While recent studies have suggested that nicotine may have benefits in treating or even preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, other nicotine effects on the human body are well documented. Most notably nicotine acts as a stimulant, affecting both the central nervous system and the cardiovascular system. Nicotine can cause blood vessels to constrict, raising the heart rate and increasing blood pressure.
Some negative nicotine effects can include periodontal disease due to the constriction of blood vessels in the gums. However, certain public health entities like the Royal Society for Public Health in England suggests it is no more harmful than the caffeine in coffee. Derogatory claims of nicotine stem back to FDA regulations and their crusade to eradicate smoking as a national health concern.
That said, there have been plenty of studies on the addictive nature of nicotine. However, many of these studies use tobacco cigarettes specifically to administer the doses. This is without mentioning the massive range of addictive chemicals we absorb in addition to nicotine every time you take a puff of burned tobacco.
In there attempt to stamp out smoking, the FDA and other public health entities in the United States overlooked the possible benefits of a compound that is found not only in nature, but many of the foods we consume on a daily basis in smaller doses. In fact, all members of the nightshade family have some trace amount of nicotine in their plant structure to protect them from animal predators.
Surprisingly, members of the nightshade family include tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, okra, and peppers. Consider for a moment how frequently you consume these vegetables and how much of them you take in. Essentially, by eating these foods it is possible you may have been building up some manner of nicotine tolerance all your life.
Nicotine Effects Link Vaping To Smoking
Government watch dogs were unsure how to regulate e-cigs when they came to market. After a failed attempt to categorize them as medical devices, the FDA attached the closest regulatory parameters onto the entire industry for the misfortunate reason of simply sharing a single attribute: nicotine.
Nicotine, a stimulant government entities has labeled an addictive drug was the only similarity between tobacco and e-cigs. As a result, this comparison created turmoil in the vaping industry, killing small business entrepreneurs with a pen stroke. With that in mind, the decision to regulate e-cigs as tobacco appeared to be an attack on a misunderstood industry. Vaping products would have been more appropriately categorized similarly to coffee and espresso machines.