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Cigarettes and help with quitting

Leila Haywood

WHO response to cigarettes

WHO (World Health Organisation) is committed to fighting the global tobacco epidemic for public health and reaffirms the right of people to the highest standard of health, provides legal dimensions for international health cooperation and sets high standards for compliance.

In 2008, WHO introduced a practical, cost effective way to focus on tobacco control around the world, with each measure called MPOWER

The 6 MPOWER measures are:

  • Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies
  • Protect people from tobacco use
  • Offer help to quit tobacco use
  • Warn about the dangers of tobacco
  • Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
  • Raise taxes on tobacco.

 

Key facts

  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
  • Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
  • Around 80% of the world's 1.1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.

Have a chat to your dentist if you need help quitting - your teeth and gums, and your heart will thank you.

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E-cigarettes

Leila Haywood

Look out for new vaping pens with are unobtrusive with flavours like mango and glacier mint, and high tech with recharging by plugging into a laptop, and the nicotine is more palatable because it is made of salts, with a high dose of nicotine administered.. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in America have launched an investigation into luring children into using e-cigarettes, and have forbidding illegal sales and eBay postings, with children reported to be getting hooked on nicotine.  European regulations are stricter and are demanding that the dose of nicotine be reduced, with sales to under 18’s and marketing campaigns banned.

Do they harm your health?
E-cigarettes contain e-juice, also called e-liquid, with nicotine, the highly addictive drug that makes it hard for smokers to quit, but without the toxic chemicals from burning tobacco. They vary but generally contain propylene glycol, glycerin, water, nicotine, and flavours. E-cigarettes involve some health risks, though they are not more toxic than smoking cigarettes.

Does that mean they are harmless?
No, the World Health Organisation have investigated and reported in 2016 that vaping does not help people stop smoking. Nicotine is a poison that has as an effect on blood vessels that may increase people's heart attack risk. It has effects on reproductive health, and exposure during pregnancy can harm the development of the foetus and lead to low birth weights. It is toxic to a young person's developing brain, respiratory and body systems. The vapour delivers particles small enough to reach deep into the lungs which are not harmless like water vapour. Propylene glycol, the chemical found in e-liquids, can irritate the eyes and airways, and they can degrade into formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, both of which are considered carcinogens. 

The long term health effects on people who get nicotine from vaping over time are not known because e-cigarettes have been on the market for only 10 years, so it is unclear as to whether propylene glycol, an irritant to the respiratory tract, possibly results in lung problems after decades of vaping, with no long term studies.The full extent of their effects on heart and lung health, as well as their carcinogenic potential is unknown at this stage.

There are 7700 flavourings to make vaping appealing which are used in devices which may affect people's health, and there might be respiratory effects when they are  inhaled.

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