Nowadays, it is seen that most of the youth start doing wrong things just for the sake of showing off, which badly affects their health and life. One such habit is vaping i.e. e-cigarette. The craze of vaping is increasing day by day among the youth. Many people are using it in school, college, and office to look cool. It is as harmful as beedi, cigarette, or any other tobacco product. However, e-cigarettes were banned in India in the year 2019. Besides, the government has also banned the sale, production, export, transport, import, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes. Here we are going to tell you about the harm caused by this.
What is an e-cigarette?
An E-cigarette i.e. electronic cigarette is a battery-operated device, which is filled with harmful solutions of nicotine and chemicals. It is also known as a vape pen and e.hookah. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, these devices look like traditional cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. Some are also in the shape of USB memory sticks. This device, which is charged with the help of a battery, contains liquid, which gets heated during use and flies into the air. In this way, a person inhaling an e-cigarette inhales steam instead of smoke. It does not require frequent charging. It contains puffs equal to 8 to 10 cigarettes.
Difference between e-cigarettes and normal cigarette
Normal cigarettes contain tobacco along with nicotine but e-cigarettes contain only nicotine. Apart from this, the quantity of nicotine is found less in e-cigarettes. While smoking a normal cigarette, smoke comes out not only from the cigarette but also from the other people standing nearby. "E-cigarettes also come in many types of flavors If you sit near someone after drinking, he will not even realize that you are smoking a cigarette. This is the reason why e-cigarettes are considered very popular among the youth.
Disadvantages of E-Cigarette
According to a journal published in the American College of Cardiology, the flavoring present in e-cigarettes affects the ability of blood flow to function, which increases the risk of heart disease.
Continuous vaping causes sore throat. Nicotine used in liquid form, propylene glycol, flavorings, and coil used can also be the cause of soreness. Some coils are nickel-based. Which proves to be the cause of allergy for some people. Apart from this, high nicotine is also a reason for this. Also, the use of more than 50 percent propylene glycol increases sore throat.
Risk of cancer
Apart from nicotine, e-cigarettes are filled with aromatic chemicals for flavoring. When heated, these chemicals enter the lungs with the breath, which increases the risk of lung cancer.
Many people who take up vaping also turn to coffee or other caffeinated beverages. Caffeine sensitivity is common in the first few days of using a vaporizer. Due to this, there is a risk of stress and mood swings. By reducing caffeine intake, these symptoms go away automatically.
Harmful during pregnancy
E-cigarettes contain steam instead of smoke. This steam has a bad effect on the fetus. At the same time, this cigarette should not be smoked around small children because this vapor affects their brain development.
E-cigarettes contain a solution of nicotine and other harmful chemicals. Nicotine in itself is an intoxicating substance that is addictive. Therefore, especially heart patients should stay away from e-cigarettes. It has been said in scientific research that it also weakens the arteries of the heart. It becomes addictive, hence quitting it can lead to withdrawal syndrome and depression.
According to Harvard Education, 9 percent of the population and 28 percent of high school students in America use e-cigarettes. It is common to have the problem of cough due to its continuous consumption. If you are suffering from a cough for a long time, it also increases your chances of contracting TB.