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Teen Smoking – Prevention Through Example

Teens are highly susceptible to engaging in smoking, which is why a lot of them get addicted to it because their brain is still developing and it can get more harmful effects from inhaling nicotine. However, the adults can prevent the teens from getting into smoking by setting a good example. One of the main factors that teens get into smoking because they are convinced that it makes them look cool and that they are part of a cool crowd.

Recent Updates

 

More Positive Vaping Endorsement From British Lung Foundation

A couple of months ago, MPs announced that there would be an inquiry into the impact of e-cigarettes on human health, into how effective they are as a smoking cessation tool, the financial impact of the growing e-cig market on the NHS and on businesses, and the appropriateness of regulations about their use.

This announcement was welcomed by the UK’s vaping advocates, since an inquiry is the ideal opportunity for greater clarity about the benefits and risks of e-cigs and, with the wider publicity and greater public knowledge of the facts, both policy makers and the public at large will be able to make a more informed decision about whether vaping is the right choice for them.


Evidence And Submissions


Written evidence is already being accepted by The Committee, and more than 80 submissions have already been published. Among them are highly encouraging findings from the MHRA, the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations and Public Health England, with all of the evidence that has so far been provided showing overwhelmingly positive results regarding both e-cigs and human health, and e-cigs as a quit smoking tool.

Now, the BLF (British Lung Foundation) has also submitted their written evidence to the fact finding Committee. Their document supports the use of e-cigarettes, stating that the BLF believes e-cigs to be a excellent addition to the tools available which can help smokers to give up the habit. As part of their evidence, they state that the most commonly cited reason for using e-cigs in the UK is as a stop smoking aid, with 46% of vapers using their devices for this reason. The perceived health benefits of vaping was the second most common reason, with 27% of people giving this as their motivation for using an e-cigarette.

As part of their publication, the British Lung Foundation commended the success of the Stoptober campaign this year, explaining that the initiative had been put in place because of the popularity of e-cigs during last year’s campaign. In exploring the socio-economic divides between non-smokers and smokers, the BLF also made links between these and the boost in successful quitting attempts in recent years. While categorical evidence is difficult to provide to demonstrate that the increase has mainly been because of e-cigs, the BLF’s document stated that the availability of e-cigarettes as part of a wide range of potential quitting methods has been relevant.

The BLF collated research which had been carried out by medical professionals and health organisations and concluded that e-cigarettes were not harmful for human health. Citing the conclusion made by Public Health England that e-cigs are 95 percent less harmful than a regular tobacco cigarette, the British Lung Foundation explained that the range of toxins in e-cigs is significantly smaller and, as demonstrated in a study recently published by Dr Riccardo Polosa, vapers showed no reduction in their lung function over more than three years of investigation, thus they determined that while there may be a small risk associated with e-cig vapour, when compared to tobacco smoke, the risks are dramatically reduced.


Great News For Vapers


This positive submission from the well-respected British Lung Foundation is great news for vapers who are now hoping that this evidence will be taken on board by the enquiry, while smokers who are keen to give up the habit can feel more reassured that switching to vaping is a much better and healthier choice.

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Reverse Smoking: Is That Really A Good Thing?

A recent trend in smoking cigarettes that’s going on today is reverse smoking. This unusual technique is usually done with a cigar or a hand-made cigarette and the smokers places the lit end inside their mouth. Now as a non-smoker, this writer is aghast with this trend but apparently places like India and the Philippines it is quite common. And it is becoming popular among young people that want to get that a strong nicotine kick.

First Of All – What Is It?

Perhaps you haven’t heard about reverse smoking, but there is a rich history behind this old habit. It is just one more way to partake in smoking tobacco, but it is an old classic way in a day of high-tech electronic cigarettes.

Those who prefer hand-rolled cigarettes over factory machine-rolled are familiar with this technique. You’ll notice those who hand-roll their own cigarettes tend to be a creative type that are always thinking outside the box and coming up with unusual ways to get their tobacco fix.

