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Nicotine Increases The Body’s Inflammatory Response

Smoking Effects On The Imune System

Smoking causes lots of unhealthy consequences affecting teeth and gums, brain shrinkage, and among many others including cancers.

The effects of smoking are horrible. It is highly addictive. Regardless of the known harmful and even deadly consequences, many are still smoking.

One study1 found how nicotine messes up the body’s immune system. It increases the body’s inflammatory response. Cigarettes do not only contain nicotine, but a host of other harmful chemicals to make the flavor more appealing to smokers.

Researchers who do the study found that certain white blood cells called neutrophils are activated due to nicotine. This activation of red blood cells also releases molecules increasing the inflammation.

Is E-Cigarette A Safer Option?

Unfortunately, since this involves nicotine, e-cigs are not safe. The difference between e-cigarettes and real tobacco cigarette is that e-cigs don’t have the other thousands of harmful chemicals.

However, with the findings of this study, e-cigs become unsafe. In April 2014, one study2 published in Nature found e-cigs can change gene expression just as tobacco does. The liquids used in e-cigs to produced vapor contained chemicals like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and acrolein. These chemicals are known to cause cancer.

On the other hand, some researchers find these chemicals can only be activated under extreme conditions. To know more about this, let’s look how this happens.

As mentioned in the video, the harmful chemicals are only released when it is subject to high voltage. E-cigs are powered by batteries. Perhaps e-cig is a good tool for quitting smoking provided it is used appropriately.

FDA Bans E-Cigs To Minors

Due to the uncertainty of e-cigs long-term effects, the FDA has banned sales of e-cigs to minors. The manufacturing of e-cigs has now also been regulated.

Dealing with Nicotine Addiction

The addictive property of nicotine makes smokers struggling to quit smoking. Upon quitting, nicotine withdrawal symptoms happen. When a smoker stopped smoking, the brain craves it. This results to a strong urge to smoke and most smokers cannot resist this urge.

Let’s have a look how nicotine withdrawal affects the body…

Fortunately, with willpower and decisiveness, it’s possible to quit smoking. There are lots of ways to approach quitting smoking including acupuncture and herbs, patches, and lozenges.

Basically, aim to stay healthy and be optimistic about your journey towards breaking free from tobacco, or even e-cigs. Consult your doctor, and whenever possible find a support group who help people during the quitting process.

It’s really a difficult journey getting out and breaking free from nicotine addiction due to smoking. However, with continuous efforts and willpower along with optimism, quitting is possible. There are already many who did it, and you can do.

Those who are thinking into smoking, think again! It’s easy to get in, but it causes tremendous negative impact on overall health and wellness. The bad thing, it’s difficult to get out. So, don’t even think of trying to smoke. Otherwise, you’ll get hooked and it may be too late to get out.

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