practitioners, the British Medical Association and Cancer Research UK, e-cigarettes are at least 95 percent safer than traditional cigarettes.
The American Cancer Society and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine both agree.
Yes, the nicotine is naturally addictive. But then what? So is caffeine, even food.
Contrary to what many people think, nicotine does not give you cancer and is generally relatively harmless.
Apparently only 17 percent of the population know this.
Fortunately, there is no evidence of damage to other people by vapors and, if used in place of nicotine replacement chewing gum or patches, it can even help expectant mothers to remain smoke-free in the long term.
As a doctor, I do not want a younger or non-nicotine user to try to flee. Ever. Period.
Incidentally, regular use of e-cigs among "never" smokers is still very rare with only 0.5 percent.
But look what they have done to help smokers quit smoking.
In the UK, 1.7 million vapers have stopped smoking and more than 900,000 have given up smoking and smoking.
In fact, this is the most popular method of quitting smoking, with 2/3 people successfully stopping when they are being used alongside professional stop-smoking NHS support.
In this country we have some of the strictest rules in the world.
E-cigs are subject to minimum standards for quality and safety and clear requirements for packaging and labeling.
All ingredients must be notified, advertising is prohibited in media such as television, newspapers and magazines, it is illegal to sell them to under 18 and adults who intend to pass them to under 18 years of age.
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That is responsible regulation, no matter how you look at it.
The national Stoptober campaign this month recommends the use of e-cigarettes as a tool to quit smoking and if it helps that some of the 9 million smokers in the UK kick the habit forever, doctors like me may be less people in our operations are struggling to breathe or to be destroyed by a diagnosis of cancer.
And when I see that my ex-smoking patients have a silent vapor outside the door of my surgery, I will give them a sincere pat on the back and cherish the fact that there will be one less dirty cigarette butts that will pollute the street.
Too new to know long-term effects
By Abbas Kanani, pharmacist of pharmacist
NICOTINE in e-liquids is a highly addictive substance that increases blood pressure and stimulates your adrenaline, increasing the chance of a heart attack.
This is particularly troubling, as we see a number of people constantly vomiting, especially because it is considered more convenient and cost-effective than lighting a cigarette, and also considered more socially acceptable to be stunned indoors.
Although vapen seems safer than cigarettes, the truth is that it does not exist long enough to know what the potential damage to our health may be.
The long-term effects of the chemicals in e-liquids have not been investigated.
However, I have looked at several studies that have been carried out on certain e-liquids containing substances that can damage the immune system and that are related to other health problems such as cancer.
Vapen is also not good for your oral health.
It is common for vapors to cause a dry mouth and I have met a number of people who have developed oral sprue, most likely caused by vapors.
Although nicotine has no color, it turns yellow when it is combined with oxygen, which can lead to tooth discoloration.
Since nicotine is a vasocon strictor, it limits blood flow in the oral tissue, which can cause gum disease and bad breath.
As time goes on, I read new research that shows that the virus has a negative effect on health.
To what extent, only time will tell.