Is vaping bad for you? To answer this question, we delve into life experiences, hard science and common wisdom. Thankfully, vaping has been around for almost ten years and has saved plenty of lives. Scientists all over the world have been working to find out exactly how good or bad vaping is. According to the CDC, tobacco smoking is at a record low throughout the nation. That is in no small part due to the effectiveness of vaping.
So, is vaping bad for you? Well, not really.
A staunch opponent of smoking since their groundbreaking study in 1962, the Royal College of Physicians in the U.K. has great things to say about vaping.
In short, RCP endorses vaping. According to them, the approach to be taking is that vaping is an alternative to smoking, and one that seeks to reduce the harm associated with the intake of nicotine.
Our once-adolescent industry is now getting to the ten-year mark. This is a watershed moment, and there’s quite a bit of data out there from experts like Dr. Farsalinos.
Vaping is healthier than smoking.
Attesting to that is a life experience. When you are a full-time smoker, and you have to walk up several flights of stairs every day, you can quickly find out how little lung capacity you really have. Even if you are young and in great shape, most of us don’t have the ability to engage in a triathlon if we consume two packs of cigarettes a day. Shortness of breath engulfs you quickly. You need to pause in between strenuous activities.
Well, if you recently quit smoking you can attest to the difference in lung capacity. There’s a giant and noticeable change in your ability to breathe! You can smell nuances all of a sudden, too. Your favorite pasta sauce will suddenly taste that much better.
It doesn’t matter how long you smoked.
When you give your lungs a few months of rest, and rely on your mod instead of your cigarettes, you won’t be walking up those flights of stairs. You’ll be jumping up them without breaking a sweat. That’s a pretty strong correlation.
Vaping is not bad for your lungs. Vapes aren’t dangerous to any of your organs. The combination of propylene glycol (an easily-expelled inert ingredient) and vegetable glycerin (found commonly in soap) are the base elements of e-liquid. These liquids, together with flavoring and nicotine base, are the essentials in all e-juice, the stuff that turns into vapor. To re-iterate, here’s what you find in vapor:
- PG – Propylene Glycol
- VG – Vegetable Glycerin
- Flavoring (can be simple and unsweetened or complex and sweetened)
- Nicotine extract base
Vaping is safe! When compared to smoking..
A handful of ingredients are found in e-liquid. That’s it! Nothing more in vapes. Now, you may want to have a seat as we compare this list to what you find in a cigarette:
- Much, much more
The list of chemicals in cigarettes is giant and goes on and on. If you are interested you can find it here.
So what actually happens to your lungs when you vape?
Nothing crazy. If you have ever been in a sauna, or taken a hot shower with lots of steam then you know about water vapor. Neti pots were developed by Ayurvedic doctors thousands of years ago to help those suffering from sinus congestion and allergies, and it works via nasal irrigation. They work on water vapor too.
Essentially, you are inhaling water vapor along with nicotine extract and flavoring. Is seems innocent enough, right? Well, there’s a few specific things to watch out for, if you are a purist. More on that later.
A new study has come out citing the effectiveness of vaping on people with asthma. The research group, headed by Dr. Polosa at the Nicotine Science and Policy center, investigated whether any changes occurred in the respiratory function of asthmatics who quit cigarettes and turned to vaping for their nicotine delivery instead.
The study provides hard proof that e-cigarettes are not bad for you.
Vaping bad for you? Nope. Vapes can even help asthma patients get better, and they reverse damage caused by cigarette smoke.
Vaping Bad for Big Pharma.
The only entities that fear vaping, and consistently try to steer the narrative towards that vaping is dangerous, are a select few. We can start with Big Pharmaceuticals. They have spent millions of dollars designing, developing and manufacturing nicotine replacement therapies.
What is NRT?
This is gum, patches, lozenges, and other items to deliver nicotine. You find them overpriced and ineffective, or $50 or more in your local drugstore. This is their product line, and they don’t like competition. Who does? But the worst part is that they are government-sponsored.
There is no private company on god’s green earth that should be in cahoots with government. Not unless the government is communism. Big Pharma’s sent their CEOs to chair the FDA for decades. This conflict of interest is a revolving-door policy for legislators, lobbyists, and CEOs to make sure they have a posh position for themselves after they leave The Hill.
