Colourful e-cigarettes have taken the UK market by storm, leaving thick smoke around their safety.

Touted as a great way to kick the tobacco habit, vapes have become popular with 4.3 million people in the UK who use them regularly, according to data from Action on Smoking and Health.

What’s worse, vaping rates have also risen among children aged 11 to 17 from four percent in 2020 to seven percent in 2022.

However, e-cigarettes don’t come without a tax on your health.

A GP has warned that the small devices could age your skin by “decades”.

Colourful e-cigarettes have taken the UK market by storm, leaving thick smoke around their safety.

Asiya Maula, GP at the medical centre The Health Suite, said: “I can’t emphasise enough the detrimental effects it has on both physical health and appearance.

“Vaping poses a significant threat to our overall well-being.”

The doctor warned that the popular habit takes a serious toll on your skin, ageing it by “decades”.

The chemicals and aerosol hidden in e-cigarettes can trigger skin inflammation, breakouts, and exacerbate conditions such as acne and psoriasis.

Furthermore, the heat from vaping devices can also dehydrate your skin, leading to a dull and aged appearance.

The doctor added: “The nicotine and chemicals used in vapes can cause the breakdown of collagen, a protein which helps to keep our skin firm and plump. This is why we see vapers develop lines around their lips.

“Premature ageing occurs as nicotine constricts blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the skin, which deprives it of oxygen and vital nutrients. This leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and a prematurely aged appearance.

“Individuals who vape often display these signs of ageing earlier than their non-vaping counterparts, sometimes looking decades older than they are.”

The GP warned that your skin isn’t the only part of your body that can take the hit, as teeth are usually the first to ring alarm bells.

The chemicals in e-cigarettes can stain your smile, making your teeth appear discoloured and unhealthy, Maula explained. “This staining not only affects one’s smile but also indicates harm to oral health.”

Based on this as well as the “unknown” risks vaping could pose, the doctor backed the ban on vaping.

The GP added: “The evidence is clear that vaping should be banned, not only for its severe health risks but also for its detrimental effects on skin health and appearance, as well as the unknown long-term risks which are not yet known.”

Post source: Daily Express

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