A hot button issue of the moment seems to be the debate whether or not does vaping cause cancer. This is largely to due with vaping’s institutional association with smoking tobacco. While the two are as different as pineapples and pinecones, they are closely linked by governmental design which has led to many assumptions about the dangers of vaping.
Presently, no concrete evidence exists to conclude that vaping has any direct link to any forms of cancer. A great deal of the cancers linked to tobacco smoking are directly due to the lengthy list of toxic chemicals they contain. Reflexively, vaping is not known to possess any of the known carcinogens or particulates that are byproducts of burning tobacco.
This is especially true with deposits and harmful chemicals related to the depositing of tar. Tar is identified as being one of the leading causes of smoking related cancers. Thus far, e-juice and vaping equipment neither contains, nor produces tar, which is unique to the burning of material.
While we’re talking about tar, there is a misconception that smoking cannabis does not produce tar. This is false, while smoking weed does not produce the same kind, nor amount that tobacco does, it has still been proven to produce tar. While it isn’t the primary reason, it has contributed to the massive growth in popularity of vaping cannabis.
Does Vaping Cause Cancer As A Result Of Other Additives?
That said, new users should know the possible risks being studied presently. The FDA has determined the atomizing additives PG and VG as safe for use in food and consumer products. However, there hasn’t been much study into what they produce when heated.
Possible toxins created by heating PG are currently under academic and scientific review. In a Portland State University study conducted on e-juice byproducts, researchers detected high levels of formaldehyde gas. However, the study was criticized as using devices running at intensely high wattage in order to reach this outcome, which at that temperature effectively burned the vape juice.
Burning anything will produce a byproduct you likely would not want to inhale. In fact, that is precisely the reason vaping was invented. It was devised as a way of taking in nicotine or other medicine as the patent stipulates, without burning material.
Of course, there are still vapers who insist on pushing their devices. They may insist on reaching the maximum voltage possible thinking that it will create intense vapor or sensations. In the interest of safety, those vaping at 3.3 to 5.0 volts consistently should understand the risks. Formaldehyde gas is associated with heightened risks of leukemia and nasopharyngeal cancer. This cancer effects the part of the throat behind the nasal cavity and above the mouth.
So does vaping cause cancer? Seems unlikely given the data that is known, but if you are using a high wattage device or mech mod with unspecified power output, it’s best to understand the potential dangers before putting potentially harmful chemicals in your body. While none of this is guaranteed as these were the results of a controlled study, the potential for e-juice to essentially burn at high temperatures exists, possible giving off dangerous chemicals. If you’re unsure of your devices power settings it’s best to do some research rather than assuming you are protected.