As we know, e-cigarettes are known to be the safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. E-cigarettes are powered devices that produce vape by heating up a liquid or aerosol. It comes in a variety of flavours, nicotine being one of them which we know is addictive. According to recent studies, it’s shown that 37% of high school students have been reported to use e-cigarettes in 2018.
Recently there have been news that e-cigarettes may be linked to lung problems. In the US, about 380 confirmed users have developed serious lung disease in 36 states and most cases consist of young adults and teens. So far 6 people have passed away. This could happen because you could get chemical irritation or allergic reactions to some of the various chemicals or substances in the vapor you inhale. Brands or flavours haven’t been linked to lung diseases.
Some other health risks
- Since we know nicotine is addictive and can affect the development of your brain, there are nicotine-free e-cigarettes but some have been found to contain nicotine;
- Some substances are discovered to increase the risk of cancer;
- Teens who vape will be more likely to start smoking.
In some cases, e-cigarettes have helped people stop smoking but it’s not clear how it compares to nicotine patches or any other methods. Many smokers who vape continue to use both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes.