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Act F.A.S.T: Must Know Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

Things you must know about the signs and symptoms of a strokeAct F.A.S.T: Must Know Signs and Symptoms of Stroke
 Stroke does not choose a victim, but one can be at a risk to it. When a stroke occurs, it requires immediate attention for prolonging the exposure before treatment only makes it worse.

These damages can severely affect the brain;  it temporarily blocks the brain from obtaining sustainable oxygen.  Damages like this may be permanent or temporary.

Here are some of the common Signs and Symptoms of a stroke:

  • Severe headache
  • Sudden numbness and weakness in the face and one (any) side of the body
  • Trouble in speech
  • Trouble in understand other people
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden difficulty seeing in both or in one side of the eye
  • Loss of balance and lack in the body coordination.
  • Sudden confusion in understanding everyone.

There are also some risks factors to consider why one experiences a stroke:

Lifestyle risk factors. These factors include being overweight or obese, using drugs, inactivity and drinking a lot of alcoholic drinks.

Men have a larger chance of having a stroke than women. Women might acquire stroke but later than the age of older men.

Medical Factors. Do not just drink any kind of medicine when you’re not feeling well. This may also bring your blood pressure to its peak.

Personal/Family History of Stroke. Genetically speaking, one can adopt having heart or blood disease from the family medical history.

Being in the age 55 and older makes you more vulnerable to stroke.

The most important thing is you know what to do when you encounter someone having a stroke, perhaps you can save a life.

Acting F.A.S.T. is the easiest way to find out if someone is in sudden having a stroke. With these ways you’ll be able to identify if someone is already having an attack. Also when you spot any of these signs call for 9-1-1 for help right away.

F – Face. Ask the person to smile. Take a good look if one side of the face droops.

A – Arm. Ask the person to raise both arms. Take a good look if one arm drifts downward or if unable to raise up any sides of the arm.

S – Speech. Ask the person to say any phrase. Let them repeat it. Is the speech slurred or strange as it speaks?

T – Time. If the observed of any signs is present, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Paying attention can save a life. Do not just ignore this kind of situation. Call for the nearest physician to help you out.  

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10 Tips Eating Clean

10 Tips of Eating Clean
Are you sure you’re eating clean? Check out these 10 tips to find out if the food you eat is ideal for eating clean.


In line with the most popular fitness programs that health enthusiast today are patronizing , requires permanent dietary changes.

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There are different kinds of laid out diet plans you can search and browse through the internet if you are planning to start your road map to a healthy living and improving your fitness scheme. Take note that every exercise program requires a certain plan for the food intake of an individual.

Loading up your diet with minimally processed foods and choosing more protein over more carbohydrates is also necessary for it allows you to stay fit and  not only it  provides nutrients to support healthy cell function that the body needs but also it sustains the energy needed by the body to recover from a whole lot of workout.

On this note, eating clean can be a good help to maintain your dietary space.

Here are 10 tips to remind you on how eating clean benefits you most.

  1. Drink more water – Thirst is inevitable especially for those hard working health buffs. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water or more and being hydrated will help your body replenish the lost ones during your exercise or daily workout. Furthermore this will help your body to function very well for it flushes away the waste products and toxins in your system.
  2. Balance Diet – Adjusting the portion size of your meal is the key to a balanced and clean eating. You can still have 3 meals a day and snacks in between if you want to. Just watch out for the type and kind of food you eat. You should also allow yourself to have a “cheat day”.  If you think it will not affect your diet plan then its okay, there’s nothing wrong in enjoying and indulging yourself whenever it’s your cheat day.
  3. Say no to preservatives and artificials – Foods that are in their natural state do not have added chemicals in it. It is best to avoid processed meat and fried foods because it can up your cancer risk.
  4. Consume sufficient healthy fats – Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are “essential” because they cannot be synthesized by the body. Just take a good measure of your fat intake to avoid negative effects.
  5. Avoid drinking alcohol – Having a cleaner diet also includes cleaning up what you drink. You can still have alcohol, but stay within the recommended limit. Moderate amounts of alcohol intake may be good for your heart, but too much alcohol dehydrates you. It will also add excess calories which will ruin your diet.
  6. Watch the salt – Eating too much salt can increase your blood pressure. Always remember that processed food has a lot of sodium content than homemade ones. To help minimize salt on your food, flavor your food with herbs and spices, and citrus to reduce the salt.
  7. Start to eat whole grains – Whole grains are best sources of carbohydrates. It helps you have long lasting energy that satisfies your needs for a whole day. Eating more whole grains helps you gain a healthier heart.
  8. Up your vegetable and fruit consumption – Vegetables and fruits are good sources of the nutrients everyone needs. It is rich in minerals, vitamins and fiber. Make sure to have a minimum serving of these foods for it is the foundation to a healthier diet.
  9. Focus on the nutrients value not because of the calories – Do not get too caught up with what you can see. This may make you loss your weight but not keep you healthy.
  10. Sustain a new Lifestyle – Starting out your new diet plan comes with discipline and moderation of what you have started. If you just ignore these 2 things, you will only go back from scratch. No one wants their efforts to be wasted, right?

