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Nagpur pulmonologist Dr Sameer Arbat tells why govt. banned e-cigarettes

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. It harms nearly every organ in your body, says Dr Sameer Arbat.
Dr Sameer Arbat

Dr Sameer Arbat currently working at KRIMS Hospital is an MD FCCP, young Interventional Pulmonologist from Nagpur, who’s the first doctor to have Central India’s only EBUS and Cryotherapy setup. He has many national and international awards and publications to his name and has performed more than 500 interventional procedures.

Union Cabinet on Wednesday announced a ban on the production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes in the country. Anybody found violating it would be imprisoned for up to one year or fined up to ₹1,00,000 or both for the first offence. The ordinance will need to be approved by Parliament when it meets in November.

If the thought of trying to quit smoking has crossed your mind, you’re not alone. Nearly seven out of ten smokers are trying to stop. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health – smoking harms nearly every organ in your body, including your heart and lungs. Nearly one-third of deaths from heart disease are the result of smoking and secondhand smoke.

You might be tempted to turn to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as a way to ease the transition from traditional cigarettes to not smoking at all. But is smoking e-cigarettes (also called vaping) better for you than using tobacco products Can e-cigarettes help you to stop smoking once and for all?

A brief history of Nicotine

  • The tobacco plant is indigenous to the American continent and has been used as a medicine and stimulant for at least 2,000 years. Christopher Columbus is often thought to have discovered tobacco while exploring the America for the first time. The smoking of pipes and cigars spread quickly throughout the 1600s. The plant divided opinion when it was introduced to Europe and some saw tobacco as medicinal, while others saw it as toxic and habit-forming. Also, tobacco was first used as an insecticide in 1763. It was not until 1964 that the Surgeon General of the US published a study linking smoking withheart disease and lung cancer. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took until 1994 to officially recognise nicotine as a drug that produced dependency.

What are the dangers on health of using electronic cigarettes

  1. The nicotine in e-liquids is readily absorbed from the lungs into the bloodstream and to the brain. The chemical changes in the brain caused by nicotine motivates the smoker to use nicotine again and again, despite risks to their health and well-being leading to addiction to e-cigarettes and even other drugs.
  2. E-cigarette vapor contains carcinogens and toxic chemicals, as well as potentially toxic metal nanoparticles that emit from the device itself. E-liquids contain high levels of nickel and chromium, which may come from the nichrome heating coils of the vaporising device. It also contains low levels of cadmium ? a toxic metal ? also found in cigarette smoke that can cause breathing problems and disease.

Dr Irfan Rahman, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center, USA and his team studied on potential toxicity of inhaled flavorings in electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDS) or e-cigarettes. They tested several common e-liquid flavorings. Their study revealed that the chemicals used to flavour e-cigarette liquids are toxic to white blood cells.

Kinds of e-cigarettes

 Can favored E-Cigarette liquid harm lungs even without nicotine?

  • E-cigarette liquids sweetened with flavorings like vanilla and cinnamon may harm the lungs even when they don’t contain nicotine, a US study suggests. Researchers examined what happened to monocytes, a type of white blood cell, upon exposure to flavoring chemicals used in popular e-cigarette liquids. None of the liquids contained nicotine, but the flavoring chemicals still appeared to increase biomarkers for inflammation and tissue damage, and many of them also caused cells to die. Over time, this type of cell damage can lead to wide range of lung problems including fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, and asthma. Nicotine-free e-liquids have generally been considered safe; however, the impact of flavoring chemicals, especially on immune cells, has not been widely researched.

How harmful are conventional cigarettes in comparison to e-cigarettes

  • The health hazards of smoking cigarettes is no short list. Five minutes of smoking a cigarette causes 4,000 chemical compounds and 400 toxic substances to enter the body. With each puff, the body acts as a sponge that absorbs harmful substances. Most of these are carcinogenic compounds. Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body, not just lungs and oral cavity. Smokers are exposed to risk of bladder, cervix, colorectal cancer, blood cancer, kidney, liver and so on. Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels like stroke and coronary heart disease. Smokers can have various lung diseases like COPD, ILD. It can be concluded that both conventional cigarettes and e-cigarettes are harmful for the body and none of the two can be considered as a safer alternative.

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Does smoking affect different people differently ?

  • Females are more succeptible to smoking hazards. Women who smoke are more likely than women who don’t smoke to have more irregular or painful periods. They can have low estrogen levels, which can lead to mood swings, fatigue, and vaginal dryness, go through menopause at a younger age and have worse symptoms. Women are more likely than men to develop severe COPD at younger ages and each year, more women than men die from COPD. Women smokers over the age of 35 have a slightly greater risk of dying from heart disease compared to men who smoke. Smoking is associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer. There are now more new cases of lung cancer in young women (age 30₹49) than young men. Smoking can also affect a pregnant woman’s babys health before and after birth. Smoking increases risks for Preterm (early) delivery, Stillbirth (death of the baby before birth), low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome (known as SIDS or crib death), orofacial clefts in infants. Smoking can also affect mens sperm, which can reduce fertility and also increase risks for birth defects and miscarriage.

