Behind E-Cigarettes

November 2, 2021

With the certainty that cigarette consumption is harmful to health and that it is responsible for so many deaths each year, new and better ways to consume nicotine have been found in Mexico and the rest of the world, gaining ground over the years in front of its direct competitor. Whether through tobacco heating devices or vapers, which is the subject that concerns us in this article, smokers have an extensive amalgam of varied and innovative products at their entire disposal.

The use of electronic cigarettes is often referred to as vaping ( vaping, vaping, vaping ) because many people consider that they produce a vapor which is then inhaled. But in truth, what e-cigarettes produce is an aerosol of tiny particles, which is different from what is meant by vapor.

What is the electronic cigarette?

Electronic cigarettes heat a liquid (referred to as  e-liquid  or  e-juice ), to turn it into an aerosol (which is referred to as “vapor”). Electronic cigarette users inhale this substance reaching their lungs. Also known as a vape or vaping device, it is a technology developed in China and patented in 2003 that works thanks to an electronic inhaler system in order to simulate tobacco consumption, without having to generate the combustion that is so pernicious. to health.

These small devices, which fit in the palm of the hand and can be recharged like a cell phone, use a resistance, that is, a battery that heats and vaporizes the liquid solution, often flavored, that comes inside the replaceable cartridge .

The liquid solution that comes inside the cartridge, also known as e-Liquid or vaping liquid, is what allows the vapor emissions that emulate the act of smoking. These liquid substances contain special properties, which, according to speculation in the e-cigarette industry, have properties to help tobacco dependents to kick the habit; However, keep in mind that medical science has never shown that vaping can cope with the effects of withdrawal. In any case, the chemicals contained in the vaping liquid exert a placebo effect that allows you to stop smoking cigarettes.

Do e-cigarettes contain nicotine?

The liquid in most e-cigarettes contains nicotine, the same addictive substance found in conventional cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and other tobacco products. However, the nicotine levels are not the same in all types of e-cigarettes, and product labels sometimes do not indicate the true nicotine content.

The Vapor that comes out of an electronic cigarette is not water vapor and can be harmful. E-cigarette vapor can contain nicotine and other addictive substances that can cause lung disease, heart disease, and cancer. There is evidence that nicotine causes damage to brain development in adolescents. If used during pregnancy, nicotine can also cause premature births and low-birth-weight babies.

In addition to nicotine, the “vapor” (aerosol) from electronic cigarettes contains propylene glycol and / or vegetable glycerin. These are substances used to produce stage or theatrical fog, which have been found to increase lung and respiratory irritation after concentrated exposure. Additionally, e-cigarettes and their vapor may contain the chemicals or substances listed below.

What is vaping liquid made of?

We are clear that e-Liquid offers many benefits and that it is a complex substance that helps to inhibit the need to continue smoking. But what is behind its manufacture? The first investigations around the chemical composition of the vapor of electronic cigarettes were carried out by Laugesen, between 2008 and 2009; Since then, other national organizations, such as the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), have carried out studies with other cities in the country to determine the composition of vapers and their impact on general well-being.

The temperature of the resistance of the vape tested by Laugesen was 54 ° C during its activation, that is, 5 to 10% of the combustion temperature that a common cigarette usually reaches. No toxic or lethal chemicals for human health, such as heavy metals, phenols or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, were detected, with the exception of certain amounts of mercury and traces of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.

Keep in mind that the main ingredient in vaporizing liquid is Propylene Glycol or Propylene Glycol and, although most of the ingredients in the e-Liquid are considered safe, as a whole, they can be toxic in certain amounts. Laugesen also compared the emissions of e-cigarettes with those of conventional cigarettes, concluding that vapers have minimal levels of toxicity in most cases, while conventional tobacco reaches a level between 100 and 134.

Electronic Cigarette Damage

Scientists are still learning about how e-cigarettes affect health when used long-term. It is important to know that e-cigarette aerosol (“vapor”) contains some cancer-causing chemicals, although in significantly lower amounts than in cigarette smoke.

There have been reports of e-cigarettes exploding and causing serious injury. Explosions are usually caused by faulty batteries or because batteries are not handled as they should.

Although e-cigarettes do not emit smoke like tobacco cigarettes, they expose people to aerosol emissions (second-hand exposure) that can contain harmful substances. Scientists are still learning about the health effects of second-hand exposure to e-cigarette vapor.

Can e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

Currently, e-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA to help you quit smoking. This is because there is not enough research or evidence on this yet. On the other hand, there is a large body of compelling evidence that the use of FDA-approved anti-smoking medications can be effective in helping people quit smoking, especially when accompanied by counseling and emotional support.

Some smokers have chosen to try e-cigarettes as a way to kick the habit of conventional cigarettes. Quitting smoking clearly has health benefits that are well documented. But smokers who switch to e-cigarettes are still incurring serious health risks.

It is important to stop using tobacco in any of its forms, including electronic cigarettes, as soon as possible both to reduce health risks and to avoid addiction to nicotine. If you are having a hard time quitting e-cigarettes, get help from your doctor or other sources of support.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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