Smoking vs. Vaping – Which is the Lesser of Two Evils?

So you have heard the buzz about the e-cigarettes and are excited about quitting cigarettes and giving vaping a try, right? However, before you jump straight in and join the vaping team, it is vital that you thoroughly examine the facts.

A Comparison of Smoking and Vaping

Vaping: The Facts

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.

This is one of the biggest questions throughout the vaping and smoking community. Previously, left unanswered due to the lack of research and statistics on the topic. Much has changed in the recent years, with many well-known researchers releasing papers on the subject to shed some light on the theories of others.

 

There are many aspects to be taken into consideration when making the comparison between vaping and smoking.

Smoking vs. Vaping: The Chemicals

Whether you’re taking combusted smoke into your lungs or vapor, there are going to be some quite serious health implications that come along with it. The health implications of smoking are a lot more defined and outlined then with vaping in the long term. Here’s a summary of the most common health implications found by researchers for both smoking and vaping.

Smoking and its Chemicals

The process of smoking includes the combustion of tobacco which includes thousands of chemicals, 20+ of which have a strong connection to causing cancer. We can always reference each of the 20+ chemicals by a single name “carcinogens.” because trying to list out 20+ chemical names just takes to long. However, here are just a few of the chemicals that we can consider carcinogens:

  • Nicotine – The addictive chemical, gives the user the desire to want more. When people say they’re addicted to smoking, they’re addicted to nicotine.
  • Hydrogen Cyanide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Ammonia
  • Benzene
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Nitrosamines
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

As mentioned above, many of the chemicals have a strong connection to some leading health conditions, including; cancer, heart disease and lung disease. You will not find these chemical elements during the process of creating a cigarette. The combustion of the tobacco leaf starts the process of chemical reactions, which in turn creates smoke that is full of the previously mentioned carcinogens.(Cancer.org, 2017).

Vaping and its Chemicals

The main process of vaping removes the need to combust anything, removing a handful of the harmless chemicals listed above. Studies on the vapor produced from vaping suggest there is a significant difference between the number of carcinogens found compared to cigarette smoke. With over 20+ chemicals found in cigarette smoke compared to only a few in the vapor. Here are just a few of the chemicals found in vapor:

  • Nicotine – The addictive chemical, gives the user the desire to want more. When people say they’re addicted to smoking, they’re addicted to nicotine.
  • Propylene Glycol (Vegetable oil)
  • Vegetable Glycerol
  • Acetaldehyde
  • Nitrosamines

Any other chemicals found are mostly related to the process of flavoring. Many of which are found to be food grade and typically safe to consume. This sends us on a path to ask the biggest question in an area which research is not yet available. Overall, these flavorings are designed to be ingested and not vaporized. That leads us to a gray area so far. The long-term effects are just not known.(Ecigalternative.com, 2017).

Exploring Health and Safety

Everything so far concerns the broader image of health and safety, not just health conditions. Comparing some of the stories and past experiences with smoking and vaping, which one is the safest habit to have around in your day to day life?

Smoking and Safety

For many years, smoking has caused incredible health and safety concerns throughout the world. Because of this, legislations have been put in place to help prevent some of the more serious risks. By far the most common health and safety concern for smoking is risks concerning smoking-material fires:

Material Fires

A report by John R. Hall, Jr named “The Smoking-Material Fire Problem” (Hall, 2017), outlined some incredibly surprising statistics on this subject. “In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 90,000 smoking-material fires in the U.S.” It’s estimated that a total of 540 people died as a result to these incidents, with 1,640 injuries and a total of $621 million in direct property damage.Between 1980 and 2011, there has been a decrease of around 73% in the amount of smoking-material fires. This is thought to have been a result of standards and regulations put in place for the fire-proof standards of mattresses and furniture. Also, more recently cigarettes have adopted more “fire-safe” requirements, ensuring the risk is much less.As mentioned above, “fire-safe” requirements were put into place for cigarettes in 2003, seeing a 30% decrease in smoking-material fires in the US throughout 2003-2011. Determined by ASTM Standard E2187-04, the strength of the ignition or ember in cigarettes had to be reduced, ensuring dropped cigarettes would not combust anything else. Alongside this, in 2007 the smoke-free legislation was introduced in England banning smoking in most enclosed work and public places.

