Vaping has become a phenomenon through its sheer rate of adoption. It has gained popularity amongst all age groups for a number of reasons which is not the purpose why we are here today. The Big Question, rather, seems to be ‘Is vaping bad for you?’ or ‘Are vapor pens bad for you?’
When they first hit the market, electronic cigarettes were earnestly used as a coping mechanism by smokers. Did that work? Early users may argue the devices did work but the juice didn’t taste too good. That’s expected given e-liquids were not as ‘advanced’ as they are today, neither were the devices as attractive, an element that has partly fueled what was once used as an effective way to kick a nicotine addiction into a popular hobby bordering on personal style – fashion statement even.
So, is Vaping Bad for you?
Regardless of the noise surrounding e-cigarettes, let’s not forget that vaping has been proven to be the most effective way to quit smoking. In fact, it is 60 percent more effective than other methods such as the use of nicotine gum, patches, or going cold turkey.
Over the past few years, there has been a lot of debate and misinformation surrounding e-cigs. If you are a vaper, chances are you have heard the ‘dangerous chemicals’ references that the FDA has accused e-cigs of harboring. The food and drug-related agency and some anti-tobacco organizations have been accused of peddling negative and largely questionable information about e-cigarettes (walnuts too). And it’s unfortunate what should be an open debate has been turned into a political and for-profit-driven circus.
Generally, the FDA operates by relying on the approval process to fund its coffers. They want a drug approved before its release and the electronic cigarette industry has failed to do that. The negative campaign is a disgrace, especially considering e-cigs are the most promising alternative to stop smoking. Which begs the question, ‘Is vaping bad for your lungs? E-cigs do deliver nicotine, but this doesn’t come with the tar and dangerous chemicals smoking is known for. Nicotine is addictive, but it has not been proven to be harmful on its own; it just happens to be guilty by its association with cigarettes.
Are Vapor Cigarettes Bad for you?
Laying down the stick is one of the healthiest things a smoker can do, and getting the nicotine in another form can help. The Tobacco Dependence Program at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health has acknowledged that stopping smoking can be a tasking affair, and that nicotine replacement products are safe to use for as long as one is looking to kick the addiction.
E-liquid is made up of several ingredients, with most juices mixed with vegetable glycerine (VG), propylene glycol (PG), nicotine and flavoring – all of which have been considered harmless.
PG gets negative press but according to DOW’s chemical website, it has neither shown any evidence of being a carcinogen or being genotoxic. These sentiments have been echoed by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry who say propylene glycol is generally recognized as a safe additive to foods and medications and rarely does it cause toxic effects, and even then only under very unusual circumstances.
Vegetable glycerine has grown more popular in e-liquids because it produces more vapor than PG. Used in many foods and beverages, VG is safe for human consumption but when mixing juices, it is recommended to use USP grade VG.
Simply put, as far as the safety of electronic cigarettes goes, the ingredients are safe and no negative health effects have been reported yet, despite the fact that they have been in use for a number of years now.
So, ‘are vapes bad for you as smoking is?’ The answer is an unequivocal ‘No’ when compared to the burning tobacco they replace. Perhaps a group of leading scientists summed it up best by saying vaping could save hundreds of millions of lives that could otherwise be lost thus should be viewed differently from smoking.