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The side effects of vaping are real. Although it may be a step closer to quitting a worse habit, it may not be as innocent as it appears to be.
The Side Effects of Vaping
Do you have a thing for e-cigarettes? So, you think they're so much safer than regular ones? We are finding out that maybe they are NOT!
In fact, there are a number of side effects that come with vaping. Some of these side effects are due to the chemicals in the actual vapor. And these chemicals like those in cigarettes, are cancer-causing!
Not surprisingly, a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics revealed the presence of harmful chemicals in teens who vape.. NBC News recently reported on this study.
As if this wasn't bad enough, there were also heavy metals found in the released vapors, according to a Bloomberg School of Public Health Study.
So, What's an E-Cig Anyway ?
Well, if you didn't know, an E-cig is basically made up of a cartridge with a battery, a mouth piece, and a heating element that vaporizes liquid.
This liquid is commonly referred to as vape juice.
This vape juice usually has some nicotine and added flavors in it.
Some E-cigs look like traditional cigarettes and others look like pipes or pens.
E-cig users then inhale the vapor.
What Does the CDC Say?
The CDC lists the following chemicals in the Vapor of E-cigs:
Nicotine, diacetyl (flavoring that may cause lung disease), heavy metals such as tin, lead, nickel, and other fine particles that can get into the lungs.
Do you need more reasons than cancer causing chemicals and heavy metals to motivate you to quit Vaping?
Okay, then let's go ahead and explore a few other side effects of vaping:
Ever noticed a change in the color of your urine during or after vaping? Do you see more like looking dark yellow instead of pale yellow as it should be? If yes, there's a good chance that you're dehydrated.
As we know, dehydration is nothing new — it affects everyone including those who don't use e-cigarettes.
It is, however, important to note that you're more likely to get dehydrated if you vape and of course, you should do what you can to take care of the situation.
Besides the dark yellow urine, you should also look out for dry skin, fatigue, and dry eyes.
There's more, dehydration cause headaches and dizziness if taken too far. So, if you must vape, please be sure to at least drink your water.
Another one of the side effects of vaping includes a sore throat. Some vapers like to enjoy a throat hit every now and then. For those who might not know, throat hit is the feeling you get when nicotine is inhaled — it also typically happens when the vapor from your e-cigarette travels down the throat.
Essentially, throat hits can dry out your throat "if" you haven't mastered your vaping technique, and then of course, you'll have to deal with a sore throat over time from the way you vape.
But even more disturbing is that this painful throat could be due to e-juices that have high amounts of PG (propylene glycol). For those who might not know, PG is a hygroscopic liquid that attracts water molecules and holds onto them.
In addition, according to an article by Dr. Axe, this chemical is not well researched in regards to human safety (and when inhalation is the means of exposure, we just don't really knows).
He stated in his article that there could be potential for several negative symptoms of PG inhalation, including neurological side effects. You can read more details on his post here.
Dry mouth typically comes as a result of dehydration, but it can also be the side effect of vaping with an e-juice that contains the previously discussed chemical, propylene glycol.
Having a chronic dry mouth is not good for your overall oral health. The saliva keeps things lubricated and contains enzymes that start the process of breaking foods down for digestion.
Not to mention, lack of saliva can result in some bad breath and if it gets bad enough, mouth sores.
Do you find yourself coughing when vaping for the first time? If yes, you're not alone. According to one study, over 50 percent of people reported coughing the first time they vaped.
Even though there's a good chance of coughing during your first vape, you're likely to stop once your body gets used to the process.
But don't you think coughing is a sign that your body dislikes what's going into the lungs? Coughing is a natural process that occurs when you need to expel something harmful from the airways.
As you probably expected, you're likely to experience more side effects of vaping. Actually, headaches can happen if you take excessive amounts of nicotine at any given time.
What's more, the headache is likely to continue if you take too much nicotine throughout the day.
So how can you prevent it? Well, if you're experiencing terrible headaches, I'll recommend you reduce your nicotine intake — And on that note, how about quitting vaping altogether?
This condition arises when you use a particular e-juice over and over again. It's linked to losing the taste of your favorite cotton candy e-juice (or whatever flavor that tickles your fancy). Doesn't this alarm you just a tad?
Fans of vaping still argue that it less harmful than smoking cigarettes and that could be true in some respects. But why quit one harmful habit just to pick one up that is believed to be less bad?
I just think we need to research more and to stop marketing it to young people as cool and safe, with candy flavors and such.
Now tell me, what are your thoughts on vaping now?
More to Learn
Now that you know more about E-cigarettes and the side effects of vaping, you understand better why they are not as safe as you once assumed.
The CDC says that E-cigs are not recommended for those who have never used tobacco products.
Therefore, young people who do not smoke or use tobacco, should not start using E-cigs. These youth should not assume that vaping is harmless.
They may be helpful in some cases. though. For example when a person uses E-cigs to help them quit smoking altogether.
There is still a lot to learn and much to be studied about these to truly know what the long term effects are.
Sadly many people who quit a habit such as smoking or vaping turn to food. More frequent snacking to fill the void may result in weight gain. Here are some tips to help you maintain a healthy weight too.