Harmful Effects of Vaping
Normal Lung: Dark areas indicate healthy lung tissues allowing for good oxygen exchange.
Vaping Lung: White discoloration indicates hardening/thickening of the lung tissue which indicates potential for decreased lung function and irreversible damage.
The following toxic chemicals and metals have been found in e-cigarettes:
Nicotine- Highly addictive and can negatively impact the adolescent br/ain development
Propylene glycol- Common additive in food but also used to make antifreeze, paint solvent, and artificial smoke
Carcinogens- Chemicals known to cause cancer
Acrolein- A herbicide used to kill weeds and known to cause irreversible lung damage
Diacetyl- A chemical linked to lung disease known as bronchiolitis Obliterans or “popcorn lung”
Diethylene Glycol- A toxic chemical used in antifreeze
Cadmium- A toxic chemical found in traditional cigarettes that causes breathing problems
Benzene- A volatile organic compound found in car exhaust
Additional items- Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead & Ultra fine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
These chemicals can produce irreversible damage to an adolescent’s developing lungs
What are the health effects of E-cigarettes?
The long-term effects of e-cigarette use is still being researched; however, some key facts include:
- Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which has known health effects. Nicotine is:
- Highly addictive
- Dangerous for pregnant women and their developing babies
- Harmful to adolescent brain development, which continues to develop until around the age of 25.
- Nicotine exposure during adolescence can be long-lasting and may result in lower attention, impulse control, mood disorders, and addiction
- Some e-cigarette products can contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes
- E-cigarettes can cause unintended injuries from fires and explosions caused by defective e-cigarette batteries.
- Besides nicotine, e-cigarette aerosol can contain substances that harm the body, such as cancer-causing chemicals and tiny particles that reach deep into the lungs. It is not just harmless “water vapor”.
- Recent cases of severe pulmonary disease are associated with e-cigarette use and vaping.
Information found at: Oakgov.com
The best way to prevent your children from using E-cigarettes is to educate them on the dangers of vaping!