Scientists Have Concluded How Much Harm 5 Different Types of Smoking Actually Brings

Smoking is one of the worst habits a person can have, and is responsible for nearly 500 000 deaths in the world annually.

According to statistics from the CDC, 36 500 000 adults in the USA are active smokers, and rarely anyone is aware of how harmful the habit is.

A cigarette contains more than 600 ingredients, with most of them incredibly harmful for our lungs and overall health.

A single cigarette contains nicotine, carbon dioxide, arsenic, formaldehyde, ammonia, uranium, nitrosamines, hydrogen cyanide, benzene and lead. All these ingredients can seriously endanger your health, and most are recognized as carcinogens as well.

Even despite the terrible images of the consequences of smoking on the packs, people are unable to quit. There are many alternatives, but even they aren’t as healthy as advertised. Here are 5 alternative forms of smoking and their effect on our health:

E-cigs

Although more and more people are switching to e-cigarettes, they’re not the perfect alternative. A 2014 study found out that the battery output voltage and the propylene glycol and glycerin content can actually raise the level of carbon monoxide molecules in the vapor.

Furthermore, the vapor itself contained carbonyl compounds which are highly carcinogenic.

Vaping

Vaping is incredibly popular nowadays. They work by skipping the burning process, but they’re still not a good alternative. One study found out that vaping is actually even more harmful than e-cigarettes and has a significant negative effect on our health.

Hookah

Many people consider hookah a great alternative to cigarettes as it contains a bit of tobacco filtered by water, but the reality is completely different.

According to one study, hookah can raise your heart rate and blood pressure and impair your respiratory function, relating it to bronchitis, coronary artery disease and chronic bronchitis as well.

Some experts have related hookah to even more serious diseases including lung cancer.

Standard cigarettes

Smoking has been linked to emphysema, lung, liver, bladder, colorectal and larynx cancer, as well as atherosclerosis and other dangerous diseases.

Marijuana

Compared to any other alternative on the list, marijuana is considered as the best. As you probably already know, many countries are pushing for the medical use of cannabis.

A few studies have examined marijuana’s effects on chronic pain, and the results were incredible. The herb managed to reduce pain in 97% of the participants, and also relieved the stress and anxiety in almost half of them.

There were no side-effects except throat irritation and cough in the patients, which makes the herb better than cigarettes.

E-Cigarettes Cause A Horrible Incurable Disease Called ‘Popcorn Lung’

The latest trend in smoking has been E-cigarettes. They have been promoted as a much safer alternative to smoking regular cigarettes. But of course, there’s the old saying that starts out, “if it’s too good to be true…”

It turns out the Harvard School of Public Health decided to do a study on E-cigarettes and the results are startling. It looks as if they may not pose the traditional cigarette threat, but they pose a different one altogether.

Diacetyl is a flavoring chemical used in E-cigs which are linked to cases of severe respiratory disease, most notably the incurable condition called “Popcorn Lung.”

This condition was first noticed in workers in microwave popcorn processing facilities who inhaled the artificial butter flavoring.

The disease is totally debilitating and irreversible. It’s a respiratory disease which causes scarring in tiny air sacs in the lungs.

This leads to shortness of breath and excessive coughing.

“The amount of diacetyl in 39 of the e-cigs exceeded the amount that was able to be detected by the laboratory.

Diacetyl and other related flavoring chemicals are used in many other flavors beyond butter-flavored popcorn, including fruit flavors, alcohol flavors, and candy flavored e-cigarettes.”

Allan also noted how scary these findings are as the flavor names of these e-cigs include cotton candy, cupcake, and other flavors which would clearly be attractive to young people.

But that’s not all. Due to the fact that e-cigs are so new, it wouldn’t be a stretch to figure that even more risks will pop up in the near future. David Christiani, Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics, was the co-author of the study and said the following:

“Since most of the health concerns about e-cigarettes have focused on nicotine, there is still much we do not know about e-cigarettes.

In addition to containing varying levels of the addictive substance nicotine, they also contain other cancer-causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde, and as our study shows, flavoring chemicals that can cause lung damage.”

It looks like the fruity-flavored “safe” alternative to traditional smoking, may not be all that after all, and it probably is best to cease any e-cig habits until further research is done on this emerging smoking trend.

Here’s a video where e-cigs led to devastating results for one man: