Vaping is on the rise in the U.S. and we are currently experiencing the first e-cigarette epidemic in which 1,650 cases of severe lung injuries have been reported. According to the CDC, the epidemic is nowhere near a slowdown. One of the many misconceptions of e-cigarette use is that vaping is safer, healthier, and better for you than smoking cigarettes. However, vaping is a different process of inhaling nicotine. Those who vape will encounter the same health effects as smokers do because of the nicotine intake. There is no secret when it comes to the harmful damage that smoking can cause but there is still little to no information about the potential side effects of vaping. However, nicotine consumption in any format has been known to inhibit inflammation and interfere with the body’s natural healing capabilities.
"Even the most efficacious skincare routine will have trouble combatting the toll that vaping can take on the body's largest organ"
Many are acustomed to nurturing our skin with multi-step skincare regimens and expensive trips to health food meccas like Erewhon but immediately fall victim to harmful chemicals each time they reach for their e-cigarette. Much like smoking cigarettes, recent studies have begun to unveil the longterm effects that vaping vaping will inevitably have on the health of one’s skin. During an interview with Fitness Magazine, Dr. Joel Schlesinger points out that “any form of smoking leads to premature signs of aging, deep wrinkles, bags under the eyes and dull, dehydrated skin”. The skin is dependent on consistent oxygen flow and the disruption of that cycle invites the aging process to begin prematurely. Even the most efficacious skincare routine will have trouble combatting the toll that vaping can take on the body’s largest organ.
Putting down the vape or e-cigartte will not only decrease your chances of severe health risks, but it also will minimize further damage to your skin. Addiction treatment and counseling specialist, Jeffrey Buckley, explains the “one thing many smokers are not aware of is the slow deterioration of their skin, which suffers from inhalation of more than 7,000 chemicals produced by burning tobacco cigarettes.” We are always searching for ways to positively affect our lives, and ingesting so many chemicals through vaping is the reverse of this. Ingesting chemicals is never a positive impact on our lives as we strive to feel good and be the healthiest versions we can be. Although we’ve long known that secondhand smoke inhalation can effect nonsmokers, it can also effect their skin. Incorporating a serum like the KD Brighten & Tighten Vitamin C Serum will help combat free radicals and other molecules that can potentially cause damage to the dermis.
"Adolescents as young as 13 are falling victim to enticing marketing campaigns by conglomerates like JUUL but at what cost?"
Not only does vaping pose a threat to our skin, it is quite possible that research will find that vaping negatively impacts one’s overall health. The Harvard Business Review reported, “nearly 200 e-cigarette users have developed severe lung disease in 22 states,” with most victims being young adults. Similar outcomes from cigarette smokers have been reported for years but at a much slower rate. It had previously taken years before tobacco smokers would experience lung diseases and other ailments. After just a few years of vaping and sometimes mere months, users are experieincing a negative impact in much smaller increments of time. The vaping epidemic spans a large portion of the American population and will continue to pose a threat to the younger generations while research is conducted. Adolescents as young as 13 are falling victim to enticing marketing campaigns by conglomerates like JUUL but at what cost? Nictoine consumption at a young age can hinder growth and exacerbate acne. In addition to these disconcerting repurcussions, a nicotine habit formed in close proximity to the start of puberty can make it harder to kick later on. You’ll be one step closer to glowing skin when you begin to incorporate healthier habits in place of vaping!
"This is a fad that does not deserve the hype"
It is without a doubt that vaping poses a serious threat to your skin. A plethora of physicians and over 200+ vaping related deaths can confirm this is a fad that does not deserve the hype. When you consider premature aging and lackluster skin, the ramifactions beging to make the decision to be vape free a no-brainer. I encourage everyone to take a stance against vaping in order to protect the health of our youth and our skin. What is your first step in combating the vaping epidemic?