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Are No Nicotine Vapes Safe To Use? Side-Effects & Risks of Using A Nicotine Free Vape

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Dr. Po-Chang Hsu

Dr. Po-Chang Hsu

On August 27, 2022

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Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens, B.S.

On March 27, 2022

Vaping is dangerous for your health
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No nicotine vapes seem to be a new and exciting aspect and development in the vaping world that vapers are turning to better their health. However, are no nicotine vapes all that the companies say they are? Are they a healthier alternative to nicotine vapes? Or are they just clever marketing to keep addicts coming back for more?

There are lots of questions surrounding the legitimacy and safety of no nicotine vapes, especially the question of if they are safer than nicotine vapes or not. There are some basic differences between the two types of vapes, the main difference being that no nicotine vapes are non-addictive in a chemical sense.

While vaping from a device that does not have nicotine may be better for your body in a chemical addiction sense, there are still other factors about no nicotine vapes that can be damaging to your body and your mindset, as well as addicting.

One of the most important things to note is that while non-nicotine vapes may not have the addictive chemical nicotine in them, there is still the routine and action of vaping, which can become addictive. Additionally, any vaporizer devices require the user to inhale chemicals, which have not been tested long-term and could have disastrous health impacts later on in life.

Both nicotine vapes and non-nicotine vapes are new to the world, and not enough science has been conducted to prove their safety long-term. However, most data show that vaping anything can have short-term effects that start immediately after the user begins vaping. These effects can happen regardless of whether the vaporizer device has nicotine vape juice or non-nicotine vape juice.

If you are curious about the safety, addictiveness, and how non-nicotine vapes affect your life, please read on to get plenty of information about the side effects, health concerns, and different aspects of no nicotine vaping.

What Is A No Nicotine Vape?

A no nicotine vape is a device or type of vaporizer juice that does not have the chemical compound nicotine in it. Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical compound that can create physical, psychological, and physiological addiction in humans. Nicotine is found in cigarettes, cigars, and many vape juices used in vaporizer devices and electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes.

Vapes are a type of electronic cigarette that can be rechargeable, reusable, or disposable after the juice and battery run out. Vapes can have nicotine vape juice or non-nicotine vape juice, which can be used in normal vaporizer devices.

What Is A No Nicotine Vape?

A no nicotine vape is a vape juice or disposable vaporizer device with no nicotine. This means that the vape juice or vape device is not chemically addictive in a nicotine way. They are marketed as a healthier alternative to nicotine vaporizer devices and e-cigarettes, but the science is not there to back up the legitimacy of this claim.

It is hard to claim that a vaporizer device is healthier than something that can cause severe lung issues and even death. E-cigarettes have been known to cause horrible issues in the respiratory system of people who vape. Likewise, it is hard to imagine that a vaporizer device that excludes nicotine is safer. Vaporizer devices and e-cigarettes are still made with chemicals that are not regulated or tested on human beings, so it is almost impossible to say what the side effects and long-term physical effects that nicotine or non-nicotine vaporizers can have on humans.

Therefore, inhaling any cocktail of chemicals cannot be safe for your body.

However, for those looking to wean themselves off nicotine vaporizers devices, non and nicotine in e-cigarettes and devices may be the route to slowly transition from nicotine to no nicotine.

Side-Effects & Risks Associated With Using No Nicotine Vapes

As stated earlier, ingesting or inhaling chemicals is unhealthy for your body. No nicotine vapes are not a healthy thing to choose for your body. While they prevent people from using vape juices or vaporizers that have nicotine, they still pump human beings full of toxic chemicals that are not federally regulated.

Nobody knows what these chemicals can do to a person over a lifetime because vapes are only a decade-and-a-half old.

However, science shows that nicotine-free vaporizers can have harmful effects on a human being’s body, both short-term and long-term. These effects are similar to those of a vaporizer that has nicotine in it.

Below are some of the harmful effects of a no nicotine vaporizer device on a human being.

