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Vaping VS Smoking

Choosing the Lesser of the Two Evils?
vaping vs smoking

Vaping is often seen as a safe or safer alternative to smoking. It is also relatively new to the market, only hitting the mainstream over the past decade or so. Because it hasn’t been a part of the public consciousness for as long as cigarette smoking, there is a lot that people and even smokers do not understand about it. Here, we will compare a few different aspects of the two habits Vaping VS Smoking to help people get a better understanding of how they are similar and where they differ, and whether one is safer than the other or not.

Smoking vs Vaping – This is How They Impact Your Body

In the vaping vs. smoking standoff, most people believe it’s the case where the lesser of the two evils wins. But is vaping really an evil that falls in the same category as smoking? The answer becomes clear when you take look at how each of them affects human body:

Smoking:

In addition to tar – which is a collective term for various particles that have a wide variety of carcinogens – the smoke of tobacco cigarettes contains thousands of harmful chemicals, at least 70 of which have been proven to be cancer-causing agents. When these chemicals enter your body, they impact every organ they come in contact with, and several organs they don’t even come in direct contact with.

It’s an established fact that smoking can cause all sorts of diseases, from minor health issues like a cough to lethal disorders like lung cancer and heart diseases. In fact, smoking tobacco is the biggest avoidable cause of death around the globe. According to Cancer.org, smoking kills about six million people around the world every single year, with at least 30% of the deaths caused by cancer and other lethal diseases as a result of smoking.

Vaping:

vapingWhile many people claim there are several potential health risks that vaping can cause, the biggest proven harm e-cigarettes can cause is dependence, as most e-liquids contain nicotine. Can we even compare this with the likes of cancer and heart attack? So far, no scientific study has given any solid proof that vaping can have life-threatening consequences like smoking.

The only notable study that tried to paint a scary picture of vaping was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, back in early 2015. The study showed that when someone vapes at very high temperatures, a chemical called Formaldehyde – a known carcinogen which is actually a degradation product of propylene glycol – can be produced and inhaled. However, the same study also showed that when vaping is done at moderately high temperatures, no traces of Formaldehyde were found. And ironically, nobody wants the bad burnt taste or aftertaste that’s produced when you vape at ridiculously high temperature. In other words, this study, which has been manipulated by many for personal gains, actually removes the stigma attached to vaping. 

However, since vaping caught the spotlight only in the mid-2000s, there is not enough data on the long-term effects of vaping. Hopefully, more researches and studies will offer better understating of how vaping affects our body.

Is vaping safer than smoking?

smokingThere’s an ongoing debate on whether vaping is safe or not, and if it is an effective smoking cessation method or not, however, we know one thing for sure and that is: vaping is definitely safer than smoking.

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 the 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."

Vaping vs Smoking – A Head-to-Head Comparison on all Fronts

Health and Safety

Vaping is still dangerous, and many vaporizers employ a liquid known as e-liquid or e-juice that contains nicotine, but usually not in the high concentrations that represent in cigarettes. The biggest change in safety comes from the way the product is produced and delivered. In smoking, the contents (usually tobacco and about 4,000 other ingredients) are combusted. They are lit and they burn and the smoke is inhaled by the user.

This also creates secondhand smoke which causes numerous health problems on its own. Overall, it is a very unhealthy situation, and that combustion creates a lot of the carcinogens present in cigarette smoke.

In vaping you usually don’t have that. You have to say “usually” because not all vaporizers manage to heat their product without combusting it. But once you eliminate the combustion, you do make the product safer. Instead of smoke, you would be inhaling vapor or steam. It’s likely much safer, but you are still inhaling a lot of chemicals that aren’t very good for you.

Availability

Cigarettes are pretty much everywhere. You can find them at the grocery, the gas station, online and in many of the shops you frequent. They have been a part of public use for so long that most people just accept that they are there.

Vaporizers are a little harder to come by. Back in the olden days of vaporizer sales, you could only find them in mall kiosks and mail-order catalogs. Now they have a huge presence online, and you can even find them in some markets and many tobacco and vaporizer specialty stores.

But you will have a much harder time finding vaporizers and their assorted product lines than you would find cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia. As vaping becomes more popular, it is increasingly easy to find them.

Legal Status

Here is where the debate between the two really heats up. Cigarettes have been banned in some form or another ever since they appeared. They were first banned on airlines, then in government buildings and later in pretty much every public location. Some states have looser restrictions than others, but for the most part, if you are in a public space, you either have to find a designated smoking area or just wait to smoke until you get home.

Vaping is a bit more complex, but it is slowly going the way of cigarettes as far as public tolerance. While those who vape claim that the secondhand vapor is not as dangerous as secondhand smoke, the research behind such claims is not conclusive. The public often perceives vaping as the same thing. It appears like smoke is emanating from the vaporizers, so non-smokers feel like they may be in danger while vaporizers are in use around them.

What this has meant for those who vape is that the use of vaporizers is slowly being outlawed in public places, city by city. These bans don’t seem to ever lift, so unless new research is discovered it is likely that the bans will continue until vaping is just as prohibited a smoking is.

Cost Effectiveness

When we compare smoking vs vaping in terms of cash you have to spend, vaping comes out as a clear winner. Although there are many cheaper options, the very best, high-end vaporizers can cost somewhere around $250. After that, all you need to buy is your favorite e-liquid, and almost all e-liquids come at a nominal cost. As for cigarettes, let’s suppose you’re a pack-a-day smoker, your monthly cost will be somewhere around $300 depending on where you live. So, in the long run, you’ll be saving big bucks by switching to vaping.

