Monday, July 22, 2013

Electronic Cigarettes - Let’s Think Before We Inhale

Jul 22, 2013 by 
electronic cigarettesLet's pause and think before we inhale the hype of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). As is the case with conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, an addictive drug. Beyond their addictive quality, the health consequences of e-cigarettes are largely unknown. Before we jump on the bandwagon of promotion, let's consider the facts:
Fact: Addiction is a complex brain disease involving a wide range of addictive drugs including nicotine with enormous costs to individuals and society. Addiction in all of its forms accounts for one-third of all hospital inpatient costs and drives more than 70 other diseases requiring medical attention.
Fact: 95 percent of cases of addiction involving nicotine originate with substance use before age 21; the younger the age of initiation, the greater the likelihood of addiction.