Some of you looked at that title and got very confused. Vape is safe and just water vapor right?
Vape companies marketing their products as a safer option than cigarettes recently got them in trouble with the FDA. A good analogy of cigarettes vs vape is to think of someone driving at 100 mph with a seat-belt on and someone else without the seat-belt. One might seem safer, but in reality they are both in equal risk. In fact, JUUL was recently sent a warning from the FDA for violating federal regulations by selling their vaping products as healthier options than cigarettes without FDA approval. Their CEO recently stepped down amid impending lawsuits. There are currently 60 impending lawsuits against JUUL, including one wrongful death suit.
However; the choice to vape or not vape belongs to the individual and them alone. I want to establish an understanding of the dangers of secondhand vape around the pediatric population in particular, and provide a positive motivation to keep vape fumes away from their environments.
The e-liquids used for the vape products have a large amount of chemicals in them, including high concentrations of nicotine. These bottles do not have child proof caps and can be fatal if ingested. In New York, a one-year old was rushed to the ER after he drank from his Aunt’s e-liquid bottle. He started convulsing and fell unconscious, he was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital. A woman in Kentucky suffered prolonged cardiac problems after her e-cigarette broke on her bed, spilling the liquid which was absorbed into her skin. If you vape, make sure to keep your liquids away from reach of any children. A teaspoon would be fatal.
Once the liquid is heated and “cooked” by the vape device, some of the chemicals in the liquid transform into toxic chemicals and aerosols. Over 50 have been isolated on vape fumes thus far. Some of those chemicals include Aldehyde, Formaldehyde, Lead, Toluene and Benzene. Most of theses chemicals cause airway inflammation and cardiac abnormalities. Even though propylene glycol (the PG or VG in liquid) is FDA approved for use, it’s only approved for ingestion NOT inhalation. Some studies show that heating propylene glycol changes its chemical composition, producing small amounts of propylene oxide, a known carcinogen.
There has been a huge rise in hospitalizations among asthma patients that live with someone that vapes. This is generally a result of the vape user not understanding it’s just as harmful as secondhand smoke, so they vape in enclosed spaces with others in proximity. Children exposed to secondhand vape are more likely to be sick more often with ear infections, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia asthma and breathing problems.
A U.S. News article by Michael Schroeder stated, “Animal research shows that exposure to e-cigarette vapor leads to a decrease in the growth of tiny air sacs called alveoli in developing lungs. Based on such findings, while not definitively known since e-cigarettes haven’t been on the market for long, exposure to nicotine early on in childhood may mean decreases in lung function”.
The vape companies have done a really great job at marketing their products as safe, and why wouldn’t they? Marlboro invested $12.8 billion in Juul. They are professionals at this. Now that the products have been around for a while, we are starting to see the dangers effects they are having on our bodies, and this is just the beginning on what we will learn. Take the steps now to protect you and your families lungs.