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Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, but scientists have now revealed that smoking leaves a ‘footprint’ on
And no, I'm not joking. Vaping has become a sport. It's not new thing either, having risen to prominence in the West Coast of the U.S with the inception of e-cigarettes in 2007 and is now widespread throughout America. Since some of the world's top sportsmen and women are showcasing themselves in Rio right now, I thought I'd delve into this bizarre world and look at some of the 'athletes' this particular 'sport' has to offer.
Smoking remains the number one killer in England but people continue to quit and e-cigarettes are now the most popular quitting tool. Clearly e-cigarettes have the potential to help many more people to quit smoking, and we need to embrace that, while minimising any potential harms...
Let's start with the obvious... smoking is bad for you! We all know it, it's not a secret, yet every day I bet we all see people walking down the street with a cigarette. Unfortunately, for many people smoking is a very social activity and something it's very difficult to stop.
People with mental health conditions typically smoke at higher rates and are more heavily addicted than average. Around one third of adult tobacco consumption is by people with a mental health condition. This means that they are much more likely to experience serious health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease, as a result of smoking.
The UK Royal College of Physicians have published a new report reiterating e-cigs' use as a quitting tool. However, legislators all over the world are falling over themselves to regulate e-cigarettes into e-blivion, even though the science doesn't always back them up.
The e-cig has sky-rocketed in popularity - cool looking vape-shops now litter most high streets. It is like the time before we knew how bad cigs were for us, glitzy advertising, alluring packaging, a variety of delicious flavours - all of which appeal to the rebellious teen (or apparently infant!).
The best way to reduce smoking among young people is to reduce smoking in the world around them, helping adults to quit so that smoking is no longer the norm. It is never too late to quit, and the benefits of doing so reach far beyond your own health and wellbeing, it will make a difference for future generations.
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