E-cigarettes have long been touted as a healthier substitute to cigarettes laden with nicotine. However, here is some news for smokers. According to a latest study, commonly sold e-cigarette liquids contain a substance which could be capable of causing asthma and allergy symptoms. For the study, the team analysed each sample to find out exactly which chemicals were present and in what quantities. They found that for every liquid they tested, it contained about one substance each that had a potential level of health risk factor, according to the United Nations classification system.
These substance included methyl cyclopentanolone (found in 26.3 per cent of samples) and a-ionone (found in 8.7 per cent of samples), both of which "may cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled", as per their classification. Amongst other substances, such as menthol (42.9 per cent of samples), ethyl vanillin (16.5 per cent of samples) and acetyl pyrazine (8.2 per cent of samples), were classified as "able to cause respiratory irritation".
Constantine Vardavas from the University of Crete who presented the research said, "Our research reveals that e-cigarette liquids on sale have ingredients that are potential respiratory irritants."
"This means that they are substances which irritate the airways according to previous research and international classification standards," he added.
In examining the content of e-cigarette refills, a random sample of e-cigarette liquids was selected from popular brands on sale in nine European countries, including a variety of flavours and nicotine strengths.
Another study by Linnea Hedman from Umea University in Sweden also revealed that those who were in a habit of smoking e-cigarette may have trouble in respiratory health, exhibiting symptoms such as a persistent cough, wheezing and coughing up mucus as much as those who smoke conventional cigarette.
The team surveyed more than 30,000 people, who were randomly selected from the general population, about their smoking habits, use of e-cigarettes and respiratory symptoms. Both the studies were presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Milan.
While it is not completely impossible to help smokers get rid of smoking, these studies reveal that E-cigarettes may also bring along its adverse health consequences Here are some natural ways through which can help one get rid of smoking -
1. Licorice Stick or Mulethi
One of the most reliable and traditional home remedy is to chew on licorice stick whenever you are hit be the urge to smoke. It not only curbs the urge, but also does wonders for your digestive system. It makes for a great substitute for a smoke.
Add ginseng powder to your breakfast. It effectively helps to prevent the release of dopamine, one of the main components found in nicotine. It also helps the body to deal with physical and emotional stress while withdrawing from the habit.
Honey is an excellent remedy in curbing the urge to smoke. Honey contains beneficial vitamins, enzymes and proteins, which help in giving up the habit with ease. Take some dalchini powder and mix half teaspoon of honey and have it with water at least 2-3 times a day to reduce the urge to smoke.
4. Dried Ginger and Lemon
Ginger has sulphur compounds that help in reducing the addiction of tobacco. All you need to do is to soak small pieces of ginger with lemon juice and mix it with black pepper and store in a container. Just suck a piece of ginger whenever you have the urge to smoke.
5. Drink Plenty of Water and Liquids
Drink plenty of water during the first three days of quitting, as it will help in flushing out nicotine faster. Milder forms of green tea are also very helpful. Avoid black tea and coffee during the quitting process.
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