The Big Question: Is Vaping Without Nicotine Safe?
The average person has probably heard that vaping without nicotine it’s perfectly safe.
In 2014, companies such as VitaCig and Vita Vapes hit the market and were immediately lauded for their nicotine-free, vitamin-laden formulas.
Though these companies make no specific health claims for its vita-vapes, the very notion of delivering vitamins in vapor form seems to imply that they have health benefits.
Whether this is true remains to be seen.
At the turn of the 20th century, lung cancer was so rare that some doctors had never seen a case.
By 1965, 42.4 percent of U.S. adults smoked. Eventually, lung cancer became the leading killer among cancers in the United States.
Since then, that figure has declined by more than half, reaching a record low 17.8 percent in 2014.
Vaping today is like smoking in the early 1900’s. People vape, not because they are not aware of possible side effects, but because they have not faced any of the effects.
Is vaping without nicotine bad for you?
The short answer is yes. Vaping without nicotine is still bad for you. Inhaling anything that isn’t air isn’t good for your lungs.
The good news is that vaping is much safer than smoking tobacco.
The British Lung Foundation acknowledged that vaping can harm the lungs, but said it is far less harmful than smoking.
Dr. Norman Edelman, a senior scientific adviser at the American Lung Association, said the most worrying aspect of vaping is that we do not know the long-term health consequences of daily use.
Regarding the term “vitamin vaping,” Edelman dismisses it as “just something catchy.” “It’s a confusing marketing ploy because the implication is that the stuff is healthy,” he says.
Is vaping without nicotine safe?
Here’s what we know so far. The vitamin vaping trend might be generating some buzz but experts say it does way more harm than good.
Inhaling anything that isn’t air isn’t good for your lungs. Full-stop.
But if you currently smoke tobacco cigarettes, switching to e-cigs may be a better choice.
If you’re a non-smoker or an ex-smoker, don’t even think about it. Even if vaping is safer than regular cigarettes, that doesn’t mean they’re safe.
The long-term health effects of vaping remain unknown.
“It’s probably fair to say that a long-term e-cigarette user is not going to die from tobacco-caused disease, but it’s still not clear whether they’ll die from an e-cigarette-caused disease,” says Thomas Eissenberg, co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products.