A giant controversy has been laid upon the war of nicotine, with various alternatives now existing on the market but with none of them being as efficient as our power of will when it comes to resisting the endearing habit of smoking. Old habits die hard but e-cigarettes are a myth, as they may be reinforcing the addictive qualities of nicotine. They should be strictly regulated, as an online research recently published reveals.
When we think about smoking, we think about nicotine but nicotine alone does not chain us under addiction. There are other additives, more harmful than nicotine alone, contributing to addiction behaviors.
According to a Harvard study that takes a very close look at pyrazines, one of the main ingredients in e-cigarettes and light cigarettes, it seems that these particular enzymes enhance the addictive qualities of nicotine, making the e-cigarettes turn into a beautiful illusion rather than a steady reality that helps us overcome the impossible tobacco addiction.
All heavy smokers out there already know that nothing can replace a good cigarette, not even an electronic device that acts and tastes like one. Smoking is a habit we love to hate and the studies revealing smoking alternatives do nothing more but create storms in a glass of water. The best way to give up smoking is giving up smoking.
Of course e-cigarettes are as addictive as real ciggies, they only make us believe they are better but with the help of this recent study we can finally conclude that they’re not.
The good news is that for those of us who shifted to genuine tobacco to e-cigs, new regulations may appear to constrain the use of pyrazines in such devices, to kill the addiction.
Presently there are 600 additives approved for use in cigarettes, with pyrazine being responsible for enhancing the flavor and aroma of the tobacco smoke, contributing to those slight cocoa, nuts and popcorn type flavors. E-cigarettes are no greatly different, they are made with almost the same amount of additives but with additional flavoring.
Nicotine dependence is nevertheless very complex, releasing dopamine in our brain that activates the pleasure and satisfaction stimuli, thus it is pretty hard to give up such a pleasant habit. But in spite of that, we must keep away from making ourselves believe that we can replace one addiction with another. If you’re not ready to give up your morning cigarette yet, don’t do it. And if you do, do it for good, not with the delusional help of an electronic device that basically has the same addictive enzymes you find in regular tobacco, keeping your addiction alive.
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