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.
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.