Ten Unhealthy Breakfast Options





Ten Unhealthy Breakfast Options

Breakfast is certainly the most important meal of the day. Steer clear of some unhealthy options that can be doing your overall health more harm than good.


Low- or no-fiber cereals

Cereal that is high in carbohydrates and sugar and low in fiber will causeq your blood sugar to spike, then quickly drop—which can lead to mid-morning cravings and moodiness. Nutritionist Mitzi Dulan, RD, author of The Pinterest Diet, recommends choosing cereal with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. Boost the fiber further by adding berries, a sprinkle of wheat germ or flaxseed, or sliced almonds.

Breakfast bars

“Most are loaded with sugar and have little to no protein and fiber,” says Rania Batayneh, MPH, author of The One-One-One Diet. She recommends looking for those that combine protein, fiber, and healthy fats such as KIND bars, many of which have fewer than 5 grams of sugar and at least 5 grams of protein.

A cup of non-fat yogurt

It’s not a knock against dairy; this is a case of a too-small morning meal. “I see many people who eat too little for breakfast” and then are ravenous by mid-morning, says Batayneh. Depending on your weight and activity levels, she recommends a calorie range of 250 to 400. So to your yogurt, add a small bowl of oatmeal, for example, to make a more complete and energy-boosting meal.

A glass of juice

Dulan is surprised by how many non-breakfast eaters grab a glass of juice and call it a meal. “It’s all carbs, all sugar, and you’re not balancing it out with other nutrients,” she explains. Same goes for healthy-looking, cold-pressed green juices, too; just because it contains kale doesn’t makes it a solid breakfast. “These often don’t have enough protein, which will accelerate your hunger by mid-morning,” says Janet Helm, RD, a blogger at Nutrition Unplugged. She suggests taking in something with fiber, protein, and fat like an apple and peanut butter.

Coffee deluxe

Another popular choice among people who aren’t hungry for a morning meal is coffee. But many add-ons can be carb or sugar bombs, says Dulan: “Many people like their coffee with added syrups, sugar, and other ingredients that can add calories without protein or fiber.” The caffeine boost may give you an immediate energizing jolt, but it won’t provide all-morning nourishment.


With sugar, refined carbs, and deep-fried fat, doughnuts are another breakfast food to avoid. “These can be an occasional treat on a weekend, but should not be the foundation of your weekday breakfast,” says Helm. If you’re going to indulge, at least pair the doughnut with protein or fat, suggests Batayneh, to help stabilize your blood sugar and avoid an energy crash. Try a handful of nuts, or a hardboiled egg.


“Muffins can look so virtuous, especially if they have ‘bran’ in the name or if they look dark,” says Helm. “But they tend to be cake in disguise. It’s hard to get much whole grain or fiber.” Plus big bakery muffins often have more calories than you realize—as many as 600 to 800. If you must have a store-bought muffin try to eat only half, and combine it with protein, like Greek yogurt. You can also make a healthy batch yourself; keep in the freezer and defrost one on hectic mornings.

A bagel with butter or cream cheese

Many bagels are the equivalent of four or more slices of white bread, says Dulan. “And where’s the protein?” she asks. Make this meal healthier by choosing a whole-wheat version, eating half, and spreading on a topping packed with protein and healthy fat, like mashed avocado and peanut butter.

Bacon and sausage

Processed meats are the most harmful type of meat, according to cardiologist Joel Kahn, MD, in The Holistic Heart Book. Harvard researchers have found that every 1.8 ounces of processed meat you eat raises your heart disease risk by 42 percent, for example. Helm recommends considering these foods as “condiments,” not the main meal, and Batayneh suggests you “save these breakfast meats for special occasions, like a family brunch.” If you do indulge, make sure the rest of your breakfast includes healthy ingredients.

