In recent times we have witnessed the launch of all kinds of devices that, theoretically, have come to replace conventional cigarettes, products with which, according to companies, it is possible to quit smoking and eliminate from our lives the harmful and pernicious effects of conventional cigarettes However, that is not entirely true, since there are few risks associated with this type of vapers and other similar products. Some risks that companies are responsible for hiding in their advertising, in which we are only informed of how wonderful this new way of smoking is.
So if you want to know what the big tobacco brands hide when selling these products, read our article and discover how vaping is not as safe or healthy as it seems.
Nicotine is still present
One of the main excuses with which conventional smokers go to vapers and vaporizers is to end the risks of conventional cigarettes. To reinforce this argument, many companies indicate that their products are free of nicotine, but what they do not say is that they also have cartridges and liquids that contain this component. Therefore, those who do not want to remove themselves from their nicotine addiction will be able to maintain their consumption with the use of these devices.
As if this were not enough, there are several studies that point to the intensity and concentration of said nicotine in some of these products. As proof, just take a look at some of the ready-made cartridges that brands like Juul sell in the market. One of these cartridges contains the same amount of nicotine as a conventional pack of cigarettes, so as we use it we maintain a high level of nicotine concentration in the body.
As if that were not enough, there are several studies that suggest that the maximum levels of nicotine that are reached in blood with this type of cigarettes or vapers are higher than conventional ones. Even today scientists are trying to understand why this greater presence of nicotine is due and the confrontation peaks that are achieved, but what they have managed to prove is their presence, by studying cotinine. This component is the nicotine residue once digested by the body and is shown in higher concentrations in users who vape against those who consume conventional tobacco.
More concentration and other ingredients
As if that were not enough, due to the manufacture of these types of cartridges, it is not difficult for companies to achieve increasingly powerful combinations, in terms of taste and presence of nicotine. One of the techniques that can be used for this is the presence of the so-called nicotine salts, with which it is possible to mask the taste of nicotine at the time of smoking, while increasing the need to smoke. A form that is currently used and whose long-term effects can be harmful.
Something similar occurs with other elements present in these cigarettes and vapers, in their different formulas. In the case of cartridges, there are several studies that have discovered the presence of heavy metals and other harmful components in their manufacture. Something that implies that the pollutants that we “eliminate” by leaving conventional tobacco to pass us the electronic will continue to be present, even in more dangerous ways than that of conventional cigarettes themselves.
Something similar happens when we talk about liquids. They are sold as a vegetable pass, using in their composition only natural components and food aromas widely recognized in the industry. However, many of these glycerins can be altered at the time of smoking, generating different harmful combinations in the fumes, which can even lead to serious health problems or be carcinogenic. It is what happens with formaldehyde or nitrosamines. A problem that affects both vapers that use nicotine and those that do not, the effect being obviously more serious in the first case.
The habit is still present
A final important issue regarding the risks of these vapers has to do with smoking. A habit that only has one solution in what to avoid its risks is: leave it completely. The problem is that the use of these new electronic cigarettes ends up fixing tobacco use even more, even in the case of smokers who use them as a means to quit conventional tobacco.
It is true that in these last cases it is possible that users are able to change their routines for a somewhat more “healthy” solution such as the vapeador against the usual cigarette. But as we say, the habit is still fixed in the mind of the smoker and this type of products does nothing but fix and maintain it, camouflaged in addition to a false image of health or less risk.
This problem is also reflected in the main consequence that has arisen with the arrival of this type of vapers: its rise among the youngest. Specifically, in countries like the United States it has been proven that the level of use of this type of cigarettes has increased from just 5% to almost 20% of adolescents in just a few years. Something that shows that this product is becoming a way of entry to smoking for users who until now had no will to smoke.
Something that companies in the sector know, as well as to highlight the most modern and youthful image of their products, in an approach that the FDA itself, the agency responsible for health in this country, has already questioned and has Committed to pursue intensively. Mainly because this circumstance is lived in a country in which, like everyone else, the sale of these products is banned to those under 18.