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Nicotine "No More Harmful to Health Than Caffeine," RSPH Says

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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is calling for public confusion over nicotine to be addressed as a way of encouraging smokers to use safer forms of the substance. Tobacco contains nicotine along with many other chemicals, but nicotine by itself is fairly harmless. Nicotine is harmful in cigarettes largely because it is combined with other damaging chemicals such as tar and arsenic, and as a highly addictive substance getting hooked on nicotine is one of the prime reasons why people become dependent on cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (gum, lozenges, and patches) contain nicotine but don’t contain the harmful substances found in cigarettes.

    Alarmingly RSPH research reveals that 90% of the public still regard nicotine itself as harmful and the organisation is now calling for measures to promote safer forms of nicotine products to smokers and make it harder to use tobacco. Among the measures which are being called for in its report, “Smoking cessation: taking a harm reduction approach”:

    • Introduction of a smoking exclusion zone around pubs, bars and schools – allowing use of e-cigarettes but not allowing cigarette smoking. If smoking was banned from outside pubs and bars 50% of adults would be more likely to use these areas, and roughly one third of smokers would be more likely to use alternatives to cigarettes such as e-cigarettes or NRT;


    • Greater utilisation of e-cigarettes by smoking cessation services; only 3 out of 134 stores selling tobacco sold either NRT or e-cigarettes and over two thirds of the public back this measure;


    • Mandatory sale of Nicotine Replacement Therapy in shops selling cigarettes. In one study fewer than 0.5% of retailers sold Nicotine Replacement Therapy; almost three quarters of the public (70%) support mandatory sales of such products;


    • Licensing of all purveyors of cigarettes so that Local Authorities can remove the license of any retailers found not to be acting in accordance with tobacco legislation, such as age restrictions and the display ban;
      Renaming e-cigarettes nicotine sticks or vapourisers to distance them from cigarettes

    Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH “Over 100,000 people die from smoking-related disease every year in the UK. While we have made good progress to reduce smoking rates, 1 in 5 of us still does. Most people smoke through habit and to get their nicotine hit. Clearly we would rather people didn’t smoke, but in line with NICE guidance on reducing the harm from tobacco, using safer forms of nicotine such as NRT and e-cigarettes are effective in helping people quit. Getting people onto nicotine rather than using tobacco would make a big difference to the public’s health – clearly there are issues in terms of having smokers addicted to nicotine, but this would move us on from having a serious and costly public health issue from smoking related disease to instead address the issue of addiction to a substance which in and of itself is not too dissimilar to caffeine addiction.”

    Populus interviewed a random sample of 2,072 GB adults aged 18+ online between 5-6th August 2015. Surveys were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. Populus is a founder member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Further information at www.populus.co.uk.

    More information including the report can be found at www.rsph.org.uk/cigarettes



    Royal Society for Public Health/Aug. 13, 2015
    https://www.rsph.org.uk/en/about-us....cfm/pid/32B2FF71-A11A-42F6-A0C8EF19BA0E0C4F?
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Comments

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Hmm...regardless of what the British or American governments say about the safety of nicotine, I'm not sure if I personally buy into it--especially considering the long list of health concerns listed in the graphic accompanying this story.
  2. Alien Sex Fiend
    I have had nurses tell me that smoking less than 5 cigarettes a day is nothing and is safe.
  3. toppalini
    Nicotine is bad for you, but this is all dose-dependent. It's one of the most lethal drugs there is mg for mg. If you do a little reading into things like nicotine gum you will find that people's teeth fall out and all kinds of horrible stuff like that. But that's only when the gum is overused. Ejuice used in e-cigs and RDAs is probably much safer because you are ingesting tiny tiny tiny amounts of nicotine compared to a cigarette or or dip or nicotine gum. In a bottle of juice for dripping on an RDA you usually find between 3-8mg of nicotine, but that bottle lasts days and delivers hundreds of hits. A cigarette contains 10+mg but only 1-3mg is absorbed. That's nothing compared to a cigarette or a 4mg stick of nicorette gum. There's also thought to be a very powerful reaction between other chemicals in tobacco smoke and the nicotine which produces the marked body high and addictiveness of cigarettes.

    Bottom line is if you really want to quit, then you just need to quit and not use other "healthier" nicotine delivery systems in place of nicotine. Mainly because the feeling is not the same and you will eventually go back to cigarettes. RDAs are probably the best replacement in my opinion but they don't deliver a nicotine buzz at all, the buzz you feel is from inhaling a ridiculous amount of propylene glycol vapor which just makes you feel weird. But this action is fun and the tiny amount of nicotine that is absorbed can help with nicotine cessation. Then the act of smoking can be replaced with healthier vaping. But it should be noted that nobody really knows anything about the health effects of vaping long term, and inhaling tons and tons of propylene glycol/vegetable glycerin vapor probably isn't great for you. You know how if you blow cigarette smoke into a napkin, you have a brown stain? Well do the same thing with a vaporizer and you'll notice that the napkin becomes very wet. Or try blowing the vapor out your nose, you'll notice that some of the juice recondenses in your nose and drips out. This just can't be good for you. Although I'd bet anything that it's much much much safer long-term than a cigarette. Anyways all in all, there is no true replacement smoked tobacco in terms of the buzz it creates. Other delivery systems of nicotine should only be used to aid withdrawal and manage cravings until you're done. Which for some people might be the rest of their lives.

    ASF no smoking 5 cigarettes a day isn't safe and nurses don't know that much stuff. A doctor will never ever ever tell you smoking 5 cigarettes a day is safe. Those nurses who said it was safe probably smoke themselves and are just lying to themselves and everyone else to make themselves feel better. You're not going to notice much in the way of immediate health effects from 5 cigs a day, like a smokers cough or trouble breathing, but you still massively increase the likelihood that you will have cancer anywhere in your body, especially your bladder and your lung. Personally I can attest to the idea of 5 cigarettes as not being immediately harmful, as for a very long time I smoked less than 5 a day and noticed absolutely no change, but as I started to smoke more (closer to half a pack a day) I noticed that I was coughing much more and my lungs/chest just felt like shit all the time. Sort of like a permanent chest cold. It's almost like you can feel the tar coating your trachea. It's gross.

    Cigarettes are really bad for you, but there's much worse things out there, like smoking heroin. And also realize that we live in an age full of plastics and chemicals and processed foods and pollution. Nobody really knows what the long-term effects are from a lot of this shit because tons of this stuff is new. And also realize that cancer is completely inevitable as your cells can only divide so many times before they lose their shit and turn into cancer. Either something gets you first or you get cancer. Cigarettes just increase your chances of getting it earlier. Roll the dice if you want. Well actually flip a coin because about 50% of smokers will die early due to their addiction.

    Do what you want to do but know the risk. If you're always aware of what's at stake when you make a decision you should never live with regret. But also realize that vaporizers are the future of nicotine consumption, and even though cigarettes feel much better, they will eventually be entirely replaced by vaporized nicotine. Vaporizers will only become better and more efficient with time.
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