There are many misconceptions about the health and safety of vaping. These misconceptions spread fast, especially among teens and young adults who may be considering vaping for the first time. Companies take advantage of this false narrative to make vaping seem less dangerous than it actually is – but it’s important to look at the facts and what these companies aren’t telling their consumers.
Vaping does not help you quit.
Many believe that switching from smoking cigarettes to vaping is the first step toward quitting their habit. Young adults and teens are enticed to start vaping because they believe it is less addictive and harmful than regular smoking. The fact is that vaping has many of the same addictive qualities and dangers as regular smoking. One study even showed adults using e-cigarettes are 28% less likely to quit smoking. It should be clear that vaping is not a risk-free alternative to smoking and can be more addicting in some cases.
No, it isn’t “just water vapor.”
Another common misconception is that “vape clouds” are made of water vapor. These clouds are actually aerosols, consisting of many fine particles and chemicals. Vape companies may advertise “water-based” vape formulas as a safe alternative, though these formulas still contain nicotine and other harmful ingredients to keep you addicted. Due to the heating process of vape devices, you are also inhaling metal-based byproducts – not just water. These byproduct chemicals are not required to be listed on vape product labels as they only occur during vaping and aren’t found in the product themselves.
Secondhand vape isn’t harmless or odorless.
While it’s commonly believed that vaping has fewer secondhand consequences than smoking, scientists are beginning to find evidence that it isn’t harmless. The aerosol in vape contains metal byproducts and cancer-causing substances. We don’t currently know the full extent of damage done by being exposed to secondhand vape, but we do know that it isn’t safe. Many vapes come in popular flavors to mask the smell into something more pleasant, but it’s clear that there are still chemicals entering those around you when you vape.
The bottom line
It’s crucial that we dispel misconceptions about vaping, especially among more vulnerable groups like teens and young adults. By understanding the truth about vaping, we can safeguard our health and well-being, as well as that of those around us – because breathing freely is something everyone deserves.
Source: American Heart Association
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