When it comes to vaping safety and the risks involved, most scientists have agreed that the jury is still out. That’s not to say, however, that there isn’t some danger involved. For while a large majority of the scientific and technological communities have it’s a safer habit than smoking cigarettes, it still poses a lot of the same threats, just on a smaller scale. Here’s a need-to-know list of such risks that come with vaping.
LIKE CIGARETTES, IT’S BEST NOT TO START YOUNG
Vaping use has been on the rise in youth in the past decedes, with nearly one in six high school student using e-cigarettes. Like smoking anything at an early age will always increase health risks in developing bodies (and kids will always be kids), vaping is a slightly better option. Though statistic have said that youths who vape do run the risk of switching to cigarettes later in life. Any honest conversation parents are recomended to have with their children should also include vaping. A well-informed child is the best defense.
GENERAL HEALTH RISKS
Whether it’s an alternative to smoking or just for pure enjoyment, it’s popularity is undeniable. One of the common reasons for it’s fashionableness cited are the supposed medical benefits of vaping. As opposed to smoking, most doctors agree that e-cigarettes are generally safer for long term smokers. Apart from their successful use in smoking cessation, they don’t have tobacco or a lot of the other toxins that cause lung cancer. In addition, the admit less toxic material in their aerosol and are much less risky to smokers with asthma.
That’s not to say, however, that there are still health risks that come with vaping. E-liquid still contains nicotine – after all – a highly addictive drug. Inhaling any amount can lead as a gateway to other products that contain it such as cigarettes and lead to other drug use, particularly in those with addictive personalities. Apart from its addictive qualities, nicotine has also been linked to nervous, cardiovascular and resperitory issues. It’s also the reason doctors tell women not to smoke during pregnancy, as it can lead to preterm birth or defects.
While advertised as being useful in smoking cessation, acting as a step down before quitting, there’s no scientific evidence proving this. In fact, it can have the opposite effect in smokers. Some users vape in addition to regular cigarettes, increasing the amount of nicotime and tobacco.
While science has suggested that there are no short term risks related to vaping, it’s still a relatively new product. As a result, long term data won’t be available for a several years. Their youth also prevents proper regulation to ensure any safety. All of this can result in changes in vaping technology to ensure maximum safety, but there’s no telling what that might entail.
But the most dangerous immediate threat deals with the technology itself. In the UK alone, there are approximately eight million e-cigarette users, as opposed to nine million smokers. While it’s uncommon, e-cigarettes have exploded, causing severe burns. While it’s uncommon, there have been some fatalities. Fortunately, most e-cigarettes have built-in safety features to prevent explosions. However, cheaper models bought online are often poorly built, and most of the explosions are caused by ion battery malfunctions. Even with the safety features, it’s crucial to ensure the electrical tape wrapped around the ion battery doesn’t have any rips or tears. If they do, it’s ideal to rewrap it or buy a new battery entirely.
Explosions are indeed the most immediate damage, but the device iself causes what may be considered the first long-term risk. The coil in a vaping device is typically made of titanium, stainless steel or some sort of nickel wire. Depending on which coil is used in the device, the heat can slowly burn off metalic nanoparticles that are inhaled. While the particiles have shown a neglectable amount of metal, long-term risks may prove otherwise.
E-LIQUIDS AND ALLERGIES
E-liquids are harmless, a combination of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin with a flavour. However, if you already have an allergy to vegetable glycerin, vaping can cause nasal irritation, nasuea or headache. However, since both are used in everyday products, it’s highly unlikely you would be unaware of an allergy or sensitivity prior to vaping. But while e-liquids are on their own are safe, heating them can cause an unexpected side effect. It still involves burning nicotine, which can lead to the creation of formaldehyde. Scientific studies have revealed that two percent of liquids in the compound can potentially lead to this substance.
As usual, your greatest ally when vaping is research. Learning all you can about brands, how to use the device safely, ion battery-maintanence and any prior health conditions like allergies will only help to limit any risks. So while the previous taking in the previous information all at once may be daunting, it’s equally important to remember that much of it is worst-case scenario, the jury’s still out.