Vaping and Safety

Compared to smoking, the studies suggest that vaping has a significantly lower level of health and safety risks. However, it has still seen its problems. E-Cigarettes have had problems with their batteries exploding, which as you can expect causes extreme health and safety concerns:

Exploding Batteries

The release of E-Cigarettes in 2007 saw a huge issue with the batteries exploding. Although unclear on what the main cause of this issue was, research papers and reports suggest that over-charging the device and sub-par batteries played a big part in the explosion. The website ecigone.com has created a  comprehensive list, compiling all known explosions throughout the history of vaping. The list provides some extremely useful data analysis on exploding e-cigs. (Staff, 2017).

Since the launch in 2007, they found a total of 243 reported e-cigarette explosions:

  • 63 explosions during use.
  • 84 explosions during charging.
  • 52 explosions during transport, storage or unknown circumstances.
  • 44 explosions involving spare batteries for mods.

Of the 243 incidents, 158 resulted in personal injuries.

It is thought that most explosions occurring before 2015 involved no injuries. However, due to the dramatic increase of battery size in the recent years, it is assumed that injuries from explosions will be far greater than ever before. All in all, there has been significant advances in the health and safety control of batteries and devices ensuring you are far less likely to come across an issue when used, stored and traveling with under the correct conditions.

Smoking vs. Vaping: Cost Implications

The cost of use is one of the main factors for anyone using vaporizers or cigarettes. With vaping having a much larger initial cost to purchase the hardware, it is often seen as the more “expensive” option out of the two. In the bigger picture, this is far from the truth. There are plenty of papers and statistics available to find out the cost of smoking. However, this will heavily depend on the amount you smoke per day. Research by Tobacco Control (Control, 2017) found that throughout a single day the average cigarette intake is around 5:

  • Smoking – A pack of 20 cigarettes costs around $13 in New York. We can assume that give or take, the average smoker will purchase 5 packs a week($65) adding up to around $260 a month or $3120 a year (and pack-a-day smoker will spend even more – $4368, not counting the health-related costs and increased insurance prices).
  • Vaping – To purchase an e-cigarette starter kit that will last at least a year, you would have to spend around $50, this is the most expensive part of vaping. Once you’ve purchased a vape starter kit, you can expect to spend around $15 per week for a bottle of juice (if you vape a lot), $60 a month or $720 a year.

From the calculations above, you can clearly see that vaping is a much cheaper. You have a lot more control over the juice you’re using with your vaporizer, having the ability to have 1 or 2 puffs whenever you need it. However, with vaporizers being a lot more accessible, it’s been found that smokers transitioning to vaping will vape a lot more than they smoked.

Smoking vs. Vaping: Which One?

There’s an ongoing debate on whether vaping is safe or not.

According to a report sponsored by UK’s Department of Health and published by Public Health England – a prestigious group of highly qualified scientists, researchers, and public health professionals – electronic cigarettes are at least 95 percent safer than tobacco cigarettes. The report also recognizes their potential as a viable approach to quitting smoking.

In the US, however, electronic cigarettes are looked upon nearly as evil a product as tobacco cigarettes. Quite interestingly, the American Heart Association (AHA) took a rather cautious stance in contrary to popular belief in the country. In the 20-page statement published in 2014, the AHA suggested that e-cigs are less hazardous than tobacco cigarettes, and vaping can actually help smokers quit. Here’s a small section copied from the report:

“E-cigarettes either do not contain or have lower levels of several tobacco-derived harmful and potentially harmful constituents compared with cigarettes and smokeless tobacco… [e-cigarettes] present an opportunity for harm reduction if smokers use them as substitutes for cigarettes.”

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.

Conclusion

When comparing vaping and smoking, there are many different aspects to take into consideration. In the bigger picture, the only thing throwing a little bit of shade on vaping is the long-term effects, something that only time can unveil.

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  2. I went from smoking almost 2 packs of cigarettes a day for over 20 years to vaping.. Within two weeks I had completley quit smoking.. I vape off and on throughout the day. My cravings have lessend ALOT and with that the amount of vaping I do daily has lessend ALOT.. So YES ABOSOLUTELY WITH THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT AND THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF NICOTINE YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN QUIT SMOKING. AND SAVE ALOT OF MONEY EVERY YEAR. But do your research on any “starter kit” Mod, or tank BEFORE buying. They have different Mods, Tanks and Kits, They are NOT ALL THE SAME! But if you do your research you can find a kit or build a vape kit that fits your personal needs.

