e-cigarettes burst on the scene a few years ago attracting many current smokers who wanted to quit or needed an alternative to cigarettes which are prohibited in many public places. They also attract young users through clever marketing and enticing flavor options, introducing a new generation to nicotine. In fact, vaping is now students’ preferred form of smoking.
The steady argument that validates vaping to many users is the fact that these products do not contain tobacco and many of its toxins such as tar, ammonia, and arsenic. However, little research studies have been done on e-cigarettes so users are taking a chance with the unknown (ignorance is bliss). Vape pens may contain heavy metals and chemicals such as formaldehyde and other cancer causing toxins masked by flavoring. The effects that this vapor may have on people exposed through second hand smoke is also unknown (keep it away from the babies please).
What we do know is that vape pens are another way for big buck industries to get you hooked and get your hard earned money. These e-cigs DO contain nicotine which is very addictive! They are not regulated by the FDA and therefore companies are free to infuse these liquids with whatever they wish. They don’t have to meet any standards on safety or advertising. We also know that the American Cancer Society predicts 852,630 new cases of cancer in women for the year 2017.
So what we have here is a mysterious liquid that turns into vapor when you inhale. You are spending your money on it, you are not sure who made it or what is in it, but you know that it makes you want more, and more. Hmmmm…
Are e-cigarettes safer than traditional cigarettes? I can’t answer that for you. Maybe they are but then again maybe they are even more detrimental to your health. I am sure we will find out in the next 20-30 years. Are e-cigarettes healthy for you or harmless? I can assure you that they are not! Is it worth the risk? That is for you to decide.
From your friendly neighborhood nurse