Is Vaping Safe?
Vaping and e-cigarettes have been at the forefront of the news for the past few months in the U.S. All of this news can be unsettling for people who currently vape and smokers who are considering switching to vaping. So, what is the truth? Is vaping safe? Is nicotine e-liquid the cause of health care? Let’s delve into the facts and find out together.
The recent media hype has demonized nicotine vaping as a handful of Americans, many of whom have unfortunately been teenagers, have been admitted to the hospital with a condition the government has called EVALI (E-cigarette or Vaping Associated Lung Injury). Six individuals have died in relation to this condition across the United States. Compared to the 480,000 yearly deaths caused by smoking conventional cigarettes, the number of vape-related complications is very small, but it is still important that we understand what has caused the health scare.
As we try to delve into the issue, let’s first start with a basic chemistry lesson. Oil and water do not mix, as all of our high school chemistry teachers have taught us. This is important to note because all nicotine vape liquids are water-soluble solutions. On the other hand, THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana) is an oil, and this is where things get interesting. If the health issues are caused by something that is oil-based, then we know the problem is not with nicotine vaping but something else entirely. This is because oil-based liquids simply won’t mix with water-soluble nicotine solutions.
It is now common knowledge that a large number of illegal black-market THC marijuana cartridges contain an oil-based cutting agent called Vitamin E acetate. This cutting agent is very damaging to your lungs when heated and inhaled. In this study funded by the National Cancer Institute, fluid samples were taken from the lungs of 51 EVALI patients across 16 states. The results found that 94% of these patients (48 out of 51) had Vitamin E acetate in their lungs, which indicates the use of illegal THC cartridges. The CDC has now concluded that the vast majority of the current vape-related illnesses are due to the use of black-market marijuana products. They have even recommended that current nicotine vape users continue to vape rather than return to smoking!
When we combine this information with the fact that the Royal College of Physicians has declared vaping to be at least 95% safer for your health than smoking, we can comfortably conclude that vaping nicotine e-liquid is a relatively safe practice and helps smokers tremendously in their fight against cigarette addiction. It is understandable that the vape industry has been the subject of intense scrutiny, especially when you consider the fact that we are disrupting a multi-billion dollar scheme by Big Tobacco to profit off of your death by using their products. Be informed and think for yourself.
"Adults using nicotine-containing e-cigarettes or vaping products as an alternative to cigarettes should not go back to smoking"
"National and state data from patient reports and product sample testing suggest THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online dealers, are linked to most EVALI cases and play a major role in the outbreak."
"Vitamin E acetate is strongly linked to the EVALI outbreak. Vitamin E acetate has been found in product samples tested by FDA and state laboratories and inpatient lung fluid samples tested by CDC from geographically diverse states.”