IS VAPING SAFE?
Vapes, vaporisers, and e-cigarettes are identical terms and is used interchangeably.
Vaporisers, are relatively new products in the tobacco industry.
WHAT IS VAPING?
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapour, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device.
The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapour, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease.
Vaping devices include not just e-cigarettes, but also vape pens and advanced personal vaporisers (also known as ‘MODS’)
E-cigarettes first emerged in 2003, but it was not until several years ago that a significant portion of Americans started to use e-cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or vapour cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that resemble traditional cigarettes. However, instead of burning tobacco, they generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine and other chemicals. When the e-cigarette is used, the liquid chemicals in the cartridge are turned into a vapour or steam that is inhaled by the smoker.
E-cigarettes may contain harmful substances. However, the types or concentrations of chemicals, including nicotine, vary based on the brand.
Unlike traditional cigarettes that use combustion to deliver nicotine, vapes use small lithium-ion batteries that sends electricity to the atomiser that transforms the nicotine solution from a liquid state to a gas state.
TYPES OF E- CIGARETTES
There are two types of e-cigarettes in the market today.
Unregulated e-cigarettes are the most dangerous type of e-cigarettes in the market. This type of e-cigarette is composed of three basic pieces: the cylindrical metal body, the atomiser that is attached on top of the body, and a removable button that is usually located at the bottom of the device.
INGREDIENTS OF VAPE LIQUID
There are four basic ingredients used by all major vape liquid manufacture:
•Propylene Glycol (PG)
•Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
•Nicotine (Nicotine is not always used in vape juice)
The ingredients that vary across vape liquid manufactures are the thousands of different flavourings that can be mixed to suit the taste of consumers.
Nicotine is a toxic ingredient that is the chief active constituent in vape liquid. This ingredient is derived naturally from tobacco plants.
Nicotine is a stimulant that tightens blood vessels, increases blood pressure, limits blood flow to the heart, and may therefore cause airway problems that affect the pace of sleep, depression, diabetes and even certain cancers. In addition, it can cause dizziness and irritability.
Nicotine is extremely toxic, and a drop of pure nicotine can kill a person.
Compared to traditional cigarettes, vape liquids are much more toxic and dangerous. Electronic cigarettes contain between 1 and 100 milligrams of nicotine and inhaling too much nicotine can be fatal. The nicotine contained in e-cigarettes are extremely poisonous.
The vapour produced by e-cigarettes is thick and looks much more intimidating than the smoke from combusted cigarettes.
The original claim on vaping was that it was water vapour. Okay, boil a pot of water. Does it fill the room with smoke like an e-cig does? No, it doesn’t.
The stuff that comes out of an e-cig is a group of chemicals. You’ve got the by-products of vaped nicotine, plus all those wonderful flavours they make. I don’t think they are squeezing real strawberries into the liquid. Liquid nicotine is poisonous. A slow killer.
IS VAPING BETTER THAN CIGARETTE SMOKING?
The main objective of this practice called vaping is to help tobacco smokers quit because there is no doubt that smoking tobacco causes cancer.
Vaping is frequently observed as an option in contrast to conventional cigarettes, particularly for those with lung conditions, as it is believed to be less hurtful.
That’s like asking if it’s better to get hit by a truck or a car. If you’re into it, don’t try to make it like it’s healthy. We will have a generation of kids suffering the side effects of this garbage twenty years from now.
Nicotine is an addictive substance. After young people try electronic cigarettes, they may start to smoke real cigarettes when they grow up.
Researchers estimate that so far, more than 1 million non-smokers have tried e-cigarettes. The vast majority of those who smoke electronic cigarettes are themselves smokers, including those who want to quit smoking.
SIDE EFFECTS OF VAPING
Once considered a safe alternative to cigarettes, recently researchers have found e-cigarettes have far worse effects on our health.
E-cigarettes, may cause serious potential health problems, including cancer, because of the chemicals and toxins they contain.
Main Side effects includes:
•Bodily fluid or sputum that might be clear, white, green, or yellow
•Shortness of breath
•Insomnia (mainly a quitting side effect)
Last month, a US study said vaping may increase cancer risk because it leads to DNA damage, despite containing fewer carcinogens than tobacco smoke.
Doctors, researchers and public health regulators across the world stand divided on the safety of e-cigarettes.
Countries such as Norway, Brazil and Singapore have banned the sale of these devices, while in other places such as the UK, e-cigarettes are being viewed as an effective way to wean smoker off the habit.
In Pakistan, the e-cigarette market remains unregulated, which means that the quality of the e-liquids on the market have not been checked by a public health body.
Vaping has gained a lot of popularity among youth globally which requires much attention and need of awareness so that they have a choice to chose between vaping and safety of their health.