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Indian Health Ministry Wants Ban on E-Cigarettes

In an attempt to tackle the “new emerging threat” of e-cigarettes in India, the health ministry has asked individual states within the country to ban all Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), the Times of India reports. Aimed at ending nicotine ingestion by users of the devices, the ban would include all e-cigarettes, Vape, e-Sheesha and e-Hookah devices.

Apparently, the Indian health ministry is not swayed by industry money, which often is thrown at governmental bodies in an effort to quash regulations. It will be interesting to see if the ministry’s request is followed, but there’s no question that following through on the ban will be a boon for the citizens’ health. There just aren’t any ways around it: If you smoke e-cigarettes you are exposing yourself not only to the nicotine that’s in them, but to dangerous chemicals and toxic heavy metals as well.

While some argue that the reason they smoke e-devices is to lower their intake of nicotine, in reality some of these devices, such as “Juuls,” actually deliver as much as twice the concentration of nicotine. As a matter of fact, in the U.S., Juul e-cigs have effectively overtaken their rivals, delivering a sure-fire way of becoming addicted with their flavored elements, super-fast, rechargeable batteries and double the nicotine.

Presented as the “most satisfying” and “genuine alternative to cigarettes,” Juuls are described as delivering "a nicotine hit that's much more like smoking a cigarette than other e-cigs." Vapers who’ve tried Juuls agree — and many report that once they started on Juuls, their vaping habit became “remarkably difficult to kick.”

The bottom line is the nicotine and other chemicals — including the artificial flavorings — in both cigarettes and e-cigs, no matter which e-device you use, are all health hazards.

The answer, then, is not to ever start smoking. But if you are a smoker or a vaper, I believe the "secret" to quitting smoking is to get healthy first, which will make quitting mentally and physically easier. Exercising is an important part of this plan, as research shows people who engage in regular strength training double their success rate at quitting smoking compared to those who don't exercise.

Healthy eating is another crucial factor to improving your health and strengthening your ability to quit. In short, if you want to quit, here are three basic tips to get started:

  • Read through my comprehensive free nutrition plan to get started eating right.
  • Develop a well-rounded exercise regimen that includes strength training and high-intensity interval exercises as well as nonexercise movement, like walking.
  • Find a healthy emotional outlet. Many use exercise, meditation or relaxation techniques for this, and these are all great. I also recommend incorporating Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to help clear out emotional blockages from your system and help you break the addiction and avoid cravings.

Once you are regularly doing these three things, then it will be much easier to quit and get on the road to good health.

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