The popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping devices is on the rise. However, many myths surrounding these products need to be dispelled.
These myths can lead to health problems for youth and adults. E-cigarettes aren’t harmful.
The most common myths about vaping are that e-cigarettes or vapes are often praised as a safer cigarette alternative. However, they do have some risks.
First, e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a drug that is highly addictive. This drug increases dopamine in the brain and causes feelings of pleasure.
The addictive properties of nicotine start after a single use, and the cravings for more nicotine happen soon after that. Nicotine changes how your brain works, so you want more of it to feel good.
Secondhand e-cigarette aerosol contains nicotine and other chemicals that can cause respiratory problems in others, especially children.
In addition, defective batteries in e-cigarette devices have been linked to fires and explosions.
Despite these risks, many smokers are still using e-cigarettes. And youth, who are at a higher risk of becoming addicted to tobacco, are using e-cigarettes more than ever.
E-cigarettes aren’t addictive.
E-cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or vapes heat a liquid into an aerosol the user inhales. They usually contain nicotine, flavoring and other additives.
While the chemicals found in e-cigarettes are lower than those found in tobacco cigarettes, they still pose health risks. These include potential carcinogens and irritants.
Young people are more likely to become addicted to e-cigarettes than adults. That’s because e-cigarettes can help users to feel less stressed, sad or uncomfortable – the same emotions that lead to addiction to other substances.
The use of e-cigarettes among adolescents can negatively impact their brain development. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to nicotine’s harmful effects because their brains develop during this critical time.
The most important thing you can do to prevent a child from starting to smoke or vape is to talk with their doctor about quitting all forms of tobacco, including e-cigarettes. You can also help them stay safe by never smoking indoors, in their car or around places they spend time.
E-cigarettes aren’t regulated.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Secretariat of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control have clarified that governments should treat and regulate e-cigarettes no differently than any other tobacco product. This will help ensure e-cigarettes remain as safe and less harmful to public health as possible.
There are several reasons why e-cigarettes aren’t regulated. First, they aren’t a drug or a device that is marketed for therapeutic use.
Second, e-cigarettes have a relatively low risk of harm to the user. And third, e-cigarettes aren’t as addictive as cigarettes and can help smokers quit smoking.
However, some researchers have questioned whether e-cigarettes are safer than combustible cigarettes. For example, some have argued that vaping could expose users to toxic nicotine and other chemicals that can damage their respiratory system.
The FDA is working to address these concerns by funding research to evaluate the short- and long-term effects of e-cigarettes. It is also involved in research to understand how e-cigarettes affect youth and are collaborating with CDC on the annual National Youth Tobacco Survey.
E-cigarettes aren’t safe.
E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid, usually nicotine and flavoring, into inhaled vapor. This method of inhaling nicotine is known to be harmful to kids and teens who use them.
The liquid can contain a high dose of nicotine, slowing the brain development of fetuses and children and increasing the risk for addiction in young adults. It also contains additives, flavors and chemicals that are toxic to people’s health.
In addition, e-cigarettes can cause battery explosions and injury, acute nicotine poisoning and vaping-related lung disease. They’re also not a safe alternative to cigarettes for smokers who want to quit.
Smoking has declined for years but is still the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. Using e-cigarettes could reverse the progress against smoking and put people at greater risk of harm, including cancer, heart disease and other health problems.
E-cigarettes aren’t a good way to quit smoking.
E-cigarettes look like cigarettes, cigars, pipes or pens but contain nicotine and other chemicals. Some resemble USB sticks or large tank systems (known as “mods”).
Even if you stop using cigarettes, e-cigarettes still deliver nicotine to your body. This is called “dual use,” which can harm your health.
If you’re a smoker, talk to your doctor or another health professional about research-based smoking cessation methods, like nicotine replacement therapy and Zyban. These methods can help you quit cigarette smoking safely and effectively.
Many people have difficulty quitting because they are addicted to nicotine in tobacco products. This is why finding a method that will help you break down your nicotine addiction is essential.
If you are a cigarette smoker, it’s best to quit altogether for your health’s sake. E-cigarettes are not a good way to do that; using them can increase your chances of smoking again.