It seems like everyone is into vaping nowadays. Many Western countries have seen the vaping rate in the general population skyrocket in recent years. The vaping business has also boomed in the past two or three years. Vaping is so rad right now.
Vaping is intended for smokers to quit tobacco cigarettes, often known as little cancer sticks. However, trends in recent times show that some non-smokers are also taking up vaping. Unlike with smokers, non-smoker vapers are a highly controversial subject. Several research organisations and news outlets have also published reports about school children, who have never smoked before, taking up vaping.
While smokers choose vaping to kick a habit, it’s interesting to examine why non-smokers take up vaping too. After all, there is no nicotine addiction or a dependence on smokes that vaping might relieve for non-smokers. Here are some common reasons why non-smokers might resort to vaping:
A Chance to Smoke Without Being At Risk for Cancer
Most people know vaping as a recommended alternative to smoking. Public health officials recommend e-cigarettes to actual tobacco cigarettes, which are known to be far more harmful. Tobacco cigarettes contain thousands of toxins, some of which are known to cause cancer. Tobacco smoke is also environmentally unfriendly and socially unpleasant.
Vaping is not known to be associated with such risks. Scientists have not found any glaring links between vaping and cancer like tobacco cigarettes have. Because of this fact, many non-smokers take up vaping believing it causes no harm. These individuals believe that vaping is the good way to enjoy the experience of smoking without ending up with cancer.
It’s very important to note that vaping is only less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. This does not mean that vaping is completely harmless. Research with regards to vaping is still ongoing. Some scientists have found that vaping could possibly inflame the trachea, thus making the lining vulnerable to inflammatory diseases.
The Tempting Flavours
Many people are attracted to vaping thanks to the delicious-sounding vape juice flavours. Basically, e-cigarette devices create a smoke-like vapour by heating up a liquid, known as vape juice or e-liquid. The base ingredients of vape juice are water and glycol. Vape juice may also contain nicotine in varying degrees of strength. Nicotine-free e-liquids are also available on the market. Finally, flavourings, like tobacco and mint, are added.
Most e-cigs are sold with e-liquid brands with mouth-watering flavours like chocolate, cake, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, and strawberry. Some non-smokers believe that vaping is a good way to enjoy these flavours without added calories.
The problem is that vape flavours are not entirely free of certain health risks. Most brands flavour e-liquids with artificial flavourings. A recent study found that one such commonly used artificial flavouring, cinnamon, in vape juice contained a cancer-causing agent.
It Looks Cool
Last but not least, vaping looks really cool to some. Like smoking in the sixties, some young people want to vape to look cool. Vaping is trendy, so teenagers are naturally prone to adopt a habit they believe is hip.
There are a number of problems associated with taking up vaping as a non-smoker. Though an individual might take up vaping to look cool, he or she might also be taking up a bad habit. Vapers can get habituated to the activity just like smokers. And just like with smoking, it can be an extremely difficult habit to kick.
Also, some vape juices contain nicotine. Non-smokers who vape e-liquids with nicotine are at risk for getting addicted to nicotine. Some vape juices contain nicotine at strengths far above what’s present in a regular cigarette.
Importantly, vaping is not completely without health risks. Non-smokers are putting themselves at unnecessary risk by vaping. Health officials recommend vaping only for heavy smokers. If you have never smoked before, you should not put your health at risk by taking up a possibly harmful activity like vaping.