Sales of NRT are down throughout the nation. New York City used to offer smokers a toll-free number to call to get free nicotine patches, to help you quit. Now, the city doesn’t offer that anymore. Ouch! That’s gotta hurt.
Big Pharma: 0
Is vaping harmful? Is vaping dangerous?
Not nearly as dangerous as smoking. Smoking can kill! From smoking, you may develop painful and costly complications such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis among many other conditions. You can get lung cancer, gum disease, and you will dull your sense of taste.
The complete opposite happens when you vape – that is, you get your sense of taste back!
Nevertheless, there have been a few different issues with e-liquid that have been swiftly addressed by juice makers. Thankfully, the vaping industry moves very fast since it is still pretty small and nimble, when compared to other, more mature industries like oil, steel or carmaking.
The case of the vaper with popcorn lung
If there ever was a broken telephone in the vaping world, this must be it. Years ago, a few different juice companies dabbling in new flavors introduced an artificial, buttery flavor to their e-liquids. This flavor additive is known as diacetyl. The same flavor is found in microwave popcorn to give it that distinct buttery flavor.
In 2004, CDC scientists in the field reported that there were several cases of bronchiolitis obliterans stemming from employees at a microware popcorn production plant. This has nothing to do with vaping at all, aside from the fact that diacetyl was presumed the culprit.
Vapers are a funny sort. We quit smoking to be healthier, but that’s not enough for us. We went balls to the wall about our health. Diacetyl is no longer found in 95% of e-juice because of backlash from vapers, who were able to economically punish companies selling juice with diacetyl with their boycott. When we want to band together for a cause, you better watch out.
Popcorn lung has never been found in any vapers. However, the myth turned into legend and such things take a long time to fizzle out.
How bad is vaping for your heart, blood and circulatory system?
Let’s take a look at some statistics for heart disease and smoking. These two are well-correlated and backed up by a treasure trove of findings from decades of research both at home and abroad.
- Smokers are twice as likely to have a heart attack
- Smoking injures artery lining, which in turn causes a build up of fat called atheroma
- Atheroma in turn has further complications such as angina, heat attack and stroke
- Blood is more likely to clot, worsening your chances for a heart attack and stroke
- Atheroma in turn has further complications such as angina, heat attack and stroke
- Coronary heart disease is prevalent
- Atherosclerosis may be the root cause for both heart attack and stroke
- Let’s not forget about second-hand smoking
- Can harm the health of growing children
- Can cause negative consequences for all those surrounding a smoker
Now let’s reconcile that information with the known risks for vaping. You are breathing in medicated air, not combustible smoke. You don’t have any of the same complications from vaping at all.
Now the same statistics for vaping
- No heart disease, no stroke, no angina, no coronary heart disease
- Second vaping? That’s a negative. No concentration of smoke produced, just water vapor.
- You are not using a combustible product
- You are inhaling medicated air
Although it is not yet well-known how exposure to flavored water vapor will affect a vaper 20, 30, 50 years from now, a few things may be crystal clear.
Is vaping bad for your teeth and gums?
Although there is no hard science that stands out regarding the link between your mouth’s health and vaping, there are a few things to remember.
Rule #1 – sweetener is bad, mmmkay?
Artificial sweetener is used in a lot of e-liquids to provide a sugary, sweet taste that combats the harshness of nicotine base. If you ingested a lot of sugar, whether natural or artificial, your teeth will not be happy. Some people have great genes and can eat tons of candy daily without accruing cavities. Some people have a few candies and end up losing teeth. Know your limits! It is always better to vape on unsweetened e-liquid versus artificially-sweetened flavors.
Rule #2 – If your oral health is questionable stay vigilant in your juice search.
A plethora of different flavors is the number 1 reason cited as to why vaping is so effective in helping you quit smoking. It takes a long, long time and much experimentation to land at your favorite vape flavor. You will have to try the sweet stuff to know what it is all about before moving forward to your daily vape. Do your research! Find an e-liquid that is unsweetened, like Jasmine Tea from realextracts.com
Don’t let the big guys control the narrative.
One of the reasons you are here is misinformation.
