We find them on street corners waiting for red lights, or sitting on university steps. Their vapor fogs the city in a modern, chic cloud. The vape nation is here; it’s strong, it’s growing, so you better grow with it.Unless, of course, it happens to turn out that this baby technology is actually way more dangerous than we thought it was.It’s a good idea to be wary of new technologies that are adapted seemingly overnight into daily life, internationally. This is especially true when the technology requires you to take deep tokes of a heated liquid that’s relatively fresh out of the lab. After all, only the deepest of tokes can produce magnanimous clouds.
A recent study conducted in Japan found that those magnanimous clouds might actually be full of cancer – that is, e-cigarettes have been shown to potentially contain 10 times the amount of carcinogens found in cigarettes. Yeesh.
Do you think we’ve been misled about e-cigs? Let us know in the comments!
E-cigs work by heating flavored liquid into an inhalable vapour. The liquid often contains nicotine. The overall effect is a lot like cigarettes, the obvious difference being a lack of smoke.
For the better part of a decade, e-cigarettes have been rising in popularity, particularly among the youth. These are a convenient, modern, supposedly healthier spin on traditional cigarettes. What could go wrong?
Cancer. Japan’s Health Ministry commissioned a study that found e-cigarettes to contain ten times the amount of cancer-triggering ingredients as tobacco.
Several types of e-cigarette liquid featured such carcinogens as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. These are not names of things you want in your body.
Formaldehyde is a popular ingredient in building materials. It’s also used to preserve the remains of humans and animals, as seen through work by crazy artist Damien Hirst up there. Again, this isn’t something that should be inhaled.
One brand of e-cigarette showed over ten times the amount of cancer-causing agents found in a traditional cigarette.
The amount of formaldehyde detected by the team varied throughout the analysis. When the mechanism that vaporized the liquid would overheat, the researchers observed a higher production of harmful substances.
Japan’s Health Ministry considers e-cigs to be completely separate from traditional cigarettes despite their similarities. The Japanese government is currently examining the potential risks of using this relatively new technology.
This August, the World Health Organisation put out a call for governments to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to adults only. The WHO claimed that the product poses a “serious threat” to minors and pregnant women.
Evidence of the harmful effects of e-cigs has been limited thus far, though the WHO claimed sufficient reliable basis for cautioning teens, children, pregnant women, and women planning on having children to stay away from the vape.
According to the WHO, long-term foetal and adolescent brain development might be hindered by the exposure of e-cig nicotine.
US health authorities observed a 3x times increase in the number of young e-cigarette users between 2011 and 2013. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 250,000 people who have never smoked a traditional cigarette have at least tried an e-cig last year.
Traditional tobacco has been shown to be a leading cause of death internationally, its use being linked to strokes, heart disease, and cancer. Knowing this, but still wanting to smoke, multitudes of people have made the transition to e-cigs, trusting the product based on its apparently decreased health risk. At the very least, the lack of smoke seems like a good start.
However, the other side of the argument claims that, since the devices are so new, there’s no concrete way of determining their long-term health impact.
Do you vape? Do you smoke? Do you chew valerian root? Either way, keep tabs on the research, and let us know your thoughts.
Source : RebelCircus