  3. I failed to mention cost in my original comment. I have been spending right at $15 per day (that’s ~$5500 a year) for cigarettes over the past 42 years. Now I’m down to $20 a week ($1040 a year) during my phase-out period and I’m rapidly decreasing the need for any nicotine until I reach my goal of zero on Christmas Day, 2017. Vaping has changed my need for smoking and I’ve already gone a couple of days with no vaping (due to my losing the damn thing!) at all. Regardless, the urge to smoke a cigarette is way in the past so I know I’m on the right path 🙂

  4. Hi, my friends continually vap. From the minute they get up to the minute they go to bed. And if there was a way to smoke while sleeping I’m sure they would buy into that as well.

    This article implies, that in the short term vaping seems to be the lessor of two evils.

    But there is no firm evidence about its affects of long term health. Or pregnant women or to children who’s mother vapped her entire pregnancy. Are there studies that are monitoring these as well?

    I worry as frankly if you can’t sit and have dinner with out trying to vap by holding your breath until the white particles that are release is minimal.

    This article is pro vaping for several reasons, I can’t believe that there are no articles that haven’t been written stating the opposite, that are backed by the same quality scientific evidence.

    What it seems to me, is that someone that smoked before changing to vaping were probably chain smokers, or because of articiales such as these have become incessive vapers as have my friends.

    • I have used vaping to quit smoking cigarettes. And the vape may not be completely healthy but I believe it has to be healthier, just due to the fact that, with vaping I had the option to decrease the nicotine level gradually to zero mg of nicotine. After about a month of zero nicotine without the cravings for nicotine or cigarettes, I was able to stop the vaping as-well. I went into this with the mind-set I was going to “kick the habit” and not replace it with another habit. I have been smoke and vape free now for the 22 months. And also just like I was when I smoked I was respectful of people around me when I vaped also. I feel great I do not experience any shortness of breath nor do cough in the mornings or throughout the day. So I am not a doctor, nor am I a scientist, and I don’t have a dime in the vaping industry. and the testament above is all fact. So you can benefit from vaping with the right mind set.

  5. I will say this much on the subject. I quit paper cigarettes and switched to the vapor. My lungs feel better after week one. I m not binge eating like quiting can do. I dont smell bad anymore and I can use my vapor in the house so my neighbors don’t see. Its about choosing to not use paper cigarettes and taking control of my life back.

    • I agree with the “bad smell” aspect. No more smoke. No more ash trays. No more coughing. I smoked for over 40 years and I don’t miss it at all.

  6. I would like to throw in my two cents. I smoked for 3 years straight (not long compared to most) and just yesterday switched to universally vaping and I got to say I feel a lot “better” after a few tokes of vape than a cigarette. Cigs tend to make you feel horrible after consumption, though, in comparison, vaping just gives you that rush of nicotine we all crave. The way it gunks up your lungs isn’t the same but you still are having to cough up phlegm to be able to take better breaths. I assume that it’s all about preference, but I’m loving the way I feel about vaping rather than smoking. It’s easier on my relationship too, not having to go outside for prolonged amounts of time and coming back inside reaking of cigarette.

  7. Definitely the most truthful article to date. The battery explosions can be mostly avoided. Buy quality hardware. The costs are ridiculously low for great starter kits. Kangertech Top Box Mini is a great one battery (rechargeable) starter kit for approximately $50 or less. Ive purchased my batteries from liionwholesale.com. I have no affiliation; they test and display battery shipments to ensure authenticity. Dont be intimidated by all the options. There are numerous sites to help you choose. Choose a low cost Mod/Box to get you started. You’ll likely want to upgrade after several months. Purchase the appropriately rated battery for the use intended, buying from reputable companies and maybe most importantly understanding Ohm’s Law. Ohm’s Law is THE basic electrical principle everyone should know and understand. It can save you from serious injury (exploding meter) maybe even death. Ive vaped for a couple years now and will never smoke again (35 year smoker). My lungs and my body feels so much better; also all my possessions dont stink & turn yellow. People, vape if you can…i have no doubt my remaining life will be happier.

    • I’ve smoked for 40 years and have recently been diagnosed with serious health conditions forcing me to quit smoking. I’m considering trying vaping, but am not sure about it’s health affects?

