The Harmful Effects of Vaping

This year, March 11th, is Non Smoking Day in the United Kingdom but let’s be honest, it needs to be a day here in America as well.  Non Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day that is dedicated to helping smokers who desire to stop smoking. I don’t have to tell you all that smoking is an extremely ugly habit and quitting isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do for those who have formed a nicotine addiction.  But as I was doing some reading the other day, I came across a recommendation for smokers that was just as bad.  Did you know that vaping is actually recommended for people who want to quit smoking? Are you as shocked as I am? If not, you may be once I finish telling you what I’ve discovered about this trendy, yet dangerous “replacement” for smoking.

According to the Center on Addiction, the definition of vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol/vapor which is produced by an e-cigarette or a similar device. The devices have many names. This vapor that is released from e-cigarettes and/or vape pens consists of fine particles that contain toxic chemicals which have been linked to heart and respiratory disease, as well as cancer. Even with these risks, a shocking 5 million middle and high school students are currently using e-cigarettes, according to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Study.  Here are some other startling facts about e-cigarettes:

    • E-Cigarette aerosol contains heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead.
    • Ultrafine particles found in the vapor can be inhaled deep into the lungs.
    • A study conducted by Canadian researchers in 2019 reported a single case of a lung injury that appeared to be popcorn lung linked to marijuana and nicotine vapes. Popcorn lung is a condition that damages the smallest airways of the lungs, making a person cough and feel short of breath.
    • Flavorings such as diacetyl, are contained in e-cigarette aerosol and has been linked to serious lung disease.
    • Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused fires and explosions that have resulted in very serious injuries for users.
    • Children, along with adults, have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with a smoking habit and would like to quit, vaping is NOT the way.  You’re basically replacing one addiction with another and while vaping may not be as bad for you as smoking, it is still very unsafe. Nothing beats an attempt at good old fashion kicking the habit of smoking. Your first attempts at quitting may not be successful but don’t beat yourself up over it.  Acknowledge your slip up, try again, and keep trying until it’s not longer a habit for you.  And remember; each day you’re able to say no is a day your lungs are repairing themselves and thanking you for it!

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