Sunday nights consists of popcorn and insta-stories. Imagine my shock and horror, when up pops a story of one of my favourite influencers sucking on a vaping device.
Why the shock you ask? Well, she is a gorgeous girl, who preaches good health, and she isn’t a smoker. She influences people to do what she does, and then elegantly stories herself, seductively blowing out vape smoke.
I had a real what the actual moment, to the point where I responded with a “why”? She replied – I don’t smoke.
Shortly after she posted a full explanation on why she vapes, and how she doesn’t smoke. She only tries it because her boyfriend does it and there is no research to prove it is harmful. She continued to say that it is less harmful than conventional smoking, which is true to an extent. With the popularity of vaping across the world, it does less damage than conventional smoking.
Did you read that? It does less damage not no damage.
The potential health effects are largely unknown. Well, you see, they are generally unknown if you are doing your research on Wikipedia or Google, but when you look at reputable resources like medical journals you will find actual research. One place that is conducting intensive research is at the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease.
I went and looked at what Dr. Michael Blaha found, and here are 5 truths that you need to know about vaping.
VAPING IS LESS HARMFUL THAN TRADITIONAL SMOKING
E-cigarette devices heat nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals to create water vapor that you inhale. Normal cigarettes contain 7000 chemicals, the majority of which are toxic. Although we don’t know the level of chemicals in vaping, you still get exposed to a level of toxicity.
VAPING IS STILL BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Nicotine is the primary ingredient in both cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and it has high addiction properties. It causes cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It is a toxic substance, that raises blood pressure and causes adrenaline spikes increasing heart rate and the chances of a heart attack.
Because of the unknown chemicals in vaping, you have to know that you are exposing yourself to potential health dangers.
VAPING IS AS ADDICTIVE AS NORMAL CIGARETTES
Both contain nicotine, and research has shown it is as addictive as heroin and cocaine. Dr. Blaha says that, with vaping, users are often getting in more nicotine than they would from a traditional cigarette, as you can buy different strengths of flavors and cartridges, and even increase the voltage to get a greater ‘hit’ as such.
VAPING ISN’T THE BEST WAY TO STOP SMOKING
They are marketed as a tool to help you to quit smoking, but they have yet to get FDA approval as smoking cessation devices. A recent study has found that people who use it to stop smoking end up using both.
A NEW GENERATION IS GETTING HOOKED ON VAPING
Among the youth, it is suddenly becoming a fashion trend to walk around vaping. The e-cigarette is more popular than normal cigarettes, and in the USA it was reported in 2015 that vaping increased by 900% among high school students.
The reason? Teens and young adults are under the misconception, like the influencer that I follow, that vaping is less harmful. It is cheaper, and it has flavors which appeal to the younger crowd and apparently make for great Insta-stories.
Do you vape? What are your reasons?