ADDICTION FOR DUMMIES
Smoking cigarettes could harm nearly every organ in your body, especially your heart. Statistics have shown that nearly one-third of heart-related deaths are from smoking and second-hand smoke. It has proven to cause cancer, stroke, lung diseases and many other critical illnesses. “Do not start” – we’ve all heard it before. And if you have started, you should quit. But what if you can’t?
The addiction to cigarette smoking is as real as it gets. So, what do you do if you can’t quit smoking – even if you are aware of how dangerous it is, yet still cannot call it quits. What if we told you, smoking has made technological leaps and bounds in reducing the harm – providing a safe option compared to your traditional packet cigarettes in recent years.
According to the UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), it is primarily the toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke – not the nicotine, as we’ve been told – that causes illness and ultimately death. An increasing number of scientists and experts worldwide have agreed that the toxic compounds, other than nicotine, are generated by the burning of tobacco – being the main culprit.
One of the most popular alternatives would be vape devices. It’s easily available, doesn’t produce an absurd amount of stinking smoke, and is significantly safer too. How you ask? Vapes heat the liquid instead of burning tobacco. The battery will power up the coil and then heats up all the chemicals from the flavoured liquid, including nicotine (yes, including most of those that claim to be nicotine-free), propylene glycol, glycerine, and many others.
Another alternative that’s recently making waves are heated tobacco products. Though it may look like your traditional cigarettes, the technology behind it is far superior and safer for the user including those around them. This heated tobacco product HEATS the stick that’s inserted into a device rather than burning the tobacco, to create the sensation. And as there are barely any compounds that are burned, it only produces vapour instead of smoke - that even a smoke detector won’t detect it. What’s more – without its device, it will not light up even if you burn it with fire, making it fool-proof and protected from children.
There are more and more alternatives made available in the market each day. Nevertheless, no matter what you choose; whether it is the less harmful e-cigarettes that heat liquid instead of tobacco, or the more efficient heated tobacco products that heat tobacco instead of burning it; what matters the most is for you to start making the change and make the world a better place, for you and for me and the entire... well, you get the point.