Smoking is the leading cure of preventable deaths; statistics have revealed that smoking-related disease is around 15,000 per annum and the major cigarette-related diseases include cancer, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Natural Cure and Remedies

There is also an associated healthcare cost of over $650 million per year and over 750,000 days spent in hospital per year. Tobacco smoking kills more men than women – 9,700 men compared to 5,200 women with. Cancer is the number one cause of tobacco-related death being cancer.

E-cigarettes / Vaping

We now know that globally tobacco kills 50% of its user.

Vaping is marketed as:

  • A less harmful alternative
  • Cheaper with savings of up to $5000 per year for conventional smokers
  • No harmful effects to those around you

But is Vaping safe?

If E-cigarettes are marketed as less harmful, can it be part of a natural cure and remedies for tobacco smoking?

There has been a significant growth in vaping shops which has coincided with a slight decline in cigarette smoking, but there are many dangers associated with E-cigarettes /vaping.

Danger to children 

A previous Apple A Day RX blog warned of the dangers of E-cigarettes/vaping. They are not natural cures and remedies for tobacco smoking.

A key study published in the journal Pediatrics found that e-cigarettes caused rising numbers of sick children, due mostly to swallowing liquid nicotine; one child died and several suffered comas and seizures.Another key Australian review study by Hess et al in April 2016 showed that E-cigarettes vapour contains elevated levels of nicotine, glycerine, propylene glycol, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde has the potential to cause adverse effects in adults and children.

DNA Damage 

Smoking whether it be E-cigarettes or tobacco causes DNA damage (through methylation) altering more than 7,000 genes which can contribute to the development of smoking-related diseases. Stopping smoking can reverse the effects but it can take decades.

Regulators 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been proactive by taking action against internet companies that sell e- cigarettes to minors. However, while this action is to be lauded more needs to be done by the regulators and governments.

The Australian study by Hess et al was a key finding but the TGA have done little to prevent a future catastrophe from occurring as covered by “Sky news”.

Governments need to do a lot more to educate smokers, provide more funding for research into natural cure and remedies for smoking and perhaps consider raising taxes for both conventional cigarettes and E-cigarettes which will help pay for the ever- increasing healthcare burden.