One of the big advantages e-cigarettes are said to have over tobacco products is they’re supposed to make it easier and safer for people to quit smoking. However, many e-cigarette companies are owned by companies that also make tobacco products, so you may want to take these claims with a grain of salt. In fact, there are several disadvantages to quitting with e-cigarettes.
2 Disadvantages of Quitting Smoking With E-cigarettes
In spite of the benefits e-cigarettes are said to have if you want to quit smoking, there are 2 reasons you may want to consider other quitting alternatives.
One reason is e-cigarettes have been shown to increase inflammation in the lungs. Inflammation is one of the key precursors to chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and e-cigarette vapors have been shown to increase lung inflammation in several studies.
A second reason e-cigarettes may not be a great choice when you want to quit smoking is their vapor disables protective lung cells. These protective lung cells are called alveolar macrophages, and their job is to help the lungs remove harmful particles. Unfortunately, one study showed that e-cigarette vapors both decreased the effectiveness of these cells and increased the death rate among alveolar macrophages. The impairment and death of these cells may result in a higher risk of lung infections and progressive lung conditions like COPD.
There Are Safer Ways to Quit
In light of the growing body of evidence against using e-cigarettes to help quit smoking, you may want to consider other quitting methods.
For example, there are many brands of nicotine patches and gums, and these can help you slowly ease out of nicotine dependency without exposing your lungs to further damage. There are also prescription medicines available that may increase your ability to stop smoking.
Even if you don’t want to use these methods, you can quit smoking without the help of prescriptions or quit aids. However, making changes to your daily routine may help increase your chances of quitting successfully. For example, you may want to replace your first cigarette of the day with a short walk.
Find Help Treating Chronic Lung Diseases at Lung Health Institute
Although quitting smoking is essential for chronic lung disease patients, there are also treatments that may help your symptoms. For instance, our Lung Health Institute health care team has created 2 natural treatments designed to help chronic lung disease patients.
One of the natural treatments we offer is cellular therapy. When patients receive cellular therapy, also known as platelet-rich plasma-platelet concentrate (PRP-PC), a small sample of the patient’s own blood is taken via an IV. This small sample is taken to our on-site labs where helpful cells are separated and concentrated. These concentrated cells are then returned into the bloodstream through the same IV. Once in your body, they’ll move to the lungs where they may promote the repair of damaged tissue and reduce inflammation, and this may allow patients to Breathe Easier™ and improve their quality of life.
We also offer 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans that may help chronic lung disease patients. These plans contain tips about diet, information about sleeping, helpful supplements and other factors that may benefit you in several ways. For instance, they may help you take control of your health by boosting your immune system. These plans may also help train your body to use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel.
Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.