What you need to know about vaping
Vaping has been getting something of a bad name lately. Countries worldwide, including the United States, are considering restrictions and bans on vaping and e-cigarettes. First, vaping was originally considered an option to help smokers quit smoking.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recently reported over a thousand cases of a EVALI, a lung disease that is caused by vaping. However, compared to deaths of 8 million due to smoking tobacco, E-cigarettes are nearly twice as effective as other nicotine replacements to stop smoking cigarettes, says the CDC.
Vaping can have much nicotine and thus is much less harmful to your lungs. Vaping is an “easier” rout to help smokers quit. However, the habitual part of holding something in your hand, inhaling and in most cases being able to go outside away from your desk, or home during a situation you prefer to remove yourself from holds an important secondary gain which cannot be dismissed. The addiction therefore continues.
Smoking is often not just nicotine cravings but mostly to satisfy our bad habit. However, we do not know the potential harms of vaping yet and therefore we can only compare the use of e-cigarettes in comparison to the many known harms of continuing to smoke tobacco.
Which again leads to a concerning statistic reported in the Washington Post, September 2019, that as of 2018, 37% of high school seniors had admitted to vaping within the last year.
The American Lung association published the following:
What’s in an E-Cigarette?
It is NOT just harmless water vapor!
E-cigarettes, such as JUULs and vape pens, inhale heated “e-juice”. The cartridges usually contain nicotine extracted from tobacco, propylene glycol, flavorings and other chemicals. The American Lung Association has found that even e-cigarettes claiming to be nicotine-free contains traces of nicotine. In addition when the e-liquid heats up, more toxic chemicals are formed.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not begun its review of any e-cigarette or its ingredients and thus no standards were issued on e-cigarettes, the composition and effects. However, what researchers do know is that the all following toxic chemicals and metals have all been found in e-cigarettes:
- Nicotine – a highly addictive substance that negatively affects adolescent brain development
- Propylene glycol – a common additive in food; also used to make things like antifreeze, paint solvent, and artificial smoke in fog machines
- Carcinogens- chemicals known to cause cancer, including acetaldehyde and formaldehyde
- Acrolein – a herbicide primarily used to kill weeds, can cause irreversible lung damage
- Diacetyl – a chemical linked to a lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans aka “popcorn lung“
- Diethylene glycol – a toxic chemical used in antifreeze that is linked to lung disease
- Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, lead
- Cadmium – a toxic metal found in traditional cigarettes that causes breathing problems and disease
- Benzene – a volatile organic compound (VOC) found in car exhaust
- Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
- What you and your teen should know:
- E-cigarettes almost always contain harmful ingredients including nicotine.
- Acrolein, a known ingredient of many e-cigarettes, causes irreversible lung damage. Nicotine exposure during adolescence and can harm the developing brain.
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