Doctors and experts have been warning us about the dangers of smoking. Cigarette packages even have a health warning in them. However, smoking is an addicting vice, and it is hard for people to stop smoking once they get addicted. Whenever a smoker decides to quit, it’s not an easy journey. They would try to cut down their number of sticks per day and gradually transition to not having the urge to smoke every day. But this usually fails when you don’t have much will to stop, so others look for alternatives to help them quit.
E-cigarettes have made an entry as an alternative for smoking.
There are still mixed opinions about vaping. E-cigarettes or vaping is indeed better than smoking cigarettes. However, it still poses some health risks:
It Still Contains Nicotine
In vaping, you have control over how much nicotine you want in your vape. With plenty of E-juice available in the market with different nicotine levels, you have the freedom to choose. Getting rid of nicotine entirely would be the best course of action as nicotine has been linked to health conditions such as cancer, damage to the nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, stillbirths in pregnant women, etc.
It Contains Other Toxins
According to the American Lung Association, there are still other toxins other than nicotine found on e-cigarettes, such as carcinogens, acrolein, hazardous metals, diacetyl, etc. Toxins mentioned can cause bronchitis or lung damage.
It Causes Secondhand Smoke
Just like regular cigarettes, vaping still causes secondhand smoke that can be toxic to other people around you.
Risks of Burns or Accidents
There was a time where accidents and explosions of vapes flooded the news. It is usually because of faulty or misused electric chargers, so one should be careful in using an e-cigarette.
It Doesn’t Make You Quit Smoking.
People usually switch to e-cigs because they want to quit smoking cigarettes. However, a study done in 2016 has shown that people who use e-cigs or vape are unlikely to stop smoking altogether.
It May Not Discourage Teen Smoking
E-juices usually comes with endless options of flavors. From fruity flavors to desserts, kinds of beverages, etc. Thus, this gives the impression that e-cigarettes are not harmful and could tempt teens to vape at an early age. And this poses a higher chance that they’ll be smoking real cigarettes later in life.
Trying e-cigarettes is entirely your choice. However, it is important to be well aware of the benefits and risks before trying it.