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Think Before You Vape: Examining the Dangers of E-Cigarettes

According to recent studies, one of which comes from the American Cancer Society, the LGBT community smokes at a rate 50%–200% higher than the general public. That’s a whole lotta butts. Thanks to the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, however, more and more members of our community are kicking the habit in favor of vaping, the process of ‘smoking’ e-cigarettes. But while this trend may seem like the perfect alternative to inhaling red-hot carcinogens, vaping has a dark side all its own.

To help you make a more informed decision about your health, consider these dangers of e-cigarettes — and kicking the stick altogether.


E-cigs still contain cancer-causing ingredients.

You might assume that because e-cigarettes don’t produce a heat-induced smoke — they produce a vapor instead, hence the term “vaping” — there are no carcinogens in the mist. But according to The New York Times, some e-cigarettes “get so hot that they, too, can produce a handful of the carcinogens found in cigarettes and at similar levels.” The number of carcinogens in e-cigarettes pale in comparison to the 60 or so associated with traditional cigarettes, but all that means is that you’ve chosen the lesser of two evils.

“E-cigarettes may be less harmful than cigarettes,” says Dr. M. Brad Drummond, assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, “but we still don’t know enough about their long-term risks or the effects of secondhand exposure.”


You’re still a slave to nicotine.

Most e-cig converts want to quit smoking — or at least stop pumping their bodies full of harmful chemicals — and vaping seems like the perfect solution. There’s no tobacco in an e-cigarette, which means no smoke, but nicotine — the stuff that keeps you hooked — is a common additive in liquid form. In fact, some products contain nicotine levels comparable to regular tobacco products. So if you’re trying to ween yourself off nicotine altogether, your efforts are futile. Plus, and here’s the kicker, liquid nicotine can be lethal if handled improperly.

“Only a small dose is dangerous — less than one tablespoon of many of the e-liquids on the market is enough to kill an adult, and as little as a teaspoon could kill a child,” according to The New York Times.

You looked stupid smoking cigarettes, and you still look stupid vaping.

If the health dangers of e-cigarettes don’t faze you, perhaps the fear of looking silly will, especially now that you’re in the minority. It’s true — a mere 18.1% of Americans still smoke cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while a paltry 3.3% vape.

What was once a popular pastime is now a dirty little secret that only those who didn’t get the memo perpetuate.

And, let’s be honest here — at least smoking an actual cigarette looked cool at one point. Smoking a fake cigarette — well, let’s just say that nobody’s rushing to your Harley to drive off into the sunset, are they?

  • Falken Vape

    Such a nice piece of BS…
    Vaping doesn’t, at all, produce “carcinogens found in cigarettes and at similar levels”, first generation vape were producing some, but at the same daily level as found in the air of your home. This have been measured by multiple studies since the beginning of the decade.
    The effect on bystanders are fully known, and have been measured by multiple studies those last 5 years, in labs as well as in real life situation, demonstrated being of no consequences on safe indoor air (outdoor is by far lower, evidently).
    eLiquids are not at all toxic at levels of a teaspoon (it would be pure nicotine that could be toxic at this level, eLiquids contain 1-3%). Same could be wrongfully said about tabasco (concentrated pepper could certainly harm you) which is far more concentrated than nicotine in eLiquids. The only accidents (far fewer than with most consumer products) have been with concentrated (not for vaping but to be diluted) products accidentally fed to babies.
    Nicotine in itself (without smoke) is not addictive (an addiction causes harm) and most vapers reduce, mostly by taste, their levels of nicotine after a year (duration of safe quitting smoking, before there still is a risk to return to tobacco).
    And I let you fully responsible for the insults you graciously provide in the last paragraph and for the reference to an “expert” that has been touting his hate of vaping. Just remember how many people won’t stop smoking successfully because of your obscurantist piece.

  • castello

    You need to do some real research. Vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking and there is no second hand harm at all. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/e-cigarettes-around-95-less-harmful-than-tobacco-estimates-landmark-review

  • castello

    You should probably start by watching the documentary about vaping called ABILLIONLIVES.COM If you are not promoting vaping or Swedish Snus to smokers, YOU ARE PROMOTING SMOKING! https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/news/promote-e-cigarettes-widely-substitute-smoking-says-new-rcp-report

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  • Rook

    Michey Rox, with quality journalism like that, i doubt u even own a vehicle.

  • Festus

    I see a lot of New York Times references in the article and no academic references. Isn’t the NYT fake news?

    Seriously Mikey, if you want some cred read a little wider than some other journos biased agenda tripe. Otherwise consider changing your handle.

    Vaping is about harm reduction, getting off cigarettes, getting away from Big Tobacco, and in modern society where you have to go to a “smoking zone” to smoke getting your life back. You can discreetly stealth vape on high PG liquids anywhere except on sacred ground. But then again you could never smoke in Church when the government was endorsing cigarettes for asthma and doling out free cartons to the military.

    Vaping can save you money too.

    Let’s be honest here, articles like this lead to only one conclusion. When it comes to research and objective reporting, Mikey Sux.