Scientists are starting to learn how vaping can impact your health — and the results are troubling
Smoking kills. No other habit has been so strongly tied to death.
In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals like cadmium and beryllium, as well as metallic elements like nickel and chromium - all of which accumulate naturally in the leaves of the tobacco plant.
It's no surprise, then, that much of the available evidence suggests that vaping, which involves puffing on vaporised liquid nicotine instead of inhaling burned tobacco, is at least somewhat healthier. Some limited studies have suggested that reaching for a vape pen instead of a conventional cigarette might also help people quit smoking regular cigarettes, but hard evidence of that remains elusive.
But a handful of studies published in the last few months have begun to illuminate some of the potential health effects tied to vaping. They are troubling. Most recently, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine surveyed young people who vape and found that those who said they used Juuls vaped more frequently than those who used other brands. The participants appeared to be insufficiently aware of how addictive the devices could be.
Most agree that generally vaping is probably better than smoking cigarettes, but vaping should certainly not be marketed as being healthy (which leads to people using more). Of only the raw ingredients are considered in terms of health but it must be remembered that they are being transformed during the vaping process and what the body actually consumes needs to be tested. It is still early days though and a lot of tests still need to be concluded.
|Scientists are starting to learn how vaping can impact your health — and the results are troubling
In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals as well as metallic elements.