Vaping is an alternative to smoking cigarettes and has been gaining popularity in recent years. People who use e-cigarettes mostly consist of current or former cigarette smokers. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that were developed to help wean people off tobacco products.
Since vaping does not involve the use of tobacco, people believe the product is safer than smoking. Although vaping is considered safer than inhaling tobacco smoke, e-cigarettes release nicotine, which is an addictive and harmful drug.
People who vape can become dependent on e-cigarettes like smokers who are addicted to smoking tobacco products. The e-cigarette battery-powered and heats a liquid solution that creates an aerosol spray. The spray is the vapor the person inhales. The liquid solution contains various ingredients and flavoring.
Vapors from e-cigarettes can irritate and inflame mouth cells that could lead to gum disease. Severe gum disease causes tooth loss. The vapors from e-cigarettes can also cause lung damage. The vapors can affect a person’s immune system. Vaping is known to cause smoker’s cough and bloody mouth sores.
Inhaling vapors can irritate the lungs and the liquid used in e-cigarettes may contain cancer-causing chemicals. When the polluted solution is breathed in regularly, a cough develops that will not go away. Over time, the cough can cause chronic bronchitis.
Teens are impulsive and can be easily influenced to try vaping. The flavoring in the vaping liquid is very appealing to teens and young adolescents. Some of the flavors are fruit and candy-flavored and can cause the product to appear less harmful than other tobacco products. This false perception is one of the reasons young adolescents try e-cigarettes.
The e-cigarettes contain a metal coil that heats up the liquid that becomes a vapor. These coils can become toxic when heated up. The metals can cause cancer and harm the nervous system.
While e-cigarettes use less nicotine than tobacco products, vaping is harmful to a person’s health. When vaping, a person is inhaling hot aerosol particles, which put him or her at risk for health complications. E-cigarettes are less dangerous than a cigarette, but they are not safe.
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