Electronic cigarette can be effective to stop smoking

Nicotine addiction cases are common worldwide and have caused serious health problems in people, leading to death.

From this, several alternatives are created with the purpose of replacing the use of traditional cigarettes Among them are nicotine patches, lozenges and gum to meet the need for the substance in the smoker’s body.

Among the options, research published in the New England Journal of Medicine , showed that electronic cigarettes can be included in this list. However, these devices also pose health risks.

The study, which evaluated 886 participants in the process of decreasing or quitting smoking, showed that 18% of participants who used the electronic version were able to quit smoking after one year.

The values ​​were much higher when compared to the 9.9% of the participants who did nicotine replacement with patches or chewing gums.

One of the reasons given for this is that, through the electronic device, it is possible to adjust the nicotine doses of each smoker. In addition, they caused greater satisfaction among the participants.

The interpretation of this study requires caution: the electronic cigarette is not totally free of nicotine and has only low levels of the substance . Therefore, long-term studies may still show health risks.

In addition, the lack of clear evidence about the benefits is also a factor not to be recommended by doctors.

The research can help to unravel the mysteries surrounding electronic and normal cigarettes, helping to know in depth what are the risks of using and what are the long-term effects, which are still unknown.

Read more: What is smoking, causes, treatment, diseases and consequences

E-cigarettes x Ordinary cigarettes

Both are considered a nicotine dispensing device, but there are some differences – but remember that the two are bad for your health.

Starting with the common cigarette: in addition to nicotine, in its composition, several harmful components to the organism can be found, such as tar (carcinogenic), acetone, methanol, mercury, formaldehyde etc.

These substances can cause a number of respiratory diseases, various types of cancer , in addition to cardiovascular diseases.

The electronic cigarette is seen as a safer way to smoke, but the difference is that it manages to nebulize (transforming the liquid into vapor) nicotine and some other substances. They are less harmful than normal cigarettes, but they also endanger the lives of those who consume them.

The harm caused by E-cigarettes has also been proven in two surveys, one last year and the other this year.

In the first study , American researchers found that E-cigarette users have a higher risk of stroke. The study compared smokers and non-smokers, and the result showed that smokers had a 29% higher risk of stroke and 25% more likely to have a heart attack.

However, many people still use both types of cigarettes, which can be an aggravating behavior, since, in the analysis, the effect of the uses was cumulative.

In the second research, published in BMJ Journals last year, scientists found that the vapor from the e-cigarette causes inflammation and impairs the activity of defense cells, which remove dangerous particles of dust, bacteria and allergens.

In short, both types of cigarettes cause chemical dependency since nicotine reaches the brain in the same way. To stop smoking, there are countless healthier ways and simple habits that will help you with this:

  • Keep yourself busy with pleasurable activities.
  • Invest in physical activities.
  • Seek medical help.
  • Let your family know about your decision.
  • Avoid places where you may have people smoking.
  • Avoid using other drugs, such as alcohol.
  • Improve your diet.
  • Reduce your stress levels.

Fashion among young people and ban in Brazil

Electronic cigarettes also arrived for young people in Brazil, and it is common to see photos and videos on the social networks of teenagers smoking.

The taste of ordinary cigarettes does not usually attract young people because it is bitter, but e-cigarettes can attract attention because they are sold in striking colors and innumerable flavors, such as strawberries and tutti-frutti.

Thus, minors can be exposed to nicotine substances, and this can induce young people to smoke common cigarettes, according to research.

In addition, it is worth noting that E-cigarette has been banned by Anvisa in Brazil since 2009.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, observed that the brains of young people who try electronic cigarettes could become more dependent on nicotine.

And, although the research is not conclusive, it already gives evidence that frequent use also exposes to substance addiction.

Nicotine is considered an addictive drug and can cause withdrawal attacks between 15 and 20 minutes after smoking.