. However, research is showing that vaping is equally as dangerous to one’s health and may in fact be even more hazardous. Because vaping sends substances straight into the cells of the body, the damage can be very severe.
A recent study concerning vaping dangers was conducted by Irfan Rahman at the University of New York was reported on by Lindsay Konkel in Science News for Students earlier this year. Konkel reported that researchers found that teens complained of wounds that wouldn’t heal and having a smokers cough after vaping consistently. Teens seem to believe that e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco. But the truth is that they contain nicotine, which tobacco is a form of, and the dangers of developing bloody mouth sores, coughing, and even cancer are real.
Another concern is that teens perceive that because e-cigarette vaping doesn’t always taste like tobacco it is not as dangerous. Manufacturers use fruity flavoring, or bubble gum flavors, etc. that lure the teens into thinking that these substances are safe to use. Further, research shows that teens who vape are more likely to develop into chainsmokers as adults.
More and more recent research is pointing to the extreme dangers of vaping. But because vaping has only been available in the United States since 2007, there are still many unknowns. This, combined with teens skewed perception of vaping dangers is cause for concern.