Going Through Changes
Vaping is the process by which people smoke e-cigarettes, which allows a person to inhale nicotine without other all those other harmful substances found in tobacco.
The term Vape is used because e-cigarettes do not produce smoke. They heat an oil, and instead they release a vapour. This vapour is produced from a material such as an e-liquid. The e-liquids can be with or without any nicotine.
In Britain alone, there are millions of people who now get their nicotine from vaping e-cigarettes, and they are continuing to gain popularity. Although there are still some so-called experts who claim that the only sure way to protect your health is to quit smoking completely, and even though they are technically correct, vaping is 95% safer than smoking!
e-cigarette, what is it?
Another name for a e-cigarette is electronic cigarette. This is a handheld device which provided the same feeling as smoking an actual cigarette made of tobacco. The first modern e-cigarettes were developed by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik. He wanted to create a safer alternative to smoking. Vape devices use e-liquid, this is the mixture specifically made for vapour products.
In May of 2018, we saw top doctors calling for flavoured e-cigs, such as any of the sweet flavours, to be banned. The claim is that these flavours encourage kids to try the devices.
Vaping pens and e-cigs come with a tiny sensor and computer chip which activate a heater. This heater warms up the liquid inside every time a person inhales from the device. Unlike normal cigarettes, the vape devices do not produce either tar or carbon monoxide. But, that does not mean the vapour produced is totally free of harmful chemicals.
As the liquid warms up it vapourises, creating a vapour that users can then suck through the mouthpiece. Some studies have found that the vapour can contain toxic chemicals, including those that are also found in cigarette smoke, but at much lower levels. Other recent studies warn that vaping is as bad as regular smoking for your heart.
What are the laws on the sale of e-cigarettes?
Legislators and health officials have worked together over the years to pass laws which govern Vaping. These Vaping laws were created to restrict and regulate the sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids as well as safeguard the health of the population. From the very first, it was decided and regulated that the products cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18.
Recently legislators went to work again to update and change some of the laws. These new guidelines include the following:
All e-cigarettes and e-liquids must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency before they can be sold.
All packaging of e-liquids must be child-resistant and tamper evident.
Refillable tanks must have a capacity of 2ml or less.
The actual e-liquids can not be sold in quantities greater than 10ml.
Unless they’re registered as a medicine, e-liquids can not have a nicotine strength of more than 20mg/ml.
Certain additives, which include colouring, caffeine and taurine are banned.
There will be stricter labelling requirements.
These new regulations come after an undercover investigation found that almost nine tenths of British vape shops are willing to sell e-cigarettes to non-smokers, despite it being against the industry code of conduct.
Some of the things which are of special interest to health officials are that researchers found e-cigs boost the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body. Also, the vapour kills protective cells in the lung which keep the air spaces clear of harmful bugs.
Professor David Thickett is quoted as saying, “I don’t believe e-cigarettes are more harmful than ordinary cigarettes. But we should have a cautious scepticism that they are as safe as we are being led to believe.”
Agencies such as the Public Health England have said that vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking does, therefore switching completely from smoking to vaping brings substantial health benefits. They contend that the evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a gateway into smoking for young people.
The claim generally seems to be that e-cigs are ninety-five percent safer than traditional cigarettes. So they suggest smokers should seriously consider switching from smoking to vaping in a bid to help them quit.
Scientists warned in June 2018, that inhaling flavoured e-cigarettes can damage the cells which line the heart and blood vessels. This can lead to cardiovascular disease, strokes and heart attacks. As if that weren’t enough, another study warns that people who vape may also be at greater risk of a life-threatening stroke than smokers.
In one study, mice who were exposed to e-cig vapour for ten to thirty days suffered more severe strokes, as well as greater nerve damage than those who had been exposed to tobacco smoke.
While results have yet to be confirmed in humans, the warning signs are there, according to researchers.
One team from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center said, “Vaping is not safer than tobacco smoking and may pose a similar, if not higher, risk for stroke severity.”
There has even been another study which claims that e-cigs could increase your risk of cancer even when there’s no trace of nicotine. I find that a bit hard to believe, but I guess time will tell.
One of the reasons for these new regulations is that the number of people who are under the age of eighteen that have tried vaping has doubled in just four years. Or so official data claims.
Health officials admit that among young people, e-cigarette use is on the rise.This of course is cause for concern and so we must all be vigilant. Which is why Medusa Juice is always looking for ways to ensure that their customers are aware of any and all relevant data and laws. They also will ID when you shop with them, as complying with the laws regarding vaping is paramount.