Is vaping safe and is that the right question to ask?

Is vaping safe? Safe being ‘free from harm or risk’. So perhaps vaping is not 100% safe. Neither is eating pretzels. Very few products or activities can ever offer guarantees of being “safe.”

But it’s understandable to approach the topic of vaping from a perspective of “safety.” People often demand safety from things they’re unfamiliar with — even as they forget that they themselves engage in activities daily that are not safe.

But those things — like driving, for example — are familiar, and people are willing to accept some risk for the benefits they deliver. Concerns about absolute safety should lead to acceptance of the relative safety of vaping. That should come with education about the fairly low risks of vaping.

Electronic cigarettes are likely not risk-free, but they are clearly less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

Let’s have a look at the common points of contention in vaping. From nicotine, to vape devices, to flavoring, to toxins.

The nicotine in e-cigarettes is the same pharmaceutical nicotine used in nicotine inhalers, patches, gum, and other nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products. The difference is that with vaping the user can customize how much nicotine is taken in. Also, it’s more fun, and to a smoker it feels a lot like smoking.

Because of its association with smoking, nicotine has a bad reputation. But in reality it’s a fairly benign and mild stimulant, similar in effect to caffeine. It doesn’t cause cancer, and it doesn’t seem to cause other diseases either. Nicotine is probably safe for most people to use.

Like caffeine, it causes a temporary increase in heart rate and high blood pressure because it constricts the blood vessels when it’s absorbed. That might make vaping nicotine a poor choice for people with serious heart problems — but, as always, a better choice than smoking.

Does vaping cause popcorn-lung?

“Popcorn lung” is the nickname for bronchiolitis obliterans. That’s a condition that damages your lungs‘ smallest airways and makes you cough and feel short of breath. It’s sometimes caused by breathing in a chemical used to flavor microwave popcorn. But other chemicals or lung illnesses can also cause popcorn lung. READ MORE

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Source: Vaping 360