Electronic cigarettes may be considered as less harmful than regular tobacco products. But this does not necessarily mean that it is harmless. It still posts some health risks. Tobacco smokers are using it as a way to help quit smoking. Is it a helpful smoking cessation tool? Or is it just equally addictive and harmful? Read on as we dig deeper into the side effects brought by e-cigarettes.
Electronic Cigarette and Its Effects
Believe it or not, although e-cigarettes do not burn tobacco they have cartridges with e-liquid that still contain nicotine. The concentration of this addictive component and other chemicals varies depending on the brand. But the bottom line is that all e-cig contains harmful substances. Exposure to nicotine through electronic cigarettes can be as primarily addictive as smoking tobacco products. Here are some of the health effects of using e-cigarettes:
Exposure to nicotine
It is known that nicotine is highly addictive. It is not safe for the youth, adults that are not currently exposed to it, and pregnant women since it is considered toxic to developing babies.
Can harm adolescent and young adult
Based on studies it can also affect the brain development of adolescents and young adults up to mid-20s.
Although e-cigarettes contain fewer harmful chemicals than the traditional tobacco product, it still contains tiny particles that can reach deep into the lungs that can cause cancer.
It may give you withdrawal symptoms if you ignore the cravings for nicotine. If not used or stored correctly, it can be toxic. Children may be poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette refill liquid through their eyes or skin. It is also highly combustible.
It may cause you high blood pressure that may spike your adrenaline. An increase in heart rate may also lead you to have a heart attack.
Lung Disease and Asthma
Exposure to all kinds of chemicals brought by the e-liquid can lead to cardiovascular diseases such as chronic lung disease and asthma