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5 Unexpected Ways Vaping Can Cause Personal Injury

Although at one time, cigarettes were extremely commonplace, the amount of users has gone down substantially.In fact, according to the CDC, about 14 percent of adults in the United States were current cigarette smokers in 2017, down 67% since 1965. 

Even though the number of smokers has dropped, there are still quite a few people who smoke in some way. In places like Denver, CO, with increasing rules about where smoking is allowed and how far from buildings smokers must be, many turn to other ways to get their nicotine fix.

Vapes are frequently chosen over traditional cigarettes because they mimic the act of smoking and often taste and smell better. Additionally, vapes are considered to be a healthier option compared to regular cigarettes, both for the user and those nearby. 

Some injuries that can happen due to vaping can include: 

  • Explosions
    Vaping devices have been known to explode in users’ mouths, when being stored in their pockets, and even while charging. According to a number of different reports, the shape and design of vapes can make it easy for batteries to catch on fire. Likewise, the batteries that are typically used, lithium-ion, can become extremely hot. When the liquid within these types of batteries react with oxygen, batteries can combust and cause serious injury. 
  • Major lung issues
    In a number of different studies, vaping has been linked to the risk of lung damage, including COPD, asthma, lung cancer, and more. In fact, according to the American Lung Association, “while much remains to be determined about the lasting health consequences of e-cigarettes, there’s evolving evidence about the health risks of e-cigarettes on the lungs—including irreversible lung damage and lung disease.”
    Some symptoms of these lung issues can be extremely painful and persistent, including trouble breathing, shortness of breath, persistent cough, pain while breathing, and more.
  • Heart problems
    There are a number of different research reports that have found that those that vape are at an increased risk of a heart attack. Beyond that, risks can also increase for things like coronary artery disease, heart palpitations, and other heart related issues, especially when compared to non-smokers.
  • Dangerous second hand smoke
    It’s not uncommon for people to think that second-hand smoke from a vape is much less dangerous than cigarette smoke, especially considering the fact that emissions from vapes are exactly that— vaper. However, this couldn’t be more inaccurate.
    The American Lung Association reports that “in 2016, the Surgeon General concluded that secondhand emissions contain, ‘nicotine; ultrafine particles; flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.’”
  • Seizures
    While there’s a chance that it could happen after the first time smoking a vape, or as a reaction to long-term exposure, studies have shown a link between vaping and seizures. Often, this is thought to be the result of the inhalation of nicotine, sometimes with no prior history of seizures at all.
    This has also been thought to be the result of nicotine poisoning, something that can be easy to do with a vape when it has settings that allow high concentrations of nicotine to be consumed quickly. 

Although e-cigarettes may be a tempting replacement for smoking, or even thought of as a means to quit, vaping can also be dangerous and cause its own harms.Though scientists are still researching many of vaping’s effects, a number of studies have already been done to indicate that it can be just as harmful as cigarettes, equally habit forming, and dangerous to those around you. 

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