A few decades ago, the adverse health effects associated with smoking cigarettes were not widely known. Fast forward to the time when scientific investigation proved that medical dangers exist not only if you smoke cigarettes but even if you are exposed to second-hand smoke. The U.S. Attorney General ordered that cigarette manufacturers place a warning on all cigarette packages. Like many others in California, you may have been thrilled to learn about vape pens as alternatives to traditional, tobacco-rolled cigarettes.
These portable electronic devices were quick to catch on. Whether you're a medical marijuana patient, a smoker trying to kick a cigarette habit or simply curious to give vaping a try, you may have gone online or to an authorized marijuana dispensary to purchase your first pen. As with many other products, as time goes on, questions are surfacing as to whether vape pens are entirely safe for those who use them. If you plan to make it a habit, you'll want to research the topic ahead of time.
Beware the potential dangers of vape pens!
There's some concern about the liquid inside the cartridges that attach to vape pens. Although you'd likely agree with most people who say vaping is healthier than actually inhaling smoke, it's always a good idea to thoroughly research potential risks before deciding whether to use such products. It's also a good idea to seek understanding of product liability laws in case an injury occurs. The following list contains useful information regarding possible vape pen hazards:
- China is the chief manufacturer of most vape pen products. The problem with that is that there is little regulatory control over marketing and utilization.
- The batteries that operate vape pens to heat the oils inside can transform solvents, flavoring agents and other materials at high temperatures.
- This transformation may result in carcinogenic or toxic material.
- Propylene glycol mixes with cannabis or hemp oils in many vape pens and nicotine-infused electronic cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says humans can safely consume this chemical; however, ingesting it may pose a great risk for harm. At high temperatures, it can break down into polymers that adversely affect lung tissue.
Just because something is safe for you to eat doesn't mean it is also safe to breathe. You may have heard that vaporizing systems that use whole plant cannabis poses less health risk than vape pens. The fact is that the jury's still out because there simply isn't enough data available yet from analysis of mainstream users regarding possible long-term consequences.
In addition to potential health risks, there have been stories of vape pens exploding in people's pockets because of lithium-ion batteries. The bottom line is that if you suffer illness or injury you believe is connected to vape pen use, you may want to discuss this with your doctor as well as someone who knows the ins and outs of the civil justice system.