E-cigarettes are not just a trend that is sure to pass.Â In fact, with claims that vaping is safer than smoking traditional cigarettes, the increasing ease in which children under the age of 18 can get ahold of vapes, and the idea that those trying to quit smoking regular cigarettes will have better luck vaping, it is safe to say e-cigarettes are not going anywhere anytime soon.
However, just how safe are these battery-operated devices that deliver a delicious vapor of nicotine?
Today we will look at what the experts have to say about the chemical dangers related to e-cigarettes so you can decide for yourself whether they are something to get hooked on or not.
What Are E-Cigarettes?
E-cigarettes are battery-operated smoking devices, shaped much like traditional cigarettes.Â They have cartridges filled with a liquid mixture of nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals, that when heated, convert into a vapor that you âdragâ, much like you would while smoking a regular cigarette.
The Dangers Lurking Behind E-Cigarettes
Though experts claim that e-cigarettes are much safer to smoke than typical cigarettes, this does not mean they come without risks to your health.
Letâs look at two of the most harmful chemicals in e-cigarettes that people often overlook:
One of the most convincing reasons people choose to vape e-cigarettes as opposed to smoke cigarettes is because e-cigs donât burn tobacco.Â This means the vapor you inhale doesnât have the same amounts of tar and carbon monoxide that are in regular cigarettes.
While this is definitely an improvement, the truth is, vaping e-cigarettes still give you an unhealthy dose of nicotine.
As you inhale the vapor from an e-cigarette, you still take in toxic amounts of nicotine that go straight to your lungs.Â Nicotine can affect your brain, nervous system, and heart.Â Not to mention this chemical is highly addictive.
And, while marketing campaigns have tried to convince users that vaping can help them quit smoking, there is very little, if any, evidence proving that to be true.Â Especially because there is limited research on vaping since it is still considered in its infancy.
E-cigarettes get their taste from flavorings that are added to the nicotine/chemical mixture in each cartridge.
One of the most common flavorings added comes in the form if diacetyl.Â While diacetyl is not known to cause any long-lasting health effects if ingested, it has been shown that this chemical is very harmful when inhaled.Â In fact, inhaling too much diacetyl can cause a progressive and debilitating lung disease known as âpopcorn lungâ.
While studies have shown that e-liquids contained in e-cigarettes contain nearly â100 times less diacetyl than the traditional tobacco cigaretteâ, this is not to say that over time it will not cause respiratory harm.
Moreover, it has been stated that in the United States, most e-liquid manufacturers provide diacetyl free labels on their e-liquids, assuring consumers they are not at risk.
And, while some of this may be true, the majority of e-liquids do contain diacetyl, meaning people vaping are exposed to a danger they may not even be aware of.
Altogether, it is important to know what you are eating, drinking, or vaping.Â In addition, it is important to determine for yourself whether something is safe or not, rather than simply relying on the people behind the product that may just be trying to convince you to use their products.