Smoking is an unhealthy habit, but it is still liked by many people. However, there are also those who are trying to find healthier alternatives to smoking, one of which is vaping without nicotine.
In fact, vaping without nicotine has the same effect as vaping containing nicotine. The side effects of vaping without nicotine vary, depending on the liquid, flavoring, and other ingredients used.
There are many studies on the short and long term effects of e-cigarettes. However, further research is still needed on the use of vaping and e-cigarettes. Here are some facts about vaping without nicotine that are now well known!
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Vaping Without Nicotine, Safer or Still Dangerous?
Experts are still unsure about the long-term effects of vaping without nicotine. However, here are some of the potential short-term effects of vaping without nicotine:
When heated, the content in vaping liquid can cause irritation to the mouth and airways. A 2015 study showed that one puff of a non-nicotine shisha pen contains glycol and glycerol, which are enough to cause irritation. When evaporated, these compounds can form compounds that are carcinogenic or increase the risk of cancer.
Vaping without nicotine can also trigger an immune system response. Research in 2018 found that vaping exposure can cause an inflammatory response in immune system cells.
The inflammatory response caused by vaping generally occurs in the lungs or throat. However, excessive vaping can cause an inflammatory response throughout the body.
Another study in the same year also showed that exposure to e-cigarette flavoring compounds could activate an inflammatory response in certain types of white blood cells. This can affect how these cells work in the immune system.
Vape liquid without nicotine can also be toxic to body cells. Research in 2018 found that exposure to e-cigarettes can cause cells to die, even though there is no nicotine in the liquid.
Other studies have shown that exposure to e-cigarette flavoring liquids can harm blood vessel cells in the heart, thus causing long-term effects on heart health. The death of heart cells can cause cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
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How Does Vaping Without Nicotine Compare to Vaping With Nicotine?
There are many studies studying the health hazards of nicotine, although most of these studies focus on nicotine exposure from regular cigarettes. Health risks from exposure to nicotine include respiratory problems, heart disease, digestive problems, and decreased immune and reproductive health. Nicotine also contains ingredients that can increase the risk of cancer. In addition, this compound also causes addiction.
Although limited in number, there are a number of studies comparing vaping without nicotine to vaping with nicotine in it. Research in 2015 showed that using e-cigarettes with nicotine had a higher dependence than using e-cigarettes without nicotine.
Another study involving 20 participants also compared the 24-hour side effects of using e-cigarettes without nicotine in people who smoked regular cigarettes with people who smoked or vaped.
Scientists involved in the study found no immediate changes in lung function in people who had not previously used cigarettes or vaping. However, they found a small negative effect on the lung function of people who used regular cigarettes.
How Does Nicotine-Free Vaping Comparison With Regular Cigarette Use?
Vaping without nicotine poses a lower number of health risks than regular cigarette use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that smoking causes many negative health effects, including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Even though they have lower health risks than regular cigarettes, you still need to remember that there are risks from using e-cigarettes, whether they contain or do not contain nicotine. (US)
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