What many people have feared in the US is now, apparently, coming true. While vaping was always touted as a healthy alternative to smoking, a lot of people held in the back of their minds the thought that – maybe if I’m inhaling thick clouds of vapor into my lungs dozens of times a day, it might not be good for me?
According to the United States, it might, indeed, not be good for you. A fair few people have developed sudden lung problems as a result of their vaping, and even a few deaths have been associated with vaping. Does this mean that you should be worried?
For the most part, no. If you’re using e-cigarettes as a way to reduce the harm caused by cigarettes, then you’ll still be doing just that. As long as you don’t start thinking that vaping is risk-free, and you treat it with caution, then you’ll be fine.
Remember, vaping is a relatively new trend. People thought smoking was perfectly healthy (even good for you!) for more than 50 years before people started dying from it and researchers started linking lung cancer to smoking. Vaping hasn’t been around for that long, and while it’s certainly healthier than smoking, it’s not going to be healthier than breathing fresh air.
Why You Shouldn’t Worry About the US Vape Scare
A good chunk of the fear-mongering related to this resulted from the U.S. Centre for Disease Control. After these reports on diseases were made public, the group made an announcement suggesting that people consider avoiding e-cigarettes. Media outlets throughout the world, especially in the UK, picked up on the message.
Fortunately, vapers in the UK probably don’t need to worry too much about this scare hitting home. There haven’t been any recorded cases of deaths or even lung injuries from vaping reported in the UK, and the cases in the United States all seem to be related to unregulated e-liquids.
In short, what happened in the United States is a bit of an anomaly – but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be cautious. Any vaper should be aware that – since vaping has only been popular for a decade or so – there is only about a decade or so of research being done on vape juice and its effects on the human body.
The data that we do have, especially in the UK, certainly supports the idea that vaping is a much safer alternative than tobacco smoke. Smokers become less likely to experience lung failure and cancer after switching to vapes.
The US vape scare is just that – a bit of a scare, produced by a couple studies and research links that don’t represent the status quo. However, that doesn’t mean that us vapers don’t need to be careful with our habits.
Remember, vaping may seem – and feel – harmless to us right now. However, right now nobody knows the long-term effects of vaping for 20, 30, or 50 years. To be entirely sure whether or not vaping can be considered completely safe, the only thing that we can do is wait.