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Vaping is an increasingly popular recreational activity that involves nicotine and is used by individuals of varying age groups. Originally billed as a healthy alternative to smoking, research is beginning to suggest that might not be the case. Here are a few health risks that can be caused by vaping.

Nicotine Dependency

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While vaping does remove some of the carcinogens that come from traditional cigarettes, it does not eliminate nicotine. Nicotine is the stimulant drug that is being consumed from the device, and it is known for being a highly addictive substance. This means that vaping can cause the same or higher level of dependency due to the high nicotine content of the product. For former cigarette smokers, this may not seem like a problem, but for those who may understand vaping as completely separate from smoking or have never smoked before, addiction may be unprecedented. Nicotine dependency can lead to irritability and mood swings, and can also invoke a greater financial drain than the user originally expected, as he or she may feel the need to purchase the drug on a recurring basis. Additionally, improper treatment of this addiction can make the situation worse.

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In 2018 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded its 2014 “The Real Cost” campaign, which educates at-risk teens on the dangers of tobacco use, to educate teens on the dangers of E-Cigarette use.  Now the FDA is considering taking these dangerous products off the market altogether.

Alarmingly:

  • Among middle and high school students, 3.62 million were current users of e-cigarettes in 2018.[1]
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Electronic cigarettes continue to grow in popularity despite significant health dangers.  According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) “E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol.”[1] Electronic cigarettes come in a variety of sweet flavors and are being designed to be discrete. As many readers may be aware, a highly popular electronic cigarette, JUUL is designed to look like USB drives.  “According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.”[2]

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows so does our knowledge of the health risks.  A recent study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds association between electronic cigarette use and myocardial infarction (heart attacks).  The surveys found that “Daily e-cigarette use was independently associated with increased odds of having had a myocardial infarction.”[3]

A UC San Francisco survey of nearly 70,000 people found that every day use of e-cigarettes can nearly double the odds of a heart attack. [4]  “While e-cigarettes deliver lower levels of carcinogens than conventional cigarettes, they both deliver ultrafine particles – which are 1/50 to 1/100 the size of human hair – and other toxins that have been linked to increased cardiovascular and non-cancer lung disease risks.”[5]

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