It is not lost on anyone that smoking carries a bag of serious health threats – not to mention cigarette filters are also the world’s most littered item.
The health effects of cigarettes on human health vary from one individual to the next, largely dependent on the person’s general health, age, and weight.
Research estimates that at least 7 million people worldwide die as a result of smoking each year. Of course, there is no drug that doesn’t come with its share of risk, but an increasing number of people are switching to vaping as it is generally considered less harmful than smoking.
If you’re considering ditching cigarettes, there are many people sailing in the same boat as you. Approximately three out of five smokers report of their desire to lay down the fatal stick.
It’s not that smokers are not privy to the dangers caused by smoking. The problem is that quitting cigarettes is one of the hardest personal battles you can find yourself dealing with.
Before electronic cigarettes, the only alternatives available at the time – nicotine patches, gum and lozenges, for example, among other nicotine replacement therapy options – did not make for very effective methods of quitting smoking.
Thankfully, while there are teething problems involved initially as can be expected, electronic cigarettes have made it easier.
Below, we discuss some facts about vaping that can help you make an enlightened decision regarding which makes for a healthier choice.
No Smoke Inhalation
One of the most distinctive differences between smoking and vaping is the emissions involved – one produces smoke, the latter vapor.
Tobacco smoke is known to contain thousands of toxic chemicals that results from the combustion of tobacco, and something that has particularly made cigarettes infamous are the carcinogens involved.
The vapor from electronic cigarettes has yet to be found to contain any harmful chemicals, and a lot of this has to do with the fact that there is no direct combustion of tobacco involved.
That’s besides the composition of e-liquid, whose chief ingredients that include propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG), and food-grade flavoring are considered harmless.
That is provided, of course, you source your e-liquids from reputable e-liquid brands that not only adhere to the regulations laid out by government health bodies, but also have their own internal stringent protocols that ensure only quality vape juice makes it out of their production lines.
Easier on the Lungs
Smoking does a large of damage in the airways and lungs, and cardiovascular health in general. The more a person smokes, the more the cells involved in mucus production in the lungs and airways multiply.
This is the reason heavy smokers tend to suffer from a chronic smoker’s cough as the mucus remains in the airways, clogging them.
Over time, this effect makes the lungs age faster, in turn decreasing the ability of a person’s immune system to combat any potential infections.
By contrast, the vapor produced by vaping devices is cooler compared to smoke from cigarettes, and while some devices come with the option to increase the vape temperature, there are yet any detrimental effects to be linked with e-cigarette vapor.
Of course, we cannot ignore the lung problem that affected some vapers in the United States sometime in 2019. However, what is also worth pointing out from the results of these cases is that the users affected were found to have been using TBD oils that contained questionable ingredients.
This is why, AGAIN, it is imperative that you always source your vape supplies from trusted brands.
Vaping does Less Damage
As mentioned in a previous point, vaping does not contain as many chemicals as cigarettes. In fact, the flavors and ingredients involved are generally used in a long list of other consumer products, from medicine to food products.
By contrast, tobacco contains more than 6,000 chemicals, a good deal of which are toxic.
On the whole, some of the issues you can avoid by making the switch from cigarettes to vaping include:
- Bad breath
- Bad odors on clothes, living spaces and other places like the car, office etc.
- Sidestream smoke and second-hand smoke, both of which are known to have detrimental effects on health
- Damage to the environment due to zero litter from cigarette filters
- Fatal diseases associated with cigarettes