Health Risks of Vaping

In recent months, health risks of vaping have come to the forefront of public discussion, necessitating a closer look.

E-cigarettes have repeatedly been touted as a safer alternative to smoking, but the vapor they create might harm lung tissue much like regular cigarettes. This does not make them safe, only “Less Harmful”.

How much Harm ?

It has been suggested electronic cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, and this narrative is increasingly supported by tobacco companies that have established research institutes devoted to generating supportive data.

According to research at the University of Birmingham in the UK, e-cigarette vapor with or without nicotine increases inflammation and disables cells that protect lung tissue.


Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.

Harming these cells makes them vulnerable to dust, bacteria and allergens that could lead to incurable COPD.

Imagine that you can only breathe through a straw. Now imagine that over time, the straw shrinks in diameter, giving you less and less life-sustaining air.

That’s what living with COPD is like.

Although e-cigarettes probably pose less of a cancer risk than regular cigarettes, whether they are as safe as manufacturers claim is unclear. But it appears that the vaping process itself can damage immune system cells according to the researchers.

The Test Process and Results

Using a device that mimics vaping, the team exposed lung tissue from several non-smokers to various types of e-cigarette fluid. None of the participants had ever suffered from asthma or COPD.

One-third of the cells were exposed to plain e-cigarette fluid; one-third to different strengths of artificial vapor with and without nicotine; and one-third were exposed to nothing for 24 hours as a control group.

The results showed the vapor was much more harmful to cells than the e-cigarette fluid itself — and the more the lung cells were exposed to it, the more they were damaged.

Vapor containing nicotine made the effect more pronounced. Exposure to the fluid itself increased cell death and the production of oxygen free radicals 50 times. Free radicals are reactive chemicals with the potential to damage cells.

Additionally, cells exposed to vaped fluid were unable to fight off bacteria.

Solutions

For certain, being addicted to nicotine in whatever vehicle it is delivered is a poor alternative to being free of it. And as far as vaping is concerned, it is too early to determine whether or not there are other long-term health dangers.

I certainly would not bet my life on it and neither should you.

The research is disturbing, as well as eye-opening. If you would like to give up nicotine entirely, then you might find the Stop for Life program helpful, regardless of the nicotine delivery method.

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11 Replies to “Health Risks of Vaping”

  1. It seems like this post is entirely about the bads about smoking or vaping. You have also touched on issues relating to the e-ciggerete. You say that they are less harmful to the normal ones and to be honest, I see a lot of people who are beginning to switch to that but I want to know if vaping CBD is good because it is also becoming a norm of late and CBD has been known to help with diverse health issues.

    1. Hello Henderson,

      While vaping may be less harmful, it is being promoted as “safe” and a “Health and Wellness Tool”. 

      It is neither. 

      Big Tobacco has a major role in this misinformation campaign. As conventional smoking (cigarettes sales) continue to decline due to Smokers quitting, the tobacco industry needs to replace those customers who quit as well as the ones that die from it (about 1300 Smokers die per day). Vaping keeps you hooked and guarantees that you will remain a customer rather than an Ex-Smoker.

      This is also why they would have you believe that when you switch addictions to vaping, you have “quit” smoking. 

      I know nothing about vaping CBD. My focus is on helping people to break nicotine addiction.

      Thank you for your input.

  2. Hello John, thanks for such an eye opening and educational post here. Vaping is going tode and most people are getting involved in vaping rather than the normals cigarette because they feel it’s better and now I feel we all have to reconsider and make a change of activities. The lung is an organ that must not he joked with because I help with the most important activity with the body which is breathing. Beat regards.

    1. Hi Benson,

      I agree that the lungs should never be used for anything other that good old-fashioned breathing. The common sense of this statement is muddied by the misinformation campaigns designed to keep nicotine addicts (Smokers) addicted to nicotine.

      When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.

  3. Wow !! You have an awesome website here. My husband and I don’t smoke but some of my family members do. I have a soon to be daughter-in-law that is expecting twins in April and she still smokes. Maybe I could point her to some of the articles in your website that will be helpful for her. 

    I have a question: You have information on smoking but what about the “dipping” addiction? Will you cover anything on that in the future? I’d love to pass that on as well as I have a son who dips.  

    Good luck to you 

    Sqwirlgrl

    1. Hi Sqwirlgrl

      Your daughter-in-law may be interested in my blogs directed toward helping pregnant women. They need a drug-free way to quit smoking and vaping and there are a lot of useless and dangerous smoking cessation products that she needs to avoid. 

      Regarding your question about “Dipping”, the answer is “Yes”. This program will help anyone addicted to nicotine, whether from smoking,vaping, or dipping. The nicotine delivery method is irrelevant. We can help your son, too.

      Thanks for stopping by !

  4. I have a couple of friends who take the e-cigerette and say that it is not harmful at all and this is because technology has come to help all the situation and make things even easier. I don’t see this as true at all and you have confirmed this with some fact as well. I find this post very interesting because you have spoken about a menace today. I hope that people will understand this and see that the fact that vaping reduces lifespan is not a lie.

    1. Hi John,

      Yes, you are right. Using the lungs for anything other than their intended use for breathing reduces lifespan. Again, the misinformation campaigns are designed to get your friends to believe that “technology” makes it safe. Good old common sense dictates otherwise.

      This is the power they hold over nicotine addicts who will cling to any excuse not to face the problem.

      Thanks for your input !

  5. Yes, John.  In the beginning (of the vaping alternative) they all said it was a better alternative to smoking tobacco.  Well, I think that this has been proven to be wrong and we haven’t heard the last of it.

    People are not only getting very sick, but they are also dying because of the complications from smoking e-cigarettes.

    Quite frankly, I don’t know how anyone could believe that sucking anything like this into our lungs is not going to have an adverse effect.

    What amazes me is how fast these complications have shown up and how even faster they figured out what the cause was.

    The only way this will end is for a complete ban on the devices.  No ban… things will get worse.

    Wayne

    1. Hi Wayne,

      Yes, so while vaping is actually marginally safer than smoking cigarettes due to eliminating the carcinogens present in cigarettes, Vaping comes with it’s own set of consequences.

      Tobacco companies such as Phillip Morris and Altria (owners of 35% of Juul) very effectively lie and con nicotine addicts into believing in their safety by following the same misinformation campaigns that worked so well keeping Smokers hooked on cigarettes.

      The Tobacco Lobby is very large and powerful and have succeeded in preventing a ban on cigarettes, so expect a long and expensive fight against efforts for a total ban on Vaping as well.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Thank you for your addition and for aptly answering my question as regards to CBD. It is always a good thing to see people who are ready to help others when they have an issue or the other. The problem I think is the fact that many people are seriously addicted to taking the cigarette. I am very sure that there are some people out there who do not like the e-cigarette because it does not give them the same sensation as the traditional one. I hope that they understand that vaping is not healthy like it is claimed.

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