Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS): Can It End Smoking?
As it is clearly stated on every cigarette pack on the market, “SMOKING KILLS!” However, the warning seems to go unheeded. Millions of people around the world still continue with the habit despite knowing the effects of the substance. The Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik invented the so-called electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) or what we call an electronic cigarette. He had this health hazard warning in mind when he came up with an alternative to smoking cigarettes. Nevertheless, this is not an easy cure for smoking. Rather, the electronic cigarette lessens the health hazards of smoking by the way it is made and used.
Smoking is related to practically every terrible thing that can happen to you.
Can electronic cigarettes make you quit the habit? Find out for yourself.
How Does ENDS Work?
The ENDS, specifically the e-cigarette, mimics the typical cigarette. The hand-held device vaporizes a flavored liquid called e-liquid which the user inhales. Apart from the flavors, e-cigarettes contain propylene glycol, glycerin, and, you guessed it, nicotine (although some liquids are nicotine-free). The battery-powered device generates vapors in different intensities depending on the liquid content and electrical power of the device itself.
E-cigarettes work by simulating the act and feel of tobacco smoking through the aerosol (vapor) inhalation and the presence of some nicotine in the liquid. The contention is that e-cigarettes are less dangerous because they produce less of the toxic chemicals caused by burnt tobacco leaves. Hence, they are believed to be a better alternative to tobacco cigarettes.
ENDS come in various forms and size. However, they all operate in the same way and for the same purpose:
- Vape pens
- Hookah pens
- Electronic cigarettes
Is This The Answer To Quitting Smoking?
Unfortunately, the available data surrounding e-cigarettes are rather limited. There is no definitive evidence to show the validity of e-cigarettes as a cure for tobacco smoking. While some people may agree that e-cigarettes could assist smokers to lessen their nicotine cravings, studies are yet to prove that. E-cigarettes are not confirmed effective in putting an end to smoking. Another thing is the possibility of promoting, instead of curbing the nicotine dependence. This could ultimately, weaken the resolve to quit altogether.
Are They Safe?
Nicotine, in any form, is habit-forming!
The health hazards of e-cigarettes compared to the ordinary cigarettes remain uncertain. Until then researchers will conduct thorough studies. It is acceptable to say that e-cigarettes are bound to be safer than tobacco and may aid smokers in quitting the habit. Their role in reducing the health risks of tobacco is still unclear. However, there have been some claims that they could help lower tobacco-related illnesses and mortality. Still, the reality is that e-cigarettes still have nicotine and other potentially harmful ingredients in the liquid used.
Nicotine, in any form, is habit-forming. Studies suggest that having nicotine in the blood increases the chance of being hooked on other substances. Furthermore, some manufacturers are not keen enough to use non-toxic and non-carcinogenic chemicals. Therefore, perhaps the best way to look at it is to treat e-cigarette as relatively safer than tobacco cigarettes. Yet, e-cigarettes, in themselves, are not completely safe.
“People always come up to me and say that my smoking is bothering them… Well, it’s killing me!” – Wendy Liebman
Some Facts About E-cigarettes
After their invention in 2003, e-cigarettes found their way into the global market by 2004. Since then, sales of e-cigarettes have skyrocketed across the world. However, China still manufactures most of the products. Here are other interesting facts about the use of e-cigarettes:
- Most e-cigarette users are young people in the middle and high school levels.
- The primary reason that youths cite in ‘smoking’ e-cigarettes is the ‘appealing flavor’ of the vapor.
- Only a small percentage of adults who have tried e-cigarettes have continued to use them on a daily basis.
- In the U.S., the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) just recently finalized a rule extending its regulatory authority to include all tobacco-related products. This means that the rules now govern the production, distribution, sale, and use of all ENDS.
- Starting 2018, manufacturers and distributors of all tobacco-covered products (including ENDS) must prominently print on the product label the statement “WARNING: This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.”
The choice is yours if you want to try electronic cigarettes. However, it’s important to take in all the information and warnings that have been gathered so far about the use of ENDS. The best and only advice we could give you is to stay away from nicotine altogether. Give up the bad habit for good if you have it.