Strawberry, mango and mint – all great smoothie flavors but harmful when consumed from a vape. Vaping has been spreading widely the past year or so as some people assume it’s slightly better than tobacco cigarettes but, that’s not completely true. Just like any cigarette, a vape has it’s intense drawbacks.
Let me explain how a vape works. The handheld electronic device heats a liquid to generate an aerosol that we inhale, which is referred to as vapor. The liquid placed in the device is made up of propylene glycol, glycerine, nicotine and flavorings.
We’ve established how it works, so let’s see why it’s bad for you:
ONE: INCREASED HEART RATE AND BLOOD PRESSURE
Nicotine from the vape’s liquid causes blood vessels to contract and that consequently increases one’s blood pressure. The constant increased heart rate and blood pressure puts an additional strain on your heart and blood vessels. On the long run, this strain increases the risks of heart attacks or strokes.
TWO: INSULIN RESISTANCE
Insulin resistance is when the cells in your body become resistant to insulin and are incapable of using it effectively, which results in high blood sugar. With constant vaping, the risk of having insulin resistance which eventually leads to type 2 diabetes increases by 30 to 40 percent and this risk continuously increases the more you vape.
THREE: CHRONIC BRONCHITIS
Just like tobacco cigarettes, vaping results in chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is when your bronchial tubes produce an increased amount of mucus which will lead to coughing and difficulty breathing.
FOUR: LUNG DISEASE
Chemicals found in the vape’s liquid result in intense irritation of the lungs which can expand to become extremely severe diseases such as lung cancer. Popcorn lung is also a common disease which is caused by a chemical called diacetyl. Symptoms of this disease include headaches, nonstop coughing, irritation of eyes, skin, nose and throat. This disease got its name from when workers in a popcorn factory were breathing in diacetyl during the production process and they all got severely infected.
Now that you know the extremely negative effects of vaping, you’ll think twice before inhaling that mango flavored vapor.