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.
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.