      • I used to smoke for years. Then, I quite for YEARS. Then, my mother passed away, and smoking became a way of life for months…until I tried vaping. I didn’t think it would be as satisfying, but the flavors are not only fun, vaping takes ALL my urge away from smoking cigarettes. I tried a cig one afternoon to “test the waters.” Not a great idea, but honestly, I couldn’t even finish it. I started vaping a lot, but now, I only vape when I’m relaxing in the car, before work, and a wee bit after work. I honestly don’t over-vape, nor do I need a cigarette. Thank you!

      • I smoked for 40 years also. It was easy to quit with vaping. I started with a high level of nicotine (24mg). It was so easy. Now, after nearly 4 years after totally quitting smoking, I’m still loving the vaping and I’m down to 12mg of nicotine.

  8. Definitely one of the truthful articles. I have been a smoker for 25 years. I used to smoke 20-25 cigs a day. I have quit smoking and have started vaping since a few months. And I see a world of a difference. Vaping is the best solution for ppl who find it difficult to quit. And as rightly said you save a lot of money. Better health. Family is happier. Buy good quality Starter Kits which would not cost you more then $50. Which in my terms is very good and consistent in giving you the same vaping results as the mods. Coils. Are of very good quality.

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  10. I’ve never seen a more truthful article about vaping. I totally agree is vaping lesser evil of two. As it exposes us to lesser chemicals and is more cost-effective as the cost of buying cigarettes daily is more expensive than of vaping products. I myself prefer vaping rather than smoking.

  11. I actually quit paper cigarettes and I smoke a vape. Just the money saved was enough to motivate me. I went from 6.00 for Newports a day times 7 days. To only 22.00 starter kit. Then only 21.00 a month for two boxes of tanks.

  12. I smoked a pack of NEWPORT cigarettes every day for 30 years. Started vaping 4 weeks ago and no longer smoke cigarettes. I don’t feel or smell bad anymore because of cigarettes. I have co workers that smoke and now realize just how strong and over powering the smell of smoke really was. I NEVER thought I would or could quit til now.

  13. I would recommend the aspire c.f. battery and Atlantis tank and start w 12mg nicotine when you first quit smoking then work yourself down to 6mg or 3mg

  14. After smoking for 35 years, chain smoking, I brought a vype pen which is easy to use. I have not had any cravings or missed smoking cigarettes. My cough stopped, my sense of smell improved and I feel better in myself. I don’t want to go from one bad habit to another so will eventually aim to stop vaping one day.

  15. Great article. It seems you have dealt with this subject very thoroughly.

    I, too, have been smoking for decades and have switched to vaping as a replacement. Vaping tastes better, no cigarette smell or damaged clothes and I firmly believe is also healthier. It takes care of the cravings and hand to mouth habits that replace the smoking habit. I don’t feel like eating to replace smoking, either. And I feel better.

  16. Never in a hundred years did i think i would be able to quit the dreadful cigarette, and turn to vaping’instead.
    For over over 35 years i was smoking between 20-30 a day,and i was totally ignorant of the fact that the cigarette was a hazardous health risk”!
    I am now almost 57 years of age and have now been vaping for almost a year, and believe me my friends it is the best decision i have ever made, but must admit I have been incredibly lucky)

    I must also mention i have always been a ”gym fanatic” and have been training for at least 35 years, and i do believe this has helped me enormously, despite the fact i was smoking so many cigarettes daily.

    Since vaping i have noticed my fitness levels has increased ”big time”
    and i can now do things as running, skipping, sparring for much longer periods than when i was a smoker!

    In my honest opinion the ”proof is in the pudding”, and despite the fact that the ”health risk” by using the electronic cigarette is still debatable, you can’t possible do worse by turning to vaping, and besides saving yourself a huge amount of money, your health WILL improve, and will notice this within weeks.

  17. I have smoked for 45 years. I was at one time smoking and dipping. Then was smoking over a pack a day. Only a week ago I starred Vaping and now am only smoking maybe 1 or 2 cigs a day. Vaping has definitely helped me to quit smoking, my goal in one more week and after quitting cigs, I truly believe I can wean myself off of vaping. How long that will take is yet to be seen. The cost difference is extremely less, as I was spending $50 a week, easy, and now have only spent $75 for two starter kits and juice on a promotional deal. This should last me 4 to 6 weeks. If you smoke cigarette, do what ever it takes to quit now. They are killing you. After reading all the poisons that have been going into my body for so long, I am appalled that our government has not outlawed cigarettes and smokeless tobacco completely.

  18. I started vaping 3 weeks ago. I have been smoking 3 packs a day for as long as I can remember. I quit smoking altogether on my third day of vaping. I don’t know if there are going to be long term effects from me vaping but I do know that I am now saving $175 a week not buying smokes. I have been using an inhaler for 15 years and I have not touched it in over two weeks. I am no longer out of breath when I walk or climb stairs. All I know for certain is I am never going back to smoking. This has been a life saver for me so far not only health wise but it put a huge amount of money back in my family’s pocket. I NEVER thought I could quit. Even the folks at the vape store are stunned at how fast I quit considering how much I smoked a day. Never think you can’t do it. I am a living example.

  19. Just started vaping nov.17th and i truly believe im gonna actually do it this time(quit smokin) 30yrs.. I am already starting to feel better.Ill keep ya posted…

  20. I just started vaping but the main reason why is cuz my mom was recently told she has stage 3 esophageal cancer. I do have to say I enjoy it better than having a cig. I do have 1 or 2 cigs a day still but im on my way. I notice a big difference in my breathing and im not sluggish as much thru out the day. I smell better and feel better. Eventually I will be just vaping like really soon. Thank you for this article.

  21. I’ve smoked 20 a day for 35 years I started vaping 10 days ago and feel great. Although I have no doubt the best is to idea would be to quit altogether.

  22. After 42 years of smoking I quit 21 months ago using vaping, starting with a Istick 30, it was so easy to quit smoking after two weeks of doing both and decreasing the amount of cigarettes I smoked , I enjoyed vaping more so stopped smoking. I am in no hurry to quit vaping but have cut down an the amount of nicotine in the ejuice. If I ever quit vaping I know that if something that would have made me smoke again , I wouldn’t , I would vape again. Healthwise I went from a couch potatoe to weight lifting 3x a week. I tried every other thing out there to quit , only vaping worked and I am so happy about that.

  23. Who knew I could stop smoking cigarettes after so many years. Give vaping a chance! It really does work. Enjoyed reading this article.

  24. My sister was the first in my family to use vaping to quit smoking. Now, after 30+ years of smoking, myself and my fiance have used it to quit. My mother smoked for 50+ years and she too has used vaping to quit. Of course common sense tells us that inhaling anything of any kind isn’t necessarily a good thing, but I have to say, it has been more than helpful for me and my family as a tool to stop a horrible habit. We all feel, and smell much better, and the money savings has been astronomical. I don’t advise trading one bad habit for another, but for help with quitting smoking, I say vape away. Also, after you completely quit smoking, you can lower your nicotine level in the vape liquid and easily quit using it too.

  25. Propylene glycol is NOT vegetable oil. If it were, it would be listed as vegetable oil. It is a synthetic and a very common ingredient of antifreeze. Of course vaping has to be less damaging than smoking, but let’s not kid ourselves. It’s human nature to believe what you want to believe, so look at vaping as a potential way out of smoking, but don’t lose your skepticism. The long term goal should be to drop all of the adult pacifiers completely.

    • The chemical is used as a solvent and as the primary ingredient in non-toxic antifreeze and as the “e-liquid” in e-cigarettes. Propylene glycol is considered safe by the FDA in small quantities, although it can be toxic in large doses. And it’s more common than you think.

  26. I just started Vaping after 42 years of smoking
    And I like it Much more then cigs
    And after making the first investment of 60- 90
    Then it’s about 15 a week
    Depending on how much you vape
    I smoked a pack and a half per day
    No more smell
    And way less Chemicals
    So I reccomend it over cigs

  27. I was a daily 1-2 package smoker for over 30 years, cost of a package $10.00 right now. After Hurricane Maria damaged our Island, I could not get cigarettes as easy as before, so my nice who lives in the states send me a vapor-starter Kit. I got it on October 30, I started with a 30 ml bottle and 6 mg of nicotine, right now I don’t smoke since 2 1/2 weeks, and last Saturday ( November 25th) I bought a new bottle of oil for $12.00. I only vape if I feel the urge of it. I think its the best thing to quit smoking.

  28. I smoked over 20 cigarettes a day for 3 years and in May 2017 quit and moved to vaping. 2 weeks ago, I also quit vaping and although the nicotine withdrawal was terrible in the first week (I suffered severe anxiety attacks), I am now 14 days free of vaping which, in my mind, is just as bad as smoking as you are still taking in Nicotine which is totally addictive.

    I have put on 2kgs, but I really don’t care as I am totally free of the evil monster nicotine.

    I highly recommend vaping to rid you of smoking, but really feel a lot better I am now free of everything.

    This is a great site to keep one motivated and on track!

  29. I bought a vape pen last Sunday, I have not had a cigarette since, it’s Saturday today, almost one week I have been a smoker for almost 40 years, pack a day or more and I quit, sure I have the urge occasionally but it goes away quickly and mostly because of habit. The thing with vaping is I don’t have to sit there and smoke for five minutes like I did with a cigarette, I can take a puff now and then to get over the craving and find I don’t use it half as much as smoking and for waaaay less time! I already notice when lying in bed every night I am not struggling to breathe and I’m not coughing before I fall asleep. I started with the Aspire K3 pen and a bottle of Halo Tribeca 12 mg nicotine level, got both for $50 so it has already paid for itself, less than the cost of a pack of cigs a day. That bottle of juice will last me 2 weeks so $10 a week instead of at least 55 a week. All know is I feel soooo much better and will step down to 6mg when this bottle runs out then go to 2mg. Yes, I miss parts of smoking, sorta a mixture of your best friend and the neighborhood bully.

  30. I’ve been smoking for 35 yrs I have coped and emphyasema someone gave me a cape it burns my throat will this help me quit smoking or will it cause more. Damage to my lungs help me

      • My wife found that some vapes burned her throat as well. Juices with a higher ratio of Vegetable Glycerin >70% seem a bit gentler. Also, nicotine itself causes a burning sensation- try putting a drop of juice on your tongue. So you may find it more comfortable to lower your nic level a bit. AND try to stay away from acidic e-juices citrus and soda flavors are usually the worst. I think my wife’s problem also eased a bit over time as she got used to the change. Good Luck.

  31. I smoked cigarettes for 35 years, about 15 or 20 a day, mainly roll ups with filters.
    I now only use a vape, for the last year anyway. Health is better all round. No cough, no wheezing or phlegm anymore. Vaping costs me 10 pounds a month. I’m saving thousands and have a better diet as a consequence. I would advise anyone to switch to vaping for obvious reasons. Save money, save health .

  32. I found this article very informative and would like to share a few thoughts. I am 56 years old and have been smoking for many years, over 40 to be more exact. I’m writing this as a person who enjoys smoking. I like many things about smoking, and it is something I really don’t want to give it up but for certain reasons I know I need to. I have tried electronic cigarettes a few times in the past and they never seemed to work for me so I’ve gone back to smoking while knowing the risks are greater. It’s funny that I say that because my father started smoking at the age of 13 and smoked his entire life until 2 years before he passed away at the age of 91. He didn’t die from smoking either. Anyways, I’ve heard of other people dying a lot younger from cancer because of smoking and so I’m not sure why some people are affected by smoking while others are not. All I know is that it seems like a good thing financially to stop and at the same time my health should improve.
    So here’s my take on cigarettes verses electronic cigarettes. As far as the e cigs I’ve tried in the past they were cheap ones which didn’t seem to give me the same feeling when I inhaled them, which was one of the biggest reasons I went back to smoking. They just didn’t do anything for me. About two weeks ago I got a coupon for a vuse vibe starter kit that retailed for $20.00 because I was given a coupon to purchase it for $1.00. I thought why not give it another try for a buck! Once again I was disappointed and thought there has to be a better choice. Aside from not being satisfied, I figured out that using this e cig was going to cost more in the long run than if I purchased a kit that allowed me to refill with my own juice. The Vuse Vibe uses refill tips that you can reuse when they run out of juice! I also didn’t like it because every so often I would get the juice in my mouth when I inhaled which is very annoying and something I’ve experienced in the past with other cheap e cigs.
    So about a week ago I went to a local vape shop to find out if there was a better choice. I went in and explained my concerns and also hoped to find an e cig that didn’t break the bank, one that didn’t allow me to get the juice in my mouth when I inhaled, and one that didn’t look humongous because so many look really big and that wasn’t what I wanted. The shop was very helpful and showed me an e cig by Joyetech called eGo Al0. It costed around $30.00 for the start up kit and they included a small bottle of juice. I have looked on Ebay and the same kit can be purchased anywhere from $15.00 up to around $22.00 so it would be a better purchase that way. I know the juice isn’t included online so my kit actually only costed about $25.00 and the help I received was worth the extra money. There is a coil that needs to be replaced though which adds cost but they last around a week of Vaping, and run about 2.00 each because a 5 pack is about $10.00.
    Now as far as if I feel that the new kit I purchase was worth it. Absolutely, hands down!!!
    The new e cig is fantastic and made all the difference. I don’t get any juice in my mouth which was the biggest relief of all from my past experience with e cigs. I get plenty of vapor and it feels as close to a regular cigarette as I ever experienced before. The battery lasts throughout the day and if I need to recharge it, I do it while driving using a car charger.
    As far as cost, it’s been a huge savings. I am a pack a day smoker and so smoking costs me about $50.00 a week. Since I’ve gone to Vaping, I’ve been able to cut that down to about $8.00. I’m not figuring in the cost of the kit, but after the initial expense of that I’ve been able to save over 40.00 a week.
    Another nice benefit of Vaping is that I no longer smell like a smoker. I don’t have to worry where to dispose of my cigarettes after I finish one, my clothes and my car interior smell fresher, and I don’t hear fellow employees bitch when I smoke around them. I also know I’m not taking in about 200 chemicals any longer that I was with cigarettes, and best of all I do feel much better since quitting last week. All in all, I really feel it’s been a great move!

