Vaping is commonly seen as an effective way to quit smoking or to reduce its health impact. E-cigs heat up an ‘e-liquid’ and produce a vapour for the user to inhale. Typically they deliver a hit of nicotine much like cigarettes. But because nothing is burned many of the carcinogens found in smoke are avoided. Not to mention all the harmful chemical additives found in cigarettes.
Because the e-liquid is not combusted vaping it is much safer for your lungs than smoking. A 2015 study estimated that “e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes, and when supported by a smoking cessation service, help most smokers to quit tobacco altogether.”
However, another study suggests that vaping nicotine in the long term may increase your chances of developing cancer. After all, nicotine is considered an enjoyable poison, much like alcohol. The harm of vaping seems to be linked with the presence of nicotine itself and specific flavour additives (like Diacetyl). The liquids carrying them, VG and/or PG, are FDA approved which are generally safe.
When you hit a vape it also means you aren’t smoking a cigarette. You can expect less coughing and a higher lung capacity within a few weeks. Not to mention you can literally buy rainbow flavour. Vaping is an effective way of decreasing nicotine usage and often allows people to quit altogether. While there are some risks in vaping, they are clearly marginal in comparison to the benefits of quitting smoking.
In the end, the safety of vaping depends on people operating the devices properly and choosing a safe e-liquid. Like many hobbies, you’ll need some knowledge to find the safest ways of doing the things you love. One other thing to keep in mind is making sure your batteries are safe, we’ll be addressing that in our next blog post.
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