LAST_UPDATESun, 22 Jul 2018 9pm

What Happens Inside Your Body Immediately After Vaping An E-Cigarette

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In the absence of overall expert opinion on the effects of vaping, everyone is making their own decisions to vape.

The rapid rise of vaping worldwide has created a global vaping culture that has outpaced research into the health implications of vaping and even before authorities worldwide have had a chance to formulate laws and control mechanisms to regulate the booming global vape industry.

Following the most recent study by a UK government health authority, Public Health England, which concluded in August that electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful than conventional cigarettes, Yahoo Health recently compiled all available research data on vaping into an infographic.

“You burn it, cigarettes creates 7,000 different chemicals into your body. But with e-cigarettes, there’s no combustion. The good news is that you’re inhaling a vapor that’s got four to five things as opposed to 7,000 things,” states Jonathan Foulds, PhD, professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State University’s College of Medicine and Cancer Institute, Yahoo Health reports.

The infographic explores in graphic detail what happens to a person's mouth, heart, lungs and brain as the vapour is inhaled.

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While existing research might point to it being less carcinogenic than smoking but apparently the vapour still leads to the same feeling smokers get when inhaling a cigarette, like a 'cotton mouth', scratchy throat and a cough.

Following is the Yahoo Health infographic summary:


Users have complained of cotton mouth, scratchy throat, and coughing. Available research indicate that the absorption of nicotine is most likely to happen in the lining inside the mouth or the upper airways.


Most of the ingredients used in e-cigarettes are deemed safe enough to put in food we consume but not much is known of its effects if inhaled. Another recent study this year found that the nanoparticles in vapors damage the epithelial cells in the airways, leaving them vulnerable to infection.


While nicotine does raise heart rate and blood pressure but existing studies found none of the heart problems associated with tobacco cigarettes among e-cigarette users so far but medical groups stress that very little is known of the long-term impact of this new technology on public health, cardiovascular disease and stroke.


Similar to nicotine's effects on the heart, nicotine also releases a feeling of pleasure as dopamine levels increase. Nicotine itself is not carcinogenic but can still be addictive which exposes users to become addicted to other substances as well.

- mD