I’m a real rebel with a cause. – Nina Simone
It’s now been 33 days of nicotine replacement therapy use and 27 days off prednisone. I posted recently about the results of my 8/4 GI follow up, but to recap: they think I am close to remission and want to confirm via a sig scope in the next few months.
Since choosing to vape has been such a huge decision for me (as a former smoker), I have spent a good bit of time trying to ensure that I have made the best choice for myself. I figured I would share some key information that I found to ease my troubled conscience.
The first is a study found here: Electronic cigarettes: review of use, content, safety, effects on smokers and potential for harm and benefit that concludes “Allowing EC to compete with cigarettes in the market-place might decrease smoking-related morbidity and mortality. Regulating EC as strictly as cigarettes, or even more strictly as some regulators propose, is not warranted on current evidence. Health professionals may consider advising smokers unable or unwilling to quit through other routes to switch to EC as a safer alternative to smoking and a possible pathway to complete cessation of nicotine use.” While I realize this study is based on assisting current smokers to quit, the findings are still positive for my purposes.
Additionally, I found this lovely article: 9 research studies to silence the vape haters. Here are the 9 points of interest which the article lists studies to support:
- Secondhand vapor is not dangerous
- Vaping can improve lung function for smokers
- Nicotine alone is not powerfully addictive
- E-cigarettes are not full of formaldehyde
- Sweet vape flavors are not aimed at children
- Vaping is substantially lower in toxins than smoking
- Vaping can help people quit smoking
- Vaping is not a gateway to smoking
- Vaping is NOT as bad as smoking
While I feel some guilt about using nicotine to
save my life treat my UC, I remind myself often that: had I been prescribed nicotine, I would not feel so poorly about it. And, when I remind myself about prescription medication that was suggested to me, I remember that I made the best choice out of those currently available. I hope to not have to make any tougher decisions down the road, but at least I know my options.
While I am here, let me shout out ECBlendFlavors.com real quick. I’ve been using their 100% VG organic vape juice. Totally affordable with a great selection and fast shipping. I just ordered 4 more flavors in a nice 5ml trial size. They have a custom flavor wizard as well. Give them some business!
- Nicotine Self-Study (Day 15)
- Nicotine Self-Study (Day 5)
- [Original Post: Nicotine Replacement Therapy for UC]