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Is Vaping bad for you?

IDK about you, but it seems that there are more e-cigarettes on the street now, you know, regular Cigarettes.

Hell, you perhaps even one of the 3.2 percent of people (and more than two million teenagers) in the US driving the Vape train, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's a lot of people – and Vaping is currently officially an epidemic, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency issued a statement earlier this month saying it "will not tolerate a whole generation of young people addicted to nicotine" – it even issued more than 1,000 warning letters to e-cigarette stores to minors. Damn it.

So yes, Vaping could be problematic – but how bad is it?

Wait a minute, what is steam?

"Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid that normally contains nicotine, creating a vapor," says Tanya Elliott, MD, an allergist and internist.

Vaping is what you do when you breathe in that vapor. The habit is sometimes called a juicer; Juul is a specific brand of e-cigarette.

Although some e-cigs look like traditional cigarettes (other devices resemble slim-flash drives or fancy pens), vaping is not the same as smoking. While e-cigarettes heat up fluid, Elliott says they do not burn. This is an important difference as it means that users are not exposed to tars, oxidizing gases, carbon monoxide and other toxins found in traditional cigarettes.

Does that mean vaping is healthier than smoking?

Not quite, says Elliott. "Most e-cigarettes do They contain a number of potentially toxic chemical substances such as propylene glycol or glycerine, "she says, adding that at high temperatures these substances can turn into something called propylene oxide, which is thought to cause cancer in humans.

A study from the year 2018, published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine combined data from two national surveys of nearly 70,000 people in 2014 and 2016, and found that daily use of e-cigarettes can double the chances of a person having a heart attack. The long-term effects of e-cigs on heart health and cancer risk are not yet known – but that's because they did not last long enough to be screened for a significant period of time.

Then there is the nicotine factor to consider. "Most vapers still use it in their devices, and others, like Juul for example, do not even offer non-nicotine options," says Ana María Rule, Ph.D., author and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Nicotine is addictive and generally considered harmful to overall health, says Rule. The Surgeon General even wrote a whole chapter on the effects of nicotine in a report called The health consequences of smoking – 50 years of progressciting its negative effects on reproductive health, cardiovascular disease and even the immune system.

Also keep in mind that Vaping is still relatively new and that negative health effects "can take many years," says Rule.

Well, can not Vaping help smokers quit smoking?

One of the "benefits" claimed by e-cigarette users is that it can help you smoke old cigarettes. But it's hard to say if that's the smartest way to get rid of the habit.

According to Rule, the studies that support this are not conclusive. "It works for some people, but most people end up as 'dual' users," she says – meaning they use both cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

So, what are the guidelines for e-cigarettes now?

Basically, no one under the age of 18 can buy a device that delivers nicotine-containing e-cigarettes. That does not mean it never happens.

"Part of the problem is that e-cigarettes can be bought on the internet and children are very smart and can easily handle controls," says Rule.

In 2016, the FDA went even further and concluded a rule to extend its cigarette regulatory authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. This decision also meant that from 2018 a "nicotine addiction warning sticker" was applied to all tobacco and e-cigarette packaging and displays.

The quintessence: The use of e-cigarettes is still extremely new – and although it is a little less dangerous than actually smoking, it is still decidedly uncertain. So yes, it's pretty bad for you.

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