No breakfast

“Eating almost anything for breakfast is better than skipping it,” says Helm, explaining that many people who try to bank morning calories to enjoy later often then overeat. If you miss out on healthy nutrients as milk, whole grains, and fruit in the morning, it can be challenging to consume enough of these essentials as the day goes on. If you’re one of the people who says you simply don’t feel hungry enough to eat when you wake, Batayneh encourages you to look at your overall eating habits. Eating too much at dinner or snacking heavily before bed may be one problem.

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Common Summer Illnesses You Need to Avoid (Part 2)

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Common Summer Illnesses You Need to Avoid (Part 2)

Learn about common summer illnesses and how you and your family can avoid getting them today. Make your summer sickness-free and safe for everyone.
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Common Summer Illnesses You Need to Avoid (Part 2)

It’s amazing how you can never run out of things to do during summer. From long walks in the park to playing frisbee on the beach with your friends and family, summer is definitely time to enjoy the outdoors. However, there are health issues that you need to be aware of before you go frolicking under the sun. You may have read the first part of this blog post, so here’s the continuation.

  • Fireworks Injuries – July is the United States’ Independence Day, and an average of 200 are rushed to the emergency room due to fireworks-related injuries, as reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. While firecrackers are known to be harmful, sparklers and the blowtorch can also cause some serious injuries. Most injuries are on the hands and faces of the victims. Go to a professional fireworks display.
  • Sunburns – One third of Americans last year have been reported to have experienced some form of sunburn, according to the CDC. It doesn’t matter what skin tone a person has, we are all susceptible to sunburn. The problem is that fair-skinned people are at an increased risk. Be sure to use plenty of sunscreen and avoid getting out during midday and do not forget to wear sunglasses and a hat.
  • Lyme Disease – The CDC has reported that an estimated 300,000 Americans develop Lyme disease everyday. Wear long sleeves and pants when going to wooded or bushy areas. Don’t forget to wear insect repellents with high DEET concentration.
  • Vehicular Accidents – With so many people going out on trips and vacations, traffic deaths are on a high during June, July, and August compared to other months. More teens drive to parties and what not, while families visit their relatives for summer. Do not forget to buckle up, avoid driving under the influence, and perform a maintenance check of your car.
  • Carcinogens from Grilling – Carcinogens are present in charred meat and can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 60%, and with post-menopausal women, up to 47% increased risk of developing breast cancer. Be sure to watch your meat when grilling to avoid charring as much as possible.

These common illnesses occur more frequently during summer but it pays to be careful all year round. Stay safe and healthy and follow these tips for a truly enjoyable experience during your summer vacation. To read more health-related articles, visit today.


Common Summer Illnesses You Need to Avoid (Part 1)

Common Summer Illnesses You Need to Avoid (Part 1)
Do not let common summer illnesses get the better of your long-awaited summer vacation. Learn what they are and how best to avoid getting them today.


Common Summer Illnesses You Need to Avoid (Part 1)

Barbecues in the yard and long walks on the beach are summer activities that everyone partakes in and loves. However, people do not just have good memories of summer, they have bad ones too, especially when they develop common summer illnesses in the midst of the fun they are having. So here’s a straightforward guide on the common summer illnesses and information on how you can prevent them.

      • Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI) – These types of illnesses have doubled over the last two decades, so the risks of developing them are quite high. So what can you get from pools? Bacteria thatcan cause infections (e.g. gastrointestinal, ear, skin, respiratory, eye, and wound).As gross as it may be for you to hear, pools can be contaminated with feces and can increase the risk for diarrhea.
  • Drowning – Drowning is one of the main causes of unintentional injury death in the United States, most of them occurring in boats and on beaches. Make sure you sign up for a swimming lesson this summer as 88 percent of people who drowned in boating accidents do not know how to swim and were not wearing life jackets. Drinking alcohol while swimming is also not a very good idea as it increases the risk of drowning.
  • Shark Attacks – Shark attacks are definitely not common as your chances of getting bitten by a shark is 1 in 3.7 million and that is according to The National Safety Council. There were 47 shark attacks recorded in the US in 2013. Where and when do people usually  find sharks? Avoid sandbars, deep water, steep drop-offs, and do not swim during twilight.
  • Food Poisoning – Every year there are one in six Americans who become victims of food poisoning, that is about 48 million individuals eating and appreciating food that apparently has bad bacterial flourishinginside. The worst part is 128,000 are rushed to the hospital and 3,000 of them succumb to death. It is a serious health problem that peaks during summer as foodborne bacterial thrive in warmer temperatures. So how do you avoid getting you and your family poisoned? Make sure you cook your meat properly and avoid cross-contamination of food. Leftovers that have been lying around for more than two hours should be thrown away.

