VAPING: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

08/13/2019  |  By Terrence Miles Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator (108th TC IET)
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Vaping is the newest trend in substance abuse. The definition is vaping is to inhale water vapors into the lungs. It is referred to as vaping because tiny puffs or clouds of vapor are produced when using the devices. 

This process is used in the widely popular electronic cigarettes and hookahs. The liquid used in such deceives come in a wide range of flavors which appeals to a large population to include middle schoolers up to senior citizens. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2014 over 9 million adults are vaping regularly within the United States.​

This article will look at the good, the bad and the ugly parts of Vaping.

The Good

If this liquid is merely flavored water, there is no harm in using the hookah. You are just inhaling water and producing a cloud. Vaping is less harmful than traditional smoking, they extract the nicotine from the tobacco. The average tobacco cigarette contains 7,000 toxic chemicals. Extracting the nicotine brings the number of toxic chemicals down.

Bad and Ugly

Although they’ve been marketed as an aid to help you quit smoking, e-cigarettes have not received Food and Drug Administration approval as smoking cessation devices. A recent study found that most people who intended to use e-cigarettes to kick the nicotine habit ended up continuing to smoke both traditional and e-cigarettes. Among youth, e-cigarettes are more popular than any traditional tobacco product. In 2015, the U.S. surgeon general reported that e-cigarette use among high school students had increased by 900 percent, and 40 percent of young e-cigarette users had never smoked regular tobacco.

Nicotine is the primary agent in both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and it is highly addictive. It causes you to crave a smoke and suffer withdrawal symptoms if you ignore the craving. Nicotine is also a toxic substance. It raises your blood pressure and spikes your adrenaline, which increases your heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack.

There are many unknowns about vaping, including what chemicals make up the vapor and how they affect physical health over the long term.

If you would like to know more about vaping and or other substances feel free to contact myself or Ms. Brown (ADCO).Terrence Miles: (704) 339-5002Samoa Brown: (704) 342-5198
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