The Truth about Nicotine

Nicotine has long been a daily staple for those with a dependency or addiction to tobacco products. We’re all aware of the hazards surrounding smoking, but is nicotine a real threat to our health?

I make no claims of being an expert on nicotine as it’s not my field, but my opinions, and what I write here, are based on facts substantiated by research and science.

Nicotine is one of the most controversial substances, yet, the truths are generally shielded. It is ingested daily, and not just by smokers. Tomatoes, Potatoes, Eggplant, Cauliflower, Capsicum and Teas, Just to name a few. 

Hands up how many will quit your intake of those delectable offerings?

Many members from the field of science and medicine, now say that nicotine used in e-liquids is “probably about as harmful as caffeine”.  Nicotine in cigarettes is processed with vast amounts of additional chemicals and additives, e-liquid uses a pharmaceutical grade nicotine.

Here is an excerpt from ecig that sums up the subject nicely.
Do your own research if you will, but the following is not only surprising but true. ( A Video on nicotine is below)

A taboo created by propaganda –

Nicotine is one of the last great taboo subjects in the western world. As a result, it has some powerful myths surrounding it. When we look closer, we find that there are strong commercial and ideological motives acting to promote these myths; and as a result, the science is ignored.

As a good example, most people would be surprised – even amazed – to learn that there is not even a single published clinical trial of nicotine’s potential for dependence; an extraordinary fact considering the almost vitriolic description of its ‘addictive’ powers seen occasionally, for which rather obviously, there is not a shred of evidence. The lack of any published trial despite the intense interest in this subject raises many interesting questions. It also means we do not have the basic evidence to discuss some of the most hotly debated aspects of nicotine.

This does not mean that nicotine may not be mildly reinforcing for a small (and statistically insignificant) number of individuals; just that someone claiming knowledge of the subject who states that nicotine is ‘strongly addictive’ or similar, without any evidence, can hardly be regarded as a reliable source – of anything, probably.

Nicotine has shown to offer benefits to a multitude of neurological disorders. The latest research shows that those suffering Parkinson’s disease, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Tourette’s, schizophrenia, ADHD, Hyperactivity and similar conditions, may indeed benefit from what many refer to as the wonder drug. In fact, many are benefiting.

It’s also known to improve or assist in concentration and relaxation; I can attest to that.

But what about Vaping?

Studies show that Vaping delivers around 50% less nicotine than cigarettes. Obviously, this is governed by one’s choice of device and e liquid, but it remains an average. Personally, I find I vape more than I smoked, and that’s fairly common, especially through transition.

The fact is that consumption of nicotine will not cause cancer, at least not from Personal Vaporisers. Why? There’s no smoke, and thus no tar, which as we know is the real killer. Carcinogenic additives and compounds found in cigarettes are generally not present either.

It would be inappropriate for me to say that vaping with Nicotine is 100% safe. However, those six million who die each year from smoking would probably be alive today. 

A video discussing some surprising facts surrounding nicotine.

Credit: The Truth about Vaping YouTube channel

Perhaps you have some experiences with Nicotine you’d like to share?

Charles Yates

AKA Charles Vaper. Ex-smoker, current vaper and THR advocate. I started The Vapers Table in 2011 to offer information and support for smokers looking to transition to vaping. My interests are- Helping smokers quit, food, cooking, flavours, music, orchestral composing-studio recording & technology, travel & country road trips.