Health Risks of Vaping

Many people use e-cigarettes (also called electronic cigarettes or vapes) because they think they are less harmful than regular tobacco products. But inhaling vaporized nicotine and the chemicals found in these products can harm the body, especially the developing brains of teens, children and fetuses in pregnant women who smoke them. E-cigarettes also expose users and non-users alike to toxic fumes including cancer-causing chemicals, volatile organic compounds, diacetyl (linked to a serious lung disease), heavy metals like nickel, tin, and lead and ultrafine particles that can cause inflammation and irritation of the lungs, making it hard to breathe.

Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical, and the e-cigarette device delivers it in a way that can be more difficult to stop than regular smoking. For this reason, many people who vape continue smoking traditional cigarettes as well. And even if they do manage to quit using e-cigarettes and stop using them completely, the lingering effects of nicotine on the brain and body can make it more likely that they will resume or increase their cigarette use again.

People who smoke or try vaporizers are more likely to use other tobacco and nicotine products, such as cigars and hookahs. Nicotine affects the development of the brain, and research shows that it can make it harder for young people to learn and concentrate. It can also increase a person’s anxiety and depression, and may contribute to impotence in men.

There are a lot of things we don’t know about vaping yet, because the technology has only been around for a short time. It’s important to talk openly with the young people and children in your life about the health risks of vaping, so they get help if they need it.

Jeremiah Johnson of Glasgow, Missouri, stopped smoking combustible cigarettes and began using vapes delta 8 carts three years ago. He thought he was doing better, but has since noticed that he has more difficulty breathing and coughs up blood. He blames his shortness of breath on vaping, but says that he also gained weight and took a medication for his asthma, which made it worse.

Many of the same strategies that have been used for decades to reduce cigarette smoking, such as “denormalizing” it and stigmatizing smokers and their behavior, are being used against vapers. This can reverse the hard-won gains in global efforts to curb smoking, which kills an estimated 480,000 Americans each year and exposes non-smokers to dangerous secondhand smoke. The best thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and friends is to avoid all forms of tobacco, including e-cigarettes and hookahs. This includes avoiding secondhand smoke from others’ vaping. If you do use a vaporizer, never take it out of your mouth to inhale the vapor, and don’t share devices. It’s not safe for anyone.