If you are trying to get rid of your smoking habit, then you are not alone. In every ten smokers, seven wish to quit smoking. When you smoke, you’re in a never-ending battle that could lead to heart disease.
Deep down, you know that you’re running out of time, and you need to make that big shift to electronic cigarettes soon. You already know that vape pens, e-cigarettes and other devices are known to help you quit smoking altogether. But you have a burning question: is vaping safe?
Vaping is less harmful than smoking
If you are a cigarette smoker, switching to vaping completely will strongly improve your health. However, the potential long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are not well understood. But the science indicates that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking.
The original intention for creating e-cigarettes was to find that much-needed magic bullet for smoking cessation. The first modern vape was developed by a Chinese pharmacist who has tried unsuccessfully to use nicotine patches to quit smoking. The secret was to emulate the act of smoking but eliminating the harmful carcinogens that are formed when burning cigarettes. Did it work? Let’s see.
There have been a lot of scary stories online about vaping lately, but it is not a dangerous trend as mass media will have you believe. Vaping has been successful in Asia for years. After years of testing, e-cigarettes were sold in China for almost a decade, before they came to America to no acclaim. Here’s the thing: the creation of vaping was driven by the necessity to quit smoking by tens of millions of smokers.
A study on 2000 smokers in 2015 revealed that vaping could work to stop smoking- if that’s what someone wanted. Give it a little thought, and there’s one thing you’ll realize. People who vape but fail to quit smoking are using e-cigarettes because they can’t smoke in most public places. In other words, they are not actively working on quitting smoking.
Recreational vaping for non-smokers
The real question: can non-smokers take up safe recreational vaping? Yes. First off, nicotine by itself cannot cause cancer. Moreover, vape juice doesn’t contain any of the known carcinogens, which are present in tobacco. However, evidence for this matter is still unclear.
Indeed, the number of lung injuries and death have been on rise, which can be linked back to vaping. The current death toll stands at 57 deaths as of January 2020, according to the Center for Disease Control and prevention. However, there is one common factor. These deaths seem to mostly affect those who have either used black market e-liquids or modified their vaping devices.
So, what’s the take-home message?
Vaping is not as harmful as smoking. Although there’s a need for further studies, there is a clear indication that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking.
However, if you consider vaping, just ensure that you don’t buy those counterfeit product from the street.