Jack Simpson

Jack Simpson

Some smokers finally got the message. For others it took longer. And, for some, they are still doing something harmful to their health.

Those with the habit took different approaches to stopping a bad habit. Some heard the words “smoking is harmful to your health” and quit puffing cold turkey. It was painful. Others used a patch and chewed special chewing gum. And a few went the counseling route.

Still others adopted the e-cigarette. A battery-powered device that contains cartridges containing different flavors and nicotine, which is still addictive and can damage lungs.

The message was that e-cigarettes were not as harmful as smoking tobacco. Now we learn of long-term consequences from e-cigarette use. Vaping may not have as many benefits as once suggested. Scientists at Stanford University have tested some of these flavored cigarettes and found they contain ingredients that damage blood cells. The increased nicotine in e-cigarettes may contribute to cardiovascular disease. Vaping increases a risk of strokes and heart attacks.

So what we once thought of as a good substitute for tobacco cigarettes turns out are not really all that beneficial to us!

Heavy concentrations of nicotine and the flavors in e-cigarettes does DNA damage to our cells. Those who use e-cigarettes to help them cease smoking tobacco are risking their health. The new message out there tells the public that e-cigarettes should be considered as dangerous as tobacco smoking.

Each kind of cigarette is introducing poisons into the body, increasing risks of health problems and strokes.

People do have their bad habits and will continue enjoying some of them in spite of warnings about the health consequences.

Sooner or later continued use of an addictive substance like nicotine will have consequences. Then these ill effects will have to be addressed in some manner.

What we can do now is learn of any hazards we face and decide how we will address potential risks.

Those who decide to quit vaping may need help from health care providers.

Jack Simpson is a former educator, a veteran, an author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each week in the weekend edition of this newspaper.

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