Before we talk about the risk of e-cigarettes and vaping, let us first find out how an e-cigarette works, and why people say it is much safer than smoking.
What Are E-Cigarettes?
E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that people use to inhale the vapor. These devices use heated coils to vaporize the liquid that contains flavorings and usually contains nicotine as well. This is also why some e-cigarettes are called vapes, which is short for vaporizers.
E-cigarettes come in different forms, some look similar to cigarettes, others look like a USB flash drive, and more complex ones have refillable tanks and replaceable parts.
Despite these differences in shape and size, all e-cigarettes use the same principle of heating up a liquid to create the “smoke” or vapor that users can inhale or “vape.”
What Makes Using E-Cigarettes Different?
The proponents of e-cigarettes argue that vaping is much safer than smoking since the liquid does not contain any harmful substances. Cigarettes contain a host of chemicals and carcinogens such as tar, formaldehyde, lead, arsenic, and ammonia, just to name a few. The liquid used for e-cigarettes, on the other hand, usually just contain flavorings, nicotine, and glycerin.
Users also say that secondhand smoke from vaping is harmless and does not pose a threat to people around them. In contrast, secondhand cigarette smoke has been found to cause cancer and a host of other diseases even to non-smokers.
Another aspect that users promote is that there is no long-lasting smell associated with vaping. The vape “smoke” itself can have a scent depending on the flavor, but it dissipates quickly and does not stick to clothes, hair, and skin. In contrast, cigarette smoke can leave a residue on clothes, skin, curtains, and even the walls of a home.
These factors have made e-cigarettes an appealing alternative to smokers who are trying to quit, as well as with young people.
What Is the Risk of E-Cigarettes and Vaping?
Despite these reported differences and safety associated with e-cigarettes, researchers have found risks associated with vaping.
First is the fact that nicotine is a highly addictive substance. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and nicotine can cause the following health problems: