Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical and is the main component in cigarettes and e-cigarette products. Many people turn to vaping as a solution to stop smoking. However, even if it may be healthier than regular cigarettes vaping can have some serious side effects of its own. There have even been an outbreak of lung injuries and deaths associated with vaping.
As of November 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 47 deaths in patients with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury. Nicotine, one of the many toxic substances, will raise your blood pressure and spikes your adrenaline which increases your likelihood of a heart attack. The 2018 report from NAP found substantial evidence that vaping also causes cell dysfunction, oxidative stress, and damage to DNA. Some of these cellular changes have been linked to the development of cancer over the long term, though there’s currently no evidence to suggest that vaping causes cancer.
E-cigarettes have not received FDA approval as smoking cessation devices. There are better smoking cessation tools than e-cigarettes, and vaping certainly isn’t the safest alternative. The CDC advises adults who use e-cigarettes for smoking cessation to weigh the risks and benefits and consider the use of other FDA-approved smoking cessation options. To understand all the effects of vaping on your health, we have to wait and observe the consequences that come with time.
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