Everywhere we go you see someone VAPING. The large cloud of steam escaping from their body and floating around their head is a very common sight. Vaping has been around for many years, but recently the popularity and use has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry.

Vaping involves inhaling vapor from a heating cylinder (size, shape, and power vary) filled with chemicals and flavoring. The unit has a heating element built in it that changes the liquid in the cylinder to steam. They are are promoted as being a healthy option to traditional cigarettes. Some have been encouraged to use vaping as a step down method to quit smoking.

Is vaping safer then cigarettes?

Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is the same highly addictive chemical found in traditional cigarettes. Vaping will most likely cause the same nicotine withdrawal symptoms as quitting cigarettes. Pregnant woman should avoid vaping and traditional cigarettes to protect your unborn child. Many vapers mistakenly believe that the steam is safer than the smoke. Carcinogenic chemicals are released by both processes. Vapor from e-cigarettes does worsen the air quality of a room, mainly by releasing nicotine and other chemicals into the air. One of the most troubling trends with e-cigarettes is their growing use among middle school and high school age children. The FDA states that nicotine is harmful to the developing brain. No teenager should use tobacco or nicotine products.

Oral cancer signs-

Thousands die from oral cancer every year. If you vape, here are some of the oral cancer symptoms to watch for:

  • Sores in the mouth and on the lips that don’t heal
  • Red or white patches  in the mouth
  • A persistent hoarseness or sore throat
  • Numbness or swelling of the lips or mouth

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.