Vape Devices or a “vape,” or electronic cigarette. Is a device that heats up a liquid to create a vapor you inhale. Some types of vaping devices include pens, e-cigarettes (like JUUL), and hookahs. While vaping appears to be a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. There are still many health risks involved. Here’s everything you need to know.
How Does Vaping Work?
Vaping devices can vary in shape, size and colour. Devices produce an aerosol by-product from heating up a liquid that sometimes consists of flavourings and other chemicals that make vaping seem less harsh (initially at least) than smoking. This liquid delivers nicotine, marijuana, or other drugs to the user via a mouthpiece that is inhaled into the lungs then expelled via the mouth or nose.
Vaping Health and Safety Risks
While many of these products typically feature a liquid containing one-third-to-half the nicotine found in a cigarette—for example, one 5% strength JUUL pod is designed to replace an entire pack of cigarettes in nicotine strength—vaping users still face many health and safety risks.
Nicotine, a stimulant which can harm the developing adolescent brain (which continues to grow until approximately 25 years of age), is found in many e-cigarettes, though not always listed on the label, according to a recent CDC study.
The use of nicotine in developing adolescent brains can harm parts that control:
- Impulse control