By Minerva Newman and Larnie Bacalando
CEBU CITY — Vaping tripled the harm than smoking cigarette gives to smokers, the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas said as it launched the “Smoking Ban Drive” this month.
DOH-7 information officer Ligaya Moneva said young people see vaping as an art, but it is still harmful because vaping exposes a user to toxic levels of nicotine that may cause addiction.
Moneva added electronic-cigarette as vape has many safety issues these days in and outside the country.
Vaping or the act of inhaling vapor produced by heating up of water, chemical and nicotine started in the 1960’s and was further developed by a 52-year old Chinese pharmacist, Hon Lik.
In September 2008, the World Health Organization declared that vaping was an illegitimate cessation to nicotine replacement therapy.
Andrew Sharpe, a 44-year old businessman who owns the Vamp Vape at Gaisano Country mall said he has been producing and manufacturing vape juices for about six years now. The ingredients found in the vape juices are also found in the cakes that are always present during birthday celebrations and other special occasions.
Sharpe stated the ingredients of vape such as vegetable glycerin (vg) do not carry flavor very well but it produces a lot of vapor. Vape also has a propylene glycol which was listed as the main ingredient in albuterol, or asthma inhalers and is perfectly safe to inhale when vaporized.
The final ingredient is pharmaceutical-grade nicotine, and all juice manufacturers make their product available in varying nicotine strengths, Sharpe added.
“Many vapors use very little to no to nicotine. Seventy percent out of 100 customers do not put nicotine in their vapors. What scares people was that, on a superficial level vaping looks like smoking. Since there may be no real dangers, let’s say we’re exploring the potential dangers of vaping,” he said.
Sharpe said there are scary sounding chemicals in e-cigarette vapors, but they’re in tiny concentrations, far smaller than in tobacco smoke and you breathe and eat chemicals every day, but most of them don’t affect you.