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‘Vaping: Do Electronic Cigarettes Cause Hair Loss?’

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Name: Charlie

Question: I’m trying to give up smoking and have started using e-cigarettes. I’ve read on your website that smoking can cause hair loss but is it the same for electronic cigarettes?

Answer: Hi Charlie, that’s great news that you’re trying to give up smoking.

Because vaping is such a new phenomenon, studies are still being carried out pertaining to the effects of electronic cigarettes on hair loss. This does not, however, mean that no links exist.

Electronic CigarettesE-cigarettes are a Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) tool, and work by having users inhale an atomized solution which usually contains nicotine. Generally electronic cigarettes come in a range of 6mg to 18mg pharmaceutical grade nicotine strengths, although recently other options containing taurine instead of nicotine have become available.  Whilst they omit the chemicals found in tobacco products such as cigarettes, nicotine is still a highly addictive, psychoactive drug.

Nicotine increases the blood pressure and heart rate, acting on the nervous system in a similar way to caffeine. It is known to constrict the blood vessels, which is bad news for hair loss as this can restrict blood flow to the scalp, causing circulation difficulties. By depriving the hair follicles of the necessary nourishment, they can temporarily shut down and prematurely enter the resting (‘telogen’) phase of the growth cycle. As hair production stops, shedding will increase leading to excessive hair fall.

It is possible to treat temporary hair loss caused by smoking, as well as male pattern hair loss triggered by premature ageing brought on by the effects of smoking on the body.

Vaping - Can Electronic Cigarettes Cause Hair Loss?As e-cigarettes are designed to help people to cut down or stop smoking, they are considered a medical product. As such, the UK medical licensing body, the MHRA, is currently encouraging all e-cigarette manufacturers whose products are available in the UK to seek a licence from them.

In May 2014 a European Tobacco Products Directive setting out regulatory controls came into force and member countries have until 2016 to implement laws based around these requirements. This is the remit of the Department of Health in the UK.

Whilst there is little information or research available on this at present we can currently only hypothesise about the effects of vaping and hair loss based on anecdotal evidence and research into how nicotine functions within the body. We will bring you all the latest news on the effects of vaping and whether electronic cigarettes can cause hair loss as and when studies and clinical trial results are published.

In the meantime, best of luck with giving up smoking. Giving up completely so that you don’t need NRT of any kind should provide enormous health benefits all round, as well as financial ones!


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13th February, 2017 at 8:27 am

Sarah

Hi there, I can confirm vaping cause more hair loss than old fashion cigarettes!!! Since i started vaping i lost two third of my thick shiny hair and i am a girl. No history of hair problems in my family and it all started as soon as i srated vaping. So i stopped a month ago and can not believe how fast my hair is improving. No one lnow whats in the liquids specially the flavoured ones. There are no guidelines and standards on the liquids and most are made in asian countries. Best to quit cold turkey im afraid. Whatever you do, if you want to keep your hair do not start vaping.

7th April, 2017 at 9:13 pm

Jake

While I can't "confirm" it, I have lost 80-90% of my hair exactly one year after using Vuse Solo instead of regular Cig. Not normal hair loss.. The hair was lost in a matter of 3 months, handfuls at a time. I thought I was doing myself a service by quitting and switching to the eCig.. boy was I wrong! After several, several tests and several thousand dollars later with doctor.. they found nothing wrong. Thyroid fine, blood work fine.. Ecig was the only thing left I could blame it on. My nicotine intake increased about 5 fold when switching to ecig and quitting it has been 20 times harder than regular cigs were. If you came here then you obviously suspect you are having a problem or know somebody that is, I urge you to stop using it ASAP! Nobody should have to deal with sudden and severe hair loss, man or woman. And if it can do that to my body that quick.. imagine what else it's doing.

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