The relative newness of vaping makes statistical data about vaping facts and potential dangers of vaping difficult to quantify. In light of the current vaping epidemic which has spawned many questions about the safety of vaping, we can only scratch the surface of the problem with limited answers.
As continuing research unfolds, we must be satisfied for now with some of the following observations:
1. E-cigarettes and other vaping devices are NOT risk-free.
Although it’s generally agreed that vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, there is no evidence that vaping is actually a safe alternative. While research is still in its embryonic stages, it indicates that vaping may lead to several negative health consequences, including:
- Damage to the brain, heart, and lungs
- Problems with pregnancies, deliveries and stillbirths in pregnant women
- Stunted development of the brain and lungs when use occurs during pregnancy or adolescence
2. Vapes contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug with known health risks.
Using nicotine, regardless of how it is delivered, increases the risk of addiction. Nicotine addiction is notoriously difficult to reverse. Vapes can deliver up to 4 times the nicotine of a cigarette, thereby driving the addiction deeper and harder to quit.
3. Using e-cigarettes and other vaping products is not a proven method for quitting smoking
E-cigarettes and other vaping products may actually perpetuate addiction, in some cases making it even harder to quit smoking. The attempt to use nicotine to quit nicotine is a wasteful exercise in futility. It only sidesteps the problem.
4. Vaping is not done exclusively by people trying to quit smoking.
Vaping and Juuling are increasingly popular with young people, including those who had never smoked cigarettes previously and never intended to. Many young people are known to begin to smoke cigarettes only after using e-cigarettes.
5. Vaping devices are frequently used in addition to smoking cigarettes, instead of in place of them.
Many smokers use these products alongside traditional cigarettes. Vapes are particularly popular in places where smoking is not allowed or is not convenient. The end result is an increase in total exposure to nicotine and its harmful effects.
6. Nicotine can affect brain development in young people.
Young people are particularly vulnerable to the popularity of using vaping devices and to their effects. The younger a person is when experimenting with nicotine, the greater the risk of addiction. Brain development is more vulnerable to the effects of addictive substances than in an adult brain. Vaping may also contribute to related physical health problems later in life.
7. E-cigarettes and other vaping devices are not FDA approved.
Vaping products are not approved by the FDA as effective and safe smoking cessation aids. Until very recently, makers of vaping devices were not bound by recognized standards of safety. Despite the new regulations, e-cigarette manufacturers are free to project a risk-free image in their marketing.
8. There is little consistency across different products.
Limited federal oversight over vaping devices make it difficult to accurately assess the dangers of any specific product. There is considerable variation from product to product in the nature and concentration of the ingredients.
9. No evidence that the aerosol from these products is safe.
The long-term health effects of delivering nicotine and other additives in aerosol form remains unknown. While some additives may be safe at room temperature, studies are inconclusive regarding the potential for chemical changes when these products are exposed to heat. Furthermore, ultrafine particles suspended in the aerosol may interfere with proper lung functioning later in life due to introduction to deeper recesses of the respiratory tract.
10. The spread of vaping devices may be re-normalizing smoking as well as vaping behavior.
Since 1964, smoking declined from 42% to 14% among American adults. The increase in popularity of nicotine devices and their widespread availability is reversing the progress made over decades of intense efforts to reduce cigarette smoking,
Using nicotine to break a nicotine addiction is an act of desperation.
This is the main reason for their low success rates and plays right into the addictive mindset that the tobacco and vaping companies benefit from.
Nicotine fulfills all the criteria of an addictive agent, including drug-reinforced behavior, compulsive use, physical dependence, and increased tolerance.
Yes, it will temporarily relieve the cravings… It does so in the same manner as lighting a cigarette… And keeps you hooked in the same way…
Using any aid that contains nicotine such as pills, patches, gums, and vaping will all keep you addicted. They only serve to postpone the inevitable.
Successfully quitting smoking means quitting nicotine.