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Does it Matter if I Vape in Recovery?

Does it Matter if I Vape in Recovery?

Clouds of smoke seem to be everywhere these days. People seem to be smoking more in spite of the warnings against it, but it is not just tobacco smoke. More individuals are trying out vaping, a new way to deliver nicotine into the system. There are even competitions to see who can vape the biggest cloud. People with addiction can struggle in recovery and may try vaping to relieve stress, but it can be dangerous to your health and recovery.

Dangers of Vaping

The primary difference between cigarettes and vaporizers is how it is turned into smoke. Cigarettes contain tobacco and thousands of other harmful ingredients. The contents are lit, burned, and inhaled in the form of smoke. The majority of vaporizers heat up the contents without combustion, which eliminates the danger. Instead of inhaling smoke, vape users inhale vapor which contains dangerous chemicals. E-cigarette liquid, or vape juice, may contain:

  • Propylene glycol
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Nicotine
  • Flavoring

Any foreign object entering the body can impact the respiratory system and cause irritation and inflammation. This can lead to chronic, long-term problems down the road.


One thing cigarettes and vapes do have in common is the presence of nicotine. Nicotine is addictive in tobacco. When smoked, it rushes into the brain through the bloodstream and produces a high feeling. The reward feeling is what causes addiction to start. Cigarettes contain many other things a smoker will crave. The thing is, vaping has not been researched enough to prove or disprove some of the harmful effects. Dependency is one of the main challenges which can lead to long-term, chronic use.

Vaping in Recovery

Tackling addiction head on is hard enough without combatting another addiction to tobacco or vaping. Recovery is a time to practice abstinence from all chemicals, substances, or devices which drive addictive patterns. Vaping can become an addiction substitute and quickly become another addiction. It is best to avoid vaping or smoking while in recovery for this reason.

Vaping may seem harmless but it can be a slippery slope. If you or a loved one struggle with vaping, smoking, or other addiction, call us. Let us help you in treatment from addiction. Our services and programs are designed to help you detox and receive help getting past the most difficult part of addiction to enter recovery. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964