No doubt you’ve heard by now how dangerous vaping is. The mysterious vaping lung disease causing lung injuries to young adults who vape in 46 states? That should be enough to convince you it’s time to quit vaping. But if you need a little more motivation, we’ve got it for you. Did you know that vaping can have the most unattractive, gross impact on your daily health and looks, too?
“Not only does vaping pose serious health issues, such as damage to your heart and lungs, it can cause other physical changes that are very undesirable,” says Ali S. Raja, M.D., executive vice chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Here, Dr. Raja walks us through are some of the yuckiest side effects vaping can deliver … if you’re demonstrating any of these signs, other people will definitely notice.
A Hacking Cough
Whether you’re new to vaping or a chronic user, you’re going to feel the irritation it causes you as you inhale from your e-cig. And your lungs will not be happy.
“Vaping also causes inflammation in your lungs,” explains Dr. Raja. “Vaping liquids actually coat your lungs as you absorb it through your e-cigarette, which makes your lungs’ job a lot harder as they attempt to function. So it’s not as easy to breathe. But also, you can develop a hacking cough from that inflammation—a chronic smokers’ cough.” What’s more, a new study from University of North Carolina Medical School found that vapers’ lungs have high levels of protease enzymes, which can cause emphysema in smokers, due to nicotine in vaping liquids. Constant coughing that could eventually indicate serious illness is not a good thing.
A Bad Case of the Jitters
Talking too fast … a bad case of the shakes … not a great impression to make on a date, or on your boss. But vaping can cause it to happen. “Inhaling vaping products can increase your heart rate, which is probably going to make you stressed and jittery, and that is something others will notice,” says Dr, Raja. “When you’re feeling nervous and stressed, you tend to get irritated at others, too”—another way you probably never thought vaping could potentially affect your life and relationships.
“The nicotine in vaping liquids dehydrates your skin,” explains Dr. Raja. “So you can get premature wrinkles and very dry skin, which don’t look good. In addition to skin aging, too, vaping can also delay wound healing. So if you get a paper cut, that paper cut is going to stick with you.” But even worse: the search has also found that nicotine use is linked to chronic skin conditions like acne and psoriasis, and skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, as well as oral cancer.
Because vaping can cause the same kinds of damage that smoking regular regular cigarettes can, when you vape, the smoke can damage your hair follicles, causing the possibility of hair loss. Research shows that this kind of hair loss can be super hard to treat, too, so your hair loss could be permanent.
If you vape, you’ll be spending lots more of your hard-earned cash on teeth whiteners. “Bacteria from vaping liquids causing your teeth to be discolored,” says Dr. Raja. “You will notice your teeth start to yellow from vaping, and it will get worse the more you do it. So that looks very bad.” It does for sure. But what looks even worse …
No Teeth At All (It Could Happen)
Dr. Raja says that the inflammation vaping causes in other parts of your body can wreak havoc in your mouth, too. “Inflammation that vaping will cause all throughout your body can gradually affect your gums to such a serious extent that your teeth will fall out. ” That’s as bad as it gets.
And Last But Not Least … Vaping Makes You Smell
A disgusting chemical odor clinging to your clothes … delightful? Not so much! Think about each of these very visible side effects and what displaying them truly says about you … and quit vaping today. Do it for your health, first and foremost—and then do it for your self-respect.