When vaping was introduced roughly 15 years ago, the abstract was pretty unforgiving. In spite of its popularity, electronic smoking has become a shorthand for virtually every pitiable slight imaginable. The niggling was easy enough to engage in and or enjoy from the comforts of a digital arena, but anecdotally, your friends were always quick to match ‘you look so dumb right now’ with a well-timed, ‘Yeah, but at least I’m not smoking cigarettes anymore.’
That kind of scenario defined the first phase of vaping’s celebrity too. The next phase saw experts really emphasize the fine print: We know that vaping doesn’t burn tobacco-which is good but all of this is too new to say anything about the other chemicals involved. The phase we are currently in is the unmasking. Every month a different academic journal convicts a consequence of e-cigarettes, as the cessation method plea begins to wither away. Healthy Living reports:
“Many people think vaping is less harmful than smoking. While it’s true that e-cigarette aerosol or vapor doesn’t include all the contaminants in tobacco smoke, vaping still isn’t safe.E-cig vapor includes potentially harmful substances such as nicotine, diacetyl (a chemical linked to a serious lung disease), cancer-causing chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead. And because vapor is exhaled, those nearby are also exposed to these contaminants.”
E-cigarette exposure can have a harmful impact on fertility
Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill just produced a new study, titled “E-Cigarette Exposure Delays Implantation and Causes Reduced Weight Gain within in utero Exposed Female Offspring” to add to the burn book. According to the report, the chemicals in e-cigarettes make it harder for an embryo to implant in the uterus. Even worse, the results published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, conclude that vaping while pregnant can engender chronic developmental abnormalities in babies that last a lifetime. The report continues:
“Moreover, female offspring exposed to E-Cigarettes in utero exhibited a significant weight reduction at eight and a half months, while males exhibited a slight, but non-significant, deficiency in fertility. Thus, E-cigarette exposure in mice impairs pregnancy initiation and fetal health, suggesting that E-Cigarette use in reproductive-aged women or during pregnancy should be considered with caution.”
The study, like most all endocrine studies, was conducted on mice. After exposing the rodents to e-cigarettes for four months the molecular alterations imperative to a successful pregnancy were impaired significantly. The effect e-cigarette chemicals had on embryo implantation was discernible fairly quickly in mice but the researchers fear the consequences could be even starker in humans given the unique and independent environmental factors that needle mammalian conception as it is.
For a long time, the lack of negative press regarding the health setbacks of e-cigarettes from the medical community seemed to warrant their safety. The fact is, the devices are not regulated, so there’s no textile way for us pedestrians to know what and how much we’re imbibing from each pull. They’re also not FDA approved which means no health expert can champion them as healthy means of cessation.
“These findings are important because they change our views on the perceived safety of e-cigarettes as alternatives to traditional cigarettes before and during pregnancy,” explained study author Kathleen Caron, the chair of the department of cell biology and physiology at UNC-CH, to Newswise.