Vaping. It’s the new trend, have you heard of it? Sure you have.

It is described in urban dictionary as “the way to get everyone on the planet to hate you.” A more accurate definition, however, would be “inhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.”

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With the rise in popularity, comes numerous studies regarding the effects vaping has on the human body. It has been found that teens as young as 12 and 13 are more likely to vape than smoke due to the belief that e-cigs are a healthier option when compared to actual cigarettes. This notion is far from accurate.

Scientists have found a number of harmful chemicals in e-cigarette vapors, some even cancer-causing. Formaldehyde: found in household products such as paints and glues; acetaldehyde: a toxic byproduct of alcohol metabolism; and many toxic metals, just to name a few.

Toxins within the vapor have their own cause and effect on the body, with recent “smoker’s cough” and bloody sores showing up in teen vapers. Irfan Rahman, a toxicologist at the University of Rochester in New York, decided to study the cells within the mouth and lung in response to these symptoms arising. Both the cells in the mouth and lung showed the inability to repair themselves. The vapor was found to cause changes in the mitochondria of the fibroblasts. To put it simply, the healing cells in both the mouth and lung were out of the energy needed to repair themselves.

Along with this new research from Rahman, it has been found that vaping can cause damage to the heart, blood vessels, brain and immune system. All the more reason to think twice before jumping onto this trend.