The term vaping is considered to be the act of inhaling the vapor, as its name suggests, produced by an electronic cigarette. Therefore the appearance of this term in the vocabulary is associated with the appearance of the electronic cigarette. Other ways to refer to this action is as a vaper, vape or vaping.
THE ORIGIN OF THE VAPEO
Vaping was invented in China when Hon Lik, a former pharmacist, decided to invent a healthier option than smoking the e-cigarette in this way. But how does it work? This electronic system has a design that imitates a cigar or a pipe and has a very small battery which helps to heat a liquid solution that contains the cigar to convert it into vapor simulating tobacco smoke. In general this system has a cartridge, in which we enter the substance, refillable or replaceable, however, there are others that are disposable.
WHAT DOES ELECTRONIC CIGARS CONTAIN?
The substance that contains the liquids of the cartridge of these cigars can vary depending on the type of cigar, however, among the main ones we find propylene glycol, with an approximate of 70%, they can also contain vegetable glycerin in 20% either additional to propylene glycol or instead of, nicotine is another of the substances that we can find for these devices and this varies its doses, in addition to containing flavors and aromas that range from fruit trees to tobacco or mint flavor. It is important to mention that there are several studies that show that the dose of nicotine that the cartridges claim to contain most of the time does not coincide with what they actually bring.
IS IT A SOLUTION TO STOP SMOKING?
In recent years, vaping has grown remarkably as sales in stores have increased, vaping clubs have been created, and even YouTube accounts in which they talk about electronic cigarettes and their liquids.
For this reason it became a great alternative to quitting, but also because the amount of nicotine can be adjusted in the electronic cigarette, it reduces the health risks of the smoker and damages the passive smoker, creating a false sensation of smoking. And the best thing is that it offers us the possibility of economic savings.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS YOU ARE RUNNING?
It is true that electronic cigarettes have existed for several years, however, health officials have recorded hundreds of cases of both respiratory and lung problems. However, the most alarming thing is that from August 25, 2019 to date, 5 people have died due to health problems related to vaping. The fifth death occurred in Los Angeles for which the director of the Department of Public Health, Barbara Ferrer, has warned about its use.
There have been 450 cases of lung disease in the United States that could be related to electronic cigarettes. In all cases, the victims have been young people, adolescents or twentysomethings who were generally considered healthy people.