With the fast growing phenomenon of vape pens in our culture, there isn’t a place you can’t go without seeing a person trying to look cool vaping, strutting their stuff around campus.
Vape pens are the new hip thing that everyone who uses them thinks is “the shit.” Without inhaling all of the toxins in a traditional cigarette, vape pens are the new and improved alternatives to smoking cigarettes.
As I look around at my fellow classmates, I can’t help but cringe when I see a massive cloud come out of someone’s mouth after exhaling the vapor. I can admit that some of the things you can do with the smoke, like making the cliché “O” and twirling smoke around can be pretty fun, but seriously it can get old.
In 2008, when the vape pens were first introduced as a safer and better alternative to smoking, they reluctantly forgot to mention some malfunctions that have happened.
Most consumers don’t know is that vape pens have an ingredient called propylene glycol in them which is used to give you thicker clouds to do all of those “fancy” smoke tricks with, but when heated at high temperatures it can convert into toxic nanoparticles wreaking havoc on your respiratory organs. Propylene glycol is also found in antifreeze. So, saying that vaping is a healthy smoking option is not entirely true.
Vape pens seem to be a little healthier for you than the real thing, but what happens when one of those little suckers blows up in your face? I’ve heard of many incidents of vape pens blowing up in people’s faces, leaving scars and a lot of damage.
While most users of the vape pen use it as an alternative way to satisfy their nicotine addiction, there are others that just use vaping for the taste of the many flavors that are offered.
This is something I may never understand, but is it really necessary to inhale something into your lungs for just the flavor and hype of it all? Why wouldn’t you just eat something that tastes like the flavor you want?
Inhaling something into your body as a dubiously healthier alternative to cigarettes seems reckless and self destructive.
Being such a new product without all of the unknowns, they still seem to be very popular and they are sadly still gaining in popularity.
Facebook and Instagram have been flooded with videos, photos and even memes about vaping.
This seems to be something that will not go away for some time now. Everywhere I seem to be, there is nothing but vape pens around or people asking the one question that makes me want to rip the hair out of my head, “Bro, do you vape?”
There must be something else coming that will be the new hype around campus and hopefully it comes soon because quite frankly bro, vaping is not cool.
Editor’s Note: Though there have been some scientific studies done on the health impacts of vaping and the inhalation of propylene glycol, there is not yet a conclusive body of evidence for or against its safety. Readers who wish to know more can check out these links: How safe is your vape pen?, Propylene glycol toxicity, Propylene glycol toxicity profile, Electronic cigarette fires and explosions, Vaping may harm the lungs, Vaping really isn’t as harmful for your cells as smoking, Vaping: e-cigarettes safer than smoking, says Public Health England.