The Dangers of Vaping
The arrival of the ecigarette onto the market of nicotine products has been revolutionary. For individuals who aspire to quitting smoking, ‘vaping’ has provided a way out, that satisfies the chemical craving and often also the psychological habit. However, many users are unaware of the risks as the product has been marketed as ‘safe’. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report stating that 1 in 5 smokers have tried an ecigarette.
The ecigarette, without a doubt, has less chemicals and is far less dangerous to be inhaled, though the toxicity of liquid nicotine when in contact with skin is often over looked. As little as one teaspoon in skin exposure scenarios can cause serious complications, if not death.
As the FDA have yet to regulate this industry, there remains no guidelines or laws governing the advertising strategies, health warnings and safety procedures.
As a result, studies have shown that the substances used to dissolve the nicotine into the flavoured liquids are often known lung irritants which can cause serious harm to asthmatics. Perhaps more worrying, is that these solvents can degrade into known caricinogens when heated up, including formaldehyde.
It addition to these risks, the preservatives and flavourings used to give ecigarettes a pleasant taste can also prove dangerous. They are classified as ‘generally recognised as safe’ by the FDA, but inhalation toxicity has not been researched.
Despite the risks, it is generally accepted that ‘vaping’ is certainly a safer alternative to smoking, but the risks should not be ignored.
Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, has commented saying; “There’s no question that a puff on an e-cigarette is less toxic than a puff on a regular cigarette”.