Ten things you should know about nicotine addiction and e-cigarettes

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From small myths like the one that electronic cigarettes taste bad and will soon be illegal, to exaggerations  of ecigs blowing up in your face  or containing antifreeze, one can’t help but laugh at the far-fetched misconceptions around smoking electronic cigarettes. What started as a healthier alternative to smoking or an aid in the quest to curb nicotine addiction, has been under fire since its inception. 

However, these tall tales all originate from being unaware of the truth. Instead of being alarmed at the theories regarding nicotine in ecigs, make sure you know the underlying truth about these theories.

1.    Does nicotine cause cancer?


There are many things that cause cancer, but nicotine is not one of those things. This common misconception has been the reason for a lot of hesitation to start vaping. While nicotine addiction is the reason you continue to smoke, it is the tar and chemicals inhaled in cigarette smoke that cause cancer.


2.    Is nicotine poisonous?


Nicotine is a poison, and a very dangerous one. However, the way it is delivered plays a great role in just how poisonous it is. If the pure nicotine from 30 - 40 cigarettes was administered to a person, it could be a lethal dose. E-cigarettes deliver slightly less nicotine than cigarettes.


3.    Is nicotine similar to caffeine?


The health effects nicotine has on your body closely resemble that of caffeine in the sense that it increases blood pressure and heart rate as well as affecting foetal development.


4.    How addictive is nicotine?


Currently there is no evidence that supports the theory that nicotine is addictive. When nicotine is delivered in in tobacco, and especially cigarette smoke, it causes a chemical reaction in the brain and it then becomes addictive. Nicotine addiction is therefore a higher concern for smokers than vapers.


5.    Can nicotine stimulate you?


Nicotine is biphasic, which means that it can stimulate you as well as relaxing you. A little can heighten your senses and stimulate you while a lot can help you calm down and relax.


6.    Can nicotine cause brain damage?


Nicotine intake in teenagers creates a biologic need that can be permanent, often leading to decreased working memory, tension problems as adults as well as increased rates of depression and anxiety. However, nicotine has also been found to stimulate recovery from brain damage


7.    What does nicotine do to your memory?


This is somewhat of a controversial topic, however, a recent study found that nicotine patches assisted patients with mild cognitive impairment to gain back 46% of their performance. Patients who were not treated with nicotine deteriorated by 26%.


8.    Can nicotine lower levels of aggression?


It is common knowledge that smoking helps with stress, and so does vaping, without the negative side effects. A study conducted by Klaus Kjellerup found that nicotine decreases aggression levels as well as making you less aggressive in stressful situations by decreasing stress.


9.    Does nicotine curb your appetite?


We are all aware that nicotine is an appetite suppressant. There are even those who don’t smoke who make use of nicotine patches for weight loss or maintenance reasons. In addition, nicotine also lowers insulin levels in the bloodstream, causing you to crave less sweet foods. 


10.    Will smoking e-cigarettes lead to nicotine addiction?


While some make use of e-cigarettes to quit smoking, nicotine is still taken into the body when vaping. However, e-cigs don’t deliver nearly as much nicotine as tobacco cigarettes, and the lack of cigarette smoke also eliminates the risk of cancer. Ultimately vapers can also control how much nicotine they take in with their e-liquids and cartridges. 

This means that, as a vaper, you can still benefit from the advantages of nicotine such as suppressing appetite and decreasing stress and aggression, but without all the negative and harmful side effects of smoking. It is also vitally important to use good quality vaping products to avoid the incorrect and dangerous delivery of nicotine.

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