Find Out If Switching To Vaping Is Better Than Smoking
“I’ve been a heavy smoker for 20 years. I’ve been trying to quit a number of times. The longest I went without a smoke was a month then, I fell back into the habit again. So, when I heard about vaping and how it could help smokers quit the vice, I tried it. That was 9 months ago. I’m gradually lowering my nicotine levels and next month, I’m up to zero. No withdrawals, no cravings, nothing. I’m glad I switched.”
- Lorie (In answer to a question about switching to vaping in Facebook)
E-cigarette manufacturers and vapers [e-cigarette users] would echo the same sentiment as Lorie’s when asked about vaping. On the other side, though, experts warn that switching or using e-cigs is not without its downsides. So, which is which? Is vaping really safer than smoking the real thing?
In the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey, 1.7 million high school students and 500,000 middle school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. And in 2016, 11 percent of high school and 4 percent of middle school students were current users of e-cigarettes, according to the CDC. — Raychelle Cassada Lohmann Ph.D., LPCS
Get To Know Vaping
E-cigarette and its use – commonly known as vaping – is a newer alternative to smoking. It has only been on the market on the recent years. Vaping is basically the inhalation of vapor produced by a battery-powered device called the e-cigarette. The vapor produced is from the e-liquid which usually is nicotine mixed with water and a solvent – either propylene glycol or glycerin.
E-cig marketers tout the fact that only the addictive part of the real cigarette – which is nicotine – is present in their products. Accordingly, those who vape get only the nicotine, not the other 4000 or so dangerous chemicals a cigarette stick emits.
Secondly, they also argue that vaping costs less than getting hooked on smoking the real deal. An average cigarette smoker could spend more than $2,000 annually to support his smoking habit. But vapers only spend about $1,300 yearly if they use disposable e-cigarettes and less than $1,000 if they buy the reusable ones.
…smoking persists in some portion of the population because, for these individuals, we have yet to sufficiently recalibrate the perceived payoffs of the decision. — Sarah Cotterill, PhD
Perils Of The Unknown
Nevertheless, health advocates argue that though vaping has its upsides, it is not entirely safe like how its marketers picture it to be.
For one, there are no regulation rules about the manufacturing of e-cigarette devices and e-liquids. The public doesn’t really know what these have besides liquid nicotine other than what manufacturers write on every bottle’s label. One study found out that some of the dangerous chemicals [like formaldehyde, acetone, and traces of heavy metals] found in a cigarette stick are also found in some of the e-cigarette and e-liquid products sold in the market.
Other than that, liquid nicotine is a very harmful substance if swallowed. There are a number of cases of children drinking e-liquids thinking they’re something drinkable. This is because the liquid nicotine used for vaping smells enticing (as they’re flavored).
Secondly, a recent study linked vaping with a person’s increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Lastly, there are only a few studies conducted about the e-cigarette industry about its components, its benefits and even about its ill effects. It can hardly be said that vaping is safer than smoking based on these handfuls of scientific research. There’s even little evidence to support the claim that vaping helps smokers quit.
What’s the best alternative? You can use the above information to weigh matters in before deciding. But you know what’s best? If you just stop smoking altogether. Life’s healthier without any smoke around…literally.