Vaping has become quite popular recently, mostly because it is considered as a safe form of smoking. However, scientists reveal that inhaling this smoke is not good and safe for you as most people seem to believe.
Vaping is the act of smoking through the use of e-cigarettes consisting of e-liquid that is used to create the flavor of the cigarette. The cigarettes themselves are powered by a rechargeable battery which activates the heating system when turned on.
E-cigarettes come in many different forms and go by different names, such as vaporizers, mods, e-cigs, e-juices, vapes, vape pens, e-hookahs, ANDS, or juuls.
Understanding E-Liquid Vapor and Its Dangers
Here are some of the compounds within e-liquid which are detrimental to the human body:
The nicotine content in e-cigarettes is much lower, but it is still easy to get hooked. This means that vaping is as addictive as smoking.
- Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds are associated with various health issues, from irritation of the nose and throat to an increased risk of nervous system damage. Additionally, the can lead to liver disease and side effects like headaches.
While formaldehyde isn’t in the liquid itself, the vape pen can release it when it becomes overheated. Formaldehyde is known for its negative side effects, mostly for increasing the risk of cancer.
- Heavy Metals
Heavy metals in high amounts are associated with liver disease and lung cancer, both of which arise when you inhale them.
Flavors are added to the e-cigarettes in order to make them more palatable. However, these chemicals aren’t regulated, and some of them are even toxic. For instance, diacetyl has been proven to be related to bronchiolitis obliterans – a type of lung disease.
The Flip Side
The findings above have been taken out of context to some degree and used to spread misinformation. It is important to clarify them in order to avoid further spread of such information.
Plenty of information spreading involves lung cancer, but studies have found that vaping doesn’t actually lead to increased lung cancer risk. Most vapers use it as an alternative to smoking to help them quit this habit.
Also, the most frequently cited study which links cancer to vaping tested on mice, and they used an extremely high concentration of e-liquid compounds, a concentration that you would never encounter in e-cigarettes.
Vaping as An Alternative to Smoking
Vaping isn’t a healthy habit, if we take into consideration the chemicals it contains. However, it has been proven a good alternative to smoking, especially for those trying to kick their tobacco habit. Here is why:
- It has been scientifically proven that vaping helps smokers to quit smoking
- E-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco, which is cancer-causing
- There is a little amount of nicotine within juuls which helps smokers satisfy their cravings in a healthier way
- Secondhand smoking isn’t dangerous, studies show