Many people choose to get their nicotine fix via vaping. The “juice” used as fuel for an e-cigarette typically has two main ingredients: propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin.
Propylene glycol is found in anti-freeze used in car engines. Long-term health impacts of inhaling it are mostly unknown as 2018.
An additional chemical found in many flavored vape juices can cause a life-threatening lung disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans, commonly called “popcorn lung.”
Examinations of the physical contents of e-cig vapor have shown levels of toxic heavy metals like cadmium and nickel. These tiny particles get into your lungs and bloodstream. Because they are inorganic and cannot be metabolized by your body, they go in and never come out.
So, you may not be inhaling tar like you would with a traditional cigarette. But something toxic and irreversible is still happening inside your body.
Short-Term Impact of Vaping
Short-term effects appear to possibly be even more dangerous than tobacco.
While it’s not the case for everyone who vapes, some people with pre-existing conditions or vulnerable immune systems could be at high risk for developing health problems after vaping
Researchers have recorded instances of “pneumonia, tachycardia, congestive heart failure, seizure, airway resistance, and burns from exploding devices.”
Overall, though, the common consensus (at least for now) is that vaping is probably safer than smoking tobacco. Still, the long-term health impacts of inhaling combusted chemicals and super-fine metal particles remain to be seen.
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