Health Survey For England : Ecigs And Vaping

Recently published results from the Health Survey for England state 3 per cent of adults were currently using e-cigarettes (vapourisers) in 2013. The Survey also found little evidence of ecigarette uptake by non-smokers. Among men, 29% of current smokers, 6% of ex-smokers and just 1% of never smokers had ever used ecigs and the proportions were similar for women.

Original article here.

Electronic Cigarettes Effective for Smoking Cessation

A systematic review of six studies, including two randomised controlled trials, concluded 18% of 1,242 participants reported smoking cessation after using e-cigarettes containing nicotine for a minimum period of six months. Vaping was also effective in reducing smokers’ daily cigarette consumption.

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New Study Indicates Vaping Not A Gateway To Smoking

More information is emerging that electronic cigarette usage doesn’t pose a major threat in terms of subsequent uptake of smoking tobacco. In a study of 1300 undergraduate students in the USA, only three had taken up smoking after using electronic cigarettes as their introduction to nicotine. Only one student was continuing to use ecigs.

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Pros and Cons of E-Cigarettes

What are E-Cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes for short, are battery-powered devices filled with liquid nicotine (a highly addictive chemical) that is dissolved in a solution of water and propylene glycol. Many of them look like real cigarettes, with a white cylindrical tube, brown filter, and red-glowing tip. Others come in less conspicuous, darker colors.

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How Do They Work?

Often termed “vaping,” when you take a puff on the end of the e-cigarette tube, a battery heats up the nicotine, which creates a vapor that is then inhaled into the lungs. The end result is a sensation of smoke in the mouth and lungs without really smoking.

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The Upside to E-Cigarettes

Unlike tobacco products, there are no current laws in effect prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in public places. Case in point, I work in a hospital and a fellow nurse smokes them right there in the nursing station.

Here’s what current research says about the positive aspects of this product:

In a study of 40 tobacco-dependent smokers, researchers concluded that smoking e-cigarettes alleviated the desire to smoke (after abstaining from smoking overnight), was well-tolerated, and pharmacologically more like a Nicorette inhaler than tobacco.
Another study of 50 smokers who wanted to reduce the health risks associated with smoking, but not quit completely, concluded that the Eclipse brand of e-cigarettes dramatically decreased the consumption of cigarettes without causing withdrawal symptoms. In addition, when participants smoked Eclipse, the nicotine concentrations in their blood remained fairly stable and their desire to quit altogether remained intact. However, the study concluded that because the Eclipse increased carbon monoxide concentrations in the blood, it may not be a safer choice of cigarette. On the other hand, it caused few, significant adverse events.
In a case study series, the e-cigarette was found to help three study participants — who all had a documented history of repeated failed attempts at smoking cessation using professional smoking cessation assistance methods — quit smoking and remain abstinent for at least 6 months.
During an online survey conducted in 2010, researchers polled visitors of websites and discussion forums dedicated to the use of the e-cigarette and smoking cessation. Of the 3,587 participants, 70% were former smokers, 61% were men, and the median age was 41 years. On average, participants used the e-cigarette for approximately 3 months, drew 120 puffs/day, and used 5 cartridges/day. Almost all of them used cartridges that contained nicotine. Ninety-six percent said that the e-cigarette helped them quit smoking, while 92% said that it made them smoke less. A majority of the participants said the e-cigarette helped them fight cravings, cope with withdrawal symptoms, and avoid relapsing on cigarettes.
The Downside of E-Cigarettes

If you are a savvy consumer, both positive and negative aspects of the the product you are considering should be scrutinized before you purchase it. The e-cigarette is no exception. Take a look at what some of the research says about the negative aspects of the e-cigarette:

