As vaping is a relatively new trend which, it has been argued, began in 2007, there has been some research into its safety and health concerns; however, the research is still very young and, therefore, is still being thoroughly conducted.
Still, there has been some research into the safety of vaping, with findings listed below.
- The nicotine in vaping is addictive
Many e-cigarettes obviously contain nicotine, with 5 different levels typically available including – but not limited to – 3, 6, 12, 18 and 24mg, while zero-nicotine e-cigarettes are also available.
Vape machines can contain a lot of nicotine which is highly addictive and has been argued to be a gateway for smoking normal cigarettes. However, using vaping machines as an alternative to cigarette smoking is also a more nicotine-light alternative to smoking.
In very rare cases, nicotine poisoning can occur – although this is arguably more likely to occur in children than in adults – when an individual has consumed more nicotine than their body can handle. If this does happen, it will usually come with symptoms such as dizziness and light-headedness which you can expect to pass with time.
- Vaping is much less harmful than smoking
A large percentage of research has suggested that vaping is a much less harmful way of inhaling nicotine than smoking, as an e-cigarette contains fewer chemicals than the average cigarette.
Depending on the specific type of vape machine which you choose (and there is a huge variety to choose from, such as shisha pens and vape tanks available from Pure E-Liquids), there are significantly fewer chemicals in vaping.
Research on 12 different brands of e-cigarettes has been conducted, searching for 4 groups of potentially toxic and carcinogenic compounds which include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), carbonyls and heavy metals.
The evidence found was that the harmful chemicals found in e-cigarettes were 9 to 450 times lower than the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes.
- Second-hand vaping
With smoking, the risks of second-hand smoking are quite significant, as they can result in a variety of problems for individuals who do not smoke but only inhale the smoke of others. However, research suggests that, as e-cigarettes do not use combustion to create the vapour, there is no side-stream vapour- also known as the smoke which occurs at the lighted end of the cigarette.
This means that the only source of second-hand smoke emitted from an e-cigarette is from the exhale of the user. As a direct result of this, there is a lesser amount of harmful chemicals in the second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes than there is from the smoke of a cigarette. Therefore, second-hand smoke is much less dangerous coming from e-cigarettes than from cigarettes.
Consequently, research surrounding e-cigarettes and vape machines remains young, and research is still being conducted on them. However, it is suggested that, although vaping may still present some health risks to individuals, these risks are much lower than those of smoking via cigarettes or other substances.