The 5 Most Important Facts About Vaping

1: It’s less harmful to vape than to smoke, but it’s still not as safe as smoking.

You inhale an aerosol created by heating nicotine (extracted from tobacco), flavourings, and other chemicals. Regular tobacco cigarettes contain over 7,000 toxic chemicals. Despite the fact that we don’t know what chemicals are in e-cigarettes, Blaha claims “Vaping exposes you to fewer toxic chemicals than smoking tobacco.”

In recent years, vaping has been associated with lung injuries and deaths. 2800 cases of e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury (EVALI) were confirmed by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in February 2020.

It appears that these cases are predominantly affecting vapers who modify their devices or use black market e-liquids modified by black market vendors. Those products that contain THC are especially at risk,” says Blaha.

2: Cardiovascular and respiratory problems have been associated with vaping.

It is highly addictive to smoke regular cigarettes or e-cigarettes because nicotine is present in both. If you ignore the craving, you will suffer withdrawal symptoms.A heart attack is more likely to occur if you have high blood pressure and adrenaline spikes.

What are the health risks associated with vaping? It is unknown what chemicals make up vaping and how they affect physical health in the long run.There is a potential health risk associated with e-cigarettes, says Blaha.There are emerging data suggesting links between e-cigarette use and chronic lung disease and asthma, as well as links between dual use of e-cigarettes and smoking.Your body is being exposed to all kinds of chemicals that we do not yet understand and that may not be safe.”

3: Both electronic cigarettes and traditional cigarettes are addictive.

The nicotine in both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine, according to research. It’s worse, Blaha says, because e-cigarette users usually get more nicotine from their e-cigarettes than they would from combustible tobacco products. For a greater hit of nicotine, users can purchase extra-strength cartridges or increase the voltage of their e-cigarette.

4: Smoking cessation with electronic cigarettes isn’t the best method.

While e-cigarettes have been marketed as smoking cessation aids, they have not been approved by the FDA. People who intended to quit smoking with e-cigarettes ended up using traditional and e-cigarettes simultaneously, according to a recent study.

Following the outbreak of EVALI, the CDC advises smoke cessation users to weigh the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes before using them.

5: Nicotine is becoming a drug of choice for a new generation.

Young people prefer e-cigarettes, especially disposable ones, over traditional tobacco products. More than 8 in 10 of the youth using flavoured e-cigarettes in the U.S. reported using them in 2021, based on the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

Young people may be particularly attracted to e-cigarettes for three reasons, according to Blaha.Teenagers believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking. A second advantage of e-cigarettes is their lower cost per use. The lack of smoke is also appealing to youths and adults. Since e-cigarettes do not emit a smell, they reduce some of the stigma associated with smoking.

Vaping is becoming more popular among people who wouldn’t normally smoke, especially young people, says Blaha. “It’s one thing to switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping. Using vaping to start up nicotine use is quite different. It is common for people who become addicted to nicotine to use traditional tobacco products later in life.”

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