If you are considering quitting smoking, you may be tempted to use electronic cigarettes. It is also known as e-cigarettes, which are widely thought to ease the transition. However, recent research has revealed that e-cigarettes can cause heart arrhythmias and are similar to or worse than conventional cigarettes.
A new study from the University of Louisville (UofL) in the United States. Published on October 25 in the scientific journal Nature Communications. Suggests that exposure to specific chemicals found in e-cigarette liquids (e-liquids) promotes arrhythmias and cardiac electrical dysfunction.
Cigarette smoking is lethal.
Smoking poses numerous health risks and can affect any part of the body, from head to toe, and is not limited to the lungs. It is the leading preventable cause of cancer, accounting for 30% of cancer-related deaths. “Smokers are at much higher risk of getting cancers of lung, oral cavity, nose and sinuses, stomach, pancreas, urinary tract, kidney or liver or uterus. It is a leading cause of death from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. “Smoking is also a significant risk factor for osteoporosis, reproductive disorders, erectile dysfunction, and cataract,” explains Dr. Mittal of Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre.
The escape route
Two out of every three smokers want to quit. While 50% try on their own, 30% seek assistance, and only 3-6% succeed on their own. “Tobacco cessation clinics/centres (TCC) assist current tobacco users in quitting tobacco in a scientific manner. At TCCs, pharmacological interventions are used in conjunction with behavioural strategies to achieve quit rates of approximately 25-30%, says Dr Vikas Mittal, associate director – pulmonology and sleep medicine, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi.
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Once you’ve made the decision to quit smoking, follow these guidelines.
Even if the desire is strong, keep in mind that it will pass in 5-10 minutes. So, just try to put it off as long as possible, and it will be gone.
Consider using nicotine replacement therapy. Nicotine is available in chewing gum, nasal sprays, inhalers, and nicotine patches.
Stay away from potential triggers. Avoid situations such as going out with friends, going to parties, or going to bars while you are trying to quit smoking.
Chewing gum (preferably sugarless), hard candy, or any other food that can delay or resist the craving can also be tried.