A 2010 research paper published in Tobacco Control suggests that the e-cigarette lacks important regulatory factors, such as essential health warnings, proper labeling, clear instructions on how to use them, and safe disposal methods. The authors of the study also found that some of the e-cigarette cartridges leaked, which could cause toxic exposure to nicotine.
A study published in the December 2011 issue of CHEST found that the e-cigarette caused acute pulmonary effects after smoking it for only five minutes, although study authors pointed out that these effects may not be of clinical significance. During the study, 40 healthy non-smokers (30 experimental/10 control) were asked to smoke the e-cigarette ad lib for five minutes. The experimental group used the e-cigarette with the nicotine cartridge in place, while the control group smoked it with the nicotine cartridge removed.
After five minutes, lung function was assessed using a variety of tests. Results showed that smoking the device for just five minutes caused an increase in impedance, peripheral airway flow resistance, and oxidative stress in the lungs of healthy smokers (smokers who are not diagnosed with lung disease or chronic health conditions.) They also pointed out that the study only measured results from smoking the e-cigarette for five minutes — because the average consumer is likely to smoke the e-cigarette many times a day, this might increase the risks. However, the authors suggested that it is possible that if the e-cigarette were used as a short-term bridge to smoking cessation, the benefits might outweigh the risks.
On their website, the FDA states that states that “E-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans, and may contain other ingredients that may not be safe.” They also suggest that because e-cigarette manufacturers are not required to submit clinical study data to them, the public has no way of knowing “whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use, what types or concentrations of potentially harmful chemicals are found in these products, or how much nicotine they are inhaling when they use these products.” The FDA is also concerned that the marketing efforts of e-cigarettes may increase addiction to nicotine, especially in young people, encouraging them to experiment with real tobacco products.
The Best Way To Quit Smoking

How you choose to quit smoking is a matter of personal choice. The best method is the one that works for you. With this in mind, doing whatever it takes to be successful — and safe — is how many people ultimately approach it.

Consult your health care provider about different stop smoking aids, including nicotine replacement therapy, quit smoking medications such as Clonidine and Wellbutrin, quit smoking support groups, and educational materials.

If you decide to try the e-cigarette, be sure to discuss this with your doctor and do your homework. Understand the pros, cons, and safety concerns, and then make an informed decision. The most important thing to remember is, no matter how you do it, you are making the best decision of your life when you finally decide to quit smoking, especially if you have COPD.

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Benefits of E-Cigarettes outweigh the harms

E-cigarettes are helpful for you. I know because as a long time smoker, I have now successfully quit. No cigarettes for a year. My health is better, I can run longer distances and I don’t smell bad. So why is all this talk about banning e-cigarettes?

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Because the tobacco companies want to protect their profits. This is true form America to India. Bit tobacco companies did not predict the popularity of e-cigarettes and want to continue to market traditional cigarettes.

“Current evidence suggests that there is a potential for smokers to reduce their health risks if electronic cigarettes are used in place of tobacco cigarettes and are considered a step toward ending all tobacco and nicotine use,” said study researcher Thomas Eissenberg, co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Read more here.

The study, partly funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, was published July 30 in the journal Addiction.

Don’t get caught up in the news. Go ahead and try an e-cigarette and decide for yourself. Pure Vapors provides premium, high-quality e-cigarette products for use all over India.

This Year You Can Really Do It – Kick the Smoking Habit with the Help of E-Cigarettes

This Year You Can Really Do It – Kick the Smoking Habit with the Help of E-Cigarettes

