Is vaping dangerous? We see stories every day, sometimes it’s the exploding batteries, other times it’s the chemicals. First things first, vaping is an alternative to the worst product ever created, cigarettes. Cigarettes work by setting plant material that has been doused with chemicals on fire and then inhaling the smoke. Although vaping is unlikely to exceed five percent of the harm caused by tobacco products, there are still chemicals in it that can harm you. Nicotine is one of them.
This chemical boosts the adrenaline in the heart, which can put the heart under stress. This can cause heart attacks and/or strokes, which can lead to death. But you can choose the amount of this chemical that is included in your e-liquid. Diacetyl is another harmful chemical. Diacetyl is sometimes included in e-liquids. It has an insanely buttery flavor and is used for flavors that include butter, or to enhance sweet flavors.
Inhaling diacetyl can close and scar some of the smallest airways in your lungs, and reduce their capacity and efficiency. This disease goes by the name of “popcorn lung”. Popcorn lung is the nickname for bronchiolitis obliterans, a serious lung disease that cannot be reversed. This disease can cause coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, similar to the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Formaldehyde is a highly toxic systemic poison that is absorbed well by inhalation. The vapor is a severe respiratory tract and skin irritant and may cause dizziness or suffocation. Contact with formaldehyde solution may cause severe burns to the eyes and skin. This also dwells in the vaporized liquid of popular electronic or e-cigarettes, researchers have found.
According to an analysis published January 21, 2015, in the New England Journal of Medicine, the exposure to formaldehyde from e-cigarettes, based on similar chronic use as tobacco, could be five to 15 times higher than from smoking cigarettes.Researchers have found that vaping 3 milligrams of e-cigarette liquid at a high voltage can generate 14 milligrams of loosely affiliated or “hidden” formaldehyde. Researchers estimated a tobacco smoker would get .
15 milligrams of formaldehyde per cigarette or 3 milligrams in a 20-pack.In one study, researchers measured the makeup of what they refer to as the “aerosols,” or the chemical composition of the vape smoke. They found that metals such as tin, nickel, silver, iron, aluminum, silicate, and chromium were present in this vape smoke in levels equal to, or greater than the concentrations found in traditional cigarette smoke.Lipoid pneumonia was found in a 42-year-old woman who had recently started using electronic cigarettes, causing the onset of her respiratory issues. This particular form of the pneumonia is caused by an inflammatory reaction to the presence of lipid substances in the lungs, or fat deposits found in lung tissue.
Doctors linked the source of her infection to her recent exposure to the glycerin-based oils found in the compounds of e-cigarette vapor.At the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, researchers found a strong association between individuals living with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, and the use of e-cigarettes. Their findings indicate that people who experience these conditions are three times as likely to be current users of vaping devices compared to individuals without mental health conditions.Dr.
Holly Middlekauff suggests that “non-smokers should not start using e-cigarettes because they think they are a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes. But for current smokers of tobacco cigarettes, the e-cigs might be a slightly better option.”