Vaping is becoming very popular among young people. Some of these children are in elementary school. The junior high school sees the experience increasing in numbers. High school is where the majority of vapors are found. Vaping involves inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, otherwise referred to as the vapor. This is produced by an e-cigarette or some other similar device. Initially, the tobacco has a harsh taste. Manufacturers of e-cigarettes have solved that problem by adding flavors to mask the taste. This makes it easier to get hooked on nicotine.
E-cigarettes Produce Aerosol, Not Tobacco Smoke
E-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke. Instead, they produce aerosol. This is often misunderstood as water vapor. It consists of fine particles. A lot of these particles contain different amounts of toxic chemicals. These chemicals have been linked to cancer. They have also been linked to respiratory issues as well as heart disease.
How A Vaping Device Works
Most often, a vaping device consists of a mouthpiece, a battery, a cartridge for containing the e-liquid or e-juice, as well as a heating component. A battery powers the latter. When in use, the battery heats the heating component. This turns the contents of the e-liquid into an aerosol. This is then inhaled into the lungs and then exhaled. The e-liquid the vaporizer produces, often contains propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin-based liquid with nicotine, flavoring, and other chemicals and metals, but not tobacco.
E-cigarettes Became Mass Marketed in 2007
E-cigarettes have caused vaping to increase in popularity. E-cigarettes were introduced to the mass market in 2007 in the US. Devices are not limited to only e-cigarettes. There are also vape pens and personal vaporizers. The e-cigarettes and vape pens are simpler in design and less expensive to purchase.
Vaping Is Proving To Be Dangerous
Health advocates suggest that vaping has risks, particularly to young people. Studies indicate that people suffering from lung damage resulting from vaping often have symptoms that begin a few days to a few weeks before they see a doctor. All people who have been hospitalized developed some breathing problems. In addition to breathing issues, the same people often had other symptoms. These symptoms include coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, and weight loss.
Lung Damage Is A Major Concern Of Vaping
The health care community is discovering that lung damage can happen very suddenly to vapors. This group includes new people just beginning to vape, as well as young, healthy people who do not have lung disease or any other health issues. Since many of these patients do not smoke cigarettes, this suggests that lung issues are directly related to vaping. Vaping is causing more people to be hospitalized due to breathing problems and other symptoms.
Teenagers and young adults make up about half of the people hospitalized, in California, with breathing problems from vaping. California has determined that 30 percent of people hospitalized had to be treated with a mechanical ventilator or “life support” in the intensive care unit. Unfortunately, the long-term effects of vaping are unknown. In 2018 one in five high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past month. Since last June, 2,051 Americans struck with lung diseases were related to vaping or using e-cigarettes. Much worse, 39 of these people have died.