Is Vaping Harmful?

Why Vape? Determining the reason for taking up this practice of inhaling aerosolized vapors can go a long way. E-cigarettes, vape pens, hookahs, and other vaping devices have only been mass marketed for about a decade. That means science is only beginning to discover the potential harm vaping can do to both the vaper and those receiving passive vapors.

With many things, like alcohol, prescription medications and food, moderation can be the difference between health and illness, life and death. When used properly, these elements can help the body or mind, but to abuse them can certainly lead to permanent damage and even death.

Common sense would lead one to believe that the routine inhaling of a substance – other than oxygen – into the nose, throat, and lungs would not go unnoticed by the body. The respiratory system is already managing pollution, errant toxins, allergens, temporary exposure to various chemicals, car exhaust, and the like. Some workplaces, in which employees are constantly subjected to certain toxins have yielded very sick workers. However, unless you work in this type of environment, these things are not forced into the lungs on a regular basis. With vaping, they are not only forced into the lungs, but the toxins are purposely held there to achieve a desired feeling. This can’t be good for you.

The occasional exposure of the respiratory system to harmful, noxious, or toxic particles can usually be managed by the body’s immune system. This takes us back to the notion of moderation. But a poisonous substance in moderation is still a poisonous substance nonetheless; its moderate use does not then deem it harmless.

Illicit drugs and cigarettes are not known for their health benefits, but rather for the harm they cause to the body. Depending on how long and often they are used, the body may be able to heal itself; nevertheless, some harm is still done. Although vaping seems to be less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarette smoking, ongoing research is showing that it can be dangerous due to a few things: nicotine, aerosols, and second hand vapor.

The nicotine in most vape juices is the same as that found in tobacco products; although, there is usually less of it. Regardless of the amount, nicotine is extremely addictive and harmful to our bodies. Aerosols are the vapors exhaled when vaping. Contrary to popular belief, they are not harmless water vapors or steam mist. These second-hand vapors contain nicotine, toxins and other fine particles that when breathed in can constrict arteries and worsen respiratory ailments.

Why vape? What is the purpose? What is the goal? To reduce stress, to relax, to feel a high, to look cool, to feed an addiction? Perhaps, probing and discovering the motivation behind the need or desire to vape and assessing how often it is happening can lead to a better understanding of the individual and the extent of the health risks to them. By its very nature, vaping is demanding the respiratory system to process toxic substances. Can something like that be done without harm to the body?

There are many other ways to reduce stress and relax, like meditation, exercise, and yoga. People can get a natural high from running, eating chocolate or laughing hysterically, but even those things can be overdone to the point of harm to the body. I guess it’s a matter of how much harm are you willing to risk and live with? Ultimately it’s your body and your choice.

#commonsense          #notafraidtothink             #notsheeple


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