Ant that is just what reverse smoking is – an unusual way to smoke a cigar, cigarette, or any hand-rolled tobacco leaf product by sticking the lit end inside their mouth. It is just what it says it is – smoking in reverse.

Almost 11,000 people were surveyed in India, the Philippines and other countries where reverse smoking is practiced. The results showed that almost 44% of them practiced this method of smoking! And this method is spreading around to other countries such as Panama, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela.

Is This Dangerous?

Again, as a non-smoker, that was my fist thought! And from what I can tell, it isn’t as common as traditional way of smoke and the motive behind this technique isn’t clear. And it certainly isn’t healthier as there is still connection to oral cancer and other diseases like cardiovascular or pulmonary.

The Big Question is Why?

What is the purpose of reverse smoking? What is the enjoyment? Unfortunately, if you’re a curious person, experts haven’t been able to find out a clear answer. Their speculation is that the nicotine is absorbed quicker, thus providing a stronger kick. No matter which technique you use to smoke, your body will end up absorbing it, but apparently, the younger generation of today find it a “cool” way to smoke.

Are There Risks With Reverse Smoking?

Yes – of course there is. You’re sticking fire in your mouth! This is dangerous practice and it can only increase the risk of mouth cancer. It also increases the risk of tooth loss, leukoplakia, and palatal changes.

Out of 100 people surveyed that practiced reverse smoking, 73 of them developed oral cancer. This included mouth cancer, esophagus cancer, larynx cancer, lung cancer, and even pancreas cancer. And it doesn’t minimize the risk of brain damage or cardiovascular diseases either.

A Safer Technique To Help Quit Smoking?

Absolutely not! There is nothing safe about sticking fire in your mouth, and as we stated throughout this piece, you’re still at risk for cancer and other diseases. If you’re looking for a way to quit smoking, and simply just putting them down and not smoking isn’t for you, then try electronic cigarettes, gum, or patches.  There are many other ways to help you quit and while none of them are 100% safe, they are definitely safer than reverse smoking.

How to Prevent Teens From Smoking?

Traditional smoking may have started to lose its momentum after several non-profit organizations and the government have launched an anti-smoking campaign recently, but with the new trend of electronic cigarettes and various other vaping devices, this has only made the situation worse. Electronic cigarettes are very cool to the eyes of the teens, and even more enticing as they are marketed to bring less harm to secondhand users since there is no combustion going on during the vaporizing process. However, it is a way for them to introduce nicotine into the body, which is not a good way at all. Before teens reach their hands out for the first vaping device, here is what you can do to prevent it from happening.

Setting a Good Example

There is a high number of teen smokers wherein their parents smoke. Even if the parents quit at one point, it will be quite difficult for them to prevent their teens from smoking completely, too. However, there is still the chance that they will change their minds. If you have a hard time to quit smoking, you should ask advice from your doctor.
In the meantime, while you are practicing habits from quitting smoking altogether, make sure you don’t smoke inside your house, inside the car or even in front of your teenager. Avoid leaving cigarettes where your teenager will likely find them. Explain to your child how unhappy your decision was when you smoke and that you want to quit, which is why you frequent the doctor to see any progress in quitting smoking. This will keep your teen from trying out smoking.

Try to understand the attraction

The reason why there are a lot of teen smoking is that it can be used as a form of rebellion among them. There are also studies wherein it is a way for them fit in a particular clique of friends. Some teenagers use smoking as a means to control weight gain. Others feel confident and cool while they smoke.
Try to have a meaningful conversation with your teen by what they feel about smoking. Try asking if they have any friends that smoke. Appreciate or applaud the good choices that your teen makes and even talk about the consequences that they will face when they make bad decisions. You might also want to bring into the discussion about how various tobacco companies are influencing the public about smoking, like through product placements or advertisements in movies, wherein it creates the perception on how it is glamorous or cool to smoke.

