“It generates toxic substances, some of which are known to cause cancer”

“It generates toxic substances, some of which are known to cause cancer”
“It generates toxic substances, some of which are known to cause cancer”

World No Tobacco Day will be celebrated on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO). Although the reduction in the number of tobacco smokers is proven, the consumption of electronic cigarettes continues to spread, particularly among young people. This alternative, although it can “help reduce tobacco consumption, is not the right one if you want to stop smoking”, according to tobacco specialist and psychologist Martial Bodo.

Some 1.25 billion adults worldwide use tobacco, but trends show that smoking rates continue to decline globally, according to a report released by the WHO last January. “Approximately one in five adults used tobacco in 2022 across the world, compared to one in three in 2000.”

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On the other hand, the consumption of electronic cigarettes continues to increase. This “pandemic” was denounced in 2023 by the WHO, which highlighted a trend “particularly marked among adolescents around the world” and warned of the dangers of this alternative to classic cigarettes.

“Although the long-term health effects are not fully understood, it has been established that e-cigarettes generate toxic substances, some of which are known to cause cancer or increase the risk of heart and lung disorders,” said state the organization.

Tobacco specialist Martial Bodo agrees. If the electronic cigarette can, according to him, represent a “good” alternative when you want to reduce your tobacco consumption, it turns out to be “the worst” if you want to stop smoking.

“Certainly, electronic cigarettes make it possible to avoid inhaling molecules with carcinogenic properties present in tobacco. Its effect on physical health is probably less,” explained the tobacco specialist. The latter, however, reminds us that the scientific world has “little perspective” on its long-term effects.

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