Vaping Is Dangerous To Your Health
Vaping is dangerous to your health and as of August 2019, there have been 193 cases of severe lung disease in 22 States. As of September 6, 2019, there have been two deaths attributed to vaping.
Today’s e-cigarettes and vape pens were introduced to the United States by China in 2003. Vape pens and e-cigarettes are battery-operated nicotine delivery systems that were supposed to be a healthier alternative to cigarettes. They have become hugely popular amongst Jr. High students and High School students who can smoke or “vape” at school and since there is no smoke smell, their behavior goes undetected. The fact is that these liquids contain solvents, flavorings, nicotine and some contain cannabinoids or THC.
Teenagers and young adults are quickly becoming addicted to the nicotine in these dangerous products and users are inhaling dangerous toxins to include benzene (which is in car exhaust) and heavy metals to include lead and tin. The FDA came out in 2009 and warned against the dangers of these vape pens and e-cigarettes. The chemicals that are added as flavorings contain propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin which are both toxic. They can also contain formaldehyde and acrolein acetaldehyde. Studies of these toxins have determined that they can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease.
The biggest problem with young people vaping is that these products are often produced in countries like China where there are no regulations. These cartridges are also produced on the black market where anything can be added which is like playing Russian roulette with your health. When young people start smoking and vaping nicotine or THC before the age of 25, this is especially dangerous as their brains are not yet fully developed. Young people permanently alter their brain chemistry when they start ingesting and inhaling these dangerous toxins and drugs.
Some of the symptoms of lung damage and disease associated with vaping include gradual difficulty breathing, chest pains, stomach problems, fatigue, vomiting, fever, and weight loss. Many young people are ending up in emergency rooms across the country complaining of these symptoms and in some extreme cases, they are put in a medically induced coma and placed on a ventilator.
Vaping is dangerous to your health whether it is nicotine addiction or in a growing number of cases, serious lung disease that can be permanent or deadly. The facts are staggering. In the past 12 months, vaping has increased amongst high school students 25.7% and 24.7% for 10th graders. We must do a better job of educating our teens and young adults as to the hidden dangers of vaping and keep them out of the hands of our kids.