VB News Desk: Why Vaping Could Be More Dangerous Than You Think
Posted on 8/31/19 by Laura Snider
This article was updated September 20, 2019.
Today, it’s considered pretty common knowledge that smoking is hazardous to your health, leading to conditions like emphysema and lung cancer, among many others. Recently, though, there’s been quite a bit of buzz in the news about the dangers of vaping (using e-cigarettes).
That all brings us to today’s topic: what does the research tell us about the effects vaping has on the body? Even though e-cigarette companies often claim that vaping is “a better alternative to combustible cigarettes,” recent studies are starting to find potential dangers unique to e-cigarettes.
Ultimately, this line of research suggests that the acetals arising from the combination of chemicals in e-cigarette liquid have the potential to cause irritation and inflammation in the respiratory system. Further study is required to make concrete conclusions, but the presence of these compounds in e-cigarette liquids is definitely a red flag.
What does all this mean? Even if vaping isn’t considered to be as harmful as smoking cigarettes, that doesn’t mean it’s free of risks. Remember: researchers have been studying the negative effects of cigarettes for decades. E-cigarettes are relatively new, so there is still a lot of research yet to be done about how they affect the body. If recently published studies are any indication, though, e-cigarettes may not be as benign as their manufacturers claim.
*It should be noted that some victims of vaping-related lung illness used black-market cartridges containing THC.
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