Propylene glycol is a solvent, and there is a natural hesitation when it comes to the idea of breathing in a 'chemical'. There are over 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, nearly all of which are more harmful than propylene glycol. Yes, of course it isn't ideal and we don't know much about the long term health risks associated with inhaling it, but surely one chemical is better than 4000?
As I hit my late twenties, I was spending as much time as a non-smoker as I was a smoker. I would wean myself off, stay off for a while (once even an entire year) then suddenly that feeling of missing a vital part of my identity would over-ride logic (usually following a glass of wine or four) and before you know it - bam.
Electronic cigarette use is rising, with Action on Smoking and Health estimating that there are now 1.3 million current users of e-cigarettes in the UK. This number is almost entirely made up of current and ex-smokers, with perhaps as many as 400,000 people having replaced smoking with e-cigarette use.
Gone are the days when Hypnosis was related to getting subjects to run around clucking like a chicken and singing like Elvis. Indeed in 1955 Hypnotherapy was endorsed by the British Medical Association, and has over recent years become massively respected as a treatment to help clients to lose weight, overcome anxiety, stop smoking.
It has been suggested that there are seven different ways that music makes people feel things. Some of these are very immediate and common to all, like the brainstem response to sound, the potential for synchronising activity to the rhythms of music, or the emotional contagion of the emotions expressed in the music.
E-cigarettes, which can help people to stop smoking, are also part of the proposed revision. Although they should only be placed on the market under existing rules on medicinal products, member states should make sure they are also available outside pharmacies, according to the public health committee.
Health scares can be good for the health if you can learn from them. I am addicted quite seriously to cigarettes, but I don't smoke anymore. There are times when I miss them (when I have a cup of coffee or I'm waiting for a train, blah blah, yawn etc.) but I know myself far too well. I can't go there. Post- DVT, us smokers put ourselves at the greater risk of a recurring blood clot. It's a non-runner.