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Vaping vs Cigarettes
Fifty years ago, we had no idea how damaging cigarettes were to our health. Now everyone knows of the dangers of nicotine addiction. When you decided to start vaping, maybe you wanted to quit smoking and believed vaping could help you kick the habit. Or maybe you wanted something to help you relax. Or maybe you just thought it looked ‘cool’. Or maybe, why not?…everyone’s doing it…
Unfortunately, what the marketing hype didn’t tell you was that vaping is as addictive as smoking tobacco cigarettes, due to the nicotine content in e-cigarettes.
- When lit, regular tobacco cigarettes produce tar and carbon monoxide, and these are two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke.
- Although it is widely believed that vaping can help manage nicotine cravings, the liquid and vapour in e-cigarettes still contain some potentially harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke, as well as some nicotine.
- Extensive studies by Michael Blaha, MD, director of clinical research at Johns Hopkins University in the USA, have found that although vaping is slightly less harmful than smoking, it’s still far from safe.
Vaping Facts You Need to Know
E-cigarettes heat nicotine extracted from tobacco, flavourings, and other chemicals to create an aerosol that you inhale. Regular tobacco cigarettes contain 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic, but “We still don’t know exactly what chemicals are in e-cigarettes”, Dr Blaha says.
RESEARCH SUGGESTS VAPING IS BAD FOR BOTH HEART AND LUNGS
Nicotine is the primary agent in both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and it is highly addictive. It causes you to crave a smoke and suffer withdrawal symptoms if you ignore the craving.
Nicotine is a toxic substance. It raises your blood pressure and spikes your adrenaline, which increases your heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack.
There are many unknowns about vaping, including what chemicals make up the vapour and how they affect physical health over the long term.
“People need to understand that e-cigarettes are potentially dangerous to your health,” says Dr Blaha. “Emerging data suggests links to chronic lung disease and asthma, as well as associations between dual use of e-cigarettes and regular cigarette smoking with cardiovascular disease. You’re exposing yourself to all kinds of chemicals that we don’t yet understand and that are probably not safe.”
Vaping Statistics Worldwide
E-Cigarettes Are Just as Addictive as Traditional Ones
Both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes contain nicotine, which research suggests may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine.
What’s worse, says Dr Blaha, many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine than they would from a combustible tobacco product because they can buy extra-strength cartridges, which have a higher concentration of nicotine, or increase the e-cigarette’s voltage to get a greater hit of the substance.
A New Generation Is Getting Hooked on Nicotine
Jean Gilhead – Certified Hypnotherapist in Marbella
Among youth, e-cigarettes, especially the disposable kind, are more popular than traditional tobacco cigarettes.
According to the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey, more than 2 million U.S. middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2021, with more than 8 in 10 using flavoured e-cigarettes.
According to Dr Blaha, there are three reasons e-cigarettes may be particularly enticing to young people:
- First, many teens believe vaping is less harmful than smoking.
- Second, e-cigarettes have a lower per-use cost than traditional cigarettes.
- Finally, youths and adults find the lack of smoke appealing. With no smell, e-cigarettes reduce some of the stigma of smoking.
“What I find most concerning about the rise of vaping is that people who would have never smoked otherwise, especially youth, are taking up the habit,” says Dr Blaha.
“It’s one thing if you convert from cigarette smoking to vaping. It’s quite another thing to start up nicotine use with vaping. And getting hooked on nicotine often leads to using traditional tobacco products down the road.”
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What Does Vaping Do to Your Lungs?
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Diacetyl is frequently added to flavoured e-liquid to enhance the taste. Inhaling diacetyl causes inflammation and may lead to permanent scarring in the smallest branches of the airways — called Popcorn Lung — which makes breathing difficult. Popcorn Lung has no lasting treatment.
Is Vaping Addictive?
Electronic cigarettes are just as addictive as traditional ones. Both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes contain nicotine, which research suggests may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine.
Signs of Vaping Addiction
- A strong, almost irresistible urge to vape.
- Continuing to vape even if you think that it’s harmful to you.
- Irritability when you can’t vape.
- Intrusive thoughts about vaping.
- Vaping behaviour that causes problems with family, friends, school, or work.
- The inability to stop vaping even when you try.