Is vaping bad for you?
Unfortunately, the bulk of material written about electronic cigarettes in the media is scaremongering sloppy journalism, written by people who either have a vested interest or who want an attention-grabbing headline.
In reality, the consensus amongst the professional scientists who have conducted research into electronic cigarettes is that they are relatively harmless. Most conclude that there is very little short-term harm (the nicotine being about as harmful as coffee) done and that there is no danger from second-hand vaping. Virtually all, however, do say that more long-term research is needed.
Let’s be honest, the human respiratory system isn’t made to handle the flavoured nicotine vapour that we are inhaling. It is highly likely that there will be some long-term issue with doing this. However, we know for a fact that cigarettes contain hundreds of nasty chemicals that increase our risk of premature death massively. It is fairly certain that the long-term effects of vaping, when known, will turn out to be a fraction of those of smoking tobacco.
With all this in mind, we would never encourage a non-smoker to start vaping. Electronic cigarettes should be seen as a less harmful alternative to tobacco; one that some people are able to use to get entirely free of nicotine addiction.