Is quitting smoking on your New Year's Resolution list? Electronic cigarettes may help with that, but they may not. We just don't know. The resolution to quit smoking is an important one. People need to be aware, though, that they may be changing one form of dependence for another.
"Electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems) are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings and other chemicals to users in vapor instead of smoke. They can be manufactured to resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes, cigars or pipes, or even everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks; newer devices, such as those with fillable tanks, may look different. More than 250 different e-cigarette brands are currently on the market." (Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse)
Here's what we know*:
- Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, and recent research suggests nicotine exposure may also prime the brain to become addicted to other substances.
- Some e-cigarette products found the vapor to contain known carcinogens and toxic chemicals (such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde), as well as potentially toxic metal nanoparticles from the vaporizing mechanism.
- Early evidence suggests that e-cigarette use may serve as an introductory product for youth who then go on to use other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes
Here's what we don't yet know:
- Are e-cigarettes safer than conventional cigarettes?
- Can e-cigarettes help conventional cigarette smokers quit?
*Also, sourced from the National Institute of Drug Abuse
This post, sponsored by Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming - Park County is dedicated to strengthening the prevention efforts around alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, suicide.