What effects does vaping have on health?
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We do know that vaping products have a negative impact on health – much like smoking cigarettes. In fact, studies suggest that vaping could lead to similar diseases as smoking, though at a reduced rate. The toxic chemicals in the aerosols, some of which are carcinogenic, can lead to many serious health effects.
Short-term effects may include:
- coughing and wheezing
- inflammation of the lungs
- increased heart rate
- increased blood pressure
The long-term health effects of inhaling vaping aerosol are currently unknown as it is a relatively new behavior.
Nicotine can alter brain development, especially in those under the age of 25, as the brain is still developing. This can effect a person’s memory, ability to concentrate, and their personality and emotional control, all of which can be long-term. The levels of nicotine in a vape pod can be equal to or greater than that of a full pack of cigarettes – an amount higher than an adolescent’s body is able to process or tolerate. This high level of nicotine also increases the risk of addiction.
Lithium-ion batteries in vaping products can explode causing injury and fires. Proper use, storage, handling, and charging of the batteries may help reduce this risk.
Reports of child poisoning are on the rise due to accidental exposure and consumption of e-liquids (Heart and Stroke, 2018).