Tobacco use is associated with multiple types of cancer, chronic lung disease, and cardiovascular disease. In the market there are different products, in principle, intended to favor their abandonment, such as the vape or electronic cigarette.
The use of these devices has achieved some popularity, “reaching their use 35% of students in high schools in the United States, being a significant proportion of them previously non-smokers “, explains the doctor Javier Cortes, cardiologist at the Vithas Medimar Hospital.
However, in recent posts, “Vaping has been associated with a increased risk of heart attack and with various forms of pneumonitis, ”says Cortés.
“These findings indicate that the nicotine-free e-cigarette is as toxic or even more toxic than the nicotine-containing e-cigarettes.”
The liquid used in electronic cigarettes “contains several potentially toxic compounds, which include elements of the carbonyl group, volatile organic compounds, particles, trace metals, bacterial endotoxins, fungal glucans, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, butyraldehyde and acrolein, also known as acrylaldehyde, which builds up in the lungs and induces superoxide production”, He details.
“These findings indicate that the electronic cigarette without nicotine is as toxic or even more than the ones that contain nicotine”, concludes Javier.
The initial objective of the electronic cigarette, in its beginnings, was to help smokers to stop using tobacco using a device apparently innocuous or at least less harmful than tobacco itself.
However, “recent studies have shown that electronic cigarettes are harmful even without nicotine containing and at the present time we still do not know if its long-term use can be less harmful than that of tobacco. What is certain is that the use of electronic cigarettes has not only not reduced the number of people addicted to nicotine, but also its use has increased among those who have never smoked before”Concludes the doctor.
“What is certain is that the use of electronic cigarettes has increased their use among those who have never smoked before”
“Modifying the habits acquired by tobacco, setting a fixed date to quit smoking and avoiding having tobacco nearby can help us quit the tobacco habit, but getting it without medical help can be complicated “, explains the doctor Juan Carlos Padilla, pulmonologist of the Hospital Vithas Medimar.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.