Social acceptance

Vapor doesn’t smell bad like smoke, neither it discolors your teeth or makes your breath smell bad. In fact, vapor usually smells good like candy or vanilla, depending on the e-liquid. So, with e-cigs, you don’t have to slip out of a gathering, your office, or even your own living room to smoke. Vaping is obviously more socially accepted, but before vaping in public places, make sure you know the local laws as several states don’t allow it.

Conclusion

E-cigarettes are clear winners, in almost every aspect. We will have to wait for a few more years to know the true long-term effects of vaping, but they are definitely safer than smoking. However, when you vape to fulfill your cravings, make sure you don’t break any laws or disturb other people. Moreover, most e-liquids contain some percentage of nicotine, which can be dangerous if ingested. Therefore, always keep your vaping gear away from pets and children.

 

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10 Responses to "Vaping VS Smoking"

  • Michael@Ejuicemafia
    December 31, 2015 - 5:18 am Reply

    In the device of e-cigarette, you will get nicotine vapor controlling device that helps to regulate the vapor. Thus, by the help of willingness of leaving the habits of smoking, you can reduce the vapor and can leave it permanently.

  • Jim McConnell
    October 15, 2016 - 11:08 am Reply

    Smoker for 37 yrs tried vaping a week ago and haven’t looked at cigarettes since transitioning was easy as long as you have people like the owners of kocky dog to direct you properly
    Vape on

  • David
    November 10, 2016 - 11:36 pm Reply

    Hello i am a long haul trucker hrs behind the wheel lead me to a 2 pack a day habbit that was destroying my health .i tryed to quit smoking many times only to fail after 21 years of smoking and escalating .i finally found the help i needed to quit .i vape and have not smoked a cigarette in 3 weeks and dont crave smoking a cigarette vaping cures the craving if you purchase a good quality vaporizer and a liquid that is palatable. With a small amount of nicotine and a good quality vaporizer you can quit smoking tobacco it can be done
    Thanks for the write up here good info
    Mr nim

  • Julio
    November 15, 2016 - 7:05 am Reply

    I started vaping before 2 years and now I don’t want to comeback to smoking ever! You don’t stick, don’t feel bad, can make exercise. Different man. And finally you break the pattern, because when you vaping you do different action with your hand.

  • Kamal
    November 15, 2016 - 12:53 pm Reply

    I’m an 18 years heavy Shisha “or hooka” smoker… after i’ve been introduced to vaping i quite it.. not a single hooka since 2 months now…
    Of course u need to choose wisely your ejuice!
    I really hope one day I completly stop inhaling any kind of chemicals, but for the time being I feel much better without tobacco and charbon..
    Thank you for the post

  • Doug
    November 17, 2016 - 3:54 pm Reply

    Hi, I would just like to say thank you for the option of vaping instead of cigarettes. I bought my vapourizer back on oct. 10th 2016 and haven’t looked back since then. I have not touched a cigarette nor do I have any craving for cigarettes. I use an e-juice with 3 or 6 mg of nicotine in it. I jump back and forth , hoping to some day cut out the nicotine all together. My wife loves the fact that I have switched and am doing this and she loves the fact that there is no smell of smoke coming from me at all. Once again thank you for an alternative to smoking cigs.

  • Deborah SILIGA
    November 19, 2016 - 12:42 am Reply

    Congrats on quitting! I too quit on Halloween and yes it has helped me health wise. Keep up the good work! And Vape on….

  • Anthony Smith
    November 22, 2016 - 2:56 pm Reply

    Like David, vaping has helped me successfully stop smoking after everything else didn’t work for me.
    I’m 47, quite overweight and lead a sedentary lifestyle.
    I have been smoking daily since I was about 17.
    I did manage to quit for 10 years, pretty much all my 30’s. I started again about 6 years ago during a stressful period in my life.
    I had been unsuccessful in quitting the second time around despite finding it relatively easy to quit the first time around (in 2001).
    I tried cold turkey.and patches.
    This time around I bought a simple but effective and good quality vaporizer for under $50 and was given a variety of e-juice samples by a family member who’s an experienced “vape’r”. I also bought some nicotine gum. I chew the gum when I crave a cigarette but am in an environment where vaping would be inappropriate. I use e-juice with 6mg of nicotine and will cut down to 3mg soon. I may cut down to 1.5mg (by diluting my e-juice), I might cut out the nicotine completely and still vape. I may stop vaping. I’m not sure as yet.
    However, having not “smoked” for 3 weeks I consider *very* unlikely that I will take up smoking again. I realise that 3 weeks is a short period of time, however I know from my previous successful attempt that this is going to stick long-term.
    Vaping may not be “healthy” but it’s cheaper, cleaner, pretty much odourless and common sense says that compared to smoking it’s a much safer choice.
    Thanks for the unbiased and contemporary “scientific” comparison, such as it is.

  • True Blue
    November 23, 2016 - 2:35 pm Reply

    Vaping has now been Medically proven to cause cervical cancer in men!

  • Cheryl
    November 29, 2016 - 3:49 am Reply

    True Blue, Men do not have cervixes. Only women do…lmao

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