Smoking is bad for you. It’s a statement known and accepted everyone—smokers and non-smokers alike. Besides causing cancer, it also decreases lung capacity, causes teeth, gum problems, and an entire plethora of harmful effects I cannot even begin to list!
Quitting smoking is one of the hardest issues faced by smokers. Nicotine withdrawal causes. nausea, stomach pains, irritability, anxiety, weight gain. Without huge willpower and unrelenting support systems, giving up smoking is hard.
But all that was before e-cigarettes came into the market. They were marketed as a “healthy” alternative to getting your nicotine fix, as, like traditional cigarettes, they don’t contain any tobacco. This meant that for people trying to give up smoking, it was an easier transition than quitting cold turkey.
Now everywhere you look, vaping and e-cigarettes have become almost like a trend. You can see people (even teenagers) vaping at almost every major event and nowadays even in malls and restaurants! It had become so commonplace that we don’t find it strange when we see a 14-year-old kid vaping in front of us.
But here’s the thing, just because it doesn’t contain tobacco, does not automatically make it good for you. So to make you aware of both sides of the story, here are the harmful effects of vaping on the body:
E-cigs and vapes are available at every nook and cranny and for very cheap prices! Seeing as how the vaping trend is catching on, many people are buying them from obscure places. What is the risk, you ask? You have no idea of the toxins that might be present in the vaping liquid besides the base liquid. Plus, if the vape you purchased is low quality, there is also a risk of the liquid seeping out or even blowing up (yes, actually blowing up!)
It is true that smoke from e-cigarettes does not affect your lungs in the same way, but in the end, it is still smoke. Smoke causes inflammation of the mouth cells and leads to bleeding gums and sores (ugh!)
Fact: Nicotine is addictive.
Now, while e-cigarettes might be “healthier” because they don’t contain tobacco, they do have nicotine. If you tend to abuse vapes, chances are you might be addicted to it. It may also make it difficult to focus and affect impulse control.
Nicotine and any of its sources are bad for heart health. Continuous consumption might lead to increased heart rate and high blood pressure. It might also lead to hardening of the arteries, restricting the flow of blood to and from the heart.
Yes. I’m sorry to break it to you but your e-cigarettes also affect your lung capacity, albeit less than traditional cigarettes. If you are buying flavoured e-cigarettes I have more news for you. Flavoured cigarettes often contain diacetyl that causes bronchiolitis obliterans in which the airways in the lungs (bronchioles) are permanently damaged.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that while e-cigarettes might be a good substitute for traditional cigarettes, they should in no way be treated as a fad or trend. If a non-smoker hops on the e-cigs wagon, they are doing more harm than good.
The end goal should be to quit smoking altogether (yes, I mean including e-cigarettes and vapes).
It might seem like a daunting task, but remember, every step you take to quit smoking, no matter how small, is a step closer to your goal and a major step towards a healthy future!