Why vaping is not safer than smoking
Smoking electronic cigarettes, often referred to as vaping, is becoming more and more popular – especially among teenagers and young adults. Many believe e-cigarettes are a better and safer alternative to a traditional cigarette, but cardiologist Trey Chandler, MD, said there is little evidence to support this claim.
“In some cases, e-cigarettes have been found to contain heavy metals and flavorings linked to an increased risk of cancer and profound lung disease. We need to focus on prevention and wellness and abstaining from cigarettes and e-cigarettes should be at the front of this effort,” said Dr. Chandler.
How are e-cigarettes different than traditional cigarettes?
E-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco like traditional cigarettes. They instead contain a liquid that is heated and turns into a vapor that is then inhaled. This liquid usually contains nicotine and a flavoring. It can be practically odorless. “The flavoring and marketing can make it particularly appealing to young people,” said Dr. Chandler.
What are the long-term health concerns with vaping?
While e-cigarettes have not been around long enough to fully understand the all the long-term health risks, nicotine has been. Almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine and no matter the delivery method, nicotine increases your risk for other conditions such as:
- Chronic lung disease
- Heart disease
- Heart attacks
- Heart rhythm issues
“The bottom line is smoking in all forms has significant health risks and should be avoided,” said Dr. Chandler. “Talk to your children, relatives and friends about the dangers and risks associated with inhaling any type of nicotine.”
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