Why Vape?

Vaping is becoming more popular than regular smoking among teenagers. It’s easy to see why: e-cigarettes come in kid-friendly flavors, the devices are small and easy to hide and the smell isn’t as strong. And it’s often less expensive than cigarettes. It’s also a way to avoid the health problems associated with smoking, including cancer and breathing problems.

The makers of e-cigarettes spend millions of dollars marketing their products to kids and teens. They make fun flavors and use images of young, healthy people vaping to lure youths into becoming their lifetime customers.

But it’s not clear how safe or harmful e-cigarettes are. They’ve only been around for a few years, and scientists are still trying to figure out whether they cause lung damage or other health problems like heart disease and addiction. And there’s a lot of conflicting information out there.

What’s known is that e-cigarettes and the liquid they hold, called e-liquid or ejuice, contain a mix of chemicals including flavorings and nicotine or THC (the chemical in marijuana that causes psychological effects). The liquid is vaporized and inhaled through a device like a cigarette-like vape delta 8 carts pen. When a person inhales, the vapor clings to the lungs, coating them with toxic substances, including carcinogens, heavy metals and tiny particles that can get deep into the lungs and cause inflammation and irritation.

Lung damage can lead to coughing, shortness of breath and chest pain. In some cases, it can cause permanent scarring of the lungs. Diacetyl, a chemical in some flavorings, is linked to a serious lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans (popcorn lung), which can be fatal. Other e-liquid chemicals can harm your heart, brain and other organs. Nicotine can hurt your brain development, raise blood pressure and narrow arteries. And ejuice can contain other harmful chemicals, including volatile organic compounds and nitrosamines, which are known to cause kidney and liver damage.

Researchers are also trying to figure out what’s in e-liquid, which can contain a variety of ingredients that are not listed on the label. For example, a study published in October 2021 by Johns Hopkins University found that samples of some vape juices had high levels of three chemicals never before detected in e-cigarettes as well as a pesticide and other ingredients with potential toxic effects.