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Science Around The Dangers Of Vaping Remain Hazy

When vaping or the act of smoking a vape machine first gained popularity, it was marketed as a tool for smokers to eventually quit smoking cigarettes. And if you think about it, it makes sense: Give smokers an alternative to cigarettes but without all the harmful and long-term side-effects that it can give.

However, recent researches and studies have started to surface, stating that vaping is not as harmless as it seems. In fact, countries from all over are starting to question whether it really is a useful tool to stop smoking or merely another avenue to harm your health. India for example, went as far as to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in the country.

But is it really harmful?

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Unlike cigarettes (which works by lighting one end), e-cigarettes work by releasing vapor made by heating the liquid inside it. However, like cigarettes, the liquid inside e-cigarettes also contain nicotine that makes smoking addictive. Per studies, nicotine can affect brains that are still under 25 year olds and leave a detrimental effect on ones that are much older.

With that being said however, vape juice, which is used by e-cigarettes, does not contain the other toxic substances found in cigarettes such as carbon monoxide and carcinogenic tar. Per studies, both can be a factor in developing cardiovascular diseases.

However, e-cigarettes still contain small particles that can enter our lungs such as lead and nickel.

So, is it dangerous?

At the moment, researchers still doesn’t know much about its long-term health effects mainly because it hasn’t been around for that long. However, the collective consensus state that switching from cigarette to vaping means that you just chose an alternative that is less toxic.

"Even if it is difficult to quantify precisely the long-term toxicity of electronic cigarettes, there is evidence that it is significantly lower than traditional cigarettes," the French Academy of Medicine stated back in 2015.

Despite this, the vaping community is still under flak mainly due to flavors like bubblegum and cotton candy, stating that these flavors are meant to entice the youth into smoking.

Vape Vaping has been linked to a number of cases of severe lung damage in e-cigarette users in the U.S. Pixabay

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