A tremendous number of appealing new e-cigarette products are hitting the market. People assume (and have been told) they are healthier than regular cigarettes. Kids as young as 11 are vaping, saying, “Who wouldn’t want to try a vapor that tastes like caramel macchiato or cotton candy? What can be harmful in a liquid that has such a fun flavor?” As it turns out, there may be far more danger than we realize.
The huge problem is that we really don’t know too much about what is in these products and how much damage they can cause. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate or evaluate any of the thousands of different products on the market. However, some studies have been done to evaluate the chemicals in these Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, and they have found some alarming information.
Yes, E-cigarettes Contain Nicotine.
First, these products all contain nicotine and carry the same risks as smoking regular cigarettes. In a fetus, nicotine can cause slower brain development and many risks of lung disease. This, in turn, leads to lower birth weights, premature births, as well as the potential for still births. Ingesting nicotine as an adolescent leads to gaps in brain development and can lead to learning disabilities.
Nicotine has been found in products claiming to be nicotine-free. But nicotine is nicotine, however it is ingested!
During Vaping, You Inhale Chemicals Found in Antifreeze, Embalming Fluids and More
A few independent studies have found other harmful chemicals, such as propylene glycol, which is the main ingredient in antifreeze, as well as formaldehyde, which is a component of embalming fluids. The general consensus is that introducing these foreign materials will cause damage to the lungs at some point.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that newer e-cigarettes give users the ability to adjust the voltage, allowing for higher heat levels, which increase the formaldehyde production. This can increase a person’s lifetime cancer risk by 5 to 15 times.
The questions are: to what extent and what exact type of damage will occur as a result of using these products? Are you willing to take that risk?
Four Ways to Advocate for a Healthier, Safer Tomorrow
Additionally, we really don’t want to encourage young adolescents and adults to put their health at risk, even if some companies advertise this is healthier than smoking or can help anyone stop smoking. Many studies have actually shown where these devices actually lead to increased ingestion and addiction. Let’s prepare for a healthier and safer tomorrow by just not becoming involved with the electronic nicotine era of smoking.
Here are four ways you can help yourself and others understand the dangers of electronic nicotine products:
- First, stay educated and up to date from reliable resources, such as the American Lung Association.
- Lead by example by not smoking these products, especially around children.
- Encourage your loved ones to commit to quit.
- Investigate and encourage local school programs that teach children the dangers of using nicotine in any form. Serious commitments to end smoking exposures will really decrease lung associated problems.
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