Dangers of E-Cigs
There are a lot of articles out there discussing the safety of e-cigs, as there should be. However, the evidence is not very conclusive yet and these haven’t been on the market long enough to really know what the long-term effects are.
If you’re smoking liquid that contains nicotine, you’re causing damage. Nicotine has been found to cause a litany of health problems, so whether you’re getting it through a cigarette or vapor, you’re running the risk of developing those problems.
I’ve seen numerous articles passed around Facebook talking about “popcorn lung” from vapor, but no one seems to want to dig deeper. So, the theory here is that because some of the e-liquids contain the same chemical that caused lung problems for people working in popcorn factories (hence the name), that they are inherently dangerous.
The problem with this is that not only did the study not link smoking e-cigs to getting popcorn lung (they only said that it should be looked into), but this same chemical is found in much higher concentrations in regular cigarettes, yet there has never been one documented case of popcorn lung in a smoker – whether they smoke cigarettes or an e-cig.
Are there risks to smoking e-cigs? Yes. For sure. You’re introducing foreign chemicals into your body through your lungs. There’s nothing healthy about that.
Does there need to be more research and regulation of e-liquids? Yes. For sure. It’s vitally important to know that what is on the label is actually in the bottle.
Is vaping safer than smoking? Most likely. Although I’m still inhaling chemicals, those chemicals aren’t things like formaldehyde and arsenic.
E-Cig vs Cigarette
It’s been five months since I bought a pack of cigarettes for myself and I have to say I’ve noticed improvement. It’s definitely different, but so far I’m happy.
My sense of smell has returned full-force. Sometimes this is great and other times, not so much. I’m smelling things now that I didn’t even know existed.
For instance, you know that smell when you first turn your AC on in your car? I can’t explain it, but I love that smell. I breathe it in as if I’m parched and it’s water. I never noticed before, but the AC in our house has the same smell and it’s great!
Also, the cost is much better. I was spending up to $6 a day sometimes on cigarettes, which means I was spending almost $200 a month. That’s unbelievably crazy to me. Now, I buy a jar of liquid for anywhere from $13 to $17 (I get discounts sometimes) once every week or so and a pack of coils for $16 once or twice a month. So I’m saving about $100 every month.
What has been the best thing, however, is that now my husband doesn’t have to put up with the smell all the time and he no longer is kissing an ashtray. The vapor smells like a bakery and it’s not harming him like the cigarette smoke was.
At the end of the day, I cannot say that I’ve “quit smoking”, because if something were to go wrong with my e-cig, I would go straight to the store to buy a pack of cigarettes. What I have done is moved over to a safer, cheaper and better smelling option with the intent to wean myself down over time.
Currently, I smoke liquid that has .6% nicotine in it. Eventually I hope to go down to no nicotine and then stop altogether. I don’t know how long this will take – it could take years – but I know I’ll do it.
The bottom line? I feel better, I’m saving money and I’m not harming my husband with second hand smoke. So all in all, transitioning to e-cigs has been a good decision so far. I might find out one day that the long term effects are horrible, but I know that the long term effects of smoking cigarettes are horrible, so I think I’ll take my chances.