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (Part 2)

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (Part 2)
Immunization is essential to avoid infectious diseases from spreading. Learn why it is crucial to celebrate the National Immunization Awareness Month annually.
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According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immunizations are one of the top ten public health accomplishments of the 20th century. This is because it has helped save millions of lives since its inception. Now it has been decided that the month of August be dedicated to celebrating the National Immunization Awareness Month. In the previous article, we have discussed the first of the four weekly themes that have been set for August. Here is the second to the fourth weekly themes.

August 10 to 16: Back to School

People can focus on a vaccine that can prevent cancer, which is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. Doctors are encouraged to use this week as an opportunity to prevent ovarian cancer by strengthening recommendations for the HPV vaccine.

The Challenge

The three-dose HPV vaccine has managed to cover around 37% of eligible individuals nationally. There are still plenty of missed opportunities for getting vaccines. Governmental and medical institutions such as the CDC, AAP, and AAFP highly recommend that children aged 11 to 12 year-olds receive vaccines for HPV, meningococcemia, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. If we allow the rates to remain as they are now, then countless children and will go developing oral, cervical, anal, and other similar HPV-related cancers.

What can healthcare providers do?

Perhaps the most important factor in helping parents decide to vaccinate their children with the HPV vaccine is a strong recommendation from the child’s healthcare provider. Doctors can increase the rate of people getting vaccines just by changing the words they use to introduce and eventually recommend the HPV vaccine makes a noticeable difference.

August 17 to 23: Off to the Future

Vaccines were not created solely for children. In fact, immunizations are still needed throughout the years to remain healthy and disease-free. Young adults in preparation for college or their future careers should take time to review their vaccination history and determine whether they to receive any more vaccines. There are some diseases that spread rapidly in school settings such as classrooms and college dorms, which is why some universities now require vaccinations for school entry.

If a child is six months old and above, he or she should have a flu shot once a year. An adult, on the other hand, should have the Tdap vaccine at least once now, especially if they did not receive it during their adolescent years, so they have protection against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria. Once the basic vaccine has been given to them, they can get a Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster every ten years.

August 24 to 30: Not Just for Kids

Both children adults need to get vaccinated to protect their health. Even the most seemingly healthy adults can become sick, and pass these certain illnesses on to their friends and loved ones. When it comes to people who have reached the golden years, immunization becomes important for them, especially if they have chronic conditions like COPD, asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.

Also, if a person is in constant close contact with very young and the very old, as well as individuals with weakened immune systems and those who are not eligible for a vaccination, then getting a series of vaccinations would be the best thing to do.

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (Part 1)

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (Part 1)
Doctors highlight the importance of disease prevention almost all the time. This month the focus is to promote immunization for people of all ages. Learn more.


This August, medical institutions and nonprofit organizations, along with other sectors of society, are celebrating the National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The purpose of promoting immunization among Americans is to remind them of the benefits that immunization brings to people regardless of their age.

All the activities are geared towards encouraging individuals and their families to protect their health by getting immunization against various infectious and lethal diseases. For 2014, it is the National Public Health Information Coalition that is coordinating all the NIAM activities.

This same governmental organization developed the National Immunization Awareness Month Communication Toolkit, which assigned weekly themes for the month of August.

August 3 to 9: A Healthy Start

The weekly theme is about immunization for pregnant women and infants, as they are in the most critical stage where getting immunized can save their lives from certain diseases. Here are some helpful information about immunization during infancy and pregnancy.

