What the experts say: Why vaping is better than smoking

What the experts say: Why vaping is better than smoking

What the experts say: Why vaping is better than smoking

If you are a smoker, you are probably aware of the long and ever-growing health risks that tobacco can cause. However, quitting smoking is not easy, so if you are looking to cut cigarettes out of your life, vaping could be the answer for you.

While vaping has recently gained in popularity, you may be wary of trying e-cigarettes following reports about its associated health risks. Though vaping comes with its own health concerns, experts agree that it is a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. It could even lead to a cigarette-free life for good.

The technology behind vaping

E-cigarettes, also known as a vape, mod or e-cig, are devices that allow nicotine to be inhaled as a vapour rather than inhaling tobacco smoke, as with cigarettes. In theory, this is what makes e-cigarettes healthier than cigarettes: they contain nicotine but not tobacco.

Whatever you know them as, the technology behind all e-cigarettes is the same. They work by heating and creating a vapour from a solution that is inhaled and exhaled by the user. This solution typically contains nicotine, glycol and/or glycerine and flavourings.

As e-cigarettes do not produce tar and carbon monoxide, two of the main harmful toxins produced by cigarette smoke, they reduce the risk. In fact, e-cigarettes are unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm that comes from smoking tobacco, GQ reports.

Though e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking tobacco, there are still associated risks. However, expert research has shown that vaping is better than smoking. Here are the reasons why…

Vaping vs smoking: what the experts say

In the UK, vaping has been endorsed by health experts following a Cancer Research UK funded experiment. The study, as reported by ITV, drew comparisons on exposure to nicotine and other tobacco-related toxins between former smokers who used e-cigarettes and current smokers.

The study found that after six months, participants who vaped had far fewer toxins and cancer-causing substances in their bodies than smokers. Lead author Dr Lion Shahab commented that “E-cigarettes and NRT are far safer than smoking” with a low associated risk to their long-term use.

Evidence gathered by this study seems to support UK Government body Public Health England’s claim that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than smoking. It would appear that expert support for e-cigarettes being used to quit smoking is growing.

Why vaping could lead you to stop smoking for good

If you have previously tried to quit smoking, you might have felt miserable, irritable and struggled to cope with urges to smoke, leading to relapse. However, research found e-cigarettes to be a substitute for “many of the physical, psychological, social and cultural elements of cigarette smoking” comments Dr Caitlin Notley from University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School. This supports the idea that e-cigarettes are effective at reducing the difficulties many smokers face when they quit.

So, is vaping better than smoking? All evidence considered, vaping comes out on top as having greater benefits for you. With growing developments in vaping technology, the future of e-cigarettes remains positive.

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