Vaping…How Safe Is It Really??

The use of Vape or E-Cigartettes has sky rocketed in the past decade or so, but is it as safe as we might be led to believe? Recent reports of vape related deaths in the US forces us to re-examine the issue.

What is “Vaping”?

  • Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes – are also called vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
  • Using an e-cigarette product is commonly called vaping.
  • E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs.
  • The liquid can contain: nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, (not in Indonesia) and other substances and additives.


3 Vaping Facts You Need to Know

1: Vaping Can Help You Quit Regular Smoking

If you have thought about trying to kick a smoking habit, you’re not alone. Nearly seven out of 10 smokers say they want to stop. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health – smoking harms nearly every organ in your body, including your heart. Nearly one-third of deaths from heart disease are the result of smoking and secondhand smoke.

You might be tempted to turn to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as a way to ease the transition from traditional cigarettes to not smoking at all. But is smoking e-cigarettes better for you than using tobacco products? Can e-cigarettes help you to stop smoking once and for all?

E-cigarettes heat nicotine (extracted from tobacco), flavorings and other chemicals to create a water vapor that you inhale. Regular tobacco cigarettes contain 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic. While we don’t know exactly what chemicals are in e-cigarettes.


2: Vaping Is Still Bad for Your Health

Nicotine is the primary agent in both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and it is highly addictive. It causes you to crave a smoke and suffer withdrawal symptoms if you ignore the craving. Nicotine is also a toxic substance. It raises your blood pressure and spikes your adrenaline, which increases your heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack.


3: Electronic cigarettes are just as addictive as traditional ones.

Both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes contain nicotine, which research suggests may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine.


Does Vaping Cause Serious Injury or Death?

What we know

  • There are 530 cases of lung injury reported in the U.S.A. Seven deaths have been confirmed.
  • CDC has received complete sex and age data on 373 of 530 cases.

–  Nearly three fourths (72%) of cases are male

–  Two thirds (67%) of cases are 18 to 34 years old

–  16% of cases are under 18 years & 17% are 35 years or older

  • All reported cases have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping.
  • Based on initial data from certain states we know: Most patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC. Many patients have reported using THC and nicotine. Some have reported the use of cigarette products containing only nicotine.


What CDC recommends

  • CDC has released interim recommendations for healthcare providers, health departments, and the public.
  • Until we know more, if you are concerned about these specific health risks, CDC recommends that you consider refraining from using e-cigarette or vaping products.
  • If you are an adult who used e-cigarettes containing nicotine to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes.
  • If you have recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and you have symptoms like those reported in this outbreak see a healthcare provider.
  • Regardless of the ongoing investigation:

–  Anyone who uses an e-cigarette or vaping product should not buy these products (e.g., e-cigarette or vaping products with THC or CBD oils) off the street, and should not modify or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.

–  Youth and young adults should not use e-cigarette products.

–  Women who are pregnant should not use e-cigarette products.

–  Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette products.

Knowing what we know now, taking up the vaping habit is definitely worth a second thought. Certainly many countries are taking the issue very seriously, including India, which has totally banned the practice. To date, over 20 countries, mostly in South America, the Middle East and South-East Asia, have banned the sale of e-cigarette products. Some countries have also banned possession of these products.

Thailand has the strictest laws, while countries such as Australia, Canada and Norway have introduced many restrictions. Donald Trump has also announced that he will soon pass law banning the vape products. Will it be banned in Indonesia…we’ll have to wait and see.


Kim Patra is a qualified Midwife & Nurse Practioner who has been living and working in Bali for over 30 years. She now runs her own Private Practice & Mothers & Babies center at her Community Health Care office in Sanur.

Kim is happy to discuss any health concerns that you have and may be contacted via email at, or office phone 085105-775666 or


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