MANY smokers have swapped traditional cigarettes for e-cigs (Vaping) in recent months.
And now Shisha is fast becoming the thing of the past.
The devices are designed with the goal of helping smokers quit and are billed as a healthier alternative. Here’s all the info on vaping and e-cigarettes.
What is vaping?
Vaping is the process of smoking e-cigarettes, allowing a person to inhale nicotine without other harmful substances in tobacco.
The term is used as e-cigarettes do not produce smoke – instead releasing a vapour.
The vapour is produced from a material such as an e-liquid.
Many Ugandans now get their nicotine hit via e-cigarettes, and they are continuing to grow in popularity.
What is an e-cigarette?
E-cigarette is another name for electronic cigarette.
It is a handheld device that gives you the same feeling as smoking a normal tobacco cigarette.
The first modern e-cigs were developed by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik who wanted to create a safer alternative to smoking.
E-liquid is the mixture used in vapour products.
In May 2018, top doctors called for flavoured e-cigs, such as strawberry, bubblegum and chocolate to be banned as they said they encouraged kids to try the devices.
E-cigs and vaping pens come with a tiny sensor and computer chip that activate a heater, which warms up the nicotine inside every time a person takes a draw.
When the liquid nicotine warms up it vapourises, creating a vapour that users can then suck through the mouthpiece.
Unlike normal cigarettes, the devices don’t produce tar and carbon monoxide.
But, that does not mean the vapour produced is free of harmful chemicals.
Studies have found it contains some toxic chemicals, that are also found in cigarette smoke, at lower levels.
Health officials have claimed e-cigarettes were 95 per cent safer than tobacco.
Is vaping harmful and does it damage your lungs?
A study in August 2018 has suggested vaping is more harmful than first thought.
Researchers found e-cigs boost the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body.
And the vapour kills protective cells in the lung that keep the air spaces clear of harmful bugs.
Study leader Prof David Thickett said: “I don’t believe e-cigarettes are more harmful than ordinary cigarettes.
“But we should have a cautious scepticism that they are as safe as we are being led to believe.”
Public Health England said vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits.
And they said the evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people.
They claim e-cigs are 95 per cent safer than traditional cigarettes.
And they suggest smokers should consider switching to vaping in a bid to help them quit.
San Francisco became the first US city to ban electronic cigarettes in a bid to curb underage use of tobacco products.
E-cig manufacturers, Juul labs whose headquarters are in the city say that the move will deprive adults of healthier smoking alternatives.
In June 2018, scientists warned that inhaling flavoured e-cigarettes can damage cells lining the heart and blood vessels, leading to cardiovascular disease, strokes and heart attacks.
Another study warns vapers may be at greater risk of a life-threatening stroke than smokers.