Most people turn to vaping as an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes. While research is still being carried out on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes, what’s clear is that vape concentrates, when compared to smoking tobacco, have clear health advantages.
If you want to stop smoking, vaping can help with the process. E-Cigarettes allow you to control the amount of nicotine you are inhaling and this gradual process of cutting down can help with withdrawal symptoms, in the same way that nicotine patches can.
Smoking also has a psychological element and so with vaping you can still enjoy the sensation of smoking, with none of the resultant tobacco smoke. Vaping can also be enjoyable as you are moving away from the taste and smell of tobacco and instead have the choice of a wide range of e-liquids to choose from, which not only taste great but smell good too.
Most smokers know traditional cigarettes are not good for them and are keen to kick the habit. If vaping can help curb that addiction and in the process help extend your life expectancy then that can only be a good thing for you and the people around you.
What’s Inside a Tobacco Cigarette?
The main problem with tobacco cigarettes is that every time you light up you are breathing in a cocktail of over 4,000 chemicals, at least 60 of which are known to be carcinogens in humans. The list includes lead, arsenic, cadmium, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Most of the time we would run a million miles from these chemicals but in cigarettes we seem to accept them.
This mix of chemicals enters our bloodstream every time we inhale, and it is what causes the 14 different types of cancer linked to cigarettes; plus heart disease; and a variety of other lung diseases including the disabling COPD.
The Risk of Passive Smoking
Smokers are risking their own lives but they are also putting others in danger through passive smoking. This can be particularly acute in confined spaces such as inside the home or during a car journey.
Every time a smoker lights up they are increasing the risk of a non-smoker in their vicinity getting lung cancer by 25%. In addition, they are also exposing them to higher risks of pharynx and larynx cancers, stroke, heart disease and COPD. To get an understanding of the severity of passive smoking, we only have to look at the estimated figure of deaths caused every year by second-hand smoke, which stands at around 600,000 people globally.
In children the effects can be even more striking with a higher risk of asthma, respiratory infections, meningitis and cot death all being associated with passive smoking. In part, this is why the government imposed a ban on smoking in vehicles with under-18s present in 2015, and why some people would also like to see a smoking ban imposed in any homes where children live.
Because vaping doesn’t produce tobacco smoke, the NHS has indicated that the risk from passive vaping is negligible. Therefore the vehicle ban does not apply to e-cigarettes.