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Long Term Consequences of Vaping or using Electronic Cigarettes

Updated on January 31, 2017

Long Term Consequences?

Do we really care? We are off manufactured or rolled cigarettes! No more dirty ashtrays, no more burned stinking clothing, no more expensive packs of cigarettes, and no more coughing up a lung every morning. Nope, these issues have been replaced with cords, batteries, coils, liquid. And ahhhh the pleasantries of being able to puff away virtually anywhere we want...

But what is really going on inside our bodies with e-juice? What are the long term health consequences or issues with smoking? Smoking anything, but vaping?

Old Smoker

Wanna look like this?
Wanna look like this?

Old Vaper

Or you wanna look like this?
Or you wanna look like this?

Appearances

Well, first thing about vaping or electronic cigarettes is that you won't have the massive amount of skin damage smokers acquire. Goodbye crows feet! Smoke dries out and damages the skin, and with vaping you don't encounter this issue. Age spots from years of traditional cigarette use can be removed and healed with proper skincare, and even chemical peels.

So this is a bonus.

Next, you're no longer the stinky douche-bag stinking up everyone's air with second hand toxic smoke. E cigarette vapor is usually a pleasant smell when detected at all depending on what flavors you are using. Another bonus.

So there are not many negatives to electronic cigarettes when it comes to how you look. Although some people think it looks absolutely ridiculous.

The only time you'll really look like a tool is if you join some vapor cloud competition, but hey, maybe you're into that sort of thing.

Finances...

Electronic cigarettes over-all are a lot cheaper than traditional cigarettes, so long term your financial health will improve too.

A typical start up set for electronic cigarettes is about $40 USD, and you can even find it cheaper than that.

The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the U.S. 2016 according to various websites was $5.25 a pack. So let us just say the average smoker is 1 pack a day for 30 days, that's $157.50 a month. That's rather insane. $1890.00 a year? I don't think so.

The only financial rise with electronic cigarettes to your pocket book will consist of buying more juice, batteries and whatever crazy accessories you want to use. Either way, this will not become an almost $2000.00 a year expense. Healthier checking account? Score.

6 Tips on How to Reduce the Odds of a Battery Exploding

  1. Buy U.S. made batteries, there seems to be higher quality control restrictions in U.S. MFG regulations.
  2. Read the instructions.
  3. Keep them away from water, or extreme temperature changes.
  4. Don't over charge them
  5. Use the correct charging cables.
  6. Don't over heat the atomizer.

Burns and Explosions!

Okay so we all know, if we smoke...that cigarettes are dangerous, not only to health but also they have the potential to burn our damn houses down. Kids injure themselves with lighters and matches, we set our hair on fire, and ourselves on fire!

According to www.tcforensic.com: Cigarette fires cause close to 1,000 deaths and 3,000 injuries each year in the united states, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). As the ignition source in fires responsible for over 20% of all fire deaths , cigarettes are the nations largest single cause of such deaths.

Electronic cigarettes are just not as dangerous. The biggest exterior physical danger to our health with electronic cigarettes seems to be exploding batteries. This isn't entirely avoidable but there are many things you can do to prevent a battery exploding injury. Common sense here people, check out the suggestions.

Electronic cigarette fires are rare, you're more likely to be burnt badly then to be killed.

Poisoning and Over-Dose

This seems like it should be common sense, but you just never know with some people. You never want to drink e-juice, if it gets on your skin, wash your skin as soon as possible, this also applies to getting it in your eyes. Keep your supplies out of the reach of children. The U.S. FDA now regulates e-juice containers to have child safety locks so your kid wont drink it. Nicotine poisoning is no fun, regardless of the source, and in some cases can be fatal. Don't over-vape. Treat it as you would a cigarette, use a couple times an hour, don't huff on it all day long.

The nicest thing about vaping or using electronic cigarettes is that over time you can reduce your nicotine use and quit entirely. But in the beginning it's probably smart to monitor your nicotine levels and use.

Whats in the E-Juice or Liquid?

Most of the chemicals in e-liquid are labeled "food grade", which is pretty much irrelevant because you're not ingesting it like food. Inhaling changes the entire way your body processes these ingredients. Long term health consequences of inhaling these chemicals is unfortunately not known. By 2060 I'm sure we will be well on our way to knowing what is really happening inside our lungs from these substances, but as of now, there just isn't enough data to tell us.

Here are the main ingredients to pay attention to...(Most e-liquids have the first two ingredients as the base, sometimes these are mixed).

Propylene glycol (PG) -Found in many food products, medications, cosmetics, and even anti-freeze. Don't let the anti-freeze bit scare you, it simply lowers the freezing point of water when added to another source. It also helps the body absorb chemicals better. It's a "probable carcinogenic", it doesn't sound like the smartest thing to inhale, right? But this has to be better than the 4000+ chemicals in a traditional cigarette. Propylene glycol is not “bioaccumulative", meaning: in an individual with healthy liver and kidney function, it's usually out of the body in 48 hours. The FDA recognizes it as "generally safe", but this is not a nature-made chemical. It's simply not found in nature. What are the biggest known health risks at this time from propylene glycol? Allergic reactions, cardiovascular stress/damage and neurological symptoms. This is based on the substance being ingested, orally or administrated via IV.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) -this is a clear, odorless liquid produced mainly from plant oils. It's also heavily found in food, cosmetics and medications. When you spill your e-juice all over yourself, like I know you have, this is the substance that causes your skin to feel oily and gooey. Vegetable glycerin has a sweet taste, metabolizes differently than sugar in the body, and is used in low carb foods for sweetness and moisture. It's mainly added to products we use on our skin to increase absorption and moisture. In herbal products it's typically used in place of alcohol. This is the stuff in your e-liquid that is producing the vapor. It seems to produce more vapor than propylene glycol, it also gives more of that "throat hit" that smokers have come to enjoy. This as a base in e-liquid generally seems safer because it is found in nature, before chemical processing of course. About 20% of all e-liquids on the current market use this as the base. Allergic reactions can also occur but seem to be less likely. Again this info is based off applications mainly to the skin, not inhaled.

Nicotine- Is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant, known to cause cardiovascular issues, but when used single handed, it's about as harmful as a cup of coffee.

There are other chemicals added to e-liquids for flavoring that are not healthy. Toxic aldehydes; acrolein, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde are sometimes added. What's this mean really? Long term it's not good for your heart, skin or other major organs.

The Bottom-Line

We should all be well aware that inhaling any type of substance isn't natural, regardless of well known long term health consequences. We simply do not currently have enough supportive data on what inhaling this stuff is actually doing to our health. It is my opinion that vaping has a very valuable application. It is a smarter "smoke" and smarter choice to end your chains of bondage with nicotine. Vaping should be used for such purposes, and this purpose only.

The bottom-line is this...when using electronic cigarettes or vaping as the primary goal to quit nicotine addiction, it's a smarter, healthier choice. And until you are smoke-free, you'll save money and won't burn your house down.

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