Vaping companies try to convince you that their products are safe. But the fact is every time you vape, you breathe in chemicals that hurt your lungs and heart and leave you feeling stressed.
Isn’t it just water vapor?
There’s usually very little water in vape liquid. The liquid is mostly made of oils and flavored chemicals that may not be safe to inhale. Scientists have found tiny particles in vapor clouds that are the same as what’s found in pollution. So, breathing in a cloud of vapor is like filling your lungs with polluted air.
But there’s no nicotine, right?
Studies show many vaping products labeled “nicotine-free” still have nicotine in them. Nicotine is addictive and leaves you craving more.
But the ingredient list is short. That must be ok right?
The label may list propylene glycol, glycerol, ethylene glycol, nicotine, benzoic acid and flavor. But what they aren't telling you is along with those chemicals you may also be inhaling:
Reactive oxygen species
And that’s not all. More than 70 other chemicals have been found in vape clouds:
- Amino tadalafil
- Diethylene glycol
- Ethyl acetate
- Ethylene glycol
- Methyl propionate
- Methylpropyl ester
- Propanoic acid, 1
Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Eaton DL, Kwan LY, Stratton K, et al., eds. Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2018. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29894118/