There are many people in Lakewood and surrounding areas who have turned to vaping in recent years as a safer alternative to smoking. It’s quite likely that vaping is indeed safer than smoking, but there are a few things you should know before taking that hit.
First, vaping might cause the very same damage as cigarettes. A recent study found that using electronic vaping devices causes the same changes in gene regulation as cigarettes do, potentially raising an individual’s risk of developing severe illnesses, including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and cancer.
To get slightly technical, vaping is tied to the dysregulation of mitochondrial genes and disruption of molecular pathways that affect one’s inflammatory response and immunity.
Secondly, there are many people who think vaping could provide health benefits to users; some vaping manufacturers even advertise their products as beneficial to health! Don’t believe it. The exact same claim was made about cigarettes decades ago and it’s beyond a question now that smoking tobacco can cause serious illness.
The FDA recently released a statement, blasting companies for claiming that their products are healthy.
“Inhaled products can be dangerous and even may trigger severe coughing, cause airway tightening, and make speaking and breathing difficult,” the FDA warned. “Also, there’s no way to know if these vaping products contain ingredients or impurities that may cause or make these symptoms worse, or cause permanent damage, such as bronchiolitis obliterans (also called popcorn lung).”
Some e-cigarettes and other vaping products contain carcinogens and other harmful chemicals, including diethylene glycol, which is found in antifreeze. These chemicals can be easily hidden in the “proprietary blends” as listed on the label.
Vaping might be a safer (and less smelly) option than smoking. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s harmless. You could be seriously hurting yourself by puffing on a vape. Act wisely.