The risks of smoking are well known to us, but below we will present the dangers associated with vaping. You smoke or vape, you are filling your lungs with chemicals. And in the long run, it is clear that vaping nicotine is bad for health.
Health effects of vaping
Vaping are still fairly new, and more research is needed over a longer period of time to find out what the long-term effects may be. The most important points to know is that the long-term health effects of vaping use are still unknown, and that all tobacco products, including vaping, can put the health of people at risk. For example, vaping can irritate the lungs and have harmful effects on the heart.
Although the health effects of vaping use are unknown, there are recent reports of serious lung disease in some people who use vaping or similar devices.
Reported symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss
What myths about vaping should we debunk?
The marketing strategies of all companies involved in the sale of e-cigarettes have been responsible for spreading misconceptions about e-cigarettes so that people believe that they are not dangerous to health.
In this article we will deny some of the most common conceptions we have about vaping and electronic cigarettes, seeing that they are not the universal solution to the problem of smoking.
'Electronic cigarettes are not harmful to health'
False. This is the big lie. Let's see why. First of all, nicotine in high doses is toxic to the body: it increases blood pressure and heart rate (arrhythmias), causes stomach ulcers, and can eventually cause cardiovascular disease.
Second, the vapor from e-cigarettes is still full of chemicals that, despite not being as toxic as tobacco, are still damaging to endothelial cells. This means that they can also cause damage to the lungs and inflame them, making us more susceptible to bacterial or viral infections. Additionally, some of the compounds in e-cigarettes have been shown to be carcinogenic.
Finally, keep in mind that we are totally blind to the long-term effects of e-cigarettes. Therefore, it is not that they are not harmful to health; it simply has not had time to show us their negative effects.
Electronic cigarettes don't cause fixation
False. Numerous vaping have nicotine in them. This organic compound present in tobacco plants can also be produced synthetically and perfectly meets the definition of a drug.
It is a legal drug throughout the world and its operation is based on increasing our levels of dopamine, a hormone that controls the sensation of pleasure. Therefore, the consumption of nicotine makes us feel euphoric and well-being. For this reason, our brain quickly becomes addicted to its effects and every time it asks us for more and more.
It is this nicotine that makes it so difficult to quit smoking. It might seem that, if presented as a healthier alternative to tobacco, e-cigarettes shouldn't have nicotine inside. But the reality is that many manufacturers market this drug. Otherwise, how would you make sure people don't stop vaping?
While it is true that some vaping do not have nicotine, many others have enough doses of this drug to cause an addiction equal to that of tobacco.
Vaping is useful during the time spent stopping smoking
False. Companies that make e-cigarettes often base their marketing strategies on vaping as the first step to quitting. However, many studies have shown that they do not help at all.
In fact, far from being useful for quitting smoking, they often have the opposite effect. The fact that they have nicotine means that electronic cigarettes do not cure the addiction, but that they trigger it even more. Vaping is not going to help you quit smoking.
It isn't awful to vape in shut spaces
No. Keeping it legal is one thing. That is not bad, another. E-cigarette manufacturing companies take advantage of the fact that there is still a loophole in their legislation to say that vaping in closed spaces is not bad.
Although tobacco has been banned indoors for years, laws still allow the use of e-cigarettes in workplaces (as long as they are not hospitals), bars and restaurants. And not only that, they can also be advertised.
However, many countries are beginning to create laws to ban vaping in the same places where conventional tobacco smoking is not allowed.
Vaping in a closed environment can not only be dangerous to the health of other people, but it continues to fill the space with a vapor that can be annoying for everyone. Maybe not as much as tobacco, but using e-cigarettes indoors is still bad.
The ingredients of the liquid are safe
No. They are not save. Already the fact that they are not correctly labeled should turn on all the alarms. In addition, as we have seen previously, this liquid is known to contain potentially dangerous chemicals for health.
And not only that, because the liquid in the cartridge is poisonous if you touch, smell or drink. In fact, cases of children poisoned by coming into contact with this liquid continue to increase around the world.
With the using of vaping, you avoid the problems of smoking
No. The vapor from electronic cigarettes is still full of chemicals that are toxic to the body and many others that we do not directly know what effect they have on our body.
When vaping, we release all these compounds into the environment, so they can reach the lungs of nearby people and cause damage. The harmful effect is believed to be less than in conventional passive smokers, but it is still a health hazard anyway.
Vaping save the people from tobacco
False. In fact, far from avoiding it, it ends up being an introduction to the world of smoking. Especially among young people, who start with electronic cigarettes and end up switching to conventional tobacco.
Neither smoke nor vape. Anything that is putting chemicals into our lungs and making our brain addicted to a drug will inevitably be bad for our health.