Exploring the Benefits of Vaping Instead of Smoking September 17, 2018 08:06
Electronic cigarettes (also known as vapes or vaporizers) are one of the most popular technological innovations of the 21st century, with vape companies and shops popping up everywhere. Among the reasons vaping has become so ubiquitous: it’s widely seen as healthier than smoking cigarettes, a very common vice that has recently waned in popularity due to the health problems it can cause. Although the data on vaping’s health consequences is still limited, some scientists have investigated its effects, and their findings have been mostly positive. If you’re a smoker who’s ready to give up the habit, vaping might be the healthy (or healthier) alternative you’re looking for.
Dangers of Smoking
Inhaling any combustible is unhealthy, but tobacco is particularly dangerous for you. It causes almost half a million deaths in the United States yearly, meaning nearly one in five people dies from smoking-related illness. It increases your likelihood of developing lung cancer by 25 times and more than doubles your risk of heart disease and stroke. It can also cause cancer in almost every other area of the body, including the stomach, esophagus, and liver. It reduces fertility in men, can affect your teeth and gums, and even increases your risk of cataracts. In short, smoking is deadly.
The Big Switch
Although e-cigarettes haven’t been around long enough for there to be conclusive data on their long-term health effects, scientists have eagerly begun exploring their potential as replacements for tobacco cigarettes, and some of their research is starting to have results. A study published in late 2017 in the journal Tobacco Control set out to find what happened to smokers who switched to vaping, over a ten year period. Adjusting for age and other factors, they found that switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes increased overall lifespan. The researchers believe that those who switched were limiting their exposure to toxins. Another study published in 2017 also compared those who’d switched with people who continued smoking. This study determined those who quit smoking completely when they started vaping showed dramatic reductions in carcinogens (the toxins that cause cancer) and other harmful substances.
Why People Are Hesitant
It’s actually no surprise that vaping is healthier than smoking. Removing actual tobacco, a substance laden with toxic substances, and combustion, a chemical process that’s not friendly to the human respiratory system, from the equation naturally reduces the harm to the body. But people are still leery of switching to vaping for a few reasons. For one thing, most vape juice still contains nicotine, which is an addictive and harmful substance, so people attempting to wean themselves off cigarettes with vapes may find themselves with a new, similarly expensive addiction-or they may be tempted to pick up smoking again if the vape hit isn’t satisfying enough. For another thing, certain flavors of vape have been found to be toxic, including some cherry flavor compounds. But it’s easy enough to find out which flavors to avoid. If you’re ready to stop smoking, switching to a vape is one way to still get your nicotine with a lot fewer health risks.