E-Cigarettes & Vaping
Quitting smoking AND vaping can be difficult. We spoke to many clients who quit smoking cigarettes only to pick up the addictive habit of vaping e- cigarettes. Is this you? Are you finding yourself hitting an e-cigarette all throughout the day and struggling to stop the behavior?
The overwhelming opinion of most e-cigarette users is that e cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, but the reality is the research is not conclusive on the matter.
Furthermore, a recent CDC study about vaping found that many adults are using e-cigarettes in an attempt to quit smoking cigarettes. However, most adult e-cigarette users do not stop smoking cigarettes and are instead continuing to use both products, which is known as dual use. There is a strong possibility e-cigarettes will be found to be quite harmful to the body; quitting vaping completely is vital to protect your health and improve the quality of your life.
Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including:
- ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.
- flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease.
- volatile organic compounds.
- heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.
Other health risks of vaping
The recent tragic and alarming cases of severe lung disease are clearly cause for concern. A number of other health effects are also worrisome:
- Nicotine is highly addictive and can affect the developing brain, potentially harming teens and young adults. Even some “nicotine-free” e-cigarettes have been found to contain nicotine.
- Some substances found in e-cigarette vapor have been linked to an increased risk of cancer.
- Teens who vape are more likely to begin smoking cigarettes.
- Explosions and burns have been reported with e-cigarettes while recharging the devices, due to defective batteries.
- Accidental exposure to liquid from e-cigarettes has caused acute nicotine poisoning in children and adults.
- Vaping during pregnancy could harm a developing fetus.