  • Vaccines give babies the power to protect their bodies from as many as 14 dangerous diseases before they reach two years old. This is why it is recommended that parents have their children immunized before their second birthday.
  • Children who are not fortunate enough to receive the necessary vaccines have a higher chance of contracting a contagious disease, especially the severe case of the specific illness. It is not possible to tell in in advance whether an unvaccinated child will develop a disease that can be prevented through vaccination. The degree of seriousness of the disease cannot also be predicted.
  • The effectiveness of vaccines do not just protect one child, as immunization is a responsibility that is shared by different sectors of society. Families, government officials, and healthcare professionals need to together in order to protect an entire community.
  • The good news is that most parents are properly vaccinating their children and on schedule. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that mst people are getting immunizations on schedule, based on their April 2012 online poll. Around 88 percent of parents have reported that they are either vaccinating their children on time or they are planning to do so.
  • While many young American parents have been fortunate enough to be spared from seeing or experiencing the serious effects of polio, measles, whooping cough, chickenpox, and other infectious diseases can have on a family, these illnesses are still very much in existence.
  • For those parents who travel from time to time, there are vaccine-preventable illnesses that can be contracted by visiting other countries. One good example is measles, which is not common in the US where people are protected by vaccines, but it still rampant in many corners of the world.

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How to Keep Your Kids Healthy During Summer

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy During Summer
Children love to play under the sun during summer, making them vulnerable to various illnesses and injuries. Here’s how to help them stay safe and healthy.

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How to Keep Your Kids Healthy During Summer

Out of anyone in the family, kids are probably the most excited about summer. It’s that time of the year where they get to appreciate the sunny weather and play outdoors with their brothers, sisters, and friends. However, a child can develop certain illnesses during summers, so it is important that parents take the necessary steps to ensure that their children remain safe and healthy throughout the season.

Exercise is a Must

Although some parents do not have problem getting their kids to be active outdoors as some children just love moving around, there are those young ones who are more comfortable spending time in front of the TV or sitting down with a smartphone or tablet in their hands. These are the kids that need to be encouraged to have at least one form of physical activity and engage in it at least an hour everyday.

While sports activities can be great, regular physical activities such as walking, running, bike riding, or even swimming can be just as effective. One way to make physical activities easier for children to do is by limiting their “screen time,” which is technically the amount of time they devote to playing games or watching movies on their smartphones, tablets, or PCs.

Have a Healthy Diet

It is essential for children to eat healthy in order to avoid getting sick. Parents have to ensure that their kids are getting enough vegetables. Encourage them to snack on fruits and nuts instead of chips, chocolates, and candies. Just how much do they need? To give you an idea, half of a child’s daily food intake should be mainly fruits and vegetables.

Soda and other sugary drinks should be discouraged, while water should be recommended. Stick to the eight glasses of water a day rule and help reduce your child’s chances of getting a heat-related illness. Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, especially to children as it will give them the energy that is needed to support their activities.

Protection Against the Sun

Heat-related illnesses are common during summer, so kids should wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30. This level of protection is able to block both UVA and UVB rays. The sun is most dangerous in areas where the light can be reflected, most especially the beach because of the sand and water. Make sure to apply sunblock lotion every two to three hours. If it is too sunny outside, you can encourage your child to wear sunglasses that block 99 percent of harmful UV rays.

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Why It Pays to Boost Your Immune System This Summer

Why It Pays to Boost Your Immune System This Summer
Summer is all about having fun under the sun with friends and family! Find out how boosting your immune system can help you avoid common summer illnesses.
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Why It Pays to Boost Your Immune System This Summer

Summer is all about the outdoors, which is why people take advantage of the sunny weather to engage in various sports and physical activities. Some go on vacation and focus on sun, surf, and sand before fall makes it too cold to go for a swim. While this is definitely the perfect season to enjoy nature and the outdoors, it is very important that people remember the risks that come with leaving the house. Spending time outside can make your immune system become more susceptible to germs and allergens, not to mention cause various illnesses.

Three Simple Tips to Keep Your Immune System in Excellent Condition

So how do you keep yourself healthy and illness-free this summer? Below are a few tips that can help strengthen your immune system and help it fight the bad bacteria, viruses, and germs, that threaten to make you sick.

1. Adjust Your Diet

Your body cannot take any credit for being healthy and devoid of sickness, it relies solely on what you eat. All the vitamins and nutrients your body has come from what you consume. It only makes sense that the healthier your diet is, the better you feel about your body.

Now there are certain foods that are particularly known for boosting the immune system, which is your body’s ultimate defense. Knowing what food to eat can go a long way in avoiding common summer ailments, so you better start eating the following:

Antioxidants – They are the key to wiping out all those free radicals, reactive oxygen species,  and other harmful molecules that are in your body and preventing certain types of cell damage. You

can get antioxidants from colorful fruits and vegetables, so eat as much carrots, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, and tomatoes.

