If you’re trying to nip the bud and are striving hard to do so, you’re not alone. Approximately seven out of 10 smokers say they want to quit smoking but find it difficult to do so. Often, an alternative most people turn to is electronic cigarettes to transition from traditional ones. E-cigarettes are battery based smoking devices, which may or may not contain Nicotine. These e-cigarettes work by heating liquid composed of Nicotine, Propylene Glycol and Glycerine, until it vaporises commonly known as ‘Vaping’. The vapour is less offensive than smoke however, just like tobacco in cigarettes, it can have a long term effect on the human body.
Dr Michael Blaha from John Hopikns Medicine says, “What’s worse is that many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine than they would from a tobacco product; also you can buy extra-strength cartridges, which have a higher concentration of nicotine, or you can increase the e-cigarette’s voltage to get a greater hit of the substance”.
Aree-cigarettes better than traditional smoking?
Cigarette or E-cigarettes, both are equally harmful to our organs; it diminishes a person’s overall health. The only difference between traditional smoking and e-cigarettes is that the latter may or may not contain tobacco; however innumerable tobacco replicating chemicals are inhaled while vaping. As E-cigarettes are trending these days in the market, vaping is on the rise especially among the teens. Research claims that teens are most likely to use e-cigarettes than cigarettes, primarily for the ‘cool quotient’ or with the belief that it is harmless.
What is the negative impact of Vaping on your body?
Nicotine consumption through Vaping is heavily addictive; this can lead to various health issues. Some of which are:
– Lowers brain development
– Affects memory & decreases concentration levels
– Mood swings and attention deficit disorders are linked
– Leads to increase in frequency and intensity of headaches
– Causes irritation and damage to the Lungs
If used frequently, Vaping may also lead to dehydration. Often, sleeping patterns are impaired due to breathing problems associated with damaged Lungs. Overall, Vaping may severely lead to addiction which may later be difficult to treat. E-cigarettes have cancer causing chemicals though lesser than a cigarette, it may increase the risk ofCancer. It is also not easy for one to quit vaping. Like any other habit, this takes time. While most of the side effects are temporary, it is necessary to consult a doctor, as the addiction can turn fatal. Some of the tips to quitvapingmay include:
E-cigarettes do nothing at all; they do not provide you with any pleasure. It simply keeps you addicted to it. Hence, gaining a positive and healthier approach helps.
Be cool about withdrawal
The withdrawal of harmful chemicals takes time. It doesn’t mean you have to crave for it. Physically the withdrawal is little difficult. Mental cravings are harder to deal with.
There is no such thing “just one”
Never think havingone vape can help you to get over difficult moments. Instead you will find yourself fall for the trap again. Alternatives are to chew sugar-free gum or drink water.
Soon life will get back to normal, if you begin to feel the urge, try ignoring it by distracting yourself by focusing on a hobby like sketching or writing. Talk to a friend, listen to your favourite music or take 10 deep breaths. Professional help can always be sought if a person fails to quit despite their maximal efforts.
(Writer is Dr Preyas Vaidya, Consultant Pulmonologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund. The views expressed are a personal opinion.)