As more and more people look to turn away from the dangers of cigarette smoking, vaping and e-cigarettes have quickly become a popular alternative but are e-cigs safe? Some studies have even predicted that by the year 2023, e-cigarettes, and other vaping products, will out sell traditional cigarettes. Are they less harmful than using cigarettes or other burned tobacco products? Is it ok for teens to smoke e-cigs? What do you need to know about them?
A recent CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) report on teen smoking showed that 20 percent of high school students have recently used at least one tobacco product, and e-cigarettes topped the list. This makes sense if you think about it, because in years past, while fewer kids were trying their dad’s old-fashioned, regular style cigarettes, more and more teens were smoking e-cigarettes and vaping instead.
Even though cigarette smoke has more than 5,000 harmful chemicals, and e-cigarette vapor has much fewer, the nicotine content found in vape liquids can be much higher than traditional cigarettes. Unfortunately, there are other concerns that go well beyond the presence of nicotine alone. Some vaping liquid brands also include formaldehyde and antifreeze, both of which have been linked to cancer. In addition, some of the flavored vapor liquids use diacetyl, which is an artificial compound derived from petrol. Petrol is a derivative of petroleum and can be extremely dangerous if inhaled.
Beyond the dangerous chemical properties associated with vaping and e-cigarette usage, there have also been several life-threatening technical issues with vaping and e-cig equipment. Several people have been hospitalized after accidental spilling vaping fluid (which if ingested, inhaled, or comes in contact with the skin or eye(s), can be extremely toxic). There have also been several incidents where charging e-cigs have just exploded without even being touched. This can cause serious damage, not only to the individual, but also to surrounding property as well.
It appears that years and years of anti-smoking campaigns are finally having a consistent effect on teen smoking rates, as teen smoking rates have hit historic lows in the U.S. In addition, for the first time, fewer high school teens are smoking e-cigs. But, there is still much work to be done and we need your help.