Vaping Health Risks

While Vaping has often been promoted as a healthier alternative to smoking, the message has been skewed by many to erroneously mean that Vaping Risks are minimal or even non-existent. Vaping health risks are real and we are only just now beginning to uncover the true health consequences of Vaping.

Although Vaping has been marketed and sold as a safer alternative to traditional smoking, this statement has clouded the other health concerns and problems that exist with the product. As time goes on and more is revealed about potential consequences derived from Vaping, we expect the list to continue to grow.

What are E-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. The liquid usually has nicotine and flavoring in it and other additives. The nicotine in e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes is addictive. E-cigarettes are considered tobacco products because most of them contain nicotine, which comes from tobacco.

Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including:

• ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs

• flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease

• volatile organic compounds

• heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead

While the levels of carcinogens are lower in e-cigarettes than traditional cigarette smoke, the added toxins in the e-cigarette liquid may produce adverse health consequences. Additionally, some side effects associated with the long term use of e-cigarettes may not be known as of late, since the product is fairly new to the market.

Myths about E-cigarettes

One of the most common marketing ploys is that by using e-cigarettes and other vaping products you will be able to quit traditional smoking more easily. But there is little evidence to back this up.

Because E-cigarettes still contain nicotine and can be configured to crank up the potency to as high as four times the nicotine present in the average cigarette, their use will generally tend to drive the addiction deeper, thereby making it far more difficult to truly quit smoking by kicking the Vaping crutch.

This is the most common perception that is going around. It has even made its way to younger children, and teens who are at a higher risk for the dangerous health side-effects.

Youth and E-cigarettes

According to the Surgeon General, the practice of Vaping in young people has grown dramatically in the last five years. One in four high school students in 2018 reported having tried e-cigarettes. The perception that Vaping is “totally harmless” is latched onto by adolescents. These are kids who normally blow all caution to the wind anyway and now feel further vindicated to continue their own rebellious behavior already inherent in most Teens.

 

The Surgeon General goes on to explain how harmful nicotine exposure is to the brain during adolescence and young adulthood. Brain development begins during the growth of the fetus in the womb and continues through adolescence and on to about age 25. This means that Teens and young adults are uniquely at risk for the long-term and long-lasting effects of exposing their developing brains to nicotine.

People also Ask

What happens to the “harmless ingredients” of vape juice when it is heated?

Heating of Vape Juice is suspected of contributing to a change in the chemical arrangements of the juice ingredients. While those ingredients may test as being safe at room temperature, the dangers of the heated product may very well change the conclusions regarding the safety of the product.

Other Concerns

Additionaly, new phenomenon are beginning to appear on the scene. One such phenomenon is known as “Crackles”.

Crackles are caused by excessive fluid in the airways as evidenced by the “popping open” of small airways and alveoli that become collapsed by that fluid or lack of aeration during expiration of the vape aerosol. Pulmonary Edema secondary to left-sided congestive heart failure can also be a contributing cause of Crackles.

Another new concern is tachycardia. Tachycardia is a condition that makes your heart beat more than 100 times per minute. This happens when the electrical signals in the organ’s upper chambers misfire and cause the heart rate to speed up. It beats so fast that it can’t fill with blood before it contracts.

There are several types of tachycardia. In some cases, tachycardia doesn’t cause any complications. In other cases, however, untreated tachycardia can cause serious complications, such as stroke, heart failure, or death.

As time goes on, the list of potential consequences derived from Vaping can be expected to continue to grow.

What Can Be Done?

The obvious solution is to honestly quit smoking by ridding the body of all nicotine and nicotine-based products.

This requires an honest evaluation of why, in the face of potentially dire consequences, we pursue alternative nicotine delivery systems such as Vaping, rather than honestly just quitting nicotine use altogether.

Whether you suffer from a smoking addiction or a vaping addiction, the solution is the same.

A true and effective drug-free solution can be found in the publication below.

 

5 Replies to “Vaping Health Risks”

  1. This is a great article and I think that everything it says in here is true. I think the main danger of any kind of smoking continues to be the fact that the smoker is physically addicted to nicotine or whatever they are smoking. Addiction itself is very harmful and affects the person Beyond just a physical level. Addiction affects the person who is addicted as well as all of the people around them.

    so I agree that the people who try to say that vaping is a safe way to smoke are forgetting the fact that anyone vaping is still addicted to a chemical. Sure, the ingestion method might be slightly less physically harmful, but the addiction to the substance which is the main problem is still there.

    It is similar to maybe someone with and alcohol addiction. They might switch from one kind of alcohol to another but the problem isn’t what kind of alcohol they are drinking the problem is that they are physically addicted to alcohol.

    I think this article will help people quit nicotine entirely because it gives them the truth about the fact that there is really no entirely safe way to ingest nicotine and they are really better off without it. Life is much better without any addictions.

  2. This topic is so relevant today.  Every where you go anywhere you see people walking around vaping.  It does seem to be way more geared to the youth.  It really breaks my heart to see them.   I think that they really think it is not harmful to them.  They all need to read this post.  I loved all the great information about the realistic health issues that surround vaping long term.
    I really enjoyed your post and it makes me happy everyday that I never smoked. Good job.

    1. Thank you, Coralie

       On September 12, 2018 the United States FDA served notice on Juul Corporation to produce evidence that their product was not targeting Teens. Juul’s claims that they are merely practicing harm reduction therapy are coming under fire

      Vaping has become an epidemic with Teens overnight… Our work is cut out for us.

  3. Most times cigarettes companies always warn their customers that smokers are liable to die young. I don’t take cigarettes but with what the writer outline here about the danger of inhaling ultrafine particles, diacetyl can be harmful to our health. With the research carried out so far by Surgeon General on practice of Vaping in young people. I think the young ones need to be educated more about vaping dangers to their health and also the best option to play safe is to quit smoking. Thanks

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