E-CIGARETTES & VAPING
For as long as humankind has been around, it has been seeking some type of effortless and safe way to manage human emotions, produce immediate and gratifying euphoria, and experience out-of-body occurrences. Because all addictions, by definition, have consequences, and the addict continues the behavior despite these consequences, new and novel ways are continuously being sought to obtain a pure and blissful high with no effort or consequences. Vaping addiction and e-cigarettes came onto the market in full-force around a decade ago and have continued to grow in popularity.
E-cigarettes have been touted as being a safer alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes. The process claims to only use concentrated nicotine while leaving out all of the harmful chemicals that are found in other smoking products. Since, the nicotine-containing oil, wax, liquid, that is used in e-cigarettes is inhaled, vaping has created its own issues with smoking.
It was once thought that e-cigarettes can help those who wish to stop smoking traditional tobacco products, the use of these electronic items has skyrocketed. The verdict is still out on the potential benefits of using vaping as a method to stop smoking tobacco cigarettes, cigars, and other products. But, preliminary results show that the use of e-cigarettes may have limited value in complete smoking cessation, because some users will either fully return to tobacco cigarettes, or use them on-and-off while vaping.
Further complicating the matter, the varied devices that follow under the broad term of e-cigarettes, have been used to either inhale substances that only have flavor, with no mood-altering substances. It is thought that young users of these products are not only at risk of developing lung problems from inhaling the (any times untested) substances, but also that they may have become a gateway to using nicotine and ultimately tobacco cigarettes, or other tobacco products.
It is also not uncommon for users of other oftentimes illicit mood-altering substances to resort to using vaping as an easy convenient and practicably unnoticeable method of using drugs. Drugs such as THC (marijuana), Spice, K-2, Pink, opiates (heroin, Oxycontin), methamphetamine, and cocaine have all been illicitly in e-cigarettes. Some will even tamper with these electronic devices to increase the heat that is generated and ultimately gain a more intense, rapid, higher level of intoxication. The problem with this is that the vapor that is inhaled at high temperatures can damage the lungs.
It remains to be seen, with further studies on the potential benefit of using e-cigarettes and vaping for smoking cessation. Many jurisdictions have instituted control measures on the manufacturing and sale of e-cigarettes and their products. There is a push to have all products that can be inhaled by vaping be rigorously tested prior to the marketing of the product. Until that time, the Addiction Specialists at the National Addiction Institute can help you locate resources to help you end your nicotine addiction, using other types of nicotine replacement therapy (NRTs) that have been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness in an appropriate smoking cessation program.
Whether you are only addicted to nicotine, or if you are also using other mood-altering substances, NAI can help you put a stop to the cycle of addiction and help you gain back your freedom. Our staff is available 24/7 and can be reached on this website, or by calling 844-889-8140.