Vaping: The Dangerous Truth


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Although fewer teens are lighting up a cigarette these days, more and more are turning to vaping. In fact, about one of every five high school students vape. But is it safer than cigarettes?  The CDC says your typical cigarette has over seven thousand dangerous chemicals and vaping contains many of the same toxins. How does it impact your body?

Is vaping safer than smoking a cigarette?  Davey Bauer thought so.

“It seemed like a better alternative, and it was probably around 25, 26 years old, and it felt better, healthier. So, I just kind of stuck with it, and it is honestly more addictive than cigarettes, probably,” said Bauer.

Bauer was like most young people; he didn’t know flavored vapes contain as much nicotine as two packs of cigarettes.

A study shows that for every pack of cigarettes, 22 to 36 milligrams of nicotine will be inhaled, and the CDC reports nicotine has been linked to at least 12 different cancers. Studies show vaping can also hinder brain development, and have long lasting effect on teens, impacting attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.

Vapes also produce other dangerous chemicals including acetaldehyde, acrolein and formaldehyde. These aldehydes can cause lung as well as cardiovascular disease.

Even though Bauer switched, he ended up needing a double lung transplant. He hopes others would lay down their vapes, so they won’t go through what he did.

“Quit. Listen to your body, and it’s not good for you,” said Bauer.

The American Heart Association says if you plan on dropping the vape, set up a quit day. Choose a method and stick to it. And experts say it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. At first, try cutting down the number of times you vape during the day, then cut out two to three days a week. Continue to increase those numbers. Also, talk with your health professional and see if you need medicine or anything else to quit for good.

Contributors to this news report include: Cliff Tumetel, Producer; Bob Walko, Editor

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