Is nicotine the ultimate enemy?
E-Cigarettes have been classified as tobacco products as they can contain nicotine in them. However, is nicotine really the enemy here? If nicotine is so dangerous then why are nicotine replacement therapies such as nicotine gum, patches and sprays so readily available to the consumer? Where you can find all these products at your local pharmacy.
Have we been lied to about nicotine and is everything we know about it a bit far from the exact truth? I'll let you decide. The Harvard school of public health conducted a study of 787 smokers who had recently quit smoking and found that over the long term patches and gum were no more helpful to smokers than to just quit cold turkey. If nicotine is one of the most addictive chemicals available, then why couldn't these people quit by simply getting there nicotine from another source like patches or gum?
Maybe because nicotine by itself isn't what creates the addiction, and by itself, nicotine isn't all that addictive. Two independent studies conducted shows that getting animals addicted to nicotine alone is actually quite difficult unless the nicotine is mixed with other chemicals found in cigarettes.
The combination of nicotine and other chemicals are more likely what generates the intense addiction. Nicotine alone isn't enough. We know that when cigarettes are smoked it generates over 7000 chemicals. Including chemicals known as MAOI's which are used in some antidepressants which can give off the effect of what is known as the "smokers high".
"Which increases serotonin levels and causes a rush of good feelings and helps stabilize your mood"
This is very similar to what many illegal drugs have on the brain. Nicotine may not be very addictive but it can still kill you, right? Highly concentrated amounts of nicotine are toxic, however, the amount found in store-bought liquids is extremely diluted. Additionally, medications approved by the FDA which are used by millions of people are also toxic if taken higher then the prescribed dosage.
"E-Liquid and nicotine usage follow the same standard"
We see that anti-vaping campaigns show that calls to the poison control centre have increased significantly, however they fail to tell you how incredibly small those numbers are compared to other normal household items.
Currently, studies are being conducted on the therapeutic effect of nicotine on neurological diseases such as Parkinson's, ADHD, Alzheimer's and schizophrenia and once again flying in the face of everything we thought we knew about nicotine these researches have not reported signs of nicotine addiction in their patients and results to appear promising in the early stages.
Can you quit smoking by reducing or cutting out nicotine? The addiction created by just the nicotine in vaping is less intense and therefore easier to eliminate with vaping.
Many E-Cigarette users were unable to quit smoking with nicotine gum or patches but had a much more success rate with vaping.
A lot to think about here as we all try to understand the place nicotine plays in relation to vaping. How harmful is it really? But I will let you make up your own mind on the topic. We must ask our legislators where they get there basis from? Should they classify vaping as a tobacco product or not?