We all know that cigarettes are bad for us, but the truth vapes and other electronic smoking devices might not be that great for us either. Electronic cigarettes have recently been marketed as the safer alternative to regular cigarettes, but your safer option may not be so safe after all.
They were engineered to provide smokers with a smoke-free source of nicotine. Essentially the devices heat up a liquid smoke that users inhale. They burn nothing so they release no smoke.
The truth is E-cigarettes deliver high levels of nanoparticles, researchers have found that it can trigger inflammation and has been linked to asthma, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
Many people do not think about the fact that vape juice is composed of chemicals much like those of a cigarette. Chemicals including:
Nicotine– Highly addictive, nicotine stimulates the central nervous system and raises blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate.
Propylene glycol– PG is a lab made liquid that the FDA generally views as safe in food, drugs, and cosmetics. It is also used to make artificial fog.
Formaldehyde– A probable carcinogen.
Acetaldehyde– Another probable carcinogen.
Acrolein– Formed from heated glycerin, acrolein can damage the lungs and contribute to heart disease in smokers.
Toxic metels such as tin, nickel, cadmium, lead, and mercury have been found in e-cigarette aerosol, too. A study done in 2013 notes that some metals, such as nickel occur in concentrations 2 to 100 times that of a cigarette.
It is also important to note that recent posts have had reports of E-cigarette explosions have been reported all over the United States, 25 to date.
James Laurin, a 23 year old from Destin, Florida , left work on July 29 to smoke an e-cigarette when the device exploded in his mouth. The explosion burned his cornea and hand, and fractured his neck and finger, blew a hole through his palate white flames went down and he got first degree burns on his chest and face, it forced his front tooth up into his gum and chipped the other one as well as damaged few other lower teeth. Laurin was airlifted to the University of Alabama’s burn Unit, where he spent a week in ICU.
In March of this year a 20 year old from Santa Ana was smoking an e-cigarette when the cigarette which he was smoking in bed exploded, launching half of the e-cig into the ceiling above him. Luckily he reported that he heard a humming and pulled the cigarette away from his mouth or the minor injuries he obtained would be much worse.
A 57-year-old Vietnam veteran was smoking an e-cigarette when it exploded in his face, knocking out his teeth and part of his tongue, according to ABC News. A fire chief told the news outlet that the accident was most likely caused by a faulty lithium battery, which exploded like a “bottle rocket.”
Kyle Czeschin’s e-cig was plugged into his laptop. Guess what happened next? “Everything was on fire, my laptop was on fire, my lamp was on fire, the shades,” he told News On 6.
Quitting cigarettes is, of course, a good thing, but the alternative might not be the best option. Weigh your risks, If you insist on smoking an electronic cigarette make sure you do your research. Find the best one for you, but the best option is to leave them alone all together. After all, is looking cool worth your health?