In this article let’s take a closer look on how society tagged Nicotine as the evil behind the ill effects of cigarette smoking and how it also affects the vaping community.
A lot of us seasoned vapers and shop owners like to explain and talk about the benefits of vaping against smoking, we answer a lot of questions regarding vaping, how it benefited us, how does it work, what are the components needed etc. And then there’s this questions about the risks involved about the batteries the juices and finally the Nicotine question.
We often encounter questions like “Isn’t Nicotine addictive?” or “Isn’t Nicotine cancerous?” and then as much as we hate to admit it sometimes we believed that to be true too. Now in our quest to break away from the bad habit, us vapers became so eager to tell our stories to our friends and family how we are able to quit, or how we are able to gradually decrease our consumption of cigarettes then eventually quit, but when the questions becomes too technical we sometimes only go to the lesser evil argument, that vaping is still way better than smoking. With so much bad publicity going around and restrictions about vaping being proposed, I personally think we should be more knowledgeable about vaping, for us to break this chain of misinformation and ignorance we as vapers should know more.
Nicotine is not the culprit
Most people associate Nicotine to smoking, and we all know smoking leads to all kinds of disease including cancer, that is why Nicotine gets all this bad rap because it is the most widely known substance in cigarettes, the thing is there are more than 7,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke some of them are proven carcinogenic and toxic. The truth of the matter is people encounter and consume nicotine on a daily basis, traces of it can be found in potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower and tomatoes. Yes Nicotine is addictive but it’s not the main cause of cigarette addiction, it’s the many alkaloids added to nicotine that makes it more addictive, so solely in itself nicotine is addictive but not as addictive as cigarette smoking.
But of course with all of this there’s still a caveat. Nicotine may or may not give you cancer, much like caffeine may or may not, there is still a lot scientists doesn’t know about its sole effect on the body if it was removed from cigarettes.
Health benefits of Nicotine
Many health conditions can be helped by Nicotine including depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, Tourettes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, most of these conditions primarily affect the brain. In 1966, Harold Kahn – an epidemiologist working for the National Institute of Health discovered that non-smokers were about three times more likely to die from Parkinson’s disease as smokers.
For healthy adults studies have showed an an improvement in cognition, the reason behind is that nicotine is beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients stimulating their acetylcholine receptors which is crucial for maintaining performance at a variety of tasks.
Vaping unlocks the benefits of Nicotine
With the advent of vaping, these and many more health benefits of nicotine can be had without all the bad that comes with cigarette smoking. A report from Public Health England estimated that vaping is up to 95% safer the smoking although there are still risks. The point here is that it is considerably a safer alternative to smoking, giving traditional smokers a way out of the bad habit while still benefiting from the health benefits of Nicotine minus the 7,000 plus chemicals in cigarette smoke.
The Future of Vaping
Although we agree that further studies should be made regarding the long term effects of vaping to the body, and as always our advice to people is that if you are a non smoker then vaping especially with nicotine should not be an option for you, but for people who needs help quitting the bad habit this is the closest alternative we have to a healthier life not only for us but also for the people around us. Our dream is that someday nicotine can be enjoyed as safely as Caffeine given all these health benefits so that more lives can be saved from the ill effects of cigarette addiction.
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