Topic 1 Five Basic Facts about E-cigarettes or Vaping

The five basic facts about e-cigarettes or vaping are:

Electronic cigarettes heat nicotine (extracted from tobacco) enriched with flavourings and other chemicals to create water vapour, which you inhale through a vaporizer device. Traditional tobacco cigarettes contain a variety of chemicals, many of which are toxic. Although it is not known exactly what chemicals are in e-cigarettes.

Nicotine is the main agent in both traditional and e-cigarettes and is highly addictive. It causes you to crave smoking and suffer in the absence by fighting the craving. Nicotine is also a toxic substance. It raises blood pressure and stimulates the release of adrenaline, which increases heart rate and the likelihood of a heart attack. There are many unknowns about vaping, including exactly what chemicals go into the vapor’s composition and how it affects physical health over time. You need to understand that e-cigarettes are potentially dangerous to your health. Research results indicate a link to chronic lung disease, asthma and cardiovascular disease.

What’s worse, many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine than they would from tobacco products – you can buy extra-strength cartridges that have a higher concentration of nicotine, or you can increase the voltage of the e-cigarette to get a bigger hit of the substance. Vape device burns are rare, but can be serious. Especially if the device catches fire while in the owner’s pocket.

Although marketed as a smoking cessation aid, e-cigarettes have not received approval as smoking cessation devices. A study has found that most people who intend to use e-cigarettes to kick the nicotine habit end up continuing to smoke both traditional and e-cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that adults who use e-cigarettes for quitting should weigh the risks and benefits and consider using other approved methods and ways to quit smoking.

Among the young, e-cigarettes are more popular than any traditional tobacco product. There are three reasons why e-cigarettes are particularly appealing to young people. Many teens think vaping is less harmful than smoking. Electronic cigarettes have a lower price than traditional cigarettes. Vaporizer devices are often enriched with fruity flavors that are liked by younger users.

Both youth and adults find the lack of smoke appealing. Odourless e-cigarettes stand out over smoking. Vaping and e-cigarettes are sometimes promoted as ways to help smokers quit. But this often leads to the use of traditional tobacco products later on.