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E-cigarette Use & Marketing and Tobacco Abuse

Tobacco products are responsible for high morbidity & mortality in the United States. To try mitigating this harm, the U.S. administration mandated the FDA (Food and Drug Admin.) to control the promotion and advertising of tobacco-based products by e-cig merchant account holders. These regulations should cover not only traditional forms of tobacco, e.g., cigarettes, but also smokeless forms like dip, chew, & snuff, and the now trending, electronic cigarettes (e-cigs).

Electronic cigarettes have gained popularity among U.S. adults and teens. A large of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes claim to use it as an aid to quit smoking despite the lack of clinical evidence proving or disproving the ability of electronic cigarettes to help in smoking cessation.

 While adults have also reported using e-cigs to avoid the dangerous effects of smoking traditional cigarettes, there’s no proof they pose no risk to a user’s health. Though lack of combustion may reduce the chances of diseases that result from inhaling burned tobacco, studies are inconclusive on whether e-cigarettes are entirely harmless.

Only a recent University of California has so far spotted cancer-causing chemicals in e-cigs. This study has so far discredited the idea that e-cigs are less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

The San Francisco study examined samples of urine from 104 teenagers, among them; 67 were strict e-cig smokers, 17 used both e-cigs and traditional cigarettes, and 20 were non-smokers. According to the reports, teenagers who used both forms of tobacco had compounds with toxicity levels three times the ones who used electronic cigarettes. Also as expected, teenage e-cig smokers also recorded toxicity levels three times than the group who didn’t vape or smoke.

The results, however, failed to disclose whether the electronic cigarettes have nicotine or not. But according to the findings, it is the flavor preservatives, i.e., propylene glycol and glycerin found in the non-nicotine e-cigs that makes them toxic.

Perceived Dangers & Social Norms

Research has linked perceived harms to e-cigarette use. Most tobacco users believe participants e-cigarettes are less dangerous compared to conventional cigarettes. For instance, qualitative studies focusing e-cigarette users find out that e-cigs pose fewer health risks, are less addictive, cause less craving and tastes much better. For these reasons, many tobacco addicts are now turning to e-cigs.

Author Bio: Electronic payments expert Blair Thomas co-founded eMerchantBroker, America’s leading e-cig merchant account provider serving both traditional and high-risk merchants. His passions include producing music, and traveling to far off exotic places.

Modern Health and Fitness

When it comes to our health and fitness, the stakes are high. It’s a literal matter of life and death. After all, poor health leads to a shorter life and a lower quality of life, so it’s in our best interest to take care of ourselves. We owe it to ourselves to lead the happiest and healthiest life we can, and that’s easier said than done in a world of convenience that seeks to kill us with kindness. The insidious threats of the modern world of luxury are hard to overcome, because they’re hard to see, but knowing is half the battle, so here are the basics you need to know to get your body where you want it to be.

First and foremost, you’ll need to reassess your diet. Modern humans, and Americans in particular, depend entirely too much on processed foods. These food items are convenient and afford thanks to fillers and preservatives, but these seem additives rob them of much needed nutritional value and make them more addictive. (I’m looking at you, sugar.) Therefore, it’s in our best interest to replace these items with home cooked meals made with fresh ingredients. This will run you a little extra money and a lot of more time spent cooking, but it’s more than worth it when you start to find yourself having more energy and losing excess weight. There are a number of other benefits you can look forward to, and your body will thank you as you see those benefits immediately and over time.

Next, let’s talk about fitness. The problem with modern fitness is simple. We spend entirely too much time sitting. Whether we’re at work or at home, or even travelling, odds are we’re sitting, and this weakens our core muscles that would normally be keeping us upright. This can lead to chronic back pains, hernias, and more, so you’ll want to nip this problem in the bud sooner rather than later. You’ll want to first ensure that you get up off the couch and take a walk every once in awhile. Then, you can take it a step farther by investing in a standing desk, or a convertible desk, for your time spent at the office. As for tradition exercise, don’t feel like you need an expensive gym membership. You can get into shape with nothing more than what you can find at your local Kohl’s. The more important part is find a workout routine that addresses your unique needs,and then you need to stick with it. The seven minute workout, that you can find via YouTube, is a great comprehensive workout that, as the name implies takes very little time out of your day, but it can be a real struggle starting out, so you have to be careful not to be too discouraged. The important part is to keep trying and expect to struggle.…