According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 9 million Americans regularly vape, many of whom switched from smoking cigarettes to vaping in an effort to improve their health. But is vaping really safer than smoking? After more than 805 lung injuries associated with vaping in 2019 and 12 resulting deaths, many individuals are concerned about the health effects of e-cigarettes. These are the potential risks of vaping that scientists currently understand.
Although toxic chemicals found in glue and paint may be present in some types of vaping liquid (e-juice), researchers aren’t sure whether these trace amounts are linked to illness in vape users. Because the industry has produced thousands of flavors of e-juice, each with a distinctive chemical formula, it could take decades until scientists understand the full impact of vaping on the lungs and other body systems.
Like cigarettes, e-cigs deliver addictive nicotine. Although researchers agree that vaping is a safer way to consume nicotine, this chemical still leads to physical and psychological dependence. And, because the teenage brain is still developing until the age of 25, they can develop synapse patterns for addiction more strongly and easily than adults.
Cardiac and Lung Effects
Several clinical studies have linked the use of e-cigarettes to a negative impact on the body’s major systems and organs system. Potential heart issues associated with vaping include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, stroke, angina, heart attack, and heart disease. According to some research, e-cigarette use may interfere with normal lung function. Other studies, including a report from the CDC, show that vaping may cause cell damage that leads to cancer.
Vaping can harm the teeth and gums according to several research studies. Potential effects include an increased risk for cavities, gum disease, and mouth and throat irritation. The CDC recommends refraining from vaporizers and e-cigarettes, especially cannabis-infused products. They note that minors should never use cigarettes or e-cigarettes. However, the agency also notes that adults who used to smoke and now vape should not switch back to cigarettes. To learn more about the safety of e-cigarettes and other substances, get in touch with the Cranston Substance Abuse Task Force at (401) 467-9610. Our campaigns are designed to prevent substance abuse among local youth by offering educational resources.