The debate on electronic devices continues as NHS encourages smokers to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking. Non-profit organizations think this move could have negative repercussions on people, who might be wrongfully led into thinking that e-cigarettes are healthier than normal ones.
NHS has recently announced that medical experts should encourage the use of e-cigarettes among patients looking for an effective method to quit their self-destructive behavior. Their statement is justified by the fact that these electronic devices are less noxious than traditional cigarettes, but they do not offer the same sensations; thus, forcing smokers to quit.
Health organizations, on the other hand, have strongly contested NHS’ declaration. They believe e-cigarettes are even more harmful than regular cigarettes, not necessarily for the substances they contain, but rather for the psychological effects they trigger in smokers.
According to the recent medical investigations, it appears that e-cigarettes create a new addiction, particularly in those who are very young. Most smokers consider the electronic device a healthy replacement for their bad habits. As a consequence, they no longer make progress and remain electronic smokers, instead.
Researchers warn people that e-cigarettes contain just as many noxious substances as the products they substitute. For that matter, they should only be used for the brief transition period before quitting permanently.
Other physicians think quitting becomes all the more difficult once e-cigarettes have been used. They suggest patients to give up cigarettes of any kind, if they want the treatment to be successful.
Electronic smoking devices are even more dangerous for teenagers who have never smoked traditional cigarettes. According to the recent investigations, adolescents are more inclined to smoke regular cigarettes if they have used electronic replacements for a long period of time.
NHS believes electronic cigarettes may be used to obtain good results as long as people understand that they are not completely risk free. However, they, too, consider that smoking e-cigarettes should not be allowed in public places and locales as it may lead to a precedent. Regular smokers might be tempted to think that smoking is allowed in that particular location. In addition, they may require similar permissions, given that e-cigarettes contain nicotine and they are subsequently, unhealthy, too.
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