Many smokers are constantly in battle with themselves to try and kick their habit but most often, the smoking kicks back harder. Sure, numerous ways to quit have emerged but seem to have left us with more questions than answers. The latest butt kickers: e-cigarettes and nicotine patches - they've won many users, but one wonders if they really work! We asked our in-house fitness expert of The Transformation, Rohan Mathew to shed some light.
“E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that work by vaporizing nicotine with other compounds - there’s no burning involved, which may help in curbing your addiction by creating a smoking sensation, but there isn't really any hard evidence which supports that. Because we know nicotine by itself is an addictive compound and is carcinogenic or cancer causing, it isn't as if you were eliminating all risks by smoking e-cigarettes,” he says.
Nicotine patches on the other hand, are used by being placed on the skin so small amounts of nicotine get absorbed into the bloodstream, reducing your want for a cigarette. “Nicotine patches come in different grades; the dosage is usually written on the package. So if you use about 10 nicotine patches throughout the day, it would be equivalent to smoking a few drags of an e-cigarette,” he says.
Do we have a winner, though? “Both come in different grades so it all depends on the dosages, and both have effects similar to a cigarette. They may not contain all the harmful compounds but there still isn't any conclusive evidence that states that either is healthier than a regular cigarette,” he says.
For those looking to switch to a healthier lifestyle, Rohan recommends heading to a doctor that specializes in pre-addiction rather than using quick fixes like patches and and e-cigarettes. You can never be too sure, right?