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Is Vaping Healthier than Smoking?

Vaping: Your questions answered. Here’s our Q&A on this cigarette alternative.

man vaping, is vaping healthier than smoking?

The use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, has become a common alternative to smoking traditional tobacco. However, its long-term health effects are not yet fully known. Here are some common questions about vaping and how it compares to smoking regular tobacco.

Q: How does vaping work?

A: Vaping refers to the use of electronic cigarettes, which are also known as vaporizers, vape pens, e-cigarettes, mods, or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). E-cigarettes vary in shape and size, but they all contain a liquid that is heated until it turns into a vapor and then inhaled. Get the best deals at vaprzon.

Q: Is vaping addictive?

A: Vapor from e-cigarettes usually contains nicotine, a highly addictive chemical. Studies have also shown that some e-liquids contain other cancer-causing chemicals and toxins, heavy metals, and other addictive compounds.

 

Q: What other health concerns are there?

A: Another major concern is the number of young people who use e-cigarettes. Multiple studies suggest that teenagers who smoke e-cigarettes are more likely to move on to tobacco or other drugs. This is because of the effect nicotine has on the brain’s reward system. Nicotine is also dangerous for a teen’s developing brain—it can cause problems with attention span and learning and raise risks for mood disorders and long-term problems with impulse control.

 

Q: Is vaping healthier than traditional smoking?

A: Vaping is not good for your health. However, it is less harmful for you than smoking if used as a complete tobacco replacement. Because vaping can encourage the brain to become more easily addicted to other drugs, experts recommend that you don’t start using e-cigarettes if you have never smoked before.

Q: Can vaping help you quit smoking regular cigarettes?

A: There is currently no sufficient evidence that e-cigarettes help smokers quit. In fact, some studies have found that people who tried to use e-cigarettes as a quit aid were less likely to quit smoking than those who didn’t. There are many other smoking cessation methods approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can help smokers quit effectively and safely. Visit firstpost.com/.

GSR Reader

Galvanic skin response readings are simply the measurement of electrical resistance through the body. Two leads are attached to two fingertips. One lead sends current while the other measures the difference. This setup measures GSR every 50 milliseconds. Each reading is graphed, while peaks are highlighted and an average is calculated to smooth out the values. A baseline reading is taken for 10 seconds if the readings go flat (fingers removed from leads).

Infinite Mouse Tracking

I wanted to use the mouse as a simple surface optical encoder to get infinite panning motion. The problem with reading mouse coordinates on the screen, is that once the mouse reaches the edge of the screen, it stops counting. So a simple solution is to reposition the mouse (using the robot class) every few frames and calculate the change in mouse positions.


//InfiniteMouseTracking
//by Che-Wei Wang
//2.20.2008

float mapPositionX;
float mapPositionY;
long count=0;
int moveX=0;
int moveY=0;

void setup() 
{
  size(screen.width,screen.height,P3D);
  mapPositionX=width/2;
  mapPositionY=height/2;

  //noCursor();
  
  //set the mouse postion once before the program begins
  try {
    Robot robot = new Robot();
    robot.mouseMove(width/2, height/2);    
  } 
  catch (AWTException e) {
  }

}

void draw()
{
  background(0);

  //reset the cursor Position every few frames
  if(count%4==0){
    try {
      Robot robot = new Robot();
      robot.mouseMove(width/2, height/2);    
    } 
    catch (AWTException e) {
    }
    moveX=mouseX-pmouseX;
    moveY=mouseY-pmouseY;
  }

  count++;

  //new position= old position + movement * decay
  mapPositionX=mapPositionX+moveX*.8;
  mapPositionY=mapPositionY+moveY*.8;

  stroke(255);
  line(width/2,height/2,mapPositionX,mapPositionY);
  ellipse(mapPositionX,mapPositionY,100,100);

}

Sensors Galore

An example of blobDetection, Ess, sms, and ocd all rolled into one sketch. Click and drag on the screen to move the HUD sliders around. (nothing is going to load here. copy the code to your processing sketch to run it)