Chances are, you or someone you know is a vape user. The new smokeless tobacco product has rapidly grown in popularity in recent years, now with more users than ever before. Vape products market themselves as being a safe alternative to smoking. While vaping may be more reliable than traditional cigarettes, many people are left wondering if it’s actually safe? Comparing the safety of one product to that of another product with a high mortality rate gives users the idea that the product comes with no risks, but we’ve learned that that’s not the case.

Vaping in Teens and Children

Vaping has become a popular trend among teens and children. The fun flavors and easy accessibility make it the perfect way to rebel, and many of them assume there are no real risks at hand. However, most vape products contain nicotine. Nicotine is proven to be harmful to the cognitive development of teens and children. In addition to the cognitive effects, vaping has created an influx in the number of teens and children suffering from nicotine addiction. This will likely lead to years of continued use and make them more susceptible to using other tobacco products as they get older.

Unknown Chemicals

Vape liquid is made of a combination of chemicals. This chemical compound varies from one vape manufacturer to another, but there are a few key ingredients that have raised concerns in medical professionals.
• Propylene Glycol – this is a chemical component used to level out the moisture levels of a product. It’s used in many of the food, and cosmetic items we purchase in stores but inhaling the substance has been shown to have much more potentially harmful effects. Irritation of the respiratory system is the most common symptom, but long-term effects are still unknown.
• Diacetyl – you’ve probably heard the term “popcorn lung” when referring to the health risks of vaping, but many people fail to realize how serious the threat actually is. Diacetyl is used to create the buttery smooth flavor in many vape liquids but inhaling it has shown to develop irreversible lung damage.

While vaping still remains a safer alternative to traditional smoking, it always comes with plenty of health risks. Users should be aware of the ingredients in the vaping liquid they’re purchasing, and what potential health risks come along with them. If you’re a parent, have a conversation with your child about the potential health risks of vaping.