Vaping: A Safe Alternative to Smoking
As the campaign against smoking cigarettes grow bigger and bigger over time, people get more innovative in creating smoking cessation tools and alternatives. Today, the most popular alternative available in the market is the electronic cigarette or e-cigarette. Since it was introduced in Europe and the United States in 2006, it instantly gained its spot in the limelight, making it a multi-billion dollar industry.
Its candy-like flavours and different styles from different brands can easily attract smokers and even non-smokers. E-cigarettes also allow users to enjoy a puff in non-smoking areas. In this article, readers will find out how e-cigarettes work, what chemicals do they contain and their effects to its user’s health.
How it works?
An e-cigarette is a battery-driven device which is available in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit the user. Inside the e-cigarette, the atomiser warms the flavoured liquid which may or may not contain nicotine. It then creates the vapour you inhale.
The act of puffing an e-cigarette is called “vaping” because of the smoke-like vapour it contains. There is a very wide variety of flavoured liquids users can choose from available in the market today.
Vaping vs. Smoking
Probably the most easily distinguished difference of vaping compared to smoking is the pleasant and attractive smell the e-cigarette gives off. But aside from that, there is so much more about it.
A cigarette contains carbon monoxide, ammonia, formaldehyde, lead, and thousands of other harmful chemicals that cause lung cancer and different cardiovascular diseases, among others. Depending on the choice of the user, nicotine can also be added to the e-juice, which is the addictive substance in cigarettes.
The e-cigarette, on the other hand, has propylene glycol (used for nebulizers, cough syrup and theatre fog machines), vegetable glycerine (used in cosmetics), food flavourings and nicotine.
Experts say that propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine are generally safe except for nicotine. Food flavorings, however, are said to be designed only for digestion, not to be inhaled. Thus, the impact of inhaling food flavourings over a period time to one’s health is yet to be established.
According to Dr. Joel Nitzkin of the American Association of Public Health Physicians, the harm from vaping is equivalent to less than one percent of that from smoking cigarettes. Thus, the association declares e-cigarettes as a less dangerous nicotine product.
Another finding shows that although the long-term impact on the health of e-cigarette users is still not known, they are safer than conventional cigarettes. It is safe to say that switching to e-cigarettes is better than to continue smoking.
- February 04, 2016
- Vape Street