Originally published April 17 2014
E-cigarettes - the real 'gateway drug' for youth that leads to smoking for life
by S. D. Wells
(NaturalNews) "Hey man, want to meet by the fence after school and have a smoke? I got a vaporizer!" "Hey, these things are cool, they're not like cigarettes at all" -- This is typical talk at middle schools and high schools across the nation, where teens (and even preteens) think it's cool to smoke, because vaporizers are "cool" looking, so why not partake of the electronic cigarette frenzy, a.k.a. "e-cig," because they're certainly not as bad as cigarettes. Or are they?
Sure, by smoking electronic cigarettes you feel as though you've actually accomplished something, by avoiding all those chemicals you hear that "Big Tobacco" puts in all commercial "cancer sticks." By smoking e-cigs, all you're smoking is some e-juice, and we all know that's less dangerous to your health than pesticide, insecticide, ammonia and formaldehyde, but what's better is that there's less nicotine. Wrong again. There are no regulations in place for the nicotine levels in e-cigs and how much or how often anyone smokes them, just like commercial cigarettes. What's worse is that the nicotine addiction comes on even stronger, right away. Now nicotine is more "pure," thanks to e-cigs, only diluted enough to not burn you.
But wait, hold that thought, that exhale, for a second, what about your liver, kidneys and pancreas? Nicotine addiction leads to detrimental health consequences, regardless. Plus, nearly all e-cig cartridges are loaded with (industrial grade) propylene glycol or "PG" -- an active ingredient in engine coolants, antifreeze, airplane de-icers, polyurethane cushions, paints, enamels and varnishes. So everyone who brags about less chemicals in their smoke (mist) are still processing THAT: (http://www.naturalnews.com).
The Gateway Drug - "E" CigsCommercial cigarettes come from commercial tobacco, which is genetically modified and sprayed with pesticides. Cigarettes also contain heavy metals at alarming levels. Although electronic cigarettes were never meant to be a "hook" for commercial cigarettes, they mostly are for teens who have NO IDEA what addiction to nicotine means, nor the repercussions.
Commercial cigarettes kill millions of people slowly, miserably. As for electronic cigarettes -- they are not regulated by the FDA or the CDC. There are three major companies across the globe that sell the majority of e-cigs, but there are thousands of outlets, online, where anyone can order them. There are kiosks in malls, and there is PEER PRESSURE to engage in the third-most addictive drug in the world, running close behind heroin and cocaine. Are you still smoking your way directly into depression, since you'll be relying on nicotine to "reach" emotional states of mind?
How will teens now deal with stress later, while they're addicted to "nic" -- the feel-good drug that lasts 15 to 45 minutes but serves as a core central nervous system disruptor? How will they find balance? How will they deal with a full-time job and children and bills? Health "pitfalls" become cliffs quickly. Are e-cigs the gateway drug? You be the judge. Pot certainly is not. Maybe we need a new advertising campaign. Quick, call the CDC -- I have some billboard ideas!
As for former smokers, e-cigs may have been your escape from commercial cigarettes, and I'm certainly not knocking that. But what MUST be considered here is that smoking vaporized nicotine is NOT COOL, but instead a health detriment (habit) that no teenager in the world should be "taking up." It doesn't matter if e-cigs don't contain tobacco, pesticides or heavy metals -- they still are promoted as something other than dangerous, in all the newspaper "coverage" and on the television "specials."
How will you find balance?What's the solution? Don't light up. Enlighten. Learn about the dangers of nicotine to your survival organs. Learn about immunity, natural remedies and natural cures. They are out there. Natural News enthusiasts just know WHERE to look.
Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco smoke that causes smokers to continue to smoke. Addicted smokers need enough nicotine over a day to 'feel normal' -- to satisfy cravings or control their mood. How much nicotine a smoker needs determines how much smoke they are likely to inhale, no matter what type of cigarette they smoke.
Nicotine affects the brain and blood pressureOne drop of pure nicotine can kill a grown man. What qualifications do all the manufacturers of e-cigs and e-juice, also known as nic-juice -- what do these people really know about safety and measuring in general. Are they scientists? Are they lab technicians? Hey, grab some PURE nicotine and dilute it yourself in your garage and all of a sudden you're a "dealer." That's just great. Is your kid "breaking bad"? How much "nic-juice" do YOUR kids smoke? What's the dose and frequency? If you're the smoker or thinking about it, it's time to understand the repercussions. If you've started, you need to detoxify your liver right away. If you are "that" kid or young adult, start doing some "homework" on e-cigs and opt out! (http://www.healingfoodreference.com)
By the way, you can't live without your liver. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
So, how do you quit e-cigs and commercial cigarettes? What's the natural solution? Ask the Health Ranger, Mike Adams, Forensic Food Scientist, who's blowing the whistle on hidden chemicals in foods, medicine, water, superfoods and, yes, cigarettes!
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