What’s the deal with vaping? (Includes Infographic)

I feel like vaping is such a hot– and somewhat controversial – topic nowadays, especially if you or your family and friends are trying to use e-cigarettes to wean off traditional smoking. Thanks to e-cig marketing campaigns, the majority of the people I talk to seem to believe that vaping is less harmful than regular tobacco cigarettes and therefore, a better way to quit smoking instead of going cold turkey. However, all good intentions aside, a quick research online shows that vaping has its own addictive qualities that make it either equally harmful and sometimes, even worse, than smoking!

As a Health and Wellness Speaker and Coach, I believe it’s important to educate yourself and also know exactly what you’re dealing with when it comes to vaping. Read on to learn more:

What exactly is vaping?

Simply put, vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling aerosol, often referred to as vapor (hence the term “vaping”). This inhalable vapor is produced by an e-cigarette or a similar device, which heat up small quantities of liquid or oil. An e-cigarette doesn’t produce any actual tobacco smoke or that distinct “cigarette” smell…more on this particular fact later.  Read more...

How did it start?

Vaping is more of a recent trend, but it does have a long history dating all the way back to ancient Egypt, when people were heating herbs and oils on hot stones to vape. But the real surge in popularity didn’t happen until the 1990s, when the FDA allowed tobacco companies to introduce e-cigs to the market. The very first e-cig made its way to the mass market in U.S. back in 2007 and since then, there are so many different brands, juices and flavorings that have sprung forth. Read more...

What’s a popular brand?

There are many types of e-cigarettes available, but the newest and most popular vaping product is called the JUUL, which is a device that resembles a USB flash drive. Because it’s so small and subtle, middle and high school students gravitate towards using JUUL – it’s easy to hide. Plus, it comes in tantalizing flavors like crème brûlée, mango and fruit medley. What you (and really, every parent) should know is that every JUUL product contains a high dose of nicotine, with one pod or flavor cartridge containing about the same amount of nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes. This is not safe for kids!  Read more...

What are the side effects of vaping?

Just a few side effects include dry mouth, skin and eyes due to dehydration, coughing, itchiness, nosebleeds and more. The mouth and airways are affected and irritated from the vapor, and the toxins can cause increased blood pressure, increased heart rate and chest pain. Some smokers also report vomiting and nausea, plus dizziness from excessive nicotine intake.  Vaping SIde Effects

Why is it harmful?

While e-cig companies market vaping as a way to kick your addiction once and for all, you should know that e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and toxic. In fact, many e-cigarette users tend to buy extra-strength cartridges, which have a higher concentration of nicotine, or increase the voltage to get a greater hit. This means that you end up taking in more nicotine and get even more hooked! Plus, the lack of smoke reduces the “stigma” of smoking, making it easier to take up vaping, especially for the younger crowd or for new smokers.  5 Truths You Need To Know About Vaping

What are your thoughts on vaping? Do you or someone you know vape? Let me know your thoughts at alison@alisonandco.com.

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