Just completed scientific studies have finally proven that slapping an “e” before any and every product/service doesn’t necessarily make it better than the non-e version.
Without a doubt, some consider email to be the greatest invention since sliced bread. But as far as e-cigarettes are concerned, it turns out, cigarettes weren’t that bad either.
Of course, both have detrimental effects on the human body but recent studies have shown that carcinogens (a carcinogen is a substance that is capable of causing cancer in living tissue) present in e-cigarette vapor are completely unique, as in they weren’t known to be present in “normal” cigarette vapor.
Vaping, as they call it now, is basically the action of drawing in and exhaling the vapor that is released from a device such as an e-cigarette (some marijuana devices could also be included here).
By now, most people know for a fact that vaping is toxic for the body. But as with other forms of drugs, some vaping devices are worse than others.
You wouldn’t find too many of your friends disputing the fact that e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes but new scientific studies are piling on proofs on top of proofs that smoking an e-cigarette, or vaping, isn’t exactly the best thing that could happen to your body either.
About three months ago, doctors in the UK claimed that e-cigarettes were definitely less harmful than cigarettes. These doctors also advised all smokers to leave their traditional smokes and move up the chain by puffing the 21st-century drug, e-cigarettes.
The Royal College of Physicians, famously said, that the availability of e-cigarettes has had a positive effect on UK’s public health. Now that claim doesn’t sound very authentic or does it?
Because even though the 200-page document released by Royal College of Physicians stated that vaping isn’t dangerous and people should be “educated” to quash this increasingly common misconception about vaping being deadly, new studies have now shown that e-cigarettes aren’t as healthy as they were once thought to be.
Several studies have found chemicals in e-cigarette vapor that have proven to be toxic to the lungs. Not only that, these studies have also uncovered carcinogens that were present in e-cigarette vapor.
In addition to that, new studies have also presented evidence that things like age,temperature, and type of the vaping device give a good indication of how toxic the emissions would be.
In other words, there are e-cigarette flavors that may have more harmful effects on your lung cells than some other type of flavors.
The American Thoracic Society published a research paper last year that delineated on the fact that certain e-cigarette flavors were potentially capable of altering the cells in lung tissues because of the vaping liquid the device used.
If that wasn’t enough for new e-cigarette smoking entrants, then perhaps they’ll become more skeptical of vaping without a worry in the world when they read the fact that these researchers have also discovered new carcinogens in e-cigarettes.
These carcinogens previously went unreported due to lack of deep studies but now scientists have shown that there are actually two hidden cancer-causing toxic chemicals that are present in e-cigarette liquid.
A team of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found out that most, if not all, of the pernicious chemicals found in the smoke of vaporizer devices, originate from the thermal decomposition of substances such as glycol and glycerin.
It is also true that glycol and glycerin are two solvents that have been labeled as “food-safe”. Both of these substances are extensively used in e-cigarette liquid.
Researchers found that even though these food substances are safe as far as food items are concerned, but when they are in their vapor state they emit toxic chemicals that are harmful to cells present in the lungs.
The same “food-safe” liquids are responsible for toxins such as propylene oxide and glycidol which are largely known as two carcinogens.
The fact that not all e-cigarettes have this problem would do little to allay fears that e-cigarettes are probably as bad as traditional cigarettes.
But researchers have also found evidence that not all e-cigarettes are equally harmful. In a series of tests conducted, scientist analyzed the emissions from vaporizers that had two heating elements (instead of a single heating element found in most vaping devices) and found that these emissions, which were generated as a result of two heating elements, contained less harmful chemicals when compared to the emission output of the single heating element models of e-cigarettes.
Vaping, or vaporizer, is a simple process where heat is applied to a certain liquid which then results in the generation of vapor. When smokers inhale this vapor they get all nicotine they want without getting all the dirty stuff that smokers usually get from traditional smokes. Mostly, bad breadth and tobacco.
Since now you know what vaping actually means, it would be easier to understand that researchers found that “vaporizers” that operated at higher level voltage were more likely to produce toxins in their vapor (smoke).
It was also uncovered that vaporizers that aren’t cleaned on a regular basis also emitted more of these harmful chemicals.
However, that in no way means that if you keep your vaporizer squeaky clean and at a low voltage, it wouldn’t be harmful to your health. The studies also showed that even vaporizers that worked on lower temperatures released these deadly chemicals.
In other words, all e-cigarettes release some form (and amount) of emissions that aren’t exactly healthy for your body.
E-cigarettes were once considered to be the holy grail for people who had chronic smoking problems but a whole slew of new research papers have put more light on its potential side effects which has the future of e-cigarettes into question.
For the general good, manufacturers and regulators need to have a better understanding of the toxins that are released from e-cigarettes in order to form better policies and develop vaporizers that aren’t harmful to people in general.
Of course, as the old adage goes, the least dangerous alternative to smoking is “quit smoking”. But since most people do not have that amount of willpower, they need to be guided towards the path of getting off these 21st-century drugs slowly and carefully.
The study’s co-author, Hugo Destaillats, was equally careful in his remarks about e-cigarettes when he desisted from calling e-cigarettes as healthy.
The co-author of the study said that conventional cigarettes are extremely unhealthy while e-cigarettes are just unhealthy.
A cell biology graduate student, Temperance Rowell of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has also come up with a study that shows that chemical components of e-cigarettes do have underlying deadly effects.
Rowell also said that, given the popularity of flavored forms of e-cigarettes, more research needs to be conducted in order to better comprehend e-cigarettes’ ingredients and any other potential health risk factors of these specific ingredients.
Vaping has become a new trend among people who were formerly chain-smokers and in fact, has become an acceptable form of activity in many malls, restaurants, and offices.
The adverse effects that the toxic vapors of e-cigarettes have on people surrounding a person who is smoking e-cigarettes should be studied thoroughly in order to better regulate e-cigarette’s use.
And while it would not come as a shock to many that e-cigarettes aren’t healthy for you, these studies might be able to educate the masses about e-cigarettes harmful effects.
The reason why former smokers use these “pleasure sticks” is because of the misconception that e-cigarettes provide all the nicotine of a traditional smoke and none of the bad stuff.
But now, because of these studies, there is a huge question mark about the side effects of additional substances that are used in e-cigarettes to improve their taste.
Make no mistake, these “vaporizers’ might help you get off normal cigarettes, but are still deadly to your health.
If you want to thrive, rather than just survive, then you’re clearly better off avoiding smoking altogether.