E-cigarettes are hailed as the perfect solution for giving up smoking, something to wean you off gently. But more and more research suggests that e-cigarettes are not as harmless as initially thought or as the vendors want to make us believe.
Yes, it’s true that e-cigarettes do not contain tar and do not produce noxious gases such as carbon monoxide. At first glance this makes them healthier. But is that really the case?
E-cigarettes – the facts
One study by chemists at the University of Connecticut shows that vaping is potentially as dangerous as smoking unfiltered regular cigarettes, especially when it comes to DNA damage.
The liquid in e-cigarettes contains flavours which are suspended in an alcoholic solution. This solution when heated in the device breaks down and turns in to a wide variety of carcinogenic and otherwise harmful chemicals. This includes formaldehyde. We don’t yet know the long term effects of inhaling these dangerous chemicals, as e-cigarettes have only been around for a few years.
Even more dangerous is a new practice in vaping, called dripping. This means that drops of the e-liquid drip directly onto the heating coil, increasing the vapour cloud. This technique causes the liquid to heat up to an even higher temperature and releasing even more toxic chemicals.
There is really only one way to be sure that you don’t inhale toxic chemicals and that is not smoking or vaping at all. We know that this is easier said than done, as nicotine is addictive and weaning yourself off can be difficult.
How hypnotherapy can help
The good news is that there is a lot of support out there. Many people have managed to kick the nicotine habit. Many of them have succeeded with the help of hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy has a proven track record of helping people to stop smoking faster and more permanently. Of course, as with any of these techniques, individual results vary. But here is a statistic that speaks for itself.
Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis. This study was performed at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J. [for more statistics and studies see here]
Over to you
If you would like to take the next step and become a non-smoker, get in touch with me, Samantha Culshaw-Robinson. I am a clinical hypnotherapist and have been helping people stop smoking since 2010. For a free introductory session, please contact me either via email email@example.com or phone 075 222 777 22.