What is an electronic cigarette? is it harmful?

In recent years , e-cigarettes have become more and more popular in the world. In Vietnam, the number of smokers is also increasingly interested in this product, especially young people. So what is an e-cigarette? How do they work? Is it harmful to health? Please refer to the following article for the answer!

1. What is electronic medicine?

E-cigarettes mimic the shape and function of regular cigarettes. But unlike regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes do not produce smoke, but produce a vapor that tastes and feels like real cigarettes. Because it does not produce smoke when smoked, e-cigarettes are marketed by manufacturers with the ability to remove toxins and unpleasant odors contained in traditional cigarettes.

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The design of vape is very diverse, can look like a traditional cigarette, a cigar plate, a pen, a disk drive or some unique shape. They can be used once or reused many times by injecting additional solution.

The structure of an electronic cigarette usually has 3 main parts, including: The tank head: is also known as RDA or RTA. This tank top is the place to burn the essential oil from liquid to vapor. The body part: includes the main parts such as the battery and the battery control button.

However, this vape chamber in a disposable vape will be called a nicotine pod, while a reusable vape can be called an e-juice or e-liquid. The main ingredients of essential oils will usually include vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine, and flavoring.

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Structure of an electronic cigarette

To determine whether e-cigarettes are strong or not will be based on the nicotine content in the e-liquid, in milligram/milliliter units or %.

  • How e-cigarettes work

When smoking an e-cigarette, it does not need to be lit, but will use energy from the device’s rechargeable battery. The essential oil in a vape is not burned, but heated to vaporize. The top of the vape will have a LED light to simulate a burning cigarette.

The taste of vape cigarettes is very diverse, with mint flavor, fruit flavor, candy taste, … for users to freely choose.

2. Are e-cigarettes harmful?

Although there is a lot of information claiming that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes. However, they still have more or less effect on the user’s body. Specifically:

2.1. For the brain

Even if it’s a vape, it still contains a high level of nicotine in its composition. And when you smoke an e-cigarette , nicotine releases chemicals that can cause “pleasure” in the brain. These substances can cause chemical changes, even addiction. Besides, users may also feel headache, dizziness, trembling limbs.

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Vaping can affect the brain

2.2. For the lungs

Vape contains flavoring and many other chemicals, eg diacetyl, propylene. If used only in small amounts will be safe but if used in large amounts or for a long time can cause lung disease.

2.3. For the heart

Many studies have shown that nicotine can create negative health effects. Specifically, it increases heart rate, blood pressure and blood flow. Over time, it will lead to the risk of heart attack, stroke, and even cardiovascular disease because the heart has to work harder to supply enough blood and oxygen to the cells.

2.4. Immune system

A study has proven that vaping can “turn off” hundreds of immune genes, even more seriously, it can destroy the human immune system.

2.5. Risk of poisoning

Around the world, there has been a case of a baby dying from swallowing liquid nicotine by mistake. And based on statistics from 2013 to 2015, the percentage of children under 6 years old with nicotine poisoning has increased by 1500% compared to previous years.

2.6. Action disorder

Using nicotine for a long time can cause users to lose control of their actions, even disordered emotions and actions.

2.7. Addictive

In fact, people who are addicted to traditional cigarettes or vape cigarettes are addicted to nicotine. This is an addictive substance that makes people crave and depend on. If not used, people addicted to nicotine will feel struggling and uncomfortable. In addition, smokers are also addicted to smoking, which can be considered as a habit.

What is an electronic cigarette?
E-cigarettes can be addictive

2.8. Contains drugs

In the essential oil – an indispensable ingredient in electronic cigarettes is mixed by many different ingredients. Therefore, it is possible that drug traffickers will take advantage of this to mix more drugs. From there, giving it to the user makes the user addicted and constantly has to use it to satisfy his addiction.

2.9. Make young people curious

Through the winged advertising about vape, people will feel curious about it. Especially for young people who love to learn, explore and try new things. They begin to start smoking electronic cigarettes and gradually feel the love this hobby. Since then, the number of young people vaping has increased.

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2.10. Causing fire and explosion

To work, vape cigarettes need a battery. However, some types of vape faulty, poor quality batteries can cause fires and explosions that are dangerous to people.

Above is some information about e-cigarettes and the answer to whether this drug is harmful that Vapechinhhang would like to share with readers!

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