Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope
The idea of going “smokeless” by participating in vaping may seem like a harmless decision, but the reality of the dangers associated with this behavior are quite concerning. Though vaping may seem a positive alternative to smoking cigarettes, this decision does not come without its own set of consequences.
There are many misconceptions about vaping and e-cigarettes, and understanding what you may be exposing your body to is crucial in making a decision that will impact your health and life. A habit that is seemingly trendy involves risks and dangers as well.
Is Vaping Healthier?
A common misconception is that vaping e-cigarettes offer a “healthier” alternative to smoking cigarettes. Many individuals who smoke cigarettes may see vaping as means of weaning off of a hazardous drug that is both dangerous and expensive.
While there is no tobacco in an e-cigarette, there are still high levels of nicotine, the addictive substance that keeps a person coming back to cigarettes (and e-cigarettes) alike. E-cigarettes are currently substances that are not regulated federally, so there essentially no quality control over what is being sold on the market.
Many e-cigarettes contain a comparable amount of nicotine to traditional tobacco products and cigarettes, which continues to be harmful to the person ingesting them.
Carcinogens in Vapor
E-cigarettes also contain an unknown amount of carcinogens, particularly as there is not firm regulation on these products. Many individuals may utilize e-cigarettes thinking these are a safer alternative since a vapor is produced rather than smoke. However, e-cigarettes and the process of vaping still produces carcinogens, many which are not fully known or understood.
Because of the many myths about e-cigarette use, vaping can often be a “gateway” drug to the use of substances that are much more addictive and dangerous. If you are looking for an effective way to quit cigarette smoking, be sure to discuss some approaches with your health care provider.
There are currently no health benefits associated with vaping, and choosing to do so can prolong the time you are using nicotine. Work with your doctor to find an effective approach that will help you find freedom from this drug and rebuild your health.
Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on August 8th, 2015
Published on AddictionHope.com