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How Does Vaping Addiction Progress?
Because many of the most severe health effects of smoking are linked to toxins other than nicotine, vaping is often thought to be safer than smoking. However, vaping comes with health risks of its own, and it is particularly risky for young people.
- Nicotine interferes with the development of nerve cells in the brain. It can have a negative impact on the parts of the brain that control learning, impulse control, attention, and mood. The effects may be particularly pronounced in young people, whose brains continue to develop until well into young adulthood.
- Vaping can increase the likelihood that a user will start smoking or become addicted to other drugs.
- Vaping mist can contain very fine particles that may cause lung disease. Toxins such as heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and other carcinogens are also often present, increasing the risk of long-term health issues.
- Flavoring chemicals, especially one called diacetyl, have been linked to bronchiolitis obliterans, a severe and potentially fatal lung disease.
- Vitamin E acetate, a chemical often found in THC-based vaping products, has also been linked to cases of severe lung disease.
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