As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains, “vaping” is a form of electronic cigarette use – also known as “e-cigs”, “vape pens”, or “e-hookahs”. Despite the ever-growing warning alerts that government and community organizations are sending out regarding traditional cigarette use, e-cigarettes and “vaping” have become more and more popular and are claimed to be a safer, alternative approach to smoking cigarettes. The American Heart Association defines vaping as a form of e-cigarettes, which are defined as: “…Battery operated devices that heat liquid to release an aerosol (vapor) inhaled by the user. The liquid can contain propylene glycol, nicotine, flavorings and other substances.”
Vaping through e-cigarettes still involves the use of nicotine, which a highly addictive chemical and contains harmful toxins, metals, and more. In 2018, Physician’s Weekly highlighted the fact that vaping has helped people quit smoking traditional cigarettes – but at a very low percentage and with continued health risks:
- Flavorings and other additives may damage blood vessels and the heart
- Aldehyde in vaping can increase a person’s respiratory intake of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde
- Nickel, chromium, cadium, tin, aluminum and lead located in e-cigarettes can lead to the development of lung and oral cancer
There are always risks in using these types of substances – and, of course, the most preventative measure a person can take is to not smoke altogether. However, understanding the risks of vaping could help others decide if that’s a route they’d like to take. If you or a loved one are ready to overcome addiction altogether, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today.
There are a number of effective resources, tools and interventions that can be used to help a person overcome addiction – but it all starts with admitting that a person needs help and then seeking out that help.
If you’re ready to begin taking great strides towards your health and wellbeing, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today. Mental illness should be taken seriously and, if not treated early on, more severe conditions can arise. The best way to promote happiness and health is to seek help – and to begin using effective interventions for treating the problematic symptoms a person is experiencing. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need. Please call Alta Loma today – and you’ll be surrounded by a healthcare team who truly cares about your recovery. 866-457-3843