Natasha Lyonne sends warning to vape users and smokers (Picture: Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty Images)
The 44-year-old actress is known for her raspy voice but after being a lifelong smoker she ditched cigarettes and swapped to vapes – which could be banned – to help her quit.
Natasha has been almost synonymous with smoking since her rise to fame in But I’m A Cheerleader and the American Pie franchise, so her decision to quit last year came as a shock to fans.
In an attempt to kick the habit completely, she then tried to ditch vapes too as she realised they are still ‘no bueno’ for her health but admitted she was struggling with this next step.
Taking to X, the Poker Face star warned: ‘I’ve quit quitting vaping. Quitting cigarettes was a big enough swing for a while.
‘Pretty sure I’m smoking the equivalent of 40 packs a day now instead of 4. No bueno. Take it from your grandfather, keep your lungs clean, kids. (And my wife’s name out your mouth obvs.)’
Natasha quit smoking last year (Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
E-cigarettes were initially invented as a way to help wean smokers off cigarettes but instead, they have become a health crisis in their own right, with teenagers becoming addicted to the fruit-flavoured nicotine fix.
The NHS states that vaping is safer than smoking a cigarette as they don’t
contain tar or produce carbon monoxide but the ‘long-term risks are not yet clear’.
Natasha pointed out that her vape had her seemingly taking in more nicotine rather than less as one is equivalent to one or two packs of 20 cigarettes.
Given the worrying prevalence of illegal vapes on the market, despite regulations, some vapes may contain much more nicotine than this along with other concerning substances.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has called for a ban on disposable vapes, warning that ‘youth vaping is fast becoming an epidemic among children’.
Vapes vs Cigarettes – myths busted
There is a lot of misinformation about vaping out there, mainly because they were only invented 20 years ago so there is a lot we don’t know.
However, with the rise in popularity of vaping, more and more research is being done into e-cigarettes.
Here are some myths about vapes vs traditional cigarettes.
Vapes are not harmful – If you have been a smoker then a vape is thought to be 95% less harmful. However, starting vaping is still more harmful than not picking up any nicotine habit, with unknown side effects. Emerging data has linked vapes to chronic lung disease and asthma.
Vapes are not regulated – There are restrictions in place on vapes, much like cigarettes, which limit how big vape tanks are and how strong the nicotine can be. Under 18s are not allowed to purchase. However, there is a worrying amount of illegal vapes on the market which children can – and have – purchased.
Vapes are less addictive -There is less nicotine in a vape than in cigarettes, therefore they are technically less addictive. However, this solely depends on how often the user vapes and at what strength. One disposable vape per day would be equivalent to around 20 cigarettes. This could result in becoming even more addicted as your nicotine intake is higher.
With bright packaging and sweet flavours, vaping has become not just a tool for ex-smokers but a whole generation of teens and children who have picked up the habit unaware of the consequences.
A documentary which aired last year on Netflix about vape company Juul had people declaring they were throwing away their e-cigarettes after the shocking revelations.
The NHS advises vapes can still be helpful for those quitting cigarettes but should only be used in this instance.
When she revealed she had quit smoking, Natasha confessed to People: ‘ I think a lot of it has to do with like I just feel like, you know, I still want to write and direct movies. I still want to get to make more seasons of Poker Face.
‘I want to get to have more life.’
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