Before we tackle some of the potential issues with electronic cigarettes, we need to tell the truth about smoking. Smoking cigarettes can kill you.
The Center for Disease Control has statistics that show smoking accounts for 480,000 deaths per year and is also the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.
There are more than 16 million Americans who suffer from a smoking-related disease.
The U.S. government has waged a long campaign against smoking like increasing taxes, ban on advertising, anti-smoking ads, the rising demand for mindfulness in sales and warning of health risks.
Products have been used to help smokers quit the habit like patches, gums, lozenges, prescription drugs, and lollipops. The latest trend is the e-cigarettes.
This leads us to the question, Is vaping healthy for you?
Electronic cigarettes were patented back in the 1960s but didn’t gain popularity until a decade ago. Vaping and e-cigarettes first appeared in China in 2004, Europe in 2006 and the United States in 2007.
They look like cigarettes but are cartridges with a battery and an LED light. You turn the e-cig on, and the liquid in the cartridge gets heated which in turn produces a mist or vapor that the smoker inhales. Vaping is the term used for inhaling the mist.
The ingredients in the liquid vary but mostly include nicotine. Then there are flavorings, additives, and chemicals used to vaporize the nicotine(propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin).
E-cigs are tobacco-free which means they are not regulated in the U.S. Things are starting to change with cities like Utah, New Jersey and North Dakota banning their use in nonsmoking areas. While Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have restricted their use.
E-cigs are being marketed in different ways. There are some who sell them as a nicotine replacement product for quitting smoking, some say it is a healthier way to get your nicotine.
Cigarettes have a long list of harmful and toxic chemicals that have been proven to kill you.
Vaping may look like the less dangerous alternative but don’t be duped into thinking that there are no potential hazards. Some may feel that they can vape all they want while some may believe that it is healthy.
Nicotine is a drug and is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. It has been linked to various diseases including heart disease, hormonal issues, and gastrointestinal problems.
There is a long list of health-related problems with nicotine substance abuse which is why vaping can’t be considered healthy.
Evidence has shown that e-cigs also deliver some toxic stuff like formaldehyde, lead, and nitrosamines. Silicate particles are also found in e-cigarette vapors.
Although some may claim that the levels of these harmful substances are very low to cause any harm.
Recent studies have also come out showing that vaping doubles the risk of getting heart disease compared to smokers who have triple the risk.
There are e-cigarette users that believe that the ban on smoking in public places does not cover vaping. They argue that there is no smoke because e-cigarettes don’t burn. No second-hand smoke means no health risks for people in public places who are exposed to the vapors.
A study made by Wolfgang Schober of the Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority shows that vaping worsened indoor air quality. It increased the concentration of nicotine, PAHs, particulate matter and aluminum. These substances have been linked to cancer, lung and cardiovascular diseases.
Puffing on vaporized liquid nicotine may not be the healthier alternative to cigarette smoking as others may have hoped. The best way to prevent diseases caused by smoking and vaping is to avoid them altogether. Avoid secondhand smoke from both practices as well.