By: Devin Wolchina
E-cigarettes were first developed in China and were introduced to the U.S. market in 2007. Global sale of smokeless tobacco products, including smokeless inhalers, has grown to nearly $3 billion and continues to grow.Gilbert Ross an e-cigarette enthusiast says, “In an attempt to quit the tobacco habit as many as one-fifth of smokers have tried e-cigarettes.”
Some can even be mistaken for traditional tobacco cigarettes, because they are so similar. Once you look inside, you notice the one big difference. It is a tobacco free product and is actually a vaporizer.
“Vapors heat up a mixture of oils to produce vapor, which then is inhaled. Nicotine is the only chemical found in both vapors and traditional cigarettes. While some argue that vapor offers health advantages over traditional cigarette smoke, regulatory agencies and some health experts aren’t so sure that’s true. Before you consider taking up the e-cigarette habit,” reports HSW.
Nicotine is the only chemical scientists haven’t really studied either. Vapors are widely popular now; still no one knows the long-term effects of them. There are almost no studies done on the long-term effects of nicotine.
There are two different types of oil in vapors. The two oils are vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. These are the two oils that are heated up to turn into vapor. They are heated by a coil, wound up, and connected to a battery to create heat. There are many different adjustments that can all change the entire taste and amount of vapor you get out of your vape.
Then there is the other side of vapes. Some liquids come without nicotine! People that own these liquids either never smoked cigarettes or they just like to blow clouds. There are Cloud Tournaments that take place every weekend at many vapor shops.
Because e-cigarettes don’t burn tobacco, people don’t inhale the same amounts of tar and carbon monoxide as they would with a regular cigarette. But anyone using an e-cig still gets an unhealthy dose of nicotine and other chemicals.
When you use an e-cigarette, you’re still putting nicotine into your body, which is absorbed through your lungs. In addition to being an addictive drug, nicotine is also toxic in high doses. It was once even used as an insecticide to kill bugs.
Nicotine affects your brain, nervous system, and heart. It raises blood pressure and heart rate. The larger the dose of nicotine, the more a person’s blood pressure and heart rate goes up. This can cause an abnormal heart rate, which is called an arrhythmia. In rare cases, especially when large doses of nicotine are involved, arrhythmias can cause heart failure and death.
After the nicotine’s initial effects wear off, the body starts to crave more. You might feel depressed, tired, or crabby (known as nicotine withdrawal), and crave more nicotine to perk up again. Over time, nicotine use can lead to serious medical problems, including heart disease, blood clots, and stomach ulcers (KidsHealth).
So next time you think about doing something you see everyone else doing, at least look up the facts first.