It is commonly believed by the general public that electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigs,” are a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. As more research is done into vaping, the conclusions are showing us that this assumption may not be correct. As the vaping trend is becoming more popular with adults and even teens, the future outlook for public health may be severely impacted.

Long-Term DangersImplications of Vaping

The scientific community is still just learning about the long-term implications of vaping because it is such a new phenomenon. As more time passes, however, they will be able to better assess the true consequences to this activity. What we know now is that when a person vapes, they are taking in smaller amounts of nicotine than they would if they smoked a traditional cigarette. The chemicals used in the solution for vaping along with the nicotine that is incorporated can combine to have very substantial and long-term effects.

According to new research, vaping may be associated with increased:

  • Respiratory health issues
  • Heart attacks
  • Reproductive and fertility issues
  • Low birth rates, if a pregnant mother engages in vaping 
  • Irritation or aggravation of the eyes and lining of the air pathways

Vaping Leading To Smoking

When vaping came onto the public scene, it was marketed as a way for smokers to wean off of smoking and engage in healthier life habits. What has been found, however, is quite contrary. Those who vape actually are at an increased risk of turning to cigarette smoking and becoming a full-fledged smoker. Research shows that the growing popularity of vaping has a direct connection to substantially increase the number of individuals who will take up smoking.

Addiction can come in many forms, and with the beginning of a single bad habit, others can form. Nicotine is believed to be a gateway drug, as smoking is an activity highly linked with alcoholics and drug abusers. According to one study, more than 90% of cocaine users in the age range of 18-34 had a previous history of heavy cigarette smoking before they got involved in drug abuse.

Drug Abuse Help

If you began having a “good time” or just indulging in your curiosity by trying out the newest fads on the market, like vaping, and now have snowballed into the addiction of drugs and alcohol, there is a way out. You don’t have to keep going down the rabbit hole; 12-Step treatment center alternatives like Discovery Place in Tennessee can be a lifesaver.

We can help you through your addiction. Our Tennessee-based residential treatment alternative programs provide you with your own recovery guide who will offer you more focused one-on-one attention to help you every step of the way through treatment. Additionally, we will teach you how to use new coping skills to manage daily life that does not include drugs and alcohol. You will understand how to effectively use these new skills when you are out on your own living your new sober life. You can beat addiction and get your health back. Call us anytime at 1-800-725-0922 to learn more about our alternative programs.


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