The dangers of vaping
So vaping’s not so safe after all, we’re now being told. Well, here at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic , we’ve never advocated the use of tobacco substitutes as a means to quitting.
The main reason is that such products, and that includes e-cigs, help perpetuate the myth that smoking is primarily a physical addiction rather than a psychological issue.
Nicotine gum, patches and more recently vaping, all maintain the fallacy that quitting cigarettes is going to be hell.
Successful treatment using hypnotherapy
But that’s nonsense. I’ve successfully treated hundreds of smokers using hypnotherapy and I start by explaining to them that what they regard as their physical addiction is their minds playing tricks. They mistake the fear they feel at giving up as being withdrawal symptoms. But this anxiety is a conditioned response. Their conditioning has been reinforced over the years, not least by the marketing of tobacco substitute products, including e-cigarettes.
But surely, many people insist, vaping is safer than smoking. I don’t disagree; yes it is – but it’s a bit like saying boxing is safer than being a Roman gladiator and then being surprised when your nose gets bust in the ring.
Just because smoking is so life-threatening and debilitating and vaping somewhat less so, doesn’t equate to vaping being safe.
And now we’re being informed that e-cigs are actually worse for you than has been generally assumed.
New research reveals that adults who vape are 56% more at risk of a heart attack and more prone to coronary artery disease and depression compared to non-users. They are also 30% more likely to have a stroke than non-users.
Mohinder Vindhyal, Assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine who led the research using data from more than 96,000 people is quoted as saying: “This is a real wake-up call and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes.”
The conclusion is clear: given a choice between smoking, vaping or quitting the only safe option is to stop.