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The Lesser of Two Evils? Your Choice, Your Life

There are many debates as to the advantages and disadvantages of e-cigarettes, vapes, cigarettes, cigars and pipes. We are not here to dwell on such pros and cons, but rather provide information to our readers so that they may decide for themselves on what they think, as based on facts and not just mere hearsay or one-sided comments by product manufacturers.

Tobacco-Based Smoking (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, including direct chewing of tobacco leaves)

There are more than 20 chemicals associated with smoking. They are collectively called “carcinogens” because of their association to cause cancer. 

Nicotine, which always showcased as the center-piece, is not at all bad per se as what most would perceive. It all boils down to the “mode of administration” and frequency of use. When used in moderation (or nicotine patches), it can be used for therapeutic purposes like the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, or improve the “level of concentration and focus” when in comes to Alzheimer’s. However, continued misuse or abuse of nicotine will lead to addiction.

Other more notable chemicals in the fold include arsenic, lead, ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The top health risks of these chemical elements include, but not limited to, cancer, lung disease and heart disease.

The manufacturing and sale of “flavoured” cigarettes (tobacco) other than “menthol” was greatly discouraged because such tastes like candy, gum and fruity flavors can easily attract use from the younger generation (including teens and minors).

Vaping (e-cigarettes, vapes, e-cigs, e-hookah, and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS))

Electronic cigarettes trimmed down the list of harmful chemicals which are present in the combustion of tobacco.  The more notable of which are: nicotine, acetaldehyde, propylene glycol (vegetable oil), nitrosamines, vegetable glycerol, and flavouring agents.

The availability of different flavors and lesser cost became the main marketability option amongst young adults and teenagers. Though it is sad that recently, there are reports about elementary or primary students’ aged 12 below who explore into vaping owing either to curiosity or peer-pressure.

Aside from the usual adverse effects of nicotine, some of the more glaring effects of inhaling fumes or vapors include, but not limited to: lung tissue damage and inflammation, dizziness or nausea, dry skin, bleeding gums, itchiness, dry eyes, cough, chest pains and breathing problems. Though less toxic when it comes to nicotine levels, increased use may have adverse effect in the body’s immune system.

Bottomline: Would you risk your health and the people around you? 

Life is what you make it. 

Points To Ponder:

Tobacco – a cultivated plant wherein the leaves are harvested for use in cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and sometimes chewed. Nicotine is the main active ingredient.

Nicotine – a colorless but rather oily chemical which can be produced from tobacco (and some other plants). Frequently associated with smoking, it is highly addictive. It is also a kind of poison which can be used to as pesticide to insects, and also invasive frogs or snakes.

E-Cigarette – or what is popularly known as electronic cigarette. It is battery-operated and has a heating coil (atomizer) which is used to burn or super heat flavoured liquid (e-liquid) to produce vapors and its desired effect. The more voltage or heat, the greater amount of nicotine and/or formaldehyde gas produced.

E-Liquid – solutions that are used by e-cigarettes which usually come in different flavors. It contain solvents which primarily dissolves nicotine and flavors to its current state. It is a base for e-cigarettes, as tobacco is for cigarettes. E-liquid or e-juice usually contain 95% propylene glycol and 5% glycerin, aside from the possible dissolved nicotine content.

Propylene Glycol – although termed as vegetable oil, it produces formaldehyde gas when heated. 

Glycerin – a colorless and odourless liquid compound which can be made from vegetable oil, animal fat, or synthetically made from propylene alcohol. It is used for soap and other skincare products. Incidentally, glycerin when combined with nitric acid and sulphuric acid, forms an explosive liquid bomb nitroglycerin.

Formaldehyde – a widely used chemical compound which is toxic especially in high concentrations. It is mainly used to make building materials like plastic, resin, composite wood products, fertilizers, medicines, and to produce wrinkle-free fabrics. Formaldehyde solution is also known as formalin; used as an embalming liquid. When inhaled in the form of gas, it poses increased risk to nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia.

Fibroblast – a cell type that is found in the connective tissues, whose primary function is to heal and close wounds.

Vapors - fumes that is a consequence of transforming liquid to gas through heating. Vapor is to e-cigarettes, as smoke is to cigarettes.

Your Health and Mine is a collection of articles based on health awareness and practical applications. All data stated herein are based on facts, most of which are focused on practical and ease of use. Medical research, scientific discoveries, and age-old best practices from all corners of the world were gathered here to provide insights and helpful information.

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