Tobacco-free cigarettes were patented in the 20th century, a good 40 years before the device emerged in the market. The inventor of the electronic cigarette, Hon Lik, got intrigued by the idea of creating a substitute that is not as harmful as traditional smoking. It turns out; he wasn’t quite successful. Vaping is not entirely free of harm, and it can be damaging for your health to stay hooked to that electronic cigarette.
With that being said, it is clear that the youth of this century gives no care to the dangers of vaping. Personally, I find vaping better than smoking. In fact, several studies have been conducted on the topic so far. A landmark research suggests that people who have been on e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy, otherwise known as NRT, have far fewer chemicals in their bodies than people who enjoy traditional smoking. Look at it from this perspective; you’re inhaling heated vapor instead of burnt tobacco.
While vaping is an excellent alternative for chain smokers, it should never be resorted to for recreational purposes. These days, an alarming number of youth is reaching out to e-cigarettes. It might seem like a neat way of enjoying a smoke, but it can quickly spiral into a habit that teens aren’t supposed to indulge in.
While vaping is a more modern approach, traditional smoking is almost ritualistic. Many people start smoking in an attempt just to look ‘cool’. Some get the knack of it at parties, or in a gathering of friends but soon they become addicted to the feeling. People who get into the habit of smoking report mood swings once their bodies start to sense the lack of nicotine. Their anxiety level increases and they become restless.
On the contrary, as soon as smokers get to smoke, they stop experiencing the negative feelings and mood swings that they have been experiencing; the shift in the mood can be dramatic. This is precisely why we call it an addiction.
Everyone’s experience with nicotine addiction is different. Some people feel the withdrawal symptoms way more than others do. People who smoke cigarettes also tend to smoke weed. In fact, weed has become so popular in the past decade across the globe that there are several hundred strains available in the market. Here’s a guide on how to smoke weed properly. Now that we have established the difference between smoking and vaping, let’s dive deeper into the technical differences and facts about smoking and vaping.
Vaping isn’t Necessarily Good for Your Health
As I have mentioned this before as well, here are the details. Even though e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco in them, they do consist of nicotine. In fact, it is the nicotine in the e-liquid that makes it addictive. E-liquids compromise of roughly 95% glycerin and the rest of 5% are flavoring and nicotine. It is enough to get you hooked on the taste and make you smoke.
Vaping is Still Addictive
Again, vaping can be a route to quitting if you’re a chain smoker. But what if you’re someone who has never vaped before? In that case, vaping can become your road to develop a new addiction. JUUL is a famous kind of vape that is readily available in the market, and while teens think it is safe to vape instead of smoking, but it’s not. I would highly recommend the parents reading this article to keep an eye on their kids and look out for any vape devices their kids might have.
The Difference in Chemicals
The difference between the chemicals found in cigarettes and a vape would astound you. The chemical composition of a vape is entirely different than that of a cigarette. While cigarettes may contain formaldehyde, arsenic, benzene, carbon monoxide and a lot of nicotine, a vape merely consists of some nicotine, vegetable glycerin, glycol, nitrosamines and acetaldehyde.
The difference in the composition of vapes and cigarettes shows that vaping is far less dangerous than smoking. The only problem is, the additives that are added for the purpose of flavoring are mostly food-grade, and they are meant for ingestion, not inhaling in the form of vapors. Still, vaping happens to be a safer choice.
All That Marketing isn’t Completely True
It’s a popular belief that e-cigarettes came to the market because they were going to be a cessation tool. Vaping was supposed to be a crutch that helped people quit smoking. On the contrary, the nicotine in the vape that is supposed to help you keep the cravings in control sometimes backfires. A vast majority of people tend to smoke both cigarettes and vapes in the process of quitting. Most of the time, they end up going back to smoking.
Vaping Can Make You Healthier
Smoking can cause people to suffer from chronic illnesses and fatigue. People who smoke report drained energy levels. They often express their desire to quit smoking. As a matter of fact, those who switched to vaping reported better energy levels. Regular medical assessments suggest that people who vape in an attempt to quit smoking have more stable vitals. Fewer people suffer from cardiac issues if they’re vaping instead of smoking.
Accidents of Battery Explosions
A major downside to an e-cigarette is that it can explode. Buying a cheap battery of e-cigarette, or overcharging your device can be a serious gamble. Mostly, these explosions occur when the device is on charge. It is evident that the recent increase in the size of batteries has led to a high chance of explosions that can cause injuries. In the past; however, the explosions rarely caused damage.
These accidents have led to greater health and safety measures that are in place to ensure that future incidents can be avoided. It is pertinent to mention that vaping can be cost-effective; whereas, smoking can take a toll on your pocket along with your health.
About the Author:
Jack is a psychotherapist and neurodegenerative disorders’ expert. He has been practicing in New York for 25 years now, and since then he has been fighting to make marijuana legal in the United States for it comes with numerous health benefits. You can read his blogs at https://thegreenace.ca/category/the-green-ace-blog/.