Did you know that, according to the CDC, approximately 8.1 million adults in the United States vape? Over the past few years, vaping has become a common alternative over regular cigarette smoking.

So, what is vaping vs smoking? Vaping involves the inhalation of an e-cigarette. This e-cigarette is powered by a battery and contains a specific type of flavored liquid. Most often this liquid contains nicotine, but it can also contain other substances like marijuana as well.

While vaping is known to be safer than smoking regular cigarettes, it’s important to be aware of the side effects of vaping.

Keep reading this guide to learn about vaping and the possible side effects to look out for.

Vaping Benefits

Before going into the negative side effects of vaping, let’s first discuss the benefits of vaping. One of the major benefits when it comes to vaping is convenience.

Rather than having to light up a cigarette and go to a smoke-free area, you can vape from the comfort of your own home. Vapes are also fairly odorless, so you won’t have to worry about the pungent cigarette scent on your clothes.

Another major benefit of vaping vs smoking is that vaping is more cost-efficient because vapes last much longer than your average pack of cigarettes. 

Last but not least, vaping has fewer health concerns than regular cigarettes. While vaping certainly isn’t healthy by any means, it does not contain the cancer-causing tar and carbon monoxide like regular cigarettes.

Common Vaping Side Effects

Now, let’s move into the common vaping side effects to look out for. To start, there isn’t much long-term data when it comes to vaping. So, while many studies are showing the short-term negative effects, long-term negative effects remain relatively unknown.

If it is your first time vaping, here are some common minor side effects you may experience:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weight changes

Serious Vaping Side Effects

Now, let’s dive into the more serious side effects of vaping. One of the major medical concerns for those who vape involves lung problems. While vapes are made with oil, this doesn’t mean all of the additives are safe to inhale.

Some harmful additives in vapes include heavy metals, flavorings, propylene glycol, and vegetable glycerin.

However, among the most concerning is vitamin E acetate which can be highly dangerous to inhale. In fact, many young people over the past years were hospitalized after excess use.

Furthermore, the substance nicotine can also have harmful side effects. These dangerous side effects have more long-term data given that it’s the main drug in cigarettes.

First of all, nicotine is highly addictive, and vaping can be just as addictive as cigarette smoking. Some people find vaping to actually be more addictive given its convenience.

Long-term nicotine use can lead to different types of brain damage. This can have a negative impact on memory, attention span, and mood. Nicotine can even slow the brain development of teenage individuals.

Finally, nicotine may cause cardiovascular issues. Since nicotine is a stimulant, consuming the drug will raise your heart rate. Long-term use can lead to cardiovascular disease and can raise your chances of having a heart attack.

How to Start Vaping

After discussing these benefits and common and serious side effects, you may be wondering, “How does one start vaping?”. Before we go into this, it’s important to note that you should only start vaping if you have been a former cigarette smoker in an effort to quit smoking altogether.

If you are a child, teen, or currently pregnant, it is advisable to avoid vaping at all costs.

On the other hand, if you are a candidate for vaping, you will first want to visit a reputable smoke shop to purchase your vaping cartridge and e-liquid. There are many different types of batteries and flavors of e-liquids that you can purchase.

Some mods are great for blowing clouds of vape. These are typically bigger in size. If you want something smaller and more discrete, you may benefit from an e-cigarette like a Juul or a type of disposable e-cigarette.

If you are interested in smoking marijuana, on the other hand, visit your local dispensary if it’s legal in your state. Here you will be able to choose from different strains of cartridges, such as indica, sativa, and hybrid. Your budtender can fill you in on the different strains, such as hybrid vs sativa cartridges.

Once you’ve purchased your materials, you can then start vaping. If it’s your first time vaping, you might not understand how to inhale vape correctly.

One of the biggest vape inhalation tips is to make sure your lips are tight around the mouthpiece.

Then slowly drain the vapor into your mouth and hold for a few moments which will help prevent you from coughing. Lastly, you can inhale the vapor slowly into your lungs and breathe out.

Side Effects and Benefits of Vaping

This article provided you with the benefits and side effects of vaping. While vaping is a great tool to help smokers quit, it’s important to be informed of the possible safety risks you may encounter.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about vaping and research will continue to develop throughout the years. So, in the end vaping should always be done at your own risk.

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