For most users, vaping is an alternative to smoking cigarettes. The vast majority of regular users of vapor products are ex-smokers or current smokers. Nothing compares to the health risks of setting plant material on fire and inhaling the smoke. Half of lifelong smokers die prematurely from smoking-related diseases. But hey, we all have our vices.
When vaping first took off, smokers who had difficulties quitting turned to the new technology to help them beat the habit, and for many people, it worked. However, for the most part, those who turned to vaping just traded one addiction for another, but no one realized the potential dangers of vaping.
In my opinion, and I am no doctor, vaping is a healthier alternative to lighting up that cigarette. But vaping does have its own risks that you need to be aware of.
Harvard School of Public Health did a comprehensive study to examine the potential dangers of vaping. What they discovered revealed there could be cause for great alarm in certain situations. As it turns out, there’s a chemical used for flavoring called diacetyl that can cause irreversible severe lung disease being called “popcorn lung.”
“Vaping,” or the act of inhaling the vapor produced by the heating up of a water, chemical, and nicotine compound has recently taken the smoking industry by storm. This inhalation method has been around since the 1960s, further developed by a 52-year-old Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik, who designed what would become the first commercially successful electronic cigarette (E-Cig) in 2003. Hon’s inspiration for creating this device was his father, who died of lung cancer resulting from years of heavy smoking.
In the early 2000’s vaping was quickly absorbed by North American and European markets as a legitimate means to quit smoking, at which time it was also still viewed as a safer method of administering nicotine and cannabis. It was not until September of 2008 that the World Health Organization deemed vaping an illegitimate cessation to nicotine replacement therapy (helping people quit smoking cigarettes). They raised concerns over the existence of other toxic chemicals and substances present in vapor smoke, and mandated more studies be performed on this subject to determine the legitimacy and safety of this smoking replacement option.
Meanwhile, the E-Cigarette and vaping industry has grown into one of the most profitable marketplaces in the world, some experts anticipating a net worth of $10 billion by 2017. Consumers are now able to purchase vaping products that range from 8 dollars to hundreds, available for purchase in common convenience stores, smoke shops, and grocery markets around the world.
Most people are unfortunately unaware of the severity of health risks associated with the dangers of vaping – some adverse affects proving to be just as dangerous as cigarette smoke. From popcorn lungs to MRSA infections, these facts are certain to make you think twice about buying another E-Cig.
One of the greatest risks that have been discovered for E-smokers is known as popcorn lung. “Popcorn lung” is the nickname for bronchiolitis obliterans. It’s a condition that damages your lungs’ smallest airways and makes you a cough and feels shortness of breath.
According to Bare Natural Health:
This name came about back when employees of a microwave popcorn processing facilities found themselves inhaling flavoring and this leading to shortness of breath and chronic coughing. Upon further review, they had discovered scarring in the air sacs of their lungs, which was incurable.
There’s also a lot more we don’t know yet about the long-term effects because this product is so new on the market.
David Christiani, Professor of Environmental Genetics, said the following:
“They also contain other cancer-causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde…”
Formaldehyde? That’s what they use to embalm dead bodies for crying out loud!
Below is a video that shows what happened to one gentleman who was affected by popcorn lung:
If you’re not sold on the whole popcorn lung thing, at a minimum, nicotine is a highly addictive substance and although e-cigs are dramatically safer than regular cigarettes, do we want to endorse addiction in any form?
The BBC video below gets into more detail about the safety of e-cigs and nicotine:
There are always risks with whatever you do, but it’s safe to say that your chances are better off vaping than chain smoking those cigs all day long. This information may turn people off to the vaping game, and if that’s the case, then at least you will be saving money.