Health & Safety

January 9, 2014

Don’t be misled by e-cigs

Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Airmen around the base are trying to be healthy for themselves and their environment. One way they are doing this is by switching from standard cigarettes to electronic cigarettes.

The Health and Wellness Center is warning smoker’s that e-cigs are not proven to be a safe alternative and may even increase nicotine addiction.

Unlike tobacco, e-cigs are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

“There is no telling what is in an e-cig,” said Lana Fred, 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron health educator. “The FDA controls how much nicotine is in each cigarette so you can measure what you put into your body. With e-cigs not being monitored, you don’t know how much nicotine or what chemicals you are inhaling.”

E-cigs are fairly new to the U.S. population so there is no true data to show their long term effects on those smoker and the secondhand vapors.

“No one really knows what this is doing to them,” said Fred. “There is not enough study to show what the e-cigs are doing to your body, whether with nicotine or not.”

Although Airmen believe e-cigs are a healthy alternative, it seems they are becoming another addiction.

“I see more and more Airmen wanting to quit smoking e-cigs,” said Fred. “Some can just quit, while others need to ease themselves off. The problem with e-cigs is Airmen find it harder to remove from their habit.”

Many Airmen find e-cigs more convenient because they are not real cigarettes, they can do it more frequently and they are cheaper. In reality, according to Air Force Instruction 40-102 Tobacco Use in the Air Force, “Tobacco includes, but is not limited to, cigars, cigarettes, electronic-cigarettes, stem pipes, water pipes, hookahs, and smokeless products that are chewed, dipped, or sniffed.” Also, depending on the type and brand of e-cig, they can cost more than regular cigarette use.

“Airmen find this as a more cost effective way to smoke,” Fred said. “Depending on how much they smoke, an e-cig can actually cost more than regular cigarettes.”

There is nothing to prove the e-cigs will or will not cause you damage, but turning to them may not be the best option.

“Neither option is a healthy one,” Fred said. “You are inhaling potential harmful chemicals from both of them”

The HAWC offers a tobacco cessation counselor that can help provide different avenues to help Airmen quit. The clinic can be reached at 228-2294.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Becoming stronger through failure

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.  — Failing the Air Force physical training test: my greatest fear since joining the military. It is embarrassing to admit recently that fear came to fruition, but what I have learned through that failure has become one of my greatest strengths. After failing, I definitely felt like a weak person for not...
 
 

Students wear red, white and blue to honor Month of the Military Child

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau) Students of Borman Elementary School gather together for a flag raising ceremony and wear red, white and blue clothing to honor the Month of the Military Child at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, April 10. During the ceremony, the children listened to guest speakers, recited the...
 
 

Case lot sale returns to D-M April 17-19

FORT LEE, Va. – Mention case lot sales and commissary patrons start lining up for the opportunity to save up to 50 percent or more on club-pack and full-case items. Known as the Commissary Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale, the springtime version of this twice-yearly event will unfold at stateside stores, each hosting their individual...
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Smith and Airman Connor J. Marth)

More than meets the eye

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — The word abuse often conjures images of bruises, swollen lips and harsh markings, but abuse is more than meets the eye. It can be much more than physical suffering and can have last...
 
 
(Courtesy photo)

AFSOUTH working with Colombia to develop space program

American Airmen from the Space community traveled to multiple U.S. space operations locations with Colombian air force counterparts in February as part of a U.S. Southern Command subject matter expert exchange. According to Lt....
 
 

Local Briefs April 17, 2015

NARFE Chapter 55 to meet  April 13, 11 a.m. – Golden Corral The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 55, will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting on Monday April 13 at the Golden Corral, 4380 East 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and ends about 1:30...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin