Smoking e-cigarettes linked to cancer-related cell damage

Quitting smoking is not easy.

You know the health risks, like cancer, heart disease, respiratory issues, but you’ve been lighting up for so long now, every time you try to quit, it never seems to stick.

So when all else has failed… the patch… the pills… the chewing gum… even hypnosis… you may now even be tempted to try one of those new-fangled e-cigarettes to wean yourself off of those “cancer sticks”.

Now new research confirms that you should NOT reach for one of those “e-cigs.” A new study published in Oral Oncology adds to the mounting evidence that vaping is no better than smoking when it comes to cancer. In fact, when researchers tested two popular brands of e-cigarettes, they found cancer-causing toxins in both brands — even the one without nicotine.

And last month, a Harvard study found that chemicals used to flavour the e-cigarettes can cause a disturbing respiratory condition called “popcorn lung,” named after the factory workers who got sick after inhaling the flavouring chemicals used to make microwave popcorn. Some of them died, and many of them needed lung transplants to survive.

You see, those battery-powered tubes are filled with “smoke juice,” a cancerous cocktail that contains:

  • Highly addictive nicotine
  • Toxic chemicals (like diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze) and
  • Formaldehyde, a carcinogen used to preserve dead bodies.

As you take a puff on the tube, an atomizer heats the liquid until it boils, converting the chemicals into noxious vapour.

Manufacturers have been claiming that their e-cigarettes can reduce the number of people dying from tobacco smoke by helping you get off of real cigarettes — but they’ve got no scientific proof of it.

In fact, these e-cigarettes still contain the same addictive ingredient that “real” cigarettes have — nicotine — and enough of it to get (and keep) you hooked.

If you’re serious about quitting smoking, forget this silly gadget — and please don’t touch those prescription drugs like Champix either.

The only sure-fire, safe way of giving up cigarettes (electronic or otherwise) is by going cold turkey. And try acupuncture too. I’ve had some success using it on my patients to help them quit smoking.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

“Where we stand now: E-cigarettes,” Dec. 31, 2015

“Study links e-cigarettes to cancer-related cell damage,” Dec. 30, 2015

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  1. Smoking in all its forms is just disgusting. I can’t believe people are still doing it after so many health warnings.

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