E-cigarette = quit smoking artifact?
doctor will help you debunk the "non-toxic quit smoking" lie about e-cigarettes
In recent years, the cognition that "smoking is harmful to health" has become more and more popular, and electronic cigarettes that "help quit smoking" and "no second-hand smoke" have become more popular as alternatives to traditional cigarettes.
"Smoking cigarettes is unhealthy, smoking e-cigarettes is healthy, and can help you quit smoking easily" has become a selling point for businesses.
But is this really the case?
I will tell you the truth today.
A lot of harmful materials
In traditional cigarettes, the tobacco is dried, shredded, and then rolled up for smoking.
Cigarette smoke contains about 4000 chemical substances, many of which are toxic substances.
The main harmful substances include nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and so on.
The e-cigarette uses a heating guide wire to heat and atomize the e-liquid in the e-cigarette into vapor for inhalation, so it will not produce combustion products such as tar and carbon monoxide.
At first glance, e-cigarettes are indeed much healthier, but the ingredients of e-cigarettes still contain nicotine.
In addition, electronic cigarettes will also add propylene glycol, glycerin, flavors and other additives.
Among them, propylene glycol has a certain irritation, such as excessive inhalation, it will easily affect the respiratory system and cause airway inflammation; at the same time, propylene glycol will decompose to produce formaldehyde when heated.
Experiments have shown that the content of formaldehyde produced in electronic cigarettes is 5 to 15 times that of ordinary cigarettes, and it is dozens of times, or even hundreds of times, the highest allowable concentration of formaldehyde in the indoor air of our country.
In addition, glycerin is a non-toxic and odorless liquid, which is mainly used to produce smoke effects, which can be called the "special effect artist" in electronic cigarettes.
However, the quality of glycerin used in e-cigarettes is often uneven. Inferior glycerin can stimulate the bronchial mucosa and cause coughing, and even stay in the bronchial mucosa to be difficult to discharge, leading to chronic airway inflammation.
Not only that, in order to increase the taste of e-cigarettes, flavors and other flavoring agents will be added to the e-liquid.
If the business pursues the taste too much, chemicals such as diacetyl will be added to the essence. Diacetyl will stimulate the respiratory epithelial cells and damage the respiratory tract cilia, which will cause bronchiolitis obliterans, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma, and therefore harm Is very serious.
After long-term inhalation, electronic cigarettes have gradually destroyed your health!
Is e-cigarette not addictive?
After the nicotine in the e-cigarette enters the respiratory tract and is absorbed by the lungs, it will quickly activate receptors in the brain to release dopamine. Dopamine makes the brain feel relaxed and pleasant.
However, nicotine will be quickly decomposed and lose its effect, and the level of dopamine secretion will drop rapidly. Smokers will have irritability, nausea, headache and other uncomfortable reactions, and desire to replenish nicotine immediately. This is the mechanism of nicotine addiction.
When the brain is in a state of being activated by nicotine for a long time, it will gradually reduce its sensitivity to nicotine, causing smokers to have an increasing demand for nicotine, and smoking one by one will continue.
In this way, after using e-cigarettes, nicotine dependence occurs instead. Instead of quitting, it is a vicious circle.
What's more frightening is that there is no clear standard for the nicotine content in e-cigarettes. In order to make e-cigarettes "more vigorous", some unscrupulous merchants often add excessive amounts of nicotine to the e-cigarette illegally.
CCTV's 3.15 party once exposed the problem of excessive nicotine content in e-cigarettes.
Many people who are determined to quit smoking try e-cigarettes in order to get rid of their "addiction."
Can e-cigarettes quit smoking?
Or train more smokers
E-cigarette helps quit smoking?
On the contrary, e-cigarettes originally promoted to assist smoking cessation may cultivate more smokers in the future.
More and more evidences show that e-cigarettes may produce an "entry effect" of tobacco addiction.
There are hundreds of flavors of e-cigarettes, and smokers continue to explore new flavors from "early taste" to "addictive", which in turn generates higher demand.
There is a certain gap between the taste of electronic cigarettes and real cigarettes, and they are expensive.
As a result, there are often many smokers who will eventually switch back to smoking traditional cigarettes. Not only did they fail to quit smoking, but they played an "anti-push" role.
In recent years, in response to the chaos of e-cigarettes, the state has successively issued a number of policies, which have made it clear that e-cigarettes and ordinary cigarettes are no different in harm.
E-cigarettes are not an auxiliary tool for smoking cessation, and e-cigarettes have not been included in smoking cessation methods clinically.
The current effective methods of smoking cessation include smoking cessation counseling, drug treatment and behavioral intervention.
Only by receiving formal and systematic smoking cessation treatment and using scientific and effective smoking cessation methods can the probability of successful smoking cessation be greatly improved.
Whether you use e-cigarettes or traditional cigarettes, it is better to quit smoking honestly.
Vow to quit smoking, starting today.
Finally, I hope that everyone who quit smoking can get away from the "swallowing" life as soon as possible.
Text/Zhang Zihao (Western Hospital of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital)Keywords: