You're probably a skeptic like I was when someone told me e-cigs and vaping are more healthy than smoking cigarettes. There is something about putting vapors in your body in any form that didn't sit right with me. Thankfully, I decided to investigate and get to the bottom of the vaping hype. If you're a smoker, read up on vaping and how freakin' awesome it can be if you're attempting to quit.
When people refer to vaping, they can be referring to two different types of products. There are "analog" cigarettes (you can usually buy these at a gas station) and then there are APVs ”” Advanced Personal Vaporizers ”” or "Vape Pens." These are the ones you can find in any vape/smoke shop and can be used for tobacco or even marijuana.
Unlike cigarettes (which contain around 4,000 chemicals), e-liquid contents are fairly well-known by the public and the information is readily available. All e-liquid starts out with vegetable glycerin and Propylene Glycol (which is found in inhalers and perfectly safe to inhale when vaped). The final mass ingredient is nicotine so that people can get their fix. The flavoring is usually a complex mixture of natural and artificial food colorings and scents.
A big reason people are so against vaping is because they believe that tobacco companies are marketing their products towards kids with their flavor choices. Some of the flavors that have raised eyebrows are bubblegum and grape. While it is illegal to sell any nicotine products to minors in 10 states, there haven't been laws passed on a federal level to ban vaping items being sold to children.
One would think kids would prefer real bubblegum to vaping it, but you can never be too sure.
Studies show that those individuals who smoke cigarettes then switch to e-cigs clear the carbon monoxide out of their body and lungs within 24 hours. Within five years their risk of heart attack reduces to that of a non-smoker.
In a dream world we would suggest you do neither, but we're not your mother and can't tell you what to do!
According to a paper published in 2012: "We found that the e-cigarette vapors contained some toxic substances. The levels of the toxicants were 9—450 times lower than in cigarette smoke and were, in many cases, comparable with trace amounts found in the reference product . . . our findings are consistent with the idea that substituting tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes may substantially reduce exposure to selected tobacco-specific toxicants. E-cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy among smokers unwilling to quit, warrants further study."
E-cigs first came into being in the 1960s, but they were considered novelties until the past decade. Currently there are 250 different type of brands of electronic cigarettes out there. So many choices! So many flavors! How flirty and fun for you.
You may think that beginning to vape will cost you a small fortune, but think again! Most e-cigs will run you between $30-$100 dollars to start off and refill packs will run you anywhere from $15-$30. When you consider that the average smoker goes through roughly one pack a week the cost comparison seems obvious.
However, if you want to get bougie with your vaping/ e-cig habits, there are accessories you can buy for them (some will run you up to $3,000) and you can even buy custom vape pens.
If you're gonna vape, might as well do it in style. Or you can just not do either and spend all your hard-earned cash on clothes or something that won't slowly destroy your body.
The largest concern in the e-cig community is how quickly the business has grown. Since the business seems to have boomed overnight, there is very little regulation on how they're made and how they're crafted.
No one is claiming that e-cigs are healthy for you, doctors say. Just less concentrated and less addictive than cigarettes. The surge for e-cigs have felt pushback from people claiming that it is another business model invented by the big tobacco companies since the public is becoming increasingly aware of how terrible cigarettes are for you.
Although cigarette use has decreased by 40% since vaping burst into the mainstream consciousness, people need to remember that the nicotine may not cause cancer, but it causes increased heart rate, blood pressure and can cause birth defects.
At the end of the day, neither product is particularly good for you. However, vaping or using an e-cig can help you replace smoking cigarettes with a new, less-terrible habit. Eventually you could choose to quit by weaning yourself off tobacco. However, with vape flavors such as marshmallow or single-malt whiskey, you might find yourself falling in love.