Behind The Smoke-Screen of Vaping

“E-cigarette vapor damaged and killed 53 percent of mouth cells in 3 days”

– Journal of Cellular Physiology

By now, most have heard of individuals’ trading out their cigars and cigarettes for vapes (e-cigarettes) with hopes of reducing the risk of lung and oral cancers, among other health issues. While there many who champion the smoking cessation associated with e-cigarettes, there is so much more to know that is hidden behind the smoke-screen of vaping.

NEW RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT VAPING MAY BE JUST AS HARMFUL AS SMOKING.

WHAT IS A VAPE?

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices containing a heating device and a cartridge that holds a liquid solution. The heating device vaporizes the liquid – usually when the user “puffs” on the device – and the resulting vapor is inhaled.

IF THERE IS NO TOBACCO IN VAPES, WHY ARE THEY HARMFUL?

It is true that e-cigarette liquids, AKA juice, do not contain tobacco – a highly harmful component of conventional cigarettes – they do contain nicotine and other chemicals, including flavoring agents.

HOW VAPING IMPACTS YOUR HEALTH

Oncotarget published a study in which researchers presented that vapes are equally as damaging as cigarettes, and in some cases, even more, damaging to mouth cells than tobacco smoke, due to the chemicals present in e-cigarettes.

Such damage to mouth cells can lead to a range of oral health issues, such as gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancers. Not only do the chemicals in the vape “smoke” cause damage, but the flavours added to vapes can worsen the damage to gum tissue cells.

VAPING AND YOUR CHILDREN

E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular among teens. While many consider vaping to be “cool” and “fun”, it should be warned that it is highly addictive. Despite vaping-teens not being fully subjected to tobacco, there are nicotine derivates within the vape smoke. Their easy availability, in addition to their wide array of cartridge flavors (such as coffee, mint, candy, and fruit flavors), may make vapes particularly appealing to this age group. Vaping is easily a gate-way to trying other tobacco and smoking-related activities, which could lead to premature death. 

KEEPING YOUR KIDS – AND YOURSELF – AWAY FROM E-CIGARETTES

Because nicotine is so addictive, the best way to avoid the health problems it can cause is to never start smoking or vaping. While kids and teens often don’t consider how their current behaviors can affect their future health, it’s important to discuss them. If your teen smokes and wants to quit, professionals suggest encouraging your child to try nicotine gum or the nicotine patch, which will help prevent withdrawal symptoms, rather than e-cigarettes. Using an e-cigarette mimics the experience of smoking regular cigarettes more closely than other quitting options. It is suggested that other cessation tactics are used to move away from smoking cigarettes.

We urge users to consider what is at risk before you vape.