Smoking has been going on in the world longer than any of us have known. Many of us have grown up, thinking of smoking as burning a piece of paper with a bunch of leaves in it, and sucking the daylight out of it. Yet, as time progressed, and people became smarter, the invention of the e-cigar has made its way into the limelight, and managed to carve out its name as vape.
What is vape?
These devices make use of a “smokeless, non-tobacco cigarette,” which “replaces burning tobacco and paper with heated, moist, flavored air” patented by American, Herbert A. Gilbert in 1963. Many have wondered how it came to existence, how it works, and, of course, a most controversial question, which has tantalized society for quite a while now: “Is vaping safer than smoking a cigarette?”
In 2016, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study, which showed that more and more young people are using vape. According to Time Magazine, over 12 percent of high school students in the U.S. use vape, and more and more of these young people are getting into vaping every year.
What made vaping popular?
An article published in Salon in 2014 stated that there are three advantages to using a vape over a conventional cigar:
- You can smoke them anywhere
- Using a vape machine is cheaper overall than buying cigars
- Vaping won’t kill you.
True to what is said about this invention, vape has become a popular trend with its flavors, and the “tricks,” which users have developed throughout the ages.
Is vaping healthy?
Countless studies have been conducted and research has shown that e-cigarettes are, in fact, less harmful than conventional smoking. This is because they do not use tobacco. Prolonged usage of smoking tobacco has already proven its adverse effects to society – lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease. Yet, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), while e-cigars are less harmful than usual cigars, vaping does not escape the list of harmful substances.
The CDC points out that e-cigarettes still harbor nicotine, which is the primary addictive element in smoking. It also has toxic tendencies toward developing fetuses, especially their brain development. It also contains harmful chemicals and heavy metals like lead, volatile organic compounds, and carcinogenic agents that are harmful to the lungs.
Vaping may be less harmful, but not totally safe and harm free.