Why vaping is an important issue?
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol (often called vapor) produced by an e-cigarette or similar battery powered device.The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles.
Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease.
What are the other names for e-cigarettes?
They are also known as e-cigs, vape pens, e-hookahs, e pipes, tanks, mods, vapes, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or ENDS, and more. Some resemble pens, USB sticks, and other everyday items.
People refer to vaping devices by their brand name such as JUUL, BO, Blu, and others.
Vaping doesn't smell like the odor from cigarette smoke. Vapor from vaping can have no odor at all or it can smell like one of the many available flavors of vape juice. Flavors and names are designed to appeal to youth because addiction sells.
What’s really in it?
E-cigarettes contain pre- filled pods or e liquids/e juices the user adds to the device. E liquids generally consist of propylene glycol, glycerin, water, nicotine, and flavorings. Many of these pods and e-liquids come in fruit and candy flavors that appeals to youth. E-cigarettes produce an aerosol, commonly called vapor, which users inhale from the device and exhale. The aerosol can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including:
- Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
- Flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease
- Volatile organic compounds
- Cancer causing chemicals
- Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead
Dangers of Vaping
- Varying levels of metals, propylene glycol (antifreeze), and diacetyl, which can cause an irreversible condition called “Popcorn Lung”
- E-cigarettes contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including formaldehyde and acrolein, which can cause irreversible lung damage.
- They also contain nicotine which can harm the developing adolescent brain as the brain keeps developing until about age 25.
- Vaping can lead to E-cigarette or Vaping-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) or Vaping Associated Pulmonary Injury (VAPI) or possible death .
- New studies show e cigarette users were twice as likely to have COPD
- Daily e cigarette users are twice as likely to have a heart attack
- E- cigarettes trigger inflammatory processes and depress immune function
- Lungs and are associated with kids having chronic bronchitis