Vaping was introduced as the best way for cigarette smokers to quit smoking. It was supposed to be a step down from smoking that would make it easier to quit finally.
But the news (and research) today tells you that vaping has turned from a solution to a problem.
However, is vaping really as bad as they are now claiming? Is it safe? And is it something you should be considering taking up?
I will answer these questions and more in this article.
* Also note that I am not, nor have I ever been, a smoker. So, everything I mention in this article is based on unbiased and factual research.
But before we get to the meat of things, let’s define Vaping.
What Is Vaping?
Vaping is the act of inhaling nicotine ‘Vapor’ from an e-cigarette/vaporizer.
Vaporizers are handheld electronic devices that are defined as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
The device contains a battery, heating element, and an e-juice cartridge. It heats liquid nicotine, turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled.
This gives the user or ‘vaper’ the same hit of stimulants from nicotine as traditional cigarette drags.
However, it should be mentioned that instead of what people think, the e-liquid also contains glycerine, propylene glycol, and flavorings.
But it doesn’t produce smoke or smell, making their use very popular.
The device comes in several shapes with some looking like USB flash drives and others looking like pens.
Ok, now that we have defined vaping, let’s move on to its comparison with smoking cigarettes.
Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?
Vaping is inhaling nicotine vapor with an electrical device.
And traditional smoking is inhaling the smoke from a lit cigarette that contains nicotine.
Both products give you a hit of nicotine.
But what are the differences? And is vaping safer?
Well, vaping doesn’t cause you to inhale smoke. It also comes in a variety of flavors and can be used indoors (depending on State laws).
However, the strongest point vaping advocates mention is that there are fewer toxic chemicals in e-liquids.
Regular cigarettes contain over 7000 chemicals with a significant number of these being toxic. Comparatively, vaping has a lot less harmful elements like tar.
So, in that sense, yes, vaping is safer than smoking.
But Is Vaping Safe?
Now that we’ve established that vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes let’s find out just how safe it really is.
Well, I found out that it’s nowhere as safe as the marketing claims it to be.
It’s also why so many people are taking up vaping and ending up something that could ruin their health: Addiction.
Yup. Addiction is something that you are going to get even if you vape on fruity apple flavored nicotine.
That’s because it’s the nicotine in the e-liquid/cigarette that’s addictive.
It can result in the same crave you have with regular cigarettes. It also results in the same symptoms of nicotine withdrawal that traditional tobacco cigarettes have.
Currently, the problem we have is that people aren’t aware of the dangers of vaping. They think that because it doesn’t have tar, it’s safe.
But the fact is that Nicotine has been found to be as addictive as Cocaine or Heroin.
Does Vaping Cause Cancer?
In 2009, the FDA stated that e-cigarettes contain detectable levels of toxic chemicals, including carcinogens.
So, it seems that you’re increasing your risk of cancer by vaping.
Vaping causes DNA damage, even if it has fewer carcinogens compared to tobacco cigarettes.
A study found DNA damaged in the lungs, bladder, and heart of lab mice exposed to vape.
All this leads to the conclusion that vaping does raise the risk of cancer.
Can Vaping Help You Lose Weight?
Yes, vaping can help you lose weight.
Smoking cigarettes and vaping are well-known methods of weight loss that many people believe to be true.
I found that the reason vaping helps with weight loss is that Nicotine acts as an appetite suppressant.
That means that vaping reduces eating urges and improves satiety. So, you end up eating less food and losing weight in the process.
But you have to ask yourself, is it worth it?
Pros Of Vaping
- Gives you that nicotine kick
- No lingering smell
- Cheaper than tobacco cigarettes
- Comes with several attractive flavors
- Adjustable nicotine levels
Cons Of Vaping
- Bad for your health
- Nicotine is highly addictive
- Can cause headaches and dizziness
- Increased risk of Bronchiolitis obliterans (popcorn lung)
- Vape pens are expensive
- Can cause allergies
- Require specially made liquids
- Increase risk of heart diseases
- Greater risk of developing cancer
- Most products in the market are unregulated by the FDA
- Ads make it easier (and more appealing) for kids to try
How To Quit Vaping?
Deciding to quit smoking or vaping is the great first step in improving your health.
But it’s not so easy to quit, right?
There are social pressures, withdrawal, and habits that can make it difficult. However, others have (and you can too) succeeded in quitting vaping.
Of the different methods of quitting, I found the ‘weaning off’ plan to have the highest chance of success.
The weaning off vaping plan starts with planning you nicotine dosage.
Remember that it should be achievable and that the lowering of dosage should be gradual. You should consider lowering your dosage every 2-3 weeks.
If your weaning off is gradual, the withdrawal you will have to go through will be less severe.
Note that nicotine withdrawal usually takes about a month to pass. And after it passes, pick a day and completely quit vaping. Throw away the vaporizer and e-liquid.
But even after quitting, your mind will sometimes wander to vaping. When this happens, remember to busy your hands which should reduce the stress you have to deal with.
That said, bottle line is vaping is not as good or cool as it’s being marketed as. It has too many serious health issues while very few benefits.
If you are quitting smoking, vaping is an option you can consider before entirely stopping.
But if you haven’t smoked before, you shouldn’t take up vaping.
FAQs On Vaping:
Q: Is vaping without nicotine safe?
A: Some say yes while others say no. I found that other than nicotine, there are other toxic chemicals (in small amounts) in the e-liquid.
Q: Does vaping harm teeth?
A: Yes. Vaping can cause your gums to recede due to the nicotine present.
Q: Is vaping addictive?
A: Yes. Vaping is addictive because the nicotine in it is addictive.
Q: Does vaping get you high?
A: No. If you are vaping nicotine and not THC (the stuff in Weed), you won’t get high. You will get that nicotine kick though.
Q: Is vaping in public allowed?
A: No. in most places, you can vape in public.
Q: Does vaping smell?
A: No. The vapor dissipates from the area a lot faster than cigarette smoke. It also doesn’t have a smell because the heating element doesn’t burn the nicotine.
Q: Does vaping cause sore throat/coughing?
A: Some vaping liquids with Propylene Glycol can cause coughing or a sore throat. But most types don’t cause such a reaction.
Q: Can vaping cause headaches?
A: Yes. Headaches are one of the most common side effects of vaping.
Q: Is vaping during pregnancy safe?
A: No. The nicotine in the vape can cause developmental issues in the baby.
Q: Is there age restrictions for vaping?
A: Yes. The FDA has banned the sale of vaping liquids and e-cigarettes to minors.