  33. I just bought my vale. I was so scared of the unknown. I started thinking I’m going to need a cigarette what was I thinking? But, so far I have not had a cigarette and I have the 3mg bale solution. I feel happy and excited! No more stinking of smoke and I can do it safely at home without harming my kids. I’m just happy and now just have to get the smoke smell out my house and clothes! Try it!!!! I’m glad I did not let fear stop me

  34. I had quit smoking (vaping was not popular when I quit) cold turkey 2012 approx. I started to vape about march 2015, I started smoking again November 2015 and have smoked til yesterday. I bought a new mod with juice and have been smoke free for 24 hours. I already feel better and do not have the same withdrawals that I did when I quit the first time. I love feeling better. Nice article.

  35. I’ve smoked for 27 years and I find it hard to quite on the patch or gum.. I bought a cue in the store down the road and I’ve only smoked a pack in 4 days.. That’s great for me when I smoked 2 or more packs a day depends on my drinking.. I feel better and I don’t want the cigarette. I think it works if your smoking anyway why worry about what it’s doing to you!!

  36. I’m 65 years old in smoking 40 years I started vaping a week ago I have COPD from smoking cigarettes but already I feel a hundred percent better vaping I love the fact that there’s no smell no ashes no risk burn holes in my clothes in my vehicle– but already in a week I’m breathing better and feel so much better I love the product

  37. I’ve been vaping for about a year now and to tell you you the thruth i feel better health wise.I could breath easier and am not spending all that money i was when i was smoking.I do not feel no side effects.am also a cancer surviver,if it was’nt for the e-cig i probably would have been dead by now.T.Y.E.C.

  38. this article helped alot. i have smoked cigarettes for 10 years. I recently bought a vape. I vaped for 2 days… my lungs and chronic bronchitis was 1000 times better… but my problem was i guess adjusting to it. my lips felt like they were tingling . it worried me and im back to cigarettes..wonder if this happened to anyone else. There isnt alot of information on “the change from one to another”

    • Kay, please, KEEP AT IT! The tingling is just liquid nicotine on your lips. Nicotine is horrible stuff and burns like chili peppers. If you place a small drop on your tongue you’ll see what I mean. Try frequent cleaning of your mouth piece, maybe lower your nic level, maybe visit a shop for advice on better equipment, but don’t give up!

  39. I had been a smoker for 8 years. I bought Majesty Kit with 0.4 Ohms Coil which is part of the kit. I vape at 37 Watts, and i have totally quit smoking since the day i bought, i feel much better when i do physical activities, as my lungs are getting better and carving for Nicotine is fulfilled by the vape as i am using the liquid which has 3 mg Nicotine. But i am glad to know that i am safer than before. Thanks

  40. I started vaping about 2 years ago after getting a bit mangy.
    It stopped me coughing very quickly.
    An E-go kit from the flea market cost me £10 (about 14 bucks)
    With the included bottle of juice it lasted longer than a packet of hand rolling tobacco costing £18 (25 bucks).
    It did not stop me getting mangy but the doctor was very pleased with me for switching and I got the tablets for that problem pretty quick.
    The remaining tobacco lasted me weeks on those odd special occasions and when it ran out I never bought any more.
    A trader was selling 10 ml bottles of juice 4 for £1 (a buck and a little bit). I bought loads from him and he said that they had an out of date health warning on the boxes.
    I have replaced the ash tray with a non exploding home made charger. Some of the cheap batteries can explode if used with other cheap chargers. It charges two batteries at a time.

