With vape emporiums popping up left, right and centre all over the country, there’s no doubt about the fact that vaping is trendy. The question is, is it safe? It is really a healthier alternative to smoking that old fashioned cigarette, as many enthusiasts would have you believe?
Truth be told, since these devices are so new to the market, we don’t really know all that much about them. When it comes to evaluating their long term effects on our health, it is still early days. Having said that, there are two things that we do know for sure…
- Harmful additives and ingredients, including irritants, genotoxins and chemicals known to cause cancer in animals, have been found in the juice of a number of vape pens and e-cigarettes currently on the market.
- The more intense the heating element within the product, the greater the chances are of the ingredients in the juice transforming into formaldehyde and acetaldehyde – two extremely dangerous carcinogens – use after use.
Here’s some more food for thought
Think back (well picture the films or photos you have seen) to when cigarettes were still new and rising in popularity all over the world. People were allowed to smoke anywhere and everywhere. Pregnant women were seen puffing away none the wiser of the harmful effects that the tobacco sticks were having on their unborn babies.
Nobody had any idea just how unhealthy smoking was, both for the smokers and the people around them. At least that was the case until cigarettes had been on the market for a long time and the results of regular and excessive usage had been properly documented. Who’s to say that vaping is going to be any different?
The bottom line on vaping?
All vape pen and e-cigarette users are taking a serious health risk every time they inhale ‘the good stuff’ from this uber trendy, ‘must have’ paraphernalia. We don’t as yet fully understand the long term effects of the use of vape pens and e-cigarettes. So it stands to reason that we cannot possibly know for sure whether or not vaping is a ‘safer’, ‘healthier’ alternative to smoking. For all we know, it could end up being even more harmful than cigarettes.
If the goal is to lead a healthier lifestyle, do yourself (and your lungs) a favour and say ‘no’ to both! The chances are good that, soon in the future, you’ll be very, very glad you did.
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