discover the dangers it creates
– The latest National Health Survey (2016-2017) showed a drop in tobacco consumption from 42.2% to 32.5%. But according to the National Drug and Alcohol Consumption Prevention and Rehabilitation Service (Senda), vaping consumption has doubled in just six years.
– E-cigarette use increases the chances of suffering from chronic lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), etc.
Tobacco kills more than 8 million people worldwide every year. In Chile, smoking kills 52 people every day, or 18,900 Chileans per year. And 16% of our deaths are attributable to tobacco use.
However, the latest National Health Survey (2016-2017) showed that tobacco consumption fell from 42.2% to 32.5%. But according to the National Center for Drug and Alcohol Consumption Prevention and Rehabilitation Services, e-cigarette consumption has doubled in just six years.
For Dr. María Paz Corvalán, a tobacco expert and member of the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation team at Clínica INDISA, this is far from reality. He explained, “E-cigarette liquids contain a variety of chemical components in addition to nicotine, flavorings, and fragrances. Marijuana can also be added to e-cigarette liquids, which is a route to drug use. All of these will become vapors. , can cause people to cough, asthma and respiratory inflammation, the condition is very serious.
E-cigarettes are mostly used by teenagers aged 15 to 24, as the different flavors it offers attract the attention of the youngest, who can find different types of flavorings such as cinnamon, vanilla, mint, strawberry, chocolate, etc. option. However, what many people don’t know is that these condiments contain carcinogenic ingredients such as benzaldehyde and ethyl acetoacetate.
“One of the main problems is people’s perception of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool. This is not the case, because there is no high-quality evidence that using e-cigarettes is effective in quitting smoking, and in fact it can cause cancer and other health problems.” Expert Sure.
Some of the major health damages that e-cigarettes can cause include:
⦁ Inhalation of toxic substances: The operation of e-cigarettes involves heating a liquid that contains nicotine and chemicals. These substances can have adverse effects on lung health when inhaled, including irritation and long-term damage.
⦁ Addiction: Although they are advertised as an alternative to quitting smoking, long-term use may lead to dependence on nicotine and marijuana.
⦁ Effects on Respiratory Health: Irritating to airways and lungs. Vaping can cause coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing, which can lead to hospitalization and death in the case of EVALI. The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted possible respiratory risks associated with it, especially among adolescents.
⦁ Exposure to second-hand steam: Like cigarette smoke, exposure to secondhand vapor poses health risks because it contains potentially toxic substances that can affect those around you.
If you want to quit smoking, there are different options available. Dr. María Paz Corvalán states, “The way most smokers quit smoking is by delaying each cigarette for 10 minutes, and the urge to smoke fluctuates up and down within 10 minutes. That’s why a good choice is to chew gum, suck on candy, drink any type of Liquids, eating veggies, going for walks, etc.”
It is never too late to quit smoking, which is why Clínica INDISA has a trained medical team to accompany you every step of the way. If you would like to book an hour with one of our experts, visit www.indisa.cl