The Dangers of Nicotine
Find Out Why E-Cigarettes Are Just As Harmful As Real Cigarettes
Walking down the streets here at UNH, you are bound to pass by someone who is smoking either a vape or an e-cigarette. This has become the new normal in recent months, with the most common e-cigarette being a Juul. Many people have the belief that smoking an E-cigarette poses no dangers to their health because there is no tobacco. However, this is far from the truth.
For the most part, E-cigarettes are much less deadly than cigarettes. According to Harvard Heath, smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of premature death in the United States, totaling 480,000 people per year. Most of the carcinogens produced by smoking is caused by the tar in cigarettes, which is not found in E-cigarettes, making it less lethal.
In an E-cigarette, what you are smoking is termed E-liquid, a mixture of nicotine, flavoring, glycol and glycerol. This liquid is then heated by a battery powered vaporizer and is converted into a mist, which is inhaled. Although this sounds like a seemingly harmless concoction, E-cigarettes can be just as dangerous as smoking real cigarettes. Side effects of smoking vaporized nicotine include:
- Insulin resistance leading to type 2 diabetes from chronic nicotine exposure
- Suppressed appetite
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Lung disease, affecting the bronchioles
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Impairment of prefrontal brain development in adolescents
If you are looking to quit smoking, E-cigarettes are a less deadly option that can be used to help wean you off of regular cigarettes. However, if you do not already smoke, using an E-cigarette should be avoided entirely to combat addiction to nicotine, and its harmful long-term side effects.
Check out Health & Wellness' Great American Smokeout Thursday, November 16th from 4-6:30pm