Today marks the 40th anniversary of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout – a day when people are asked to stop smoking cigarettes for 24 hours. The good news is that fewer people are smoking cigarettes – only 13.7 percent, the lowest level ever recorded. The bad news: increasing numbers of people ages 25-44 are obtaining nicotine from a variety of other sources, like e-cigarettes, vaping, or smokeless tobacco. In other words, a new generation is becoming addicted to nicotine.
How does nicotine use impact wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy patients?
It’s been known for many years that nicotine is not good for wound healing. Whether it’s smoked or consumed in another way, nicotine reduces nutritional blood flow to the skin because it’s a vasoconstrictor. Not only does this contribute to peripheral artery disease and increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart disease, it greatly impairs the ability for injured or damaged tissues, including non-healing wounds, to heal.
Growing concerns in the medical community over vaping and e-cigarettes have escalated to the point that this week, the American Medical Association (AMA) has called for a total ban on these products.
“It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people,” said Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA president, in a statement. See full article here: https://apnews.com/fb92709abf944e8f980321ebc8b96622
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