  • Damaged lungs and respiratory system
  • Increased risk of respiratory infection
  • Cell death
  • Extreme inflammation
  • Negatively affect blood vessels and circulatory system

Vaping, in any sense, irritates the lungs, throat, mouth, and lips of the person who is vaping. There is no safe way to use an e-cigarette or vaporizer device and avoid irritation internally. This irritation can cause severe lung inflammation, causing shortness of breath that can last for months after quitting vaping altogether.

The inflammation in the lungs can also put a person at risk for infection because the inflamed lungs cannot be treated by the immune system if a virus or bacteria begins to spread. This makes respiratory illness more common in those who vape e-cigarettes or smoke cigarettes or cigars.

How To Tell If You Are Addicted To Vaping Or No Nicotine Vapes

One of the best ways to figure out if you are addicted to vaping any e-cigarette is to try and take a 24 to 72-hour break from vaping. If you begin to feel withdrawal symptoms during this time, you may have an addiction to vaping.

Some symptoms of withdrawal that can also be signs of addiction are headaches, craving your vaporizer or e-cigarette, feeling moody, irritable, anxious or depressed, big, short of breath, and dizzy. It is important to monitor your withdrawal symptoms if you begin to feel them. This way, you know what you face when you try to quit.

Addiction to vaping can come from nicotine vaporizers and non-nicotine vaporizers, so it is important to monitor your addiction levels. Many people believe that non-nicotine e-cigs Watson vaporizers cannot be addictive. However, it is very common for people to become physically addicted to non-nicotine vaporizer devices because of the routines that they create within people’s lives.

How To Tell If You Are Addicted To Vaping Or No Nicotine Vapes

The simple movement of bringing the vaporizer to your lips, the social aspect of going outside to vape with friends, and the community that some people find can become quickly addicting psychologically. Additionally, the flavors and chemicals in non-nicotine vapes, as well as the lightheadedness that comes from vaping, can become addictive as well. However, you do not need a chemical addiction to be addicted to something.

If you are worried that you will not be able to have the willpower to not wait for 24 to 72 hours to check if you are experiencing withdrawal, you may want to ask a friend or family member to take away your vape device and check in on you frequently. This will hold you accountable with frequent check-ins so you will not buy another device, and having somebody hold on to your vaporizer will prevent you from using it.

Remember, understanding that you are addicted to something is the first step in being able to undo its effects on your life.

Addiction Treatment Options If Addicted To Vaping Or Using No Nicotine Vapes

An addiction to vaping is a substance addiction, which means you are not alone. Additionally, being addicted to a vaporizer device or e-cigarette, whether nicotine is in it or not, is not your fault. Unfortunately, the vaporizer industry has created products designed to get you addicted.

Your body and your neurology are physically unable to resist the chemical compounds in nicotine and other vaporizer devices. It is not a choice to become addicted to something, but it is a choice to seek out treatment for it.

While vaporizer addictions may be talked about in passing, it can sometimes feel like there are not many treatment options or plans available. In addition, many people feel like being addicted to e-cigarettes is not taken as seriously as being addicted to other substances, despite e-cigarettes and vaporizers being a substance.

One of the best treatment options is rehab. You deserve the finest care and your life back from your addiction. Please get in touch with our NYC Drug Rehab today to start your recovery journey from drugs & alcohol. Addiction does not have to control your life, and you can live a life free from the vices of nicotine or non-nicotine vaporizer devices. If your loved one is suffering from an addiction, we hope you reach out and get in touch with our friendly and professional staff so we can create specialized treatment plans for you. If you are not ready to make the jump into inpatient detox or residential treatment, we also offer NYC outpatient rehab program to residents of the tri-state area.

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Amanda Stevens


Amanda Stevens, B.S.

Amanda is a prolific medical content writer specializing in eating disorders and addiction treatment. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Purdue University with a B.S. in Social Work. Read more

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