  41. Here is my story as a testimonial for vaping and complete cessation.
    I started smoking cigarettes in 2009 at the age of 17. I quickly ramped up and by fall of my freshman year in college was smoking 2 packs a day. I continued smoking 2 packs until winter of my sophomore year, when I then switched to vaping. The reason for my sudden and complete switch to vaping was my childhood asthma came back. That landed me in a hospital because my O2 had dropped to 89. I was given 2 nebulizer treatments in between being put on oxygen to increase my O2 as quickly as possible. I was told that if I continued smoking like that it could kill me before I left college, because of my asthma coming back, and I had a choice to make. I could continue smoking knowing the risks and try steroids and inhalers, or I could quit. I choose to quit that day, but the nicotine withdraw was bad and I couldn’t handle it. One of my best friends told me to try his vape I was desperate and it worked. I started vaping that day in 2011 and I still vape in 2017. I started vaping and loved it because it didn’t irritate my lungs. It allowed my sense of smell to come back I coughed up a lot of tar, but I was feeling better. I am working on quitting even vaping after 6 years. Honestly I don’t want to quit because I like it, but I know thats just the nicotine talking for the most part. My asthma got better to the point I no longer am on any daily medications. I still have an emergency inhaler that I carry when I travel farther than a half hour from home, but I rarely use it and only in cases where I am around a lot of Formaldehyde because I’m also allergic to it and it’s found in regular cigarettes. Anyway Im planning on fully quitting by march of 2018 and am at 6mg, 3mg tomorrow actually at the time of writing. I’m quitting mainly due to the fact my grandfather is in the late stages of COPD and there is no bigger motivator to stop all smoking/vaping than to see a loved one die a slow horrible death due to smoking cigarettes. I’m not saying that vaping is bad per say, but you’re still taking chemicals into your lungs so there is always some risk small as it may be. I wish you all luck and smooth sailing as you transition from cigarettes to vaping and from vaping to non-vaping/non-smoking.

  42. After 15 years smoking a pack a day, switched to vaping. Haven’t had a cig in over a month and I don’t want one. My health has already improved quite a bit.
    I know there are “high quality” vape kits with big fancy batteries and big coils, etc. But honestly, I found those to be a pain. Bought a little vuse vibe vape pen and it works great. Fits in your pocket, doesn’t leak, doesn’t need to be charged often, and the prefilled tanks are available for purchase everywhere that sells tobacco.
    Next goal is to quit vaping, but congrats to all on a smoke free 2018!

  43. I smoked 20-30 cigarettes a day for 40+ years. I never thought I could even reduce smoking, much less quit.I began vaping in August of 2017. Now, roughly five months later, I am down to 2 or 3 cigarettes a day. Not once in the last months have I had a physical craving for cigarettes. Doctors should be dispensing e-cig samples to hardcore smokers.

  44. 35 year smoker, about a pack and 1/2 per day. Started vaping yesterday and only smoked 3 cigarettes today. I guess I smoked the third because I was curious if I was getting more out of the vape or less.

    In just 24 hours, the paper cig seems pretty boring. I’m starting to like the vape better. My goal is to be off the paper cigs end of this week (or whenever that 1/2 Pack in the kitchen disappears which might be simply putting it in the trash).

    This seems like the best NRT out there. I really think I can make it this time!

  45. I’ve been smoking cigarettes for 26 years. Have tried all the NRT, and the dreaded Champix, although this helped, it had awful side effects. Dyor.
    I have been vaping now for 2 weeks, turned down an offer for a cigarette, amazingly naturally. I started on 6mg, where I was told it’d be better to start on 24mg. I’m now down to 3mg and want away from inhaling anything but air in a month. I do think that us vapour-ers are guinea pigs for the future, whether good or bad. All I know is, I’m a non smoker. People bang on about the money savings. I’m more interested in health. I’m finding that I’m less out of breath walking up and down stairs. This is after just two weeks. I’m thinking what I can do after two months. Vaping is better than smoking, but there has to be a point where you have to wean yourself off it. My opinion only through my experience.
    Take care all.

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