New Years Resolution quit smoking with e-cigarettesIt’s almost New Years again, which beckons the question what will this year’s new resolution be? Each year thousands of people make the decision to try and kick the habit of smoking with the New Year and if you’re one of those taking that step this year, you may consider the benefits of using e-cigarettes to assist you in your journey of quitting smoking.
As a Quitting Method?
E-cigarettes are a relatively new invention, only becoming available for purchase in the 2000s. However, in that short time they have proven their worth as a tool many have used to quit smoking. For years doctors and pharmaceutical companies have offered alternative forms of nicotine delivery designed to help those addicted to smoking kick the habit. Patches, gums and even inhalers that contain nicotine have been on the market providing alternative sources of nicotine to help a user gradually decrease their nicotine levels and quit in a successful way. These products are proven to have some success; however, recent studies are showing that e-cigarettes may provide an even greater chance of winning the battle against smoking. A study published by the Society for the Study of Addiction just this August delved into e-cigarettes as a quitting method. The study reports that, “a large cross-sectional study showed that smokers who wanted to quit without professional help were significantly more likely to report abstinence using e-cigarettes than with traditional cessation aids or going ‘cold turkey.’
E-cigarettes provide the user not only with an alternative nicotine delivery method, but they also help users with the addiction to the “ritual” of smoking. Unlike patches and gum, vaping provides users with an experience similar to smoking, helping users wean off not just the nicotine dependence, but also the addiction to the habit of smoking. Even the American Heart Association supports the use of e-cigarettes as a cessation method. If you want to quit the habit altogether, considering using e-cigarettes may be the right option for you.
As a Replacement to Cigarettes:
Some people may not even want to quit, but perhaps their resolution just involves making healthier choices. Considering e-cigarettes a straight across replacement for regular cigarettes is a decision many users are now making. E-cigarettes are often referred to as harm reducers, meaning replacing your smoking habit with e-cigarettes may not be completely “quitting,” but it can reduce the potential harm that would be present if you were smoking regular cigarettes instead.
Making the decision to replace your smoking habit with e-cigarettes, truly can have a positive impact not only on your own health, but on the health of people around you. Researchers at the University College London estimate that for every million smokers who switch from tobacco to electronic cigarettes, more than 6,000 premature deaths could be prevented each year. With approximately 42 million smokers in the United States, switching to e-cigarettes from traditional smoking could potentially save over a quarter of a million lives in the US alone.
Benefits of E-Cigarettes
So whether you are replacing your habit or quitting altogether, it is important to know why you should include e-cigarettes in your New Years resolution. As it turns out there are many benefits to e-cigarettes, especially when compared with their combustible counterpart.
Many View E-Cigarettes are a Healthier Alternative
Of course it is not that hard to be healthier than cigarettes. With high levels of toxins, tar and carcinogens, cigarettes are well known to be dangerous and deadly. A recent report in the British Journal of Medical Practices believes that e-cigarettes are remarkably safer than combustible smokes stating: “The vapor contains nothing like the concentrations of carcinogens and toxins as cigarette smoke. In fact, toxin concentrations are almost all well below 1/20th that of cigarette smoke.” With cigarettes claiming 480,000 lives each year in the United States alone, having e-cigarettes as a replacement is possibly a better alternative.
You Can Choose Your Own Nicotine Level
One benefit of e-cigarettes is you can control your own nicotine level. Different e-liquids and cartridges contain different levels of nicotine. You can use this to gradually decrease your nicotine intake. Nicotine levels in e-liquids range from high to low. Non-nicotine or 0 mg/ml is designed for users who just want to enjoy the vaping experience, without the side effects of using nicotine. On the other end of the spectrum there are e-liquid that have as much as 48 mg/ml, which is designed for users who smoke heavily and primarily strong cigarettes. Most users will be in the medium to high density range, 12 to 18 mg/ml, designed for users who smoke regular cigarettes at around half a pack or more a day. These levels allow the users to tailor their vaping experience to their specification, providing not only a more pleasurable experience, but also the ability to lower your levels easily if you desire to do so.
E-Cigarettes Can Save You Money
Prices vary depending on where you live. In some states the price of a pack of smokes is nearing or above the double digit line, meaning that if you smoke a pack a day your smoking habit could range from around $180 to almost $400 dollars a month. Comparing this to the average prices of e-cigarette usage, that range from around $25 to $100 a month, and the saving are undeniable.
E-Cigarettes Can Be Less Offensive
One of the first thing users who switch to e-cigarettes will notice is the less offensive smell. E-cigarettes produce a vapor, not a smoke, which is not only much less offensive when vaping, but also vapor doesn’t have the staying power that smoke has. Gone are the days of smelly cars and clothes, as e-cigarettes have no smoke to permeate all of your belonging. In addition, second hand smoke is no longer a huge health risk as it is with combustible smokes. While people are still studying the effects of second hand vapor, it is already known that it does not contain the same cancer causing carcinogen that are in second-hand tobacco smoke.
In fact, vaping is so much less offensive that it is allowed in a variety of places where smoking is outlawed. While many cities and states are enacting bans on vaping in public, e-cigarettes are still far more accepted than traditional cigarettes and simply do not effect the people around them in the same way smoking does. Of course, proper etiquette still applies, but the e-cigarette user enjoys far more freedom than traditional smokers do.
No matter whether you are planning to quit altogether, or just to replace traditional cigarettes for vaping, including e-cigarettes in your New Years resolution may be the best decision for you. It is easy to get started and e-cigarettes can help you make the transition from smoker to non-smoker with much more ease. It’s a new year… you can do it, and e-cigarettes can help.