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Vaping, Nicotine and Hair loss
Cigarette smoking is a habit that is extremely deleterious to health. There are many repercussions associated with smoking. However, the ones who are in the habit of smoking are unable to leave it even after repeated efforts. The negative and hazardous consequences of smoking led to the devising of electronic cigarettes in 2004. It was believed that they are not made of toxic substances like ordinary cigarettes and thus cause no or a little damage to the health of smokers. What is an e-cigarette? The e-cigarette is a cigarette that releases nicotine in the vaporized form instead of smoke that is released by the normal cigarettes. On exhaling an e-cigarette, there is the release of a cloud of vapor which is identical to the cloud of smoke. It was earlier believed that e-cigarettes were a safe option as compared to traditional cigarettes because there was no release of toxic substances. However, this belief does not hold true. What is Vaping? When one consumes traditional cigarettes, smoke is released and the name given to this process is smoking. Similarly, on consuming of e-cigarettes, the vapor is released and hence the name given to this is vaping. How Is Nicotine Related To Hair Loss? Depending on the brand of an e-cigarette bought by the vaper, the levels of nicotine contained in it vary. Nicotine is associated with hair loss as it shrunken the blood vessels which restricts the growth of fresh hair. Blood vessels are majorly responsible for supporting and enriching the growth and thickness of hair. However, the nicotine present in e-cigarettes reduces the speed of hair growth, encouraging thinning of hair and baldness. Are There Any Other Chemicals In E-cigarettes That Can Cause Hair Loss? There has not yet been any discovery of the elements or chemicals of e-cigarettes other than nicotine. Still, if they do consist of any chemicals that are present in the traditional cigarettes, they are bound to affect hair negatively and adversely. What Can Be Done To Reverse The Nicotine-induced Hair Loss? Till the time, a discovery is not made into the exact effects of e-cigarettes or its chemical composition, no conclusion can be drawn on how much bearing does it have on hair loss. Still, the best hair loss treatment that is for hair loss is to stop consuming the e-cigarettes to as much extent as possible. Alternatively, there are many specialized hair transplant and hair treatment clinics that provide expert advice on how the lost hair can be treated and what can be the best possible solution for curing the hair loss. They also recommend the diet which can promote hair growth. Overall, vaping e-cigarettes may not be as harmful as traditional cigarettes but it does invite trouble to the human body including the loss of their most prized possession that is hair. Losing hair before time or suffering from baldness can take a toll on one’s confidence. Thus, the ideal way to control it is to stop the consumption of e-cigarettes unless and until a detailed investigation is not done on it.