Invisible Dangers of Electronic Cigarettes
New research shows that vaping may not be safer than regular cigarettes
Within the last decade, electronic cigarettes and vaping products have gained immense popularity and have boomed into a multi-billion dollar industry. About 20% of smokers have tried e-cigarettes, with many people under the impression that vaping is safer than regular cigarettes because e-cigarettes are a smoke-free source of nicotine.
However, recent studies have uncovered some toxic side effects to electronic cigarettes that were previously overlooked:
- E-cigarettes release high levels of nanoparticles, which have the ability to trigger inflammation that can cause asthma, stroke, heart disease and diabetes.
- The solvents found in e-cigarettes can transform into carbonyls, a group of cancer-causing chemicals such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. At high temperatures, these solvents can reach the same levels found in tobacco smoke; the solvents breakdown into the smallest and most toxic size of aerosols and when inhaled, up to 40% of the solvents will be deposited into the lungs’ tiniest airways.
- The vapors can make dangerous germs more resistant to natural antibiotics within the human body because the germs are able to secrete a thicker biofilm coating to protect themselves.
- Some of the most common flavorings and food preservatives found in e-cigarettes have also been found to kill lung cells, especially at higher doses.
While e-cigarettes may be slightly less dangerous than traditional cigarettes, there are still many risks associated with e-cigarettes that users must be made aware of.