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  • News stories are increasing regarding e-cigarettes seriously harming those who use them.

    News stories are increasing regarding e-cigarettes seriously harming those who use them.

    According to authorities in St. Petersburg, Florida, An explosion from an electronic cigarette has killed a man.  Officers found the 38-year-old man in his home last month after a fire alarm went off.  According to the autopsy report, wounds were found to his top lip and burns to other areas of his body. According to the Pinellas County Medical Examiner’s Office, the cause of death was a projectile wound to his head from a section of an e-cigarette,

     

    According to the CDC, more than one in every ten adults has tried an e-cigarette one time. E-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes or are larger devices such as tank systems or “mods.” They create an aerosol by heating a liquid, usually containing nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. Users inhale the aerosol.

     

    The exact causes of e-cigarette explosion incidents sometimes are unclear, but evidence suggests that battery-related issues may lead to explosions and E-cigarette explosions are causing safety concerns.

    E-cigarettes similar in size and shape to traditional cigarettes have a lower wattage and therefore may not have the power to fail as dramatically, said Thomas Kiklas, the chief financial officer of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.

    Larger vaporizers — such as the device found in the St. Petersburg case — come with much larger and more powerful lithium-ion batteries. Battery failure in a device such as a laptop remains on your desk or in your lap is not a danger, but an e-vapor product is close to the face.

    Incidents are rare, but this was not the first time a spontaneous e-cigarette explosion has occurred. According to data released in last year by the US Fire Administration, 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents were reported in the United States between 2009 and 2016,

     

    In 2015, a Naples, Florida man needed surgery after an e-cigarette exploded in his face burning his face, neck hands and lungs. 

    In 2016, An e-cigarette exploded in the pocket of an employee at a New York City wine store.  He was admitted to a burn unit suffering from third-degree burns.

    In that same year, a 14-year-old girl suffered burns on a Harry Potter ride when another passenger’s electronic cigarette exploded, police in Florida say.  The police described the explosion as a “fireball,” burning the girl’s face.

     

    E-cigarettes are another product that demonstrates the fact that smokers are desperate to quit.  According to a CDC report in 2017, among all current U.S. adult cigarette smokers, nearly 7 out of every 10 (68.0%) reported in 2015 that they wanted to quit altogether.

     

    The options available – going cold turkey, nicotine gum and patches, e-cigarettes – all share the same fundamental flaw which none of these address. They do not approach where the addiction lies – the unconscious mind. 

     

    Instead of buying expensive and sometimes dangerous items in an attempt to quit, it would be more advantageous to clear out the desire to smoke from the unconscious – freeing the smoker to live a healthier, wealthier life.

    Hypnosis can also encourage the feelings of autonomy and self-regulation, thus contributing to a psychological mindset that can support smoking cessation.

    It is important that hypnotherapy is performed by a qualified and experienced professional. Medvesta Hypnosis Healthcare provides high-quality hypnosis sessions to those facing various difficult health conditions. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

     

    Reference

    Ceenters for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013, February). Electronic Cigarette Use Among Adults: United States, 2014. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0228_electronic_cigarettes.html

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017, February). Quitting Smoking. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/cessation/quitting/index.htm

    U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). (2017, July). Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions in the United States 2009 – 2016. Retrieved from https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/electronic_cigarettes.pdf

     

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