5 Truths About Vaping

Emma Ollis

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E-cigarettes are everywhere these days, and many think of them as a useful tool for people looking to quit smoking and relatively risk-free for new users. But are they safe?

 

  • Vaping is better than traditional smoking.

 

Many present the argument that the unknown chemicals in vapes are making them a much more dangerous addiction than cigarettes. While we don’t know exactly what chemicals are in e-cigarettes, Micheal Blaha M.D states “there’s almost no doubt that they expose you to fewer toxic chemicals than traditional cigarettes”.

 

  • Vaping remains dangerous for your health.

 

E- cigarettes do contain many chemicals and contain the addictive substance nicotine. These chemicals lead to cancer and harm almost every organ in the human body. Teens are especially sensitive to nicotine’s addictive effects because their brains are still developing and this makes it easier to get hooked. According to smokefree.gov, using nicotine at a young age, “can also rewire your brain to become more easily addicted to other, more harmful drugs later in life”.

 

  • Teens are becoming addicted.

 

America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported, “37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017”. Because teens are not aware of the major dangers of e-cigarettes, they begin using vapes at an early age. “Teens are clearly attracted to the marketable technology and flavorings seen in vaping devices; however, it is urgent that teens understand the possible effects of vaping on overall health; the development of the teen brain; and the potential for addiction,” said Nora D. Volkow, M.D., director of NIDA.