As researchers noticed the harmful effects of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vaping devices were created to help people “kick the habit” of smoking or to even taper down on it. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse identifies vaping as the “act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device.” There is a widely held perception that e-cigarettes and vaping are virtually safe, but this is not true. While they may be slightly safer than cigarettes, they still have very harmful effects.
NBC News claims that most vaping tools contain nicotine, which can be toxic to developing fetuses and can harm the brain development in children and young adults of up to age 20. In addition to nicotine, many vaping tools contain aerosol, which consists of fine particles of toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, respiratory, and heart disease. While many are choosing to vape because they can “smoke” indoors and maintain their habit of smoking for a cheaper price, there are still consequences in using this.
In 2015, researchers from Harvard University found that 75% of flavored electronic cigarettes contained refill liquids with diacetyl, a “buttery” flavored chemical that has been linked to severe cases of respiratory disease. Fox News calls this “popcorn lung”, as 8 microwave popcorn factory workers were diagnosed with this rare lung disease in 2000. The researchers found diacetyl by inserting 51 types of flavored e-cigarettes and liquids into a sealed chamber that would then draw air for 8 seconds at a time, then analyzing the air stream.
More research is still being conducted on the chemicals used in vaping and how they affect people both short and long term. If you’re considering vaping to reduce your use of or stop smoking cigarettes, consult your doctor to see if this is a healthy choice for you. There are other anti-smoking medications and tips that you may be able to use without running the risks associated with vaping. Always take precaution in whatever you consume, and seek medical help if you experience any symptoms of concern.
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