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Izzy Bowen

English Composition 1101

Mr. Dunham

30 Nov 2018

The Harmful Effects of Vaping

People everywhere are making the switch from cigarettes to vapes. Only 10 percent of

the people who switch to vaping actually quit smoking. Research has shown that 90 percent of

the people still continue to smoke. Younger people who are exposed to vaping often go on to

smoking. Vapes are not a healthy outlet for quitting smoking because of the fact that they contain

nicotine, there are harmful chemicals in it, the juice that is in vapes has harmful effects, and

younger people who vape start smoking.

Many people make the switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping because of the fact that

vapes do not contain tobacco, however they do contain nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive

drug. In addition to this, nicotine also causes many diseases that could have been prevented.

Nicotine can lead to lung cancer, pancreas cancer, as well as breast cancer. As stated in the

Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology, “Nicotine adversely affects many organs as

shown in human and animal studies. Its biological effects are widespread and extend to all

systems of the body including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and reproductive systems,”

(Harmful Effects of Nicotine). Nicotine has harmful effects on a person’s body. In addition to the

statement that was previously made, vaping also causes nicotine poisoning. Nicotine poisoning

occurs when a person takes in an excessive amount of nicotine. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning

are headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and high blood pressure. In extreme cases people can have

seizures, respiratory failures, difficulties in breathing, and some people can even go into comas.
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Critics might argue that vapes are a healthy outlet for quitting smoking for the reason that they

do not contain tobacco. However, they are not a healthy outlet because they contain nicotine

which causes many diseases such as cancer.

Secondly, there are chemicals in vapes. One of the chemicals found in vapes is propylene

glycol. This chemical is used in asthma inhalers and nebulizers. The FDA has classified this

chemical as generally safe, however at high level intakes it can cause seizures and severe

neurological symptoms. The long term effects are still not known. Another chemical found in

vapes is vegetable glycol. This is found in medication and cosmetics. It can have side effects like

headaches, dizziness, and even vomiting. Critics might argue that vaping is much better than

smoking cigarettes. However, vaping contains these chemicals that have harmful effects on the

body. The long term effects are still unknown.

Thirdly, the flavoring that are put in vapes are harmful to the human body. Food

flavorings are found in vape juice. Most people believe that it is not harmful because of that.

However, food flavorings are not meant to be vaporized or inhaled. Doing this has harmful

effects on the body. The long term effects of vaporizing and inhaling food flavorings are not yet

known. In addition to this, there are also carcinogenic chemicals found in vape juice.

Carcinogens are substances that can lead to cancer. Critics might argue that vaping is a better

choice than smoking because it is a choice of what flavor of juice that is put into a vape.

However, it is not good for you because the flavors have harmful effects on a human’s body. It

can even lead to cancer.

Lastly, younger people who had previously not smoked, but started vaping eventually

started smoking. According to the Rand Cooperation, “At the same time, studies have suggested

that for kids who have never smoked, picking up one of the vaping devices makes it more likely
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they will become smokers in the future” (The Guardian). Twelve percent of teens who vape also

started smoking cigarettes. The percent of teens who do start smoking cigarettes keeps going up.

According to Allison Hydzik-Pittsburgh, “Young adults who vape are more than four times as

likely to start smoking cigarettes” (Vaping Young Adults More Likely To Smoke Cigarettes).

Vaping actually leads people to start smoking cigarettes. Critics might argue that vaping helps

people stop smoking. However, only ten percent actually quit smoking. That leaves 90 percent of

smokers to become dual users.

In conclusion, vaping is not a healthy outlet for quitting smoking because it contains

nicotine, there are chemicals in it, the juice has harmful effects on your body, and people who

did not smoke started smoking cigarettes after they started vaping. Even though vapes do not

contain tobacco, they still contain harmful substances. These substances can lead to many

harmful diseases. It also causes different types of cancers that could have been prevented.

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