Appeal to the vanity of your teenager

You have to remind your teen that there is nothing good about smoking, not to mention it will make their body smelly and dirty. Smoking can give wrinkles and even give you bad breath. Smoking can even make your hair, breath, and clothes smell. It will also turn your teeth yellow, too. Smoking can even leave your body with less energy to do activities and many other fun activities. Don’t forget a chronic cough, too.

Be an adversary of teen smoking

There might be times that your teen does not hear a word you say, but you’ve got say it anyway. You must tell your teen that smoking is not allowed. Giving your disapproval will give more impact than what you initially think. Parents that set the firmest restrictions among their teens when it comes to smoking will make them think twice about smoking or even let them stay away from it. It is important that parents set limits to their children, even when it comes to smoking.

Stomatitis – What Is It And What Does Vaping Have To Do With It?

Stomatitis. Like anything with “itis” at the end of it, sounds painful right? But what exactly is stomatitis? Definition: Inflammation of the mucous lining of any of the structures in the mouth, which may involve the cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, and roof or floor of the mouth. The word “stomatitis” is when your mouth is inflamed, simple as that.

Stomatitis can affect your cheeks, gums, lips, palates, and tongue. It is painful, uncomfortable, and has been known to bleed. There are three types that are common:

  • Aphthous Stomatitis aka canker sores
  • Herpes Stomatitis aka cold sores
  • Nicotine Stomatitis

Nicotine And Stomatitis: What Is The Connection?

Aphthous Stomatitis could be caused by several things, most commonly is either an allergic reaction or poor hygiene. Herpes Stomatitis is a herpes simplex 1 virus. So, what is the cause of Nicotine Stomatitis? Nicotine stomatitis is common among smokers, as the name may give hint to, and usually affects heavy smokers and affects their mouths upper palate.

In addition to cigarettes being a cause of Nicotine Stomatitis, those who smoke cigars or pipes are prone to break out with Nicotine Stomatitis. When you smoke, the roof of your mouth is hit with a high concentration of chemicals and heat, both irritants. When you combine drinking hot coffee or tea with your smoking, you’re adding to the risk of Nicotine Stomatitis.

The risk factors for being diagnosed with Nicotine Stomatitis are those who have smoked cigars or pipes for a long period of time. And it is more common among men. While it could be hard to imagine somebody doing it on purpose, people that put the wrong end of their cigarette in their mouth are at a high risk of Nicotine Stomatitis.

Not A Common as It Was

Nicotine stomatitis is not a common condition as when more people smoked from a pipe. With the trend going from pipes to cigarettes, it has become less common. Today, there isn’t any research or study results that can give us a count of those affected by Nicotine Stomatitis.

Nicotine Stomatitis: Signs to Watch For

  • Gray or white patches on the palate of the mouth
  • Inflamed salivary glands with red or white dots
  • Appearance similar to a “dried lake-bed”

The only way you’ll every be diagnosed with Nicotine Stomatitis is by smoking tobacco. Nicotine gum, nicotine patches, or electronic cigarettes have not been connected with Nicotine Stomatitis. It is only possible when heat and smoke have been combined, such as with cigarettes, cigars, or pipe smoking.

There is no danger associated with Nicotine Stomatitis and it is common for smokers to never realize they have it because it is not always painful or sore. Nicotine Stomatitis has not been connected with cancer either.

Preventing Nicotine Stomatitis is simple:  If you smoke -quit.  If that is not an option you’re interested in and you’re currently smoking cigars or pipes, then switch to cigarettes, electronic or traditional. If you currently smoke in a reverse fashion, you’re at a higher risk and switching to filter end smoking would be a step toward prevention. While Nicotine Stomatitis is not life-threatening, when you’ve been diagnosed with it, quit smoking for 2 to 3 weeks and allow the upper palate lesions to heal and disappear.

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