Nicotine: Friend or Foe?
It’s one of the questions many people have on the tip of their tongues, and rightfully so.
For so many years nicotine has had us hooked on the cancer sticks, making it close to impossible to deny its seductive attraction.
“An alarming amount of confusion seems to persist about the safety of nicotine. Due to its association with traditional cigarettes, many people still maintain the misconception that nicotine, rather than tobacco, is the culprit behind the many illnesses caused by smoking. But when you take a look at the science, this may not even be true; in fact, increasing evidence suggests that nicotine may actually help doctors treat neurological disorders such as depression, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.“
But is nicotine really the devil? Or just an innocent party caught up in the wrong crowd, guilty by association?
Nicotine is not only an alkaloid found in tobacco, but is also found in everyday natural foods such as eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers. Sadly, instead of hanging out with these guys, cigarettes came along and stole the limelight.
The rest is history, I guess.
When lighting up a traditional tobacco cigarette, the nicotine – along with up to 4,000 other chemicals (around 70 being carcinogenic) – gets released through combustion, ie. lighting on fire and creating smoke.
E-cigarettes on the other hand, heat (not combust) e-liquid with a mixture of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, producing nicotine steam in vapor form. So you get that necessary nicotine hit, curb the cravings, and miss out on all of the nasties.
It’s up to the individual to seek advice on what level of nicotine is right to begin their transition from the dark side of tobacco.
It’s really up to you to decide whether nicotine really is the elephant in the room, or if it’s the tobacco that it’s all too often associated with.
Any vaper will tell you that vaping nicotine was the final saving grace after countless failed attempts using patches, gums, sprays, and even hypnosis. So, if you can get the hit while simulating the sensation of smoking without actually taking in all that nasty stuff, I say this:
Dear Nicotine, if you’re helping people make the transition from smoking tobacco and giving people a second chance at life, then you are one of the good guys!