The big players do this so well, that you are left wondering if there is really something more to it than meets the eye. Spin piece after spin piece is launched by the so-called “good guys” like the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Lung Association, and most of the anti-smoking crusaders. Big Pharma joined in the chorus as well. They have done everything in their power to associate vaping with smoking.
Often the simplest explanation is the best one – Ockham’s razor principle.
The reason why these organizations have bundled the vaping industry into a neat box aside smoking is pretty simple. They feel compelled to protect what is theirs, that is, their budgets.
With smoking falling to unheard of levels in recent years, and vaping saving the day, these organizations will be forced to continue the fight, but with less money. Nobody wants that! Think about it- why do donors or governments need to pay these entities when there aren’t any smokers to get the message? We can see the executives, with their pork-barrel pay packages, shifting uneasily in their seats from here.
A prominent public health expert sees the writing on the wall.
Dr. Michael Siegel, Professor in the Boston University School of Public Health, recently called out the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for blatantly lying to alarm the public. These are very strong words for a public spokesman, and it has earned him a few enemies.
Challenging the status quo is never an easy task. We have to collectively thank our lucky stays for pros like Dr. Siegel who align themselves with the right side, no matter the cost. The question is no longer whether vaping is bad for you, but who is out there trying to subvert the true narrative?
All we need is a few good men.
Is vaping safe in terms of cancer?
Cancer is a blight on modern society. We spend billions yearly to research cures for all the known cancers. We also spend billions yearly to treat cancer with chemotherapy, radiation and experimental medicine.
There was a study conducted recently by researchers from British American Tobacco which offered some interesting data. The study tested vapor from electronic cigarettes against combustible cigarettes for mutations caused when bacteria was exposed to both. The combustible cigarettes made the bacteria mutate, while vapor did not. Also tested was toxicity to the bacteria. Smoking was toxic, and electronic cigarette vapor was not.
Although we don’t have an absolute yes or no in regard to whether vaping causes cancer, there are no absolutes in science. This is a great study that shows a strongly positive outcome in terms of cancer-causing risk. Vaping has shown not to be correlated with the same type of toxicity that smoking is definitely correlated with.
Scientists are still working on it!
Scientific American wrote an interesting article comparing nicotine to caffeine and found that it has a positive, stimulating effect on the body in small doses. Sort of like caffeine or chocolate. Nicotine in and of itself is not the harm-causing substance overall. The harm and danger comes from the delivery method. A cigarette uses paper and chemically-processed tobacco to deliver the nicotine. Burning paper isn’t good to inhale, neither is burning processed tobacco. There are worse ways to than vaping to get your nicotine fix, from a health perspective.
Although it isn’t clear yet how nicotine affects the body entirely, it has been considered for use in experimental treatment of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Is vaping harmful or dangerous to an unborn child?
You should always take extra care of yourself when you are pregnant.
It goes without saying that while you are carrying a new life into this world, you would do well to avoid anything that may not be 100% beneficial to you for the sake of your baby.
That includes vaping! Just like you shouldn’t smoke, drink, take drugs or even drink massive amounts of coffee while your pregnant.
This is common sense. Although there is no consensus that argues one way or the other for vaping while pregnant, you should take extra caution and avoid it anyway if possible.
But there’s plenty of dangerous vaping situations and accidents out there…
All of which could have easily been prevented had the user followed core battery safety protocols. That’s right, most of those incidents transpired from user error. These stories have been trumped up in the media to make vaping look far less safe than it really is.
- Don’t use your mod when it is really hot
- Batteries don’t like to be super heated, like at the beach in direct sunlight
- If you can use a regulated mod with safety protections, it is preferable to a mechanical device
- If you really want to use a mechanical mod, understand Ohm’s law and battery safety protocols
- Don’t use re-wrapped, low grade cells
- Always use quality authentic Samsung, Sony or LG cells
- Don’t over-discharge your batteries, charge them when they get to 10% life left
- Make sure your mod is locked when not in use to prevent accidental firing
The final word on the subject currently is that vaping is bad only as compared to doing nothing at all. If you compare vaping to smoking, ther Royal College of Physicians has enough data to say that vaping is 95% better than smoking.