Other Health Risks of Vaping
According to the CDC, there are a few other notable health risks of vaping that apply specifically to e-cigarette use. They may not be as common or necessarily as deadly as the dangers posed by smoking cigarettes. But even still, they are concerns that anyone wondering about the health hazards of vaping should be aware of.
- Lung Damage – some e-cigarettes and vaping products contain a chemical called diacetyl, which is used in microwave popcorn and supposedly can cause a condition called popcorn lung. You may want to research if your e-cigs or vapes have this ingredient and attempt to avoid it.
- Fires and Explosions – E-cigarettes require a battery to operate. When that battery is in proper working order, it’s used to power up the heating element that turns the nicotine liquid into an inhalable vapor.
However, these batteries can also become defective and explode violently. Many times these explosions occur when the batteries are being charged. But they may also explode while being used. One teen suffered from extensive injuries to his mouth and jaw when his e-cigarette exploded. Other people have actually died.
A study published in 2018 found that there were more than 2,000 estimated e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries that caused users to seek emergency care from 2015 to 2017. So while it may not be especially common, there is still a substantial risk of physical harm when it comes to using e-cigarettes.
- Acute Nicotine Exposure – While cigarettes are without a doubt incredibly terrible and dangerous, if there’s one good thing about them, it’s that eventually, they hurt to keep on smoking. Vaping, on the other hand, is a bit different.
Thanks to the appealing flavors and pleasant aromas that e-cigarette manufacturers have started putting into vaping liquids, many users will vape for long stretches of time without stopping.
This can lead to acute nicotine exposure or nicotine poisoning, a condition that can be both dangerous and deadly.
- Marijuana Vaping – Some people also use e-cigarettes to vape marijuana-infused liquid as well. In most cases, the term vaping refers to nicotine vaping. But there are plenty of THC oil options available these days too.
The debate over the harmfulness of THC continues to rage, even as the drug has been legalized in Colorado. But even still, there are certain dangers that smoking and vaping THC and marijuana have that can be otherwise avoided entirely.
One item that appears to be dangerous for THC/marijuana vapers is Vitamin E Acetate. This product is supposedly not found in nicotine vaping products, but in many THC vaping pens and products. This product could be the cause of many recent health claims, but the research isn’t clear.