What happens to your body when you vape every day?

Even if you've never touched a tobacco product in your life and consider e-cigarettes the equivalent of an exhaust pipe for the human head, your brain is likely susceptible to some of the same psychological mechanisms that make vaping appealing to smokers. Have you ever bought a tub of low-fat ice cream only to eat eight times more than you would of the fattier version? Vaping is basically high-tech low-fat ice cream for smokers. Per Johns Hopkins Hospital, a typical cigarette contains 7,000 chemicals, including a lot of toxins. Vaping, which delivers nicotine, flavorings, and other ingredients in aerosol form, definitely reduces the number of toxins you inhale.

But before you breathe an electronic sigh of relief, keep in mind that by making a guilty pleasure sound healthier you may be giving yourself carte blanche to overindulge. That certainly holds true for so-called "light" cigarettes. A 2005 study published in the medical journal, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, found that smokers who consumed light cigarettes offset the intended benefits by "both by smoking cigarettes more intensively and by smoking more cigarettes per day." This phenomenon is referred to as smoker compensation. If a similar pattern holds for vaping, then e-cig smokers likely indulge more frequently than they would with a normal oral exhaust pipe. If you vaped every day, what might that do to your health?

A case of the vapers

As John Hopkins Hospital points out, the fact that vaping is safer than smoking doesn't make it safe. For instance, what if your vape pen explodes? NBC reports that this happened to 17-year-old Austin Adams in 2019. The explosion "knocked out several teeth and shattered his jaw." The pen was likely detonated by a failing lithium-ion battery, which can turn ignited e-cigarettes into "flaming rockets." Even if vaping doesn't vaporize your mouth via explosion, you still expose yourself to toxic nicotine, which elevates adrenaline and can cause heart attacks. Vaping may also enhance your chances of developing lung disease and asthma. According to Healthline, research indicates that vaping increases the accumulation of dental bacteria, potentially leading to cavities. Plus, it might irritate your gums, which didn't do anything to deserve that. Vaping is just as addictive as smoking, so it won't even help aspiring quitters to kicking their nicotine habit. The moral of the story: smoking low-fat ice cream isn't as harmless as it might sound.