Vapor stores – they are popping up everywhere! I’ve even seen so-called Christian vaping blogs. “Vaping” or e-cigarettes are very popular among the younger generation because they believe it is healthier than smoking cigarettes. However, as explained by Dr. George Crabb below, there are very few regulations for what is sold for vaping. So vaping can actually be more destructive!
The devil never stops…
Please read this article by Dr. George Crabb and warn others of the dangers of vaping:
What is Vaping?
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid usually containing nicotine, producing a vapor that the user inhales. E-cigarettes entered the market in 2003 in China and entered the United States and European markets in 2006. In many areas, e-cigarettes entered the market as consumer products without government regulation. Initially produced by small companies, tobacco companies have bought some of these companies and are developing these products.
The Dangers of Vaping
Unlike conventional cigarettes, which burn tobacco and generate smoke, e-cigarettes have a cartridge containing a liquid (sometimes referred to as “e-liquid”), which contains nicotine and other constituents. The liquid is heated to produce vapor the user inhales. The main components of the liquid vaporized are nicotine, propylene glycol or glycerol, and flavorings. A variety of other compounds have also been identified, some with carcinogenic (cancer causing) potential.
In the United States, the use of e-cigarettes has increased since 2010, corresponding to an increase in marketing for the products. The 2014 National Health Interview Survey provided the first nationally-representative estimate of e-cigarette use among adults in the United States. Overall, 12.6% of adults had ever used an e-cigarette, 3.7% were current users, and 1.1% was daily users. E-cigarette use has also been rising among adolescents in the United States. From 2011 to 2014, current e-cigarette use increased from 1.5% to 13.4% in high school students and from 0.6% to 3.9% in middle school students.
Nicotine exposure from e-cigarette use, as with cigarette smoking, increases heart rate and produces measurable levels of blood cotinine, a nicotine metabolite. At high temperatures, propylene glycol decomposes and may form propylene oxide, a probable human carcinogen. Glycerol produces the toxin acrolein, though the levels produced are lower than conventional cigarettes. Both propylene glycol and glycerol decompose to form the carcinogens formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. There are other carcinogenic compounds found in e-cigarettes including tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), carbonyl compounds, metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and phenolic compounds.
E-cigarettes may appeal to youth who would not smoke conventional cigarettes. E-cigarette use could lead those youth to develop nicotine dependence and subsequently transition to conventional cigarette smoking. Furthermore, studies have suggested that drug use starts with legal drugs and proceeds to illicit drugs, and there is some evidence that nicotine may prime the brain for illicit drug use.
E-cigarette use continues the user’s exposure to nicotine and other potential cancer causing substances and therefore should not be recommended.