Vaping is one of the most common trends in today’s youth. Nearly everyone from a teenager to young adults and even people beyond frequently use e-cigarettes. According to different sources and reports, more than 12 million people in the USA are avid users of e-cigarettes and vapes. More than 2 million high school students used them. These stats are taken from different studies and reports for the year 2021.
The reason behind such a growing usage is that many people consider vapes and e-cigarettes a safe alternative to their conventional counterparts. While it might be true, they are not without harm. In fact, in some cases, they cause more harm than good.
Studies have shown that short-term vaping with even lower concentrations of nicotines cause inflammatory changes within the heart, lungs, and kidneys. Scientists have been conducting a variety of experiments. The data for tobacco is plenty and health-related harms of the tobacco are well established in studies. Vapes and e-cigarettes are relatively new. Therefore, it is necessary for scientists to gain more solid evidence of the harm that these devices cause.
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In an experiment, scientists conducted trials on mice. Two of the most popular flavors were tested. They are mint and mango. The mice were exposed to the chemicals of these flavors many times a day.
The results confirmed the harmful effects of these flavors. A high rate of inflammation in the brain, lungs, and heart. There was also a change in gene expression of the mice within the area of the brain that was linked with motivation and reward processing. It is worth mentioning that these changes are associated with the behavior of addiction, anxiety, depression, and triggering substance abuse.
Interestingly, the scientists have further discovered that the different flavors have unique effects on their users. The ones who smoked mint flavor were more prone to the Covid-19 infection.
The doctors have explained that the nicotine caused inflammation is not high level. It may not be a problem clinically. However, in the long run, this low level inflammation can cause problems.