IN recent years many smokers have turned to e-cigarettes in order to help them stop smoking.
It’s thought that in the UK there are around 3.6 million people who use e-cigarettes, but one expert has warned that they could be damaging your health.
An e-cig is a device that allows you to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than smoke – which is why some people call it vaping.
They don’t burn tobacco or produce carbon monoxide – two of the biggest dangers for smokers.
The NHS states that e-cigs are ‘far less harmful than cigarettes and can help you quit smoking for good’.
In 2019 a study found that when combined with face-to-face support, people who used e-cigs to quit smoking were twice as likely to succeed as people who used other nicotine replacement products.
They are regulated across the UK and the NHS says they are safer than cigarettes but do pose some risks.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is fiercely opposed to e-cigarettes and previously published a report calling for countries to ban the sales of the products or to subject them to the same regulations as tobacco products.
During this year’s Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum Matt Ridley, Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Vaping said while vaping is not harmless, it is ‘better than the alternative’.
He said that the World Health Organisations (WHO’s) war on vaping is ‘positively unhinged’.
He added: “There is no evidence that more people are taking up vaping than they were before. They are better for human health and they are no inconvenience to society”.
Parvinder Sagoo, superintendent pharmacist and clinician at SimplyMedsOnline has revealed the seven hidden dangers of e-cig as well as offering his tips on how to quit smoking for good.
Parvinder explained that research over the last few years has found that vaping could affect your fertility and your chances of becoming pregnant.
He explained: “This is because e-cigarettes that use sweet flavours could contain harmful chemicals such as diethylene glycol and nitrosamines which have both been noted for having a damaging effect on fertility.
“So if you are a vaper, you may find that it will take you much longer to become pregnant than someone who does not smoke at all.”
If you vape and experience lower back pain, this could be down to the e-cigarette, Parvinder said.
One woman previously revealed that the three lower disks in her back were degenerated, with doctors saying it could be down to her frequent vaping.
Parvinder explained: “This is because nicotine which is used in e-cigs can cause our blood vessels to become narrower.
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