A study made recently in the UK (United Kingdom) states that e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) are 200 percent more effective than other therapies that you use for nicotine replacement such as gums and patches when it comes to helping you stop smoking. But, a study done at the same time in the USA (United States of America) suggests that they may contribute towards heart attacks and strokes as well.
The UK study examined 886 people who smoked. It found that in 18 percent of the cases where people used e-cigarettes they were able to quit smoking after a year.
In case of people who had used other nicotine replacement therapies the success rate was at 10 percent.
Medical researchers did the USA study. It found that smoking e-cigarettes can increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks in people. This has strengthened the arguments that want regulatory action to be taken so that e-cigarettes can be banned. In fact, this study happens to be the biggest of its kind to date. It has discovered that people who smoke these electronic variants have a 71 percent higher risk of suffering a stroke.
They are at a 59 percent higher risk when it comes to heart attacks and angina. With regards to other kinds of other coronary heart diseases, their risk is 40 percent higher.
The union health ministry in 2018 had already sent an advisory to each state to ban making, trading, and selling of these products. This has already been done in the following states in 2016 and 2017:
E-cigarettes say that they do not have a number of health risks that normal cigarettes have, the ones that are related to smoking tobacco in general. They are supposed to be healthier alternatives to cigarettes and other forms of nicotine consumption. In some studies, it has indeed been found that smoking can help you quit smoking. Some studies have also suggested that the benefits are modest for people who are looking to quit altogether. However, for people who are looking to cut down on the intake, they are great.
In most cases, it has been seen that they contain nicotine. It is an addictive substance and can lead to changes in the brains of adolescent individuals as well. They also pose threats when you are pregnant and are highly capable of interfering with the development of your fetus. Their aerosol has elements such as solvents, toxicants, and flavors. These have the potency to be harmful to you. An e-cigarette can expose your lungs to a number of substances. One of them is diacetyl that can lead to a situation named popcorn lung. It is a severe lung disease that cannot be reversed.
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