VAPING Controversy …

By Rachel Garrod

Since I am writing this article in October, more commonly known now as “Stoptober”, I thought it was worth considering the discussion we are presently having around vaping. Vaping refers to the use of electronic cigarettes which mimics smoking but without burning tobacco. The vaporised product from an e-cigarette typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin, flavourings and other chemicals.

At present there is very little-long term data concerning the adverse effects of regular vaping. Short-term studies suggest that vaping may be less harmful than smoking cigarettes or cigars, but in light of a number of recent deaths in the U.S. attributed to vaping there is concern even over this statement.

As of 9 October there had been 23 vaping-related deaths. It is important to note that most (but not all) of these cases involved vaping THC, the active agent ingredient in marijuana. The Food and Drug Agency were worried enough to bring out new guidance concerning vaping. They reinforced the importance of using e-cigarettes bought only from a reputable source (many deaths were linked to products bought off the street) and to avoid vaping THC. They also strongly recommended that young adults and pregnant women should not vape under any circumstance.

All sounding a bit scary, isn’t it? I guess we should have known it was too good to be true!  But the real sadness is that, with help, quitting smoking entirely – without vaping or using nicotine replacement products – is possible (and even easy). Here in Marbella I run a successful stop smoking programme that uses the herbal supplement Cytisine, which effectively reduces the urge to smoke. Cytisine combined with behavioural support and relaxation/hypnotherapy improves your chances of success five times compared with willpower alone. There is clear evidence that the most effective way to quit smoking is with expert behavioural support combined with stop smoking aids. If you want to stop smoking why not give me a call and get some help. This could truly be your “Stoptober”.

Rachel Garrod, Ph.D. provides physiotherapy for people with chronic health problems and is a stop smoking counsellor.

Tel. (+34) 652 281 122 / rachelgarrod1@gmail.com

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