Yikes! Vaping May Shrink Testicles

Smoking cigarettes is terrible for you, but vaping isn’t a great replacement for those who can’t quit. According to new research on male rats, vaping can shrink the size of testicles and reduce sex drive and sperm count.

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Some studies show that vaping, long considered an excellent alternative to tobacco, may shrink testicles and lower sperm count and sex drive.

According to the NY Post;

Turkish scientists took readings of the rats’ testicle size before and after exposing the animals to cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapors and identifying stress biomarkers in the blood and genitals. And yet the impact of conventional cigarette smoke, as previous studies suggest, is even worse on the male organ, researchers confirmed.

In 2020, Danish researchers found that men who used e-cigarettes daily had a significantly lower total sperm count than non-vapers. Still, authors of the current study say more human data is needed to support these findings — as e-cigarettes have been touted as an effective method to help people kick their tobacco habit. 

Seriously, the testicle shrinking, sex drive, fertility effective alternative is a good option? They can’t be serious. This study should be enough of a scare tactic to prevent anyone from vaping. As a child, I remember my mom telling me that if I crossed my eyes, they could stay that way, or if I put my arm out of a car window, a truck could come by and take it off. Frightening small children was considered a good parenting tactic back then. I see nothing wrong with telling children that if they vape, their parts will shrink to prevent them from ever doing it. 

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An estimated twelve million adults use e-cigarettes. Many children and teens vape despite age restrictions. Vaping started in the early 2000s, pioneered by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik. He invented the first electronic cigarette, offering a safer alternative to smoking. The technology evolved with advancements like the cartomizer in 2007. By 2010, vaping had gained mainstream attention as a harm-reduction tool. The industry rapidly grew, offering diverse devices and flavors. However, long-term effects are still being studied, raising concerns, especially among younger users. Vaping has become a significant industry and a popular alternative to smoking.

It should be considered that although [e-cigarette] liquid has been introduced as harmless in smoking cessation studies, it could increase oxidative stress and cause morphological changes in the testicle, researchers wrote in their report, published this month in the Spanish-language journal Revista Internacional de Andrología.

Need more reasons not to vape? Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes or vapes, pose several dangers. First, they contain nicotine, an addictive substance that can lead to dependence. Nicotine can harm brain development in adolescents and young adults. Additionally, e-cigarettes emit aerosols that may contain harmful chemicals, including heavy metals like lead and volatile organic compounds. These chemicals can damage the lungs and cause respiratory problems.

Moreover, there have been cases of severe lung injury associated with vaping. The long-term effects of e-cigarette use are still not fully understood, but they can harm cardiovascular health and increase the risk of smoking conventional cigarettes. It is crucial to be aware of these risks and exercise caution when using e-cigarettes.

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