The idea of going “smokeless” by participating in vaping may seem like a harmless decision, but the reality of the Dangers of Vaping 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 a 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
Other dangers of vaping are 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.
About the Author:
Crystal Karges is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.
As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work and nutrition private practice.
Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on August 8th, 2015
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