According to National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) data, 3.6 million children in middle school and high school are addicted to vaping. The rise of e-cigarette use among middle school and high schoolers has resulted in a rise in overall tobacco use by 38 percent in high school students and 29 percent among middle schoolers.
Vaping has become common, but there still seem to be a smokescreen covering its true impact on health. A growing body of evidence shows that smoking e-cigarettes, or vaping, may be even more hazardous than smoking cigarettes.
The health risks from vaping are just beginning to be recognized. Vape pens contain a huge number of carcinogens, nicotine, and hazardous antifreeze chemicals such as diethylene glycol which affect a human body in the following ways:
1. Vaping Provokes Severe Headaches
Headaches from vaping are a big problem because the nicotine present within the vape pens can cause blood vessels in the body to be in narrow positioning, which leads to reduction in the flow of blood from the brain. This leads to a headache. It might just be the beginning and those headaches will progress to become migraines. The frequency, as well as the intensity of these migraines, can increase depending on the use.
Because of several factors like sensitivity of senses of the human body and the components used in e-cigarette, you cannot pinpoint what element is it that is triggering headaches or worsening migraines.
2. Vaping – Also A Major Reason Of Dehydration
Another common side effect that vapers suffer from is dehydration or dry mouth. The smoke from vaping can cause dry throat which is a result of the base ingredients added to the vape pens, which are hygroscopic (moisture absorbing).
This dehydration caused by vaping can lead to lower strength and stamina levels which can cause constant exhaustion and fatigue. Dehydration, if not treated, can cause kidney failure in the long term and increase the risk of kidney stones.
3. Vaping Impacts The Developing Brain.
Developing brains of young vapers are more susceptible to addiction and e-cigarettes. The “smoke-free way” to inhale nicotine is more addictive than heroin, cocaine, or alcohol and many brands of e-cigarettes contain a dangerously high level of nicotine
Nicotine infused with a developing brain can lead to addiction, weakened impulse control, and mood disorders. Nicotine also harms the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for attention, decision-making, judgment, and planning.
4. Influence On Heart’s Health
Nicotine present in vape pens is equally dangerous for adults, it leads to serious heart issues
- Increase blood pressure and heart rate
- Narrow arteries
- Leads to a heart attack by contributing to the constricting of the arterial wall
5. Vaping Has Been Linked To Lung Injury
Some individuals develop severe respiratory problems from vaping. Chemicals commonly contained in vaping liquid have been linked to irreversible lung diseases and can cause damage to immune cells of lungs.
Major symptoms of vaping-related lung injury include:
- Rapid onset of coughing
- Breathing difficulties
- Weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
Most of the physicians have attributed these symptoms to a buildup of oil and/or white blood cells in the lungs. THC and CBD (the active ingredients in cannabis) are heated up as oil in vape pens before being converted to vapor to smoke.
If your child exhibits any of the mentioned symptoms and uses a vape pen, bring them to the emergency department.
6. Vaping Makes You Tired
Vaping makes you feel tired or fatigued because you are either doing it too much, or repeatedly, the amount of nicotine is hitting too much. You need to either lower the potency of nicotine or try leaving it altogether.
Because at this very stage, the nicotine level is not suiting you and can lead to severe brain damage as mentioned before. Being tired and fatigued all the time also affects your sleep patterns drastically. Due to shooting up too much nicotine, you’re either hyperactive or extremely tired all the time.
7. Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries
The explosions resulting from faulty lithium-ion batteries installed in e-cigarettes are also an overlooked cause of severe injuries. The most common injuries among those treated were flame burns, which occurred in 80 percent of victims, but a third of patients suffered from chemical burns and had turned out to be fatal.
8. Vaping Misconceptions Cloud Its Danger
It is a marketer’s dream and a parent’s nightmare.
Youngsters have a misconception that vaping is harmless. The pods come in a variety of kid-friendly flavors that seem more attractive than the taste of tobacco. Vaping is easier to do indoors, such as in bedrooms, school bathrooms, and classrooms, without detection.
Vaping has become quite normal, and youngsters are exposed to classmates and images of famous people vaping, making it “cool.” Peer pressure drives people to try it, and then they become easily addicted.
Vaping might look like a less harmful alternative to smoking but in reality, it can be more damaging to your mental and physical health. It is never too late to start out a healthy lifestyle and leave what’s harming your health!