A vape (electronic cigarette or electronic nicotine delivery system) is an instrument that heats up a liquid to produce an aerosol, or mist, that the user inhales. The liquid that’s inside most devices contains nicotine, a chemical that can be addictive, and other chemicals. They also contain flavourings.
E-cigarettes can be bought from a variety of places, including online or in stores. They can look like a regular cigarette and may even have flashing lights or LEDs that show the user when they need to refill or empty the device. The liquid used in e-cigarettes is called e-liquid or e-juice. It’s made from a mixture of different things, including glycerin and propylene glycol, which are used to make the aerosol, and nicotine, which is derived from tobacco or other plants.
Nicotine is toxic to the lungs, and it can lead to lung disease. It can damage the lungs by causing inflammation and irritation in the tubes that bring air in and out of the lungs. It can also reduce lung capacity and increase the risk of lung infections.
It can also affect concentration and brain development. Research has shown that nicotine can interfere with a teen’s ability to think and learn.
In fact, nicotine is a stimulant, and it can affect heart rate and blood pressure. Some e-cigarettes contain up to 20 times the amount of nicotine that is found in a single regular cigarette. This can lead to problems such as a lowered heart rate, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. It can also affect the circulation of blood in the lungs and lead to a cough and other respiratory problems.
Vaping can also be dangerous to those around the user. It can cause a fire or explosion if it’s used near an open flame or hot surfaces, or if the battery catches on fire. It can also harm the eyes and skin if it comes into contact with them. It can also be hazardous to those who don’t smoke if the vape vapor contains harmful chemicals.
Although some people have been able to quit smoking with the help of vaping, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not found it safe or effective as a cessation method. It may actually lead to increased cigarette use.
It is important that adults and kids are aware of the risks associated with vaping, and are careful not to be fooled by the false advertising that’s done on many of these products. The Department of Health and Social Care has introduced regulations to protect children from vapes by restricting sales to over-18s only, limiting nicotine content, requiring that refill bottles and tanks be kept out of reach, increasing the minimum age for purchase of tobacco products to 21 years, banning the sale of some flavored vaping cartridges, and imposing restrictions on advertising. The long-term impact of vapes needs to be closely watched, learning lessons from the mistakes that were made with cigarettes when governments were slow to introduce strict rules.