Vitamin Vaping Raises Wariness Among Scientists

Written by Dr. Joseph Mercola

The latest sales pitch for vaping claims that smoking e-cigarettes supplemented with vitamins is a good way of getting on the road to wellness. Just suck a few puffs and pump up your body with nutrients and vitamins at the same time. If you’re falling for that, Scientific American wants you to know that research backing up such claims is both out of date and presented out of context. In other words, the synthetic vitamins in the vapors are nothing more than a marketing ploy. Of course, vape makers disagree, but the bottom line is there are better ways to get your vitamins than taking up vaping.

As more people elect not to smoke conventional cigarettes and the sales droop, manufacturers have switched to selling vaping products, and even though they say they’re offering e-cigarettes only as safer solutions to regular cigarettes, they’re doing everything they can to give you a reason to get hooked on them. Of the emerging e-cigs, Juul is probably the most “infamous,” with plenty of features that make them alluring, especially to the younger generation.

Juuls come with intriguing flavors, fast recharging batteries and a shape that makes them “cool” for young people to smoke. But, they also come with a higher nicotine “hit,” which is just as addictive as it is in conventional cigarettes, if not more so. Not only that, the flavors that make them tasty are made up of chemicals that expose you to toxic heavy metals with each puff.

Since other toxins detected in e-cigarette vapors include diacetyl, formaldehyde, diethylene, glycol, tobacco-specific nitrosamine and highly reactive free radicals, I can’t think of a single dose of vitamins or minerals that could be large enough to offset the dangers of the other things you’re getting by vaping!

The bottom line is vaping shuts off protective cells in your lungs, and the sales tactics are getting out of hand. Conventional, combustible cigarettes contain thousands of toxic chemicals and are responsible for nearly $300 billion in direct and indirect health care costs, but e-cigs are NOT the solution. If you are currently trying to stop smoking, you can make quitting easier by taking steps before trying to quit, such as exercising, eating a nutritious diet and reducing your stress, all of which may help you cope more easily with the withdrawal symptoms.

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