As Dangerous as Cigarettes, These are the 5 Impacts of Vape Addiction

As Dangerous as Cigarettes, These are the 5 Impacts of Vape Addiction

Vapes or e-cigarettes seem to be very popular among the millennial generation and generation Z. These e-cigarettes are usually a safer alternative to smoking. Some smokers switch to using vape because they are tempted by its claims.

In fact, in fact it also contains nicotine and other substances contained in vape fluid (e-liquid). Well, these toxic substances can cause problems in the body. So, what are the impacts of vaping addiction on body health?

Vape and its Substances

When compared to vaping, cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic, and around 70 other chemicals can cause cancer.

However, unfortunately, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), neither cigarettes nor vaping have a positive impact on the human body. Because the e-liquid in vape contains substances that are dangerous to the body, namely:

  • Nicotine, an addictive and dangerous substance found in cigarettes and other tobacco products.
  • Acetaldehyde and formaldehyde which are carcinogenic can cause cancer.
  • Acrolein, diacetyl and diethylene glycol, chemicals that can cause lung disease.
  • THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in marijuana (cannabis) that creates the “high” effect.
  • Vitamin E acetate, a chemical that can trigger lung injury.
  • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, lead and cadmium.
  • Small particles (ultrafine) which, if inhaled, can penetrate deep into the lungs.

Returning to the question above, what are the impacts of vaping addiction on body health?

The Impact of Vape Addiction on the Body

Even though vape contains many dangerous chemicals, it seems that many people still underestimate the negative impacts of this unhealthy lifestyle.

You should be careful because behind its addictive taste, vaping contains various negative impacts on the body, such as:

1. Popcorn Lung

“Popcorn lung” or bronchiolitis obliterans (BO), is a rare condition caused by damage to the lungs so that the airways narrow

The substance that causes this disease is diacetyl. Diacetyl is often added to flavored e-liquids to enhance the taste.

Inhaling diacetyl causes inflammation and permanent scarring of the smallest branches of the airways or bronchioles. If inflammation occurs in the bronchioles it will cause difficulty breathing.

Until now there is no treatment that can cure popcorn lung completely. Well, some of the symptoms of popcorn lung, such as:

  • Cough
  • A high-pitched sound heard when breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Hard to breathe

2. Pneumonia lipoid

Lipoid pneumonia is a phenomenon when fatty acids enter the lungs.

Well, lipoid pneumonia occurs due to inhaling the oily substance contained in vape e-liquid, which triggers an inflammatory response in the lungs. Symptoms of lipoid pneumonia include:

  • Chronic cough
  • Out of breath
  • Coughing up blood or mucus mixed with blood

Well, recently there was a phenomenon of men in the state of Indiana, United States, who experienced coughing up blood non-stop. It turned out that the man had pneumonia caused by inhaling the vape for too long.

3. Primary spontaneous pneumothorax (lung collapse)

Primary spontaneous pneumothorax, or collapsed lung, occurs when there is a hole in the lung through which oxygen escapes. Smoking and vaping can increase the risk of lung collapse.

Some signs of a collapsed lung, such as:

  • Sharp chest or shoulder pain
  • Hard to breathe
  • Difficulty breathing

4. Affects behavior and mental health

Vapes clearly contain nicotine which is an addictive substance. When someone is addicted to nicotine and tries to stop using it, their body and brain have to get used to not having nicotine.

Well, this is what can have an impact on a person’s mood and behavior. For example, becoming irritable, restless, feeling anxious or depressed, having difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, and craving nicotine.

Meanwhile, for teenagers, if they are addicted to the nicotine in vape, they will tend to feel stressed easily.

5. Affects the health of teeth and gums

The main negative impact of vaping is that it causes the risk of lung disease. However, apart from that, vaping also affects the health of teeth and gums.

According to a study reported in 2018, exposure to aerosols in vapes can make tooth surfaces more susceptible to the development of bacteria. Other studies also state that vaping can trigger irritation of the gums, mouth and throat.

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