Vaping started out as a method to help people quit smoking by delivering nicotine by inhaling it without the tobacco and other chemicals that pose the lung cancer risk in traditional cigarettes. However, vaping has evolved into recreational substance use. Middle schoolers and high schoolers have even started vaping because they think it is a “safe” way to get high because it is legal, has less known health risks, and does not carry the same stigma as other substances. Many vape users are not aware of the health consequences of vape.
How Much Nicotine is Really in Your Vape
Many people believe that there is less nicotine in vape than traditional cigarettes. The reality is the amount of nicotine in one vape cartridge contains the equivalent of the amount of nicotine in 20 cigarettes or 200 puffs of a traditional cigarette. Vape companies do not care about helping people quit smoking; they care about making money, which is why they put such a large amount of nicotine in their products. The large amount of nicotine is also due to the fact the vape does not contain the chemicals in cigarettes, so more nicotine is needed to compensate. Even though nicotine is not an illegal drug and is not as addictive and destructive as most other recreational drugs, it is still an addictive drug.
Health Risks of Vaping
Since vaping was invented to help people stop smoking, people believe that vaping has no health risks. While there are not as many known health risks to vaping as smoking, a number of health risk are being discovered.
These Include, but are not limited to:
• Lung Damage
Vaping can cause damage to the lungs by stopping the movement of the cilia, which remove germs and irritants from the lungs. Cilia that does not work can lead to an increased risk of infections (e.g. pneumonia). It has been linked to increased symptoms of respiratory problems (e.g. wheezing). Vape users have been admitted to the hospital with various respiratory symptoms, and there has been a confirmed case of severe pulmonary disease in young vape users in Wisconsin and Illinois.
• Cardiovascular System Damage
Vaping can damage the cardiovascular system by increasing the risk for heart attacks, stroke, and cardiac arrest. This is possibly due to nicotine raising blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
• Injuries from Explosions
Vaping devices can explode while us use, causing injuries such as burns, fractures, punctures, and lacerations. This has been found to be due to charging the vaping device with incorrect charges (e.g. phone chargers), wet or damaged batteries, and batteries coming in contact with mental objects when not carries in their own case.
Some vape users have been hospitalized for seizures following vaping. This causes professionals to believe there is a link between vaping and seizures. The most likely cause is the large amounts of nicotine in vape triggers seizures.