The use of various vaping devices to inhale drug substances has rapidly risen globally. People are slowly shifting from smoking tobacco and are moving to vape. The World Health Organization (WHO) through a recent study has proven that millions of cigarette smokers are adopting vaping globally. Additionally, recent research has shown that young people are the majority who are alarmingly taking up vaping. Most of these young people are drawn to vaping due to the addictive flavorings present in vape products.
Though most of these adolescents are aware that vape products contain an addictive chemical called nicotine, they tend to ignore this fact. Nicotine results in addiction and can also cause a lot of damage to the young brains of these adolescents. Despite the negative impact that vape products can cause to your health, many debates still exist on vaping. Some people claim that it is a safer option compared to smoking cigarettes, while others say that it is entirely safe. But, is it safe to use vape devices? This article will help you understand all about vaping
What is a vape?
A vape refers to a device that vaporizes substances to facilitate inhalation. Though cannabis and tobacco are commonly used substances, other substances can also be used, including heroin, salvia, and weed. Basically, a vape/ vaping device is the device that facilitates vaping. What is vaping? It refers to inhaling vapor generated by an electronic cigarette or any other vaping device.
Types of vaping devices
Though e-cigarettes are the most common vaping devices, there are also other vaping devices, as discussed below;
Commonly known as e-cigarettes. They are vaporizers that are usually battery-powered and are hand-held. Their batteries are typically small to facilitate easy smoking.
Cigalike: These are e-cigarettes that resemble a tobacco cigarette. They are light, small, and are made in a way that mimics a real cigarette. People desire them since they are easy to use.
The device with a pen-like shape and is usually filled with an e-liquid. It consists of a cartridge and a battery. It is mostly used to vaporize cannabis and other oils.
This is a component of any vaping device and comprises of a tank, atomizer, drip tip, and a coil. The tank/ reservoir is used to hold the vape juice, usually filled by the vape user. The atomizer is used to convert liquid to vapor. The atomizer facilitates vaporization; it has positive and negative poles, which typically generate heat after they electrified. The heat generated, in turn, converts the liquid into vapor. The drip tip is the mouthpiece from which the vapor is usually drawn. The coil helps in the creation of vapor since it connects the negative pole to the positive pole. Remember, the two poles are what generate heat that later facilitates vaporization.
This is a device whose vapor production is very high. It is also larger compared to the e-cigarettes and the vape pens.
Devices that vaporize substances to produce vapor. There are various types of vaporizers, including portable vapes and desktop vapes. Portable ones are small, and you can carry them around. On the other hand, desktop vaporizers are not portable and require you to plug them in.
A weed vaporizer is a vaporizer that is designed to vaporize/ heat cannabis while it is in raw form. These vaporizers are commonly called the dry herb vaporizers.
How do vaping devices work?
The vapor properties a user inhales depends on substances used in the vape, for example, whether cannabis or tobacco. The substance vaped can either be in a gaseous form or liquid particles. However, irrespective of the form a user inhales the substance; it will have a similar effect on the body. The substance fast settles on the lungs then gets absorbed into the blood and later in the brain.
Vaping devices usually have various parts that assist it function. Such include the battery, drip tip, tank, and atomizer. The battery usually heats the atomizer and is either manual or automatic.
Automatic ones usually start automatically after a vape user starts vaping and typically have a longer lifespan. Manual batteries require you to press some buttons before using your device. The commonly used batteries are known as lithium-ion batteries. The vape tank holds the vape juice while the atomizer facilitates the vaporization of this liquid to allow inhalation. The drip tip is mouthpiece used to draw the vapor.
While using a vaping device like the e-cigarette, you can quickly charge it using the USB port in your laptops. This is so since e-cigarettes resemble flash drives.
Pros of vaping
Assists in smoking cessation: Some researchers have proven that vaping could help smokers quit smoking. However, the number of smokers that quit smoking with the help of vaping is minimal and is estimated at 10%.
Lowers cancer risk in smokers, some researchers argue that smokers who quit smoking and start vaping can reduce their risk of cancer. Tobacco smoke usually has over 70 carcinogens, thus quitting smoking tobacco lowers cancer risk. This does not mean that vaping cannot result in cancer, it just reduces the risk by 0.5%
Generally, liquids used in vapors usually have chemicals, flavorings, and also nicotine. All this could be harmful to your health.
Nicotine present in vapes is an addictive substance.
Effect on the brain: it causes slow brain development in young people. It also affects concentration, memory, attention, and self-control.
Damages the lungs
Since the substances first inhaled into the lungs, they can cause irritation and damage.
The liquid used is dangerous
The liquids contain very poisonous chemicals. They also increase the risk of cancer
Research has revealed that continuous vaping damages DNA in the heart, bladder, and the lungs. This, in turn, results in heart disease, cancer, and lung problems.
Though further research needs to be done on whether vaping is safe or not. It is clear that the cons associated with vaping are more compared to the pros you can get from it. Do some people argue that nicotine is not harmful, but what about the poisonous chemicals found in the liquid?