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Electronic cigarettes and vaping have recently taken over the world by storm. The vaping industry has become an international powerhouse in a few years.

The vape industry has a hold on thousands of people who either switched from traditional smoking methods or joined the industry. Thousands of people are addicted to vaping electronic cigarettes or electronic pipes.

There is also very little information about the long-term side effects that vaping can have on a person’s body. The short-term side effects of vaping have been studied extensively, and there is no safe way to vape.

Vaping has been linked to dozens of health concerns that can be prevented by avoiding cigarettes and electronic pipes. There are also extensive withdrawal symptoms when someone decides to quit smoking e-pipes.

All in all, the risks outweigh the benefits of smoking electronic pipes. Thousands of people have lasting illnesses or chronic conditions that have been linked to smoking electronic pipes. Many people have died as well. It is not enough to say that vaping is not good for you. Vaping is taking lives and ruining them.

If you or a loved one is considering quitting smoking electronic pipes, you have come to the right place. 

Most electronic pipes have nicotine in them, and those are very addictive. If you are addicted to smoking electronic pipes, please read on to find out what the side effects and withdrawal symptoms are like when quitting these dangerous devices.

What is an E-Pipe & What Are the Side Effects of Using One?

To properly address the withdrawal and addiction of electronic pipes, we must first make sure we know what they are. Electronic pipes are vaping devices that mimic the traditional appearance of a pipe. Typically, electronic pipes are used with cartridges that attach to the device that is full of a nicotine substance. Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical. It is one of the most addictive chemicals worldwide, and thousands of people struggle with it. There is no safe way to ingest nicotine.

Some people think that vaping is safer than cigarettes, and while there may be some things you can avoid by vaping instead of smoking, there are still serious health risks associated with e-cigarettes and e-pipes. Additionally, because vaping is so new, scientists have not been able to study the long-term effects that vaping can have. At least not in the same way they can study the effects that cigarettes have.

The pipes are primarily rechargeable devices that can be refilled with vape juice or cartridges. Some electronic pipes are nicotine-free (because of the type of vape juice they use,) but most come with nicotine. Even nicotine-free vape pipes are not safe to use because there are still many toxic chemicals in the vape juice itself, which is not safe to inhale.

Some of the side effects of smoking an electronic pipe include:

  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
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As you can see, the side effects of using an electronic pipe are not pretty.

It is easy to get caught up in the aesthetic and the culture of vaping without realizing how much damage is being done to your body daily.

Studies are being conducted about the severity of long-term health issues associated with e-cigarettes, vaping, and e-pipes. Still, almost all of the data collected thus far concludes that e-pipes are not good for your health long-term and can have severely negative impacts on your overall well-being.

Many people who used to say vaping was healthier than cigarettes say that vaping is not a healthy option for anyone, regardless of whether they are switching from cigarettes to e-pipes.

Are E-Pipes Addictive? What Does Withdrawal From an E-Pipe Look Like?

Electronic pipes are very addictive. If they have nicotine, they can easily become one of the most addictive forces in your life. There is no safe way to consume nicotine.

Even using an electronic pipe with non-nicotine vape juice can become addictive. This is called a process addiction when you get addicted to the process of something, like vaping.

If your loved one is planning on quitting using electronic pipes, you should be prepared to experience some intense withdrawal symptoms. The extremity of the withdrawal symptoms depends on how long you have used an electronic pipe or a nicotine-based device. The longer you use an electronic pipe, the worse your withdrawal symptoms will likely be.

The majority of withdrawal symptoms are physical for the first days and weeks and then become psychological. Physical withdrawal symptoms include headaches, irritability, loss of appetite, fatigue, anxiety, and depression, among others.

Once the symptoms of physical withdrawal end, the psychological ones begin. Psychological withdrawal is a lot harder to deal with for most people. It lasts longer than physical withdrawal and has much more to do with your lifestyle and choices than physical withdrawal.

The hardest part of psychological withdrawal is the cravings. When you quit electronic pipes, you can expect intense cravings for at least a month after you quit. You mustn’t give in to those cravings.

Essentially, withdrawal from an electric pipe is the same as withdrawal from other nicotine-based devices.

How to Get Help if You Are Addicted to Smoking E-Pipes

Addiction is a very scary situation to face. There is a lot of social stigma around people who vape or smoke e-pipes, especially when seeking help for their addiction.

Many non-smokers say that people addicted to e-pipes do not deserve to get medical help while quitting. That is simply not true. You deserve all the help you need to beat your addiction. 

The vape industry is not a safe or healthy one. It uses clever marketing to get kids and young teenagers hooked on nicotine and convince cigarette smokers that vaping is healthier.

There are lawsuits against some of the biggest vape device corporations now. These lawsuits target the aggressive marketing and tactical use of flavors and advertisements to get people hooked on a product they knew was unhealthy. 

If you believe you are addicted to e-pipes or any other vape device, you are not alone. It is easy to think that you are the only one fighting this addiction, but thousands of other people like you all over the world are fighting every day to live addiction-free.

The first step in beating a nicotine addiction is to rely on friends and family. Tell your closest circle of friends, family, or partner that you are struggling with nicotine addiction. Let them help you find a program or a treatment plan that works for you and your life.

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Beating an addiction is incredibly hard, and beating an addiction alone is even harder. Make sure to rely on the people you trust and love to help you through this difficult time. People who rely on their friends and family to help them get through an addiction tend to stay off of the substance longer and report easier experiences through addiction.

If you are worried about a loved one who you think may have nicotine or electronic pipe addiction, the best way to go about it is to ask them if they are struggling. Do not attack them or make them feel guilty. Instead, sit them down and have a calm conversation where you express your concern for their health and well-being. You cannot force someone to change their life or lifestyle, but you can express your concern as someone who loves them. 

Make sure your loved one knows that you are saying this out of the concern and that you come from a place of love. Someone battling addiction generally feels alone. Thus, letting them know that you are here for them and love them makes a world of difference. 

If you seek a treatment plan, make sure that it is something sustainable for you. Recovery from addiction does not happen overnight; it takes time to get used to applying new lifestyle changes to your life. Do not try to achieve success overnight.

Just like they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day! It will take time to rebuild your life and create better habits.

If you or a loved one is searching for a treatment place so you can get help for an electronic pipe-smoking addiction or a nicotine addiction, please get in touch with our professional and well-educated staff. At Infinite Recovery, we want you to be able to live your best life free from your addictions and your travels. We understand that addiction is an extremely difficult time in somebody’s life, and we are proud to have helped people through these periods.

Sources:

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Amanda Stevens, BS

Medical Content Writer

Amanda Stevens, BS

Amanda is a prolific medical content writer specializing in eating disorders and addiction treatment. She graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Purdue University with a B.S. in Social Work. As a person in recovery from disordered eating, she is passionate about seeing people heal and transform. She writes for popular treatment centers such as Ocean Recovery, Ascendant NY, The Heights Treatment, Epiphany Wellness, New Waters Recovery and adolescent mental health treatment center BasePoint Academy. In her spare time she loves learning about health, nutrition, meditation, spiritual practices, and enjoys being the a mother of a beautiful daughter.

Last medically reviewed July 3, 2022

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