Is vaping dangerous?


Vaping and our health

Also called an "electronic cigarette or e-cigarette", this little machine raises many questions since its arrival on the Swiss market in 2012. It is used primarily as a healthier alternative to smoke.

The opinions on this question diverge unquestionably. The WHO (World Health Organization) is in a clear position: electronic cigarettes are "undeniably harmful". There is not enough evidence that they are effective in stopping smokers. Lawmakers and health authorities around the world are worried about the trend they have become: they fear that vaping will lead young people to smoke tobacco. This problem is not a sufficient argument to condemn vaping. It is everyone's duty to be able to self-manage their smoking habits: if a non-smoker decides to start vaping, he should go for a solution without nicotine, with CBD for example.

However, the Director of CIPRET does not agree with the WHO, he puts it in perspective: "The studies made on e-cigarettes are based on short-term and we lack data on its long-term effects. In studies up to one year, vapers cough less than tobacco smokers. In the United States, the current epidemic of toxic pneumonia related to vaping involves 1080 cases and 18 deaths. 80% of cases consumed THC products. It should be noted that this epidemic is a drop of water compared to the 5 million annual deaths caused by tobacco in the world. "He also recalls that the classic cigarette is responsible for dozens of diseases, that it is the first cause of mortality in developed countries and that one out of every two smokers is at risk of dying as a result of a tobacco-related health issues.

Vaping is at least 95% less harmful than tobacco. For example, a study has shown that intestinal bacteria that is essential for your health is very different between smokers and vapers / non-smokers.

As discussed above, the real danger comes from the misuse of its equipment.  Using it without considering the usual precautions: not refilling an empty cartridge with your own e-liquid, by taking a "dry hit" (dry burst). Indeed, when the coil is no longer set up properly, it burns (= combustion), which generates an emission of aldehydes. Normally, aldehydes are present at minimal rates. But while taking a dry hit, they increase enormously. Note that, however, the taste of burning / acrid, is immediately noticeable and can change the coil and avoid problems.

There are too many different ways to vape. Some inhale for a few seconds to get a very deep drag, others longer but less intensely. It is difficult to obtain reproducible scientific data as there are so many aspects which can not be controlled.

We can therefore conclude that it is always better to simply not to smoke at all, if we want to avoid every risk.

On the other hand, evidence tells us a lot: vaping will be much less harmful than cigarettes. There is no doubt that if a smoker wants to stop smoking, vaping is a very good way to lower the nicotine rate and find a healthier alternative. But let's not forget that there are now vapes containing CBD, which do not contain nicotine and which can not only give you pleasure thanks to the natural taste but also various benefits thanks to the terpenes and medical properties CBD carries.

Here is a small comparison made by professor Bertrand Dautzenberg, pneumologist, "smoking cigarettes is a little like driving the wrong way on the highway, vaping is a little like driving at 140 km / h instead of 130 km / h. " So what do you think is safer?