Are vapes safe?

Are vapes safe?
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Long story short: kind of. It’s certainly safer than smoking but it's not completely in the clear.

The main myth about vapes is that they cause “popcorn lung”, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare inflammatory disorder of the lungs. This isn’t true. Hope that clears that up!

Side effects of vaping include: dry throat, coughing, irritation of the mouth and throat, shortness of breath, and headaches.

If you get side effects, get advice from a smoking cessation advisor or reputable vape retailer. Side effects usually have simple solutions and making small changes to your vape can keep you on the path to smoking cessation.

Of course, not vaping is better than vaping. But vaping is better than smoking. You should aim to be able to stop vaping once you make it 12 months without a cigarette.

One of the main things to be aware of is that vaping is still relatively new. This means we don’t know the risks of long-term use. So don’t vape unless you smoke. And stop vaping once you think you don’t need to anymore.

Another issue is that vapes are not for people under the age of 18. Young lungs and brains are still developing and vapes may interfere with this.

Check out these tips on vaping successfully:

Pick the right vape. This means choosing a reputable retailer which sell high-quality products. I'll be recommending some decent ones very soon. All in good time!

Get extra nicotine support. If you need to. Patches are a great way of doing that. I'll also be recommending some decent ones very soon. Good things come to those who wait!

Use the vape as much you need. Let your cravings dictate how often you need to vape. Let your body tell you what it needs.