Traditional cigarettes are used by more than 34 million Americans – and tobacco continues to remain a staple addiction amongst those recovering from other substances. The rise of e-cigarettes, a battery powered device that converts liquid nicotine into a mist or vapor to be inhaled], has been deemed as a healthy alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes because they claim to have less chemicals than traditional cigarettes.

In fact, many Americans are utilizing e-cigarettes as a way to either quit smoking tobacco or as an option that is less noticeable and can be used more conveniently (such as inside at work, because there is no harsh tobacco smoke that comes from it). For individuals who aren’t quite ready to give up tobacco yet, the question remains: Which is better: traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes?

A few years ago, Harvard Medical School explored this topic; John Ross, MD and contributing editor, explained that e-cigarettes are less lethal than traditional cigarettes by a landslide. The most beneficial aspects of e-cigarettes are that they don’t produce that tar or toxic gases found in traditional cigarettes, but studies are conflicted as to whether or not they really help people reduce their overall nicotine use – in fact, some studies show that it may increase a person’s nicotine use over time. Furthermore, e-cigarettes are still associated with negative health consequences, such as:

  •    Insulin resistence
  •    Type 2 diabetes
  •    Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  •    Risk of addiction to other drugs
  •    And more

If e-cigarettes are chosen, it’s important to be careful of not only one’s health consequences but just how effective this option is in helping a person quit nicotine use altogether.

If you’re ready to jumpstart your journey to mental, physical and spiritual wellness, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today. Recovery is possible – and you’re not alone.

If you’re ready to begin taking great strides towards your health and wellbeing, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today. Mental illness should be taken seriously and, if not treated early on, more severe conditions can arise. The best way to promote happiness and health is to seek help – and to begin using effective interventions for treating the problematic symptoms a person is experiencing. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need. Please call Alta Loma today – and you’ll be surrounded by a healthcare team who truly cares about your recovery. 866-457-3843