Vaping is an increasingly popular recreational activity that involves nicotine and is used by individuals of varying age groups. Originally billed as a healthy alternative to smoking, research is beginning to suggest that might not be the case. Here are a few health risks that can be caused by vaping.
While vaping does remove some of the carcinogens that come from traditional cigarettes, it does not eliminate nicotine. Nicotine is the stimulant drug that is being consumed from the device, and it is known for being a highly addictive substance. This means that vaping can cause the same or higher level of dependency due to the high nicotine content of the product. For former cigarette smokers, this may not seem like a problem, but for those who may understand vaping as completely separate from smoking or have never smoked before, addiction may be unprecedented. Nicotine dependency can lead to irritability and mood swings, and can also invoke a greater financial drain than the user originally expected, as he or she may feel the need to purchase the drug on a recurring basis. Additionally, improper treatment of this addiction can make the situation worse.
Increased Risk of Cancer and Lung Damage
As more research is being performed regarding the contents of e-cigarettes and vapes, scientists have discovered substances that are associated with causing cancer due to a link between vape usage and cellular changes over the long term. There has also been an increasing number of reports on the effect on the lungs resulting from these devices. While vape pens emit less toxic fumes than cigarettes, they still introduce foreign substances to vital organs.
Popularity Among Younger Age Groups?
In 2018, a study by the CDC revealed that one in 20 middle school students and one in five high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days. Research also shows that users of vape pens and e-cigarettes are statistically more likely to smoke cigarettes or use other drugs down the line. Not only can this substance compromise the health of young lungs, but it can also lead to the introduction of more dangerous substances.
As with any developing trend, it’s important to collect as much information as possible to understand the full picture. Many vape companies and manufacturers may deliberately try to mislead consumers and not provide all of the facts, as they are not yet legally required to in the same way that cigarette manufacturers are. Leav & Steinberg LLP is available to offer you more information on the legal standing of vape companies, as well as help you if you feel that you were harmed by the use of a vape product. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about your options.