A health expert has issued a warning over the increasing use of vape pens, as many substitute cigarettes for the electronic alternative.
Despite vapes ‘generally’ being better than cigarettes, a researcher at the University of Chester, Dr Gareth Nye, has said that there is still reasonable potential for lung damage and cancer.
The popularity of vaping has also rocketed up in Malta, with many teens trying them out in hopes of quitting their cigarette and tobacco addiction.
The doctor warned that there is limited scientific evidence regarding such products, mainly regarding the liquid used to vape with, rather than the vaping device itself. The liquid can contain nicotine as well as harmful carcinogens and toxicants found in cigarettes.
And, given the still harmful impacts, users are now smoking the devices indoors and as such increase the amount of smoking throughout the day. This could also boost the amount of second-hand smoking for non-smokers.
A local study conducted earlier this year showed that a vast of majority of kids participating in a research had traces of second-hand smoke in their bodies. Around 95.4% of kids were exposed to nicotine, despite 72.4% of parents reporting that they were not exposed to smoke at home.