A Look at What We Know about the Actual Health Risks of Vaping
We're told that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking, but what are the actual health risks of vaping?We're starting to learn a lot more about vaping and how it affects the human body, thanks to a growing amount of medical research in recent years, much of it from British institutions that are opening up whole new insights into e-cigarettes and their use. And let's not forget that vaping is a relatively new phenomenon, both here in the UK and around the world. While e-cigarettes and other vape gear started to appear in the UK market way back in 2007, it's only really in the last few years that they have caught on with the public. Now, there are an estimated 3.2 million vapers around the UK, many of whom are former smokers and used e-cigs to finally kick their unhealthy habit. But in recent times, all sorts of fears have existed about e-cigarettes, primarily because we didn't know all that much about them and how the e-liquid they use affects the body. Many feared that e-cigarettes would lead to a whole new generation eventually taking up smoking, because they believed — and some still do — that e-cigs are a "gateway to smoking". That and other worries have thankfully not materialised, as we shall see in this blog on the actual health risks of vaping.
The Truth about NicotineE-liquid — the substance usually found in replaceable cartridges in e-cigarettes, which is heated by a battery to produce vapour — often, but not always, contains nicotine, as well as a flavour. Because of this, some people are concerned. But it turns out that nicotine, while highly addictive, is almost entirely harmless, and especially compared to what's found in burning tobacco. Most of us know that cigarette smoke kills — around 100,000 people in the UK every year, and seven million around the world — but exactly what's in it might shock you. These are just some of the toxic chemicals given off by burning tobacco, and we now know that at least 70 of them cause various cancers in the human body:
Hydrogen cyanide Formaldehyde Lead Arsenic Ammonia Radioactive elements, including uranium Benzene Carbon monoxideAs Professor of Tobacco Addiction at King’s College London Ann McNeill has said: "People smoke for the nicotine, but contrary to what the vast majority believe, nicotine causes little if any of the harm. The toxic smoke is the culprit and is the overwhelming cause of all the tobacco-related disease and death. There are now a greater variety of alternative ways of getting nicotine than ever before, including nicotine gum, nasal spray, lozenges and e-cigarettes."