What You Need to Know About Vaping
Whether you’re driving in your car or dining outside at your favourite restaurant, chances are you’ll come across at least one person surrounded by a thick cloud of vaporised smoke.
Vaping has taken the world by storm, with more people exchanging their cigarettes for this “healthier” alternative. However, with an increase in electronic smoking devices being connected to serious respiration failures, seizures and even explosions, South Africans have started asking: What aren’t they telling us?
Technologically Advanced Smoking
Vaping is the inhaling of a vapour created by an electronic vaping device. These devices are usually battery-powered with cartridges that are filled with a liquid that contains nicotine, flavourings and chemicals. The liquid is heated into a vapour, which the person then inhales.
The Difference Between Vapes and E-cigarettes
Both e-cigarettes and vapes are used for vaping. Although e-cigarettes and vapes function in a similar way, there are key differences:
- E-cigarettes tend to mimic cigarettes where vapes, or vaporizers, tend to be slightly larger and more robust than e-cigarettes.
- Vapes come in an extensive range of flavoured juices.
- When you vape, you can customise nicotine content, which enables you to gradually reduce your intake.
The Effects of Vaping
Since vaping is still a relatively new habit, research on the long-term effects (like how cigarette use can cause cancer) is still unavailable. However, the National Centre for Health Research reported that there have already been 18 vaping-related deaths and more than 1,000 vaping-related lung illnesses worldwide.
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has conducted studies that show that vaping increases inflammation in the lungs, increases your risk of infection and causes respiratory diseases – all with short-term use.
Health conditions aren’t the only risk; e-cigarette explosions appear to be rare, but they are very dangerous. The exact cause of these explosions isn’t clear, but some evidence suggests that the devices’ batteries might be to blame. In order to avoid these types of accidents, you should avoid charging your e-cigarettes overnight or leaving the device unattended while charging; avoid using cellphone or tablet chargers with the devices; replace vape pen batteries if they get damaged or wet; and protect the device from extreme hot or cold temperatures.
The Choice is Yours
There are those that swear by vapes and others who swear never to touch it. You might decide that vaping is not for you, but you might enjoy it so much that you never go back to smoking. Whatever choice you make, ensure you speak to your healthcare provider about all the pros and cons concerning vaping.