Vitamin D – You need vitamin D for healthy bones. They can enhance your body’s absorption of iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphate, and zinc. Where do you get Vitamin D? Eat plenty of canned tuna, salmon, mackerel, oysters, low-fat milk, yogurt, and mushrooms.

2. Stay Active

Nothing beats summer as the perfect time to exercising and getting enough physical activity outdoors, as the sunny weather is made for it. People have both indoor and outdoor options to getting in shape, so there is no excuse to staying active.

Exercise helps stimulate your body’s blood flow as well as cardiovascular activity. It also helps flush out any excess bacteria that is in your lungs. In addition, the process of exercise can send your antibodies and white blood cells quicker to various parts of your body, so they can protect your body faster than normal. Another good reason to do jumping jacks and what not is that doing so can help you sleep better, not to mention the fact that it helps manage, if not reduce, stress.

  • 30-minute walks in the park
  • One hour bike ride
  • Biking instead of driving to work
  • Jogging with your pet
  • 18 holes of golf
  • An hour or two hours of tennis every week

3. Sleep Well for Eight Hours

The National Sleep Foundation recommends eight hours’ worth of sleep to be able to call your visit to dreamland a proper night’s rest. You see, sleep does more than prepare you for the day ahead. In fact, sleep is crucial when it comes to fighting disease. When a person is asleep, his or her immune system is releasing specific proteins that are called cytokines. These proteins are responsible for fighting symptoms of infection. This is why people who lack sleep often find themselves getting sick more easily and more frequently.

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Are E-Cigarettes Really Helping Smokers Quit? (Part 2)

Are E-Cigarettes Really Helping Smokers Quit? (Part 2)
he great e-cigarette debate among health experts remains a heated topic, especially with the recent FDA regulation. Do e-cigarettes really help smokers quit?
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The success that the e-cigarette manufacturers have attained over the past year has been tremendous. With $2 billion in sales, there seems to be no stopping the proliferation of e-cigarettes. However, the big question remains—can it replace tobacco smoking? This seems to be the question everybody is waiting to be answered. Will it be able to help smokers quit or become a device that just maintains a smoker’s habit?

Since e-cigarettes have been around only for quite some time, there is only a limited amount of information available to consumers. The e-cigarette is a product that is legally available but has not been fully studied. The following questions remain unanswered or has not yet been backed by sufficient evidence.

  • What are the risks and side-effects of e-cigarettes when used as instructed?
  • How much nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals do users inhale when using the product?
  • What are the actual benefits of using e-cigarettes?
  • Does e-cigarette lead individuals, particularly young people to try conventional cigarettes (with actual tobacco), which has been known and scientifically proven to cause various diseases, aggravate medical conditions, and may even lead to premature death.

E-Cigarettes and FDA Regulations

There are currently e-cigarette products that are marketed for therapeutic applications, which are regulated by the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. On the other hand, the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is responsible for regulating tobacco products such as the following:

  • cigarettes
  • cigarette tobacco
  • smokeless tobacco
  • roll-your-own tobacco

FDA has recently informed the public of its issuance of a proposal that seeks to extend the tobacco authority to include e-cigarettes and other innovations that meet the legal definition of a tobacco product. The need for regulation is being pushed by both non-profit organizations and medical experts due to the apparent lack of supporting evidence for the benefits of e-cigarettes.

Do E-Cigarettes Really Help Smokers Quit?

Let’s highlight a key health benefit derived from smoking e-cigarettes. According to pulmonologist Rima Gidwani of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, e-cigs are not only less addictive, they also have less carcinogens than the conventional cigarette. This means the risk of developing a form of cancer is lower when vaping. It could play a big factor in smokers who want an alternative with less health risks. They could abandon smoking tobacco for vaping, but there is no evidence to support that yet.

It seems that there is more hope and optimism than actual scientific evidence to support the idea that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit. They are an attractive to smokers because it offers the same hand-to-mouth motion that has become a habit, something that nicotine patches and gums cannot offer. Perhaps the best answer to the question right now is that despite having limited knowledge about e-cigarettes, the danger of tobacco cigarettes is too high to not give e-cigarettes the advantage. It is clearly still a better option than smoking tobacco.

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