Many of you know that Seeds of Wellness’ mission is to improve your overall well-being. We hope the products we sell and services we provide bring you happiness, help decrease your stress and improve your physical body and mental state. So how do electronic cigarettes fit in?
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigs and vaping pens, offer an alternative way for people to inhale nicotine without the tar, ash, smell and smoke. The main ingredients in electronic cigarette e-liquids (or e-juice) are water, nicotine, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG) and flavoring, which amount to 15 or less ingredients. Compare this to the approximately 600 ingredients in a cigarette. These ingredients create more then 7,000 chemicals after the cigarette is lit.
So far research has shown that e-cigs are healthier than cigarettes. Chemical research of e-cigarettes shows that the e-liquid vapor contain less chemicals than cigarettes and similar or less chemicals to other nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) on the market. The effects of e-cig vapor on cardiovascular and respiratory functions are milder than smoking cigarettes. As for second-hand exposure, bystanders inhale minimal chemicals from electronic cigarette vapors. The main side effects reported by users of e-cigarettes are throat irritation and cough. To read more about the research results visit “Safety evaluation and risk assessment of electronic cigarettes as tobacco cigarette substitutes: a systematic review”.
However, like most of the things we inhale, electronic cigarettes are not 100% healthy. In a new study of e-cigs, they found that e-juice vapor with and with-out nicotine damages lung cells. Read more at “E-cigarette vapor, even when nicotine-free, found to damage lung cells”. More research needs to be completed to learn the long-term affects of e-liquid vapor on the lungs and other organs of the body.
While e-cigs are not healthy, so far research shows they are healthier than cigarettes. Therefore, when a person switches from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, they are improving their overall well-being. Since we opened in 2010, several of our customers have completely switched over to e-cigarettes, and we know five of our customers quit nicotine entirely using e-cigs and have not picked up a cigarette or electronic cigarette since they stopped.
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