Are there any alternatives that maybe are not so harsh?

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can help relieve some of the physical withdrawal symptoms so that you can focus on the psychological (emotional) aspects of quitting.  NRT should only be used with a physicians guidance. To quit smoking, you’ll need to enroll in a quit program or smoking cessation program. A pulmonologist can guide you for better prospects of quitting tobacco and prescribe you the right dosage and formulation of NRT.

The ideas and information expressed are solely by the columnist and not by Nation Next. 

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‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah




Radhika Dhawad | New Delhi
Home Minister Amit Shah said the CBI, under the UPA government, tried to pressurise him in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

Home Minister Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), under the Congress-led UPA government, tried to pressurise him in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case filed against him when he was the Home Minister of Gujarat.

Shah said the same, in New Delhi on Wednesday, while responding to a question on Opposition’s charge that Prime Minister Narendra Modi government is ‘misusing’ central agencies to target them.

Shah said the CBI tried to put pressure on him to ‘frame’ then Gujarat Chief Minister Modi in the alleged fake encounter case during the Congress government.

Speaking about ex-Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s conviction in a defamation case by Gujarat Court, Shah said the Congress leader was not the only politician who was convicted by a court and lost membership of the legislature. 

Speaking about ‘misuse’ of central agencies, Shah said, “I will tell you how agencies are misused, I have been a victim of it. The Congress did not file a corruption case against us. There was an encounter when I was the home minister of Gujarat. A case was filed against me and the CBI arrested me.”

He added, “In 90% of the questions during my interrogation, I was asked why I was getting bothered and they said they would leave me if I name Narendra Modi. Even then, we did not protest or wear black clothes or stop Parliament’s functioning. An SIT was formed against Modi, which the Supreme Court itself dismissed.”

He concluded by saying, “In my entire interrogation, I was told ‘Modi ka naam de do, de do. But why should I frame him? Today, the same Congress is crying over its fate.”

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RCNV provides sponsorship to 5 children




Nation Next Newsroom | Nagpur


Under the aegis of Diabetes patronage program at AIIMS, Rotary Club of Nagpur Vision – RCNV – members sponsored five children for this financial year by handing over a cheque of ₹1,25,000 to the Director of AIIMS Maj. Gen (Dr ) Vibha Dutta, SM.

This project takes care of all the needs like insulin, glucometer,special diet and other consumables required by the children suffering from the dreaded and debilitating disease type 1 diabetes.

President Shivani interacted with the authorities and incharge of the project Dr Meenakshi and her team. Joint secretary Dr Akshay Daga interacted with the beneficiary children and their parents exhorting the importance of discipline during the treatment.

President elect Ajay, secretary Ritika and Rtn. Arouni Verma were amongst those who were present at AIIMS, nagpur. Dr Sangeeta and Dr Akash conducted the proceedings. The gratitude felt by the parents and their blessings to our team exemplified the importance of this endeavour in shaping the lives of children suffering from type 1 diabetes.

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DPS MIHAN awarded with Excellence Award | Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
DPS MIHAN was awarded with the Literary Leadership Excellence Award for the enthusiastic participation in Nagpur.


Delhi Public School MIHAN was awarded with the Literary Leadership Excellence Award for the enthusiastic participation of its students in the National Young Authors Fair – the World’s largest Book Writing Competition held by BriBooks and powered by Education World.

More than 90 budding writers of the school availed the benefits of the excellent opportunity provided by the AI-assisted BriBooks platform which helped them to hone their storytelling skills .The plethora of creative designs helped the students to work on the illustrations needed for designing their novel. The pleasure of publishing one’s own novel and reaching out to the global readers was a thrilling experience for the budding authors.

The students also got an exposure to sell the books online and earn Author Royalty as a remuneration. The books published by several DPS MIHAN students have achieved milestones and won rewards in the categories of Best Author – Jury Awards for Content and Creativity, Best Selling Author Awards in the State and Global Feature Awards for International recognition.

The jury and guest list comprised of HE Noor Gilon,Ambassador of Israel, Saul Singer – Author of Best Seller ‘ Start -up Nation’ ,Dele Olojede- Pulitzer prize winner and Navyn Salem- Founder & CEO Edesia.

President and Pro-Vice Chairperson Ms.Tulika Kedia and Director Ms.Savita Jaiswal have congratulated the Principal Ms.Nidhi Yadav, staff and students for their sincere efforts to achieve this recognition.

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