When vapes first hit the market, everyone thought they were totally safe. “We’re just inhaling a little water vapor mixed with toxic chemicals,” we thought. “What could possibly go wrong?”
Well, it turns out that vaping can impact your health in multiple ways — and some of them aren’t great.
The idea that e-cigarettes might be better than traditional cigarettes is not a crazy one—you can see why people might think that. But the evidence is showing that’s simply not the case.
That means that while the impact vaping has on the body is not the same as smoking tobacco, there are similar risks involved. In 2020 — when vaping-related illnesses came a public crisis, the CDC reported 2,602 vape-related lung injuries and 59 deaths.
The truth is that it will be decades before we really know the health impacts of vaping. Hopefully, it is less harmful than smoking.
But let’s not forget that doctors used to vouch for cigarettes before there was ample research that proved smoking was bad for us.