Vaping: The Facts
Since electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine in the form of water vapor rather than burning tobacco, it’s easy for most people to imagine that vaping is more healthy than smoking. But is that necessarily true?
Vaping is still pretty new to the market, only having been around for about a decade or so. Since it hasn’t been part of the public as much as cigarette smoking, there’s a lot that people don’t know about it. Here, several aspects regarding the two habits smoking vs. vaping will be discussed to help you understand how they are similar or different.
The Effects of Smoking and Vaping on the Human Body
In addition to tar, the secondhand smoke produced by cigarettes contains several toxic substances, about 80 of which have been confirmed to be carcinogens. Once these toxins enter your body, they wear down the internal organs and tissues that they come into contact with.
Medical studies have shown that cigarette smoke contributes heavily to lung cancer, respiratory disorders, and cardiovascular diseases. This is so because cigarettes contain chemicals such as nitrogen oxide, cyanide, methanol, benzene, acetylene, ammonia, formaldehyde, not to mention carbon monoxide and tar.
While vaping lacks that noxious smoke, its e-liquid may cause eye irritation and certain respiratory infections. It’s estimated that smoking is among the leading causes of death across the globe, claiming about six million lives every year.
The main idea behind vaping was to replace tobacco with nicotine-enriched water vapor. The jury is still out, however, as to whether or not vaping is healthier than smoking, due to the lower volume of research.
The American Heart Association suggests that vaping is less hazardous than smoking if the e-liquids contain lesser amounts of nicotine. Research conducted by Public Health England suggests that vaping is 95% safer than smoking.
The Spanish Council of Scientific Research finds that the volatile organic compounds found in exhaled vapor are less present than in both exhaled smoke.
Smoke or Vape: Comparing the Cost
When considering vaping and smoking, money is another important comparison. Though there are less expensive options, the best, high-end vaporizers can cost about $250, with a bottle of e-liquid running you about $15. A packet of cigarettes costs about $15; so one pack every day is $105 per week. Within a month you will already have saved upwards of $100 by switching to vaporizers.
Device safety is another crucial aspect for those planning on switching to vaping. It can be risky if not educated about the right usage of batteries, particularly when using sub-ohm vaporizers on unregulated or mechanical mods. Remember, it’s dangerous to use sub-ohm atomizers with mechanical mods that are equipped with hybrid top caps.
Most companies produce safe, high-quality vaping devices. Unless you’re using very low resistance sub-ohm vaporizers with over 55W of power, battery safety will never be a major issue. Like any other battery, proper care should be observed to ensure safe usage of the vaping product.
Nothing can be 100% safe, but, generally speaking, responsible vaping practices on regulated, reputable devices will not pose any device issues.
Don’t Find Yourself on The Wrong Side of The Law
Legal issues are where the debate over vaping and smoking heats up. Cigarette smoking has been increasingly prohibited in public spaces, first in airlines, then in government buildings, and now almost universally indoors or too close to buildings. Some countries have looser restrictions than others, but mostly you’ll have to smoke in a designated area while in public places or just wait until you get home.
Cigarettes are available everywhere. You can readily find them at the gas station, grocery, and in most shops.
Vaporizers aren’t quite so common. They have a wide online presence, and you can also find them in certain markets and at several vaporizer specialty stores.
Public opinion about vaping is somewhat undecided. Vapor doesn’t produce a bad smell like smoke; neither does it discolor your teeth or make your breath awful. Meanwhile, vapor often smells good like vanilla or candy, depending on the e-juice.
However, you should understand the laws governing vaping since most states don’t allow vaping in public. Many people perceive vaping and smoking as the same thing. Since vaping involves the production of large clouds of vapor, non-smokers feel like they might be in danger while vaporizers are being used around them.
Scientific studies suggest that e-cigarettes and vaporizers have fewer risks than traditional cigarettes, but it will take few more years before researchers can determine the long-term effects of vaping.