It is hard for many people to accept the truth. As more people join the habit of vaping, they tend to believe that this is a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking. Well, this is what manufacturers and sellers want users to know, but it is far from being entirely true. Although the health risks may be less than that of tobacco smoking, the truth is that they are still there.
According to research, detailed information about the health risks involved is not available. Currently, there are numerous studies that are ongoing, and experts may need years of observations on their subjects to make a conclusion. But the fact is that there is potential harm to the health of vapers.
As the manufacturers and sellers promote e-cigarettes as a better option and that it even helps people quit smoking, organizations like WHO have previously released reports warning people of the potential dangers of vaping. For those who are still buying the statements of these sellers, it is time to ask yourself why there are very stringent regulations around the use of e-cigarettes in many countries. It is definitely because there are potential dangers.
However, there are many upsides to vaping when compared to tobacco use. Facts say that the health impacts caused by this habit are far less harmful. One may need to be exposed to vape for a long time to suffer the impact.
For the sake of those who are not quite familiar with vaping, this part is for you. Vaping is the use of an electronic device that has a battery, coil, and e-juice, and when switched on, it will produce vapor that is inhaled by the user. There might be other components like a filtering system, control buttons, or other options to enhance the experience.
The devices have been in use for a few decades now. But what is most surprising is the revolution it has gone through. Initially, only simple e-cigarette pens were available, but today, we have sophisticated vaping mods that even have different programs. Some are so expensive because they are finely-finished with special wood and gemstones for prestige.
As of now, vaping is getting accepted by both beginners and those switching from conventional smoking faster than anyone could have imagined. Reports say that more young people are being influenced to join by celebrities and their fellow peers without understanding the potential dangers.
Media influence – TV and the internet are playing a major role in influencing people to join the habit of vaping. For instance, teenagers who watch their favorite actor or actress vaping in a movie will think of it as a cool habit. Just like in the cigarette industry in the past, manufacturers are again using the media to their advantage. There are stories in the news exaggerating about the vape devices and e-juices used by certain celebrities, and they even go on to tell the world why these stars love vaping.
Peer influence – Young people from various parts of the world are heavily influencing each other when it comes to the use of vaping devices without understanding the dangers that they are exposing themselves to. A bigger number of college and university students start vaping because their peers are into it. They want to try the same vaping devices and e-juices as their friends before they research to find out whether it is good for their health or not.
Seeking a better alternative to smoking – We have already mentioned that the manufacturers have been heavily promoting vaping as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. Of course, numerous people have fallen into these allegations and have already changed camps. Some users try vaping because they want to quit the addictive smoking altogether. But what they do not realize is that vaping is equally addictive if nicotine e-juices are used. However, some people have claimed to have succeeded in switching from cigarette smoking by trying therapy using the gradual reduction of nicotine.
This is the moment of truth. Surprisingly, not many posts will come clean and tell users the downsides of vaping. But as you will notice, some of them are caused by the abuse of e-cigarettes. So, read carefully to understand more about this.
• Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine – This can be just as addictive as cigarettes themselves. Thus, engaging in vaping will get you hooked faster than you can imagine. In this case, e-cigarettes will not help anyone quit smoking. It will just be another way to enjoy nicotine. According to the American Heart Association, this is not one of the many options they recommend to help cigarette smokers quit. Other health care organizations do not list it on their preferred methods, either. From this, a wise person can conclude that this is a downside already.
• There are traces of harmful toxins – Some research organizations have already concluded that e-juice contains toxins that are harmful to the heart, lungs, and have the potential of causing cancer in the body. So, as you engage in vaping, it is crucial to know this. However, the same researchers have found the chances of health complications to be lower when compared to the risks associated with cigarettes. This comes as a new twist because researchers cannot confirm the extent of the danger until they complete observing their subjects in a series of studies that will take years. For now, we have to wait for clearer conclusions.
• Allergic reactions are real – As people vape, it is important to know that e-juice contains numerous chemicals that can cause reactions in the body. Some people may get an irritation in the airways that make them cough or sneeze. Inner organs like the liver and heart are also at risk of getting affected.
• Vaping is a significant cost – Anyone who starts vaping adds a cost to their life. The initial cost of getting a starter pack is insanely high, especially if someone wants a high-end vaping mod. Other accessories and e-juice will also be extra costs. What’s more is that one will be buying the e-juices over and over again. In a year, one will have used thousands of dollars that could have been invested in other things.
Vaping does not only have a bad side. There are lots of benefits about this habit when compared to cigarette smoking. Studies have proven that the health effects are over a hundred times better than smoking. Thus, people who have switched lower their chances of getting ill.
But the biggest beneficiaries are the people around those who vape. Once the vapor is exhaled and mixes with the air, its ability to cause health effects decreases even further, posing little or no harm to the people around them. But to be on the safe side, it is not recommended to expose yourself to the vapors. That is why people who vape should enjoy it in designated areas only.
None-nicotine e-juices are not as addictive as those with the substance included. When using this option, it is easy to quit at any time that you want without any difficulties, which is why vaping is believed to be better than smoking.
From what we have gathered after extensive research, vaping is not 100 percent safe. On its own, it has potential health effects. Manufacturers and sellers are still shy to tell people this. However, laws are being made and amended to regulate this and give people the right information. It has worked in the tobacco cigarette sector and it will work here as well. It is better for people to stay guided and make their decisions when they already know what they are entering into rather than indulging blindly.