Beware, smokers! Smoking increases risk of hearing loss


E-cigarettes are inhalable aerosols which heat a solution containing nicotine.

Electronic cigarettes have always been touted not only as a safer alternative to cigarettes but as a potential avenue by which existing smokers might quit. The marketing around smoking may not be visual now but there's still a lot of hype around stopping and smokers are led to believe that it's really tough to quit.

E-cigarettes are not entirely risk-free, but when compared to tobacco cigarettes they are significantly safer - there is no question about it - and we know that they are effective in reducing smoking rates.

"While we continue to encourage innovation of potentially less harmful forms of nicotine delivery for now addicted adult smokers, we can all agree no child should be using any nicotine-containing product", he said. Action needs to be taken now.

Samir Soneji, an associate professor of health policy at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine and the paper's lead author, said that advertising e-cigarettes as a means to quit or reduce smoking has done damage, mostly to young people. After only 20 minutes; blood pressure returns to normal and after six months the risk of heart attack, cancer and other "smoking" diseases falls.

Two years ago, 15.5 per cent of adults were smokers. Smoking is responsible for 16 different types of cancer, including 86% of lung cancers, 37% of bladder cancers and 23% of liver cancers.

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"Most smokers underestimate the effectiveness of professional help, but more people succeed with our Specialist Stop Smoking service than with any other way".

Every year in the United Kingdom, 96,000 people will die from diseases caused by the bad habit. It is celebrated in communities across the world trying to educate more people every year.

It says nicotine replacement therapies are safe, licenced for use in pregnancy, and for people with cardiovascular disease, plus there is now worldwide consensus that electronic cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking. "I don't think this would have been possible if I hadn't of made the decision to become healthier, stopping smoking made me healthier and enhanced how I performed while taking part in physical activity".

"The harms of e-cigarette use among adolescents and young adults are serious", he said. This could undermine an attempt to quit or make it more hard for people to stay smoke-free.

However, a growing body of research suggests that e-cigarette devices are not as "harm-free" as manufacturers claim they are.