Currently, 35 million people around the world are estimated to use electronic cigarettes 4.3 million in the UK. By this year, the sales of vaping products are projected to more than double to $40 billions as cigarette sales decline.
There is so much conflicting information concerning vaping. We have the UK government via the NHS supplying vaping products to help patients stop smoking because they say it’s not as harmful as smoking.
From the research that is currently available there is nothing to suggest that vaping to help you to quit smoking is successful. In fact I am seeing more clients to stop vaping which suggests they are swapping one bad habit for another. Its often the case that smokers tend to vape and smoke.
About 3 years ago I spoke to someone at a very senior level in the tobacco industry who saw all the science, statistics, research etc and he told me that there was no long term information on vapers, in fact those currently vaping are the guinea pigs for the industry. He also said that vaping is worse than smoking as the harmful effects of the vape happen quicker than with cigarettes as the toxins and poisons in the vape go deeper into the lungs causing serious lung conditions including asthma and COPD. Nicotine and non-nicotine toxins in cigarettes and e-cigarettes are harmful to the cardiovascular system as they increase the heart rate and blood pressure and constrict blood vessels which result in an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks. 55% of vapers are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
The main ingredient in vapes is propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine or glyercol. Vapes can contain the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray. They just don’t put it on the pack.
Did you know the nicotine in 1 vape can equal 50 cigarettes. Depending on the size of the vape and nicotine strength, it can be much higher.
The lack of regulation, lack of product disclosure, and ease of altering e-cigarettes means people may not know what is in them. Similarly, it was decades before the tobacco industry was forced to disclose the ingredients in its deadly cigarettes. This failure to disclose makes risk assessment by the average consumer, and particularly young people, and even researchers difficult.
Vaping is also a potential environmental threat caused by vape waste, including disposable devices, e-liquid containers, packaging, and batteries, comprising not one but three forms of waste. The second type of waste is electronic waste. The third type of waste is hazardous chemical waste.