Side Effects of Vaping You Aren’t Aware Of
Since this blog is dedicated to addressing the proper use and misuse of vapes and myths that are long-standing regarding vaping we have some issues to address.
Even in 2018 there are still high profile media outlets that share misinformation regarding vaping and it’s cultural practice.
We’ve discussed the matter of how information has been misrepresented by the media in the United States, yet we reported to you that in Britain there were headlines reading ‘More Than 95 Percent Safer Than Smoking’ in regards to vaping practices. Even hospitals in Britain have developed zones specifically for vaping where in the past no-smoking areas were the norm.
So what are the side effects of vaping that you need to know about?
No, we’re not about to delve into the Megadeth back catalog, the term LD50 is actively used to describe the toxicity level in substances. LD stands for lethal dose. Even Milk has an LD50. It works like this:
The amount of an ingested substance that kills 50 percent of a test sample is what translates to LD50. It can be expressed in mg/kg, or milligrams of substance per kilogram of body weight.
To put things into perspective, alcohol has an LD50 of 0.40%, with approx 100,000 deaths in the US annually. Take note then that nicotine is 50 mg/kg for rats and 3 mg/kg for mice and 40–60 mg (0.5-1.0 mg/kg) can be a lethal dosage for adult humans. The LD50 of caffeine in humans is dependent on the individual but roughly 150 to 200 milligrams per kilogram of body mass or roughly 80 to 100 cups of coffee for an average adult. That’s a tall order for one sitting since the coffee would have to be consumed quickly. But it is possible.
There have been reports of caffeine overdoses wherein the victim died. Yet, we still haven’t seen any reports of vape overdoses.
An average vape user would have to consume a lot of nicotine to overdose. This would be roughly 4 ml of 12 mg/ml e-liquid.
The Most Common Side Effect
Few places consider nicotine a poison, Australia is among the very few. However, it’s easy to understand that too much of good thing, despite its therapeutic qualities, can be bad.
Nicotine poisoning to the point of being fatal is extremely unlikely, but some users do experience what it’s like to vape too much.
The feeling of nausea is the most common symptom. Nausea will increases gradually if you continue to vape. The treatment is simple though, take a break from vaping. It’s easy to do and seems to be the fairly straightforward answer.
These side effects don’t seem to amount to much if we take into consideration the more than 16 million Americans who suffer from a smoking-related disease. As we all know by now Electronic cigarettes, or vaping devices put nicotine into your lungs and bloodstream, doing so without the smoke and tar of a regular cigarette.
Per the Centers for Disease Control, smoking “is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths, or one of every five deaths, each year.”
Learning From The Past
Smoking has had a long history, it’s probably been practiced since the dawn of man. We’ve learned much about the dangers of smoking in that time, especially over the last few decades. So, although they were patented back in the 1960s, electronic cigarettes have had time to be scrutinized. Their most recent appeal began in China around 2004.
The biggest scrutiny of the vaper products is centered around the inclusion of the ingredients that some will argue are unsafe. The truth about these ingredients were bound to be unveiled over time and we still see no related deaths. So what are these dangerous ingredients anyway?
The ingredients of the liquid vary by the manufacturer, however the common thread of ingredients is a nicotine derivative, chemicals to vaporize the nicotine (like propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin), additives and flavoring, it should be noted that some vapor juices are nicotine free.
The Knowable Risks
Other reactions may occur due to an allergy to any or all of the ingredients of e-liquid - such as the propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine, flavourings or the nicotine itself. Such products exist for those who understand the variable consequences of the allergens.
However, if you only occasionally have these symptoms, the best advice is to simply take a break from vaping until you feel better. In my experience, you’ll start to feel better fairly quickly.
So What side effects of vaping weren’t you aware of?
- Smoking cessation!
- Freedom from tobacco dependence
- Likelihood of cancer greatly decreased
- Save some money
No, these aren’t particularly dangerous side effects. That said everyone should work to consult their physician or local urgent care if unexpected complication occur. Most experts will tell you to take a break from vaping or control your daily intake by minimizing it. These are all great suggestions and we recommend taking their advice first.