Wanting out of smoking’s addictive hooks, a Chinese pharmacist and inventor invented the modern electronic cigarette. It was meant to work as an alternative to smoking to help him and others quit, prompted by the cancer-caused death of his father who was also a heavy smoker. The benefits of vaping e-liquids have been much-debated over the past decade, but the evidence that supports them keeps growing. Let’s uncover the pros and cons by exploring the facts.
What are E-Liquids?
E-liquid or e-juice is the solution that sets vaping apart from traditional smoking. When heated up, this is converted into vapour that ecig users inhale. This comes in a wide variety of flavours that enhances the vaping experience and even comes in tobacco blend for that sought-after quality without the burning. Typically, this contains VG (Vegetable Glycerin), PG (propylene glycol), food-grade flavouring, and nicotine.
The ratios of VG and PG will depend on the personal preference of the vaper. VG is smoother and creates thicker clouds, especially when used with sub-ohm vape devices, and is preferred by cloud chasers. Derived from vegetable oil, VG is also safe for vegetarians. PG, on the other hand, delivers better flavour taste and stronger throat hits.
Safety of Vaping vs Smoking
Due to the lack of statistics and research on its long-term effects, the safety of vaping has been a hot topic which many experts have disagreed on. Its popularity, however, has driven many studies which look into the truth behind previously unanswered questions. When it comes to safety, both vaping and smoking have their own sets of implications. But vaping e-liquids can be considered choosing the lesser of two evils.
Chemical contentSmoking involves the combustion of tobacco which contains thousands of chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic and harmful to the body. The burning process generates the carcinogenic or cancer-causing chemicals. Vaping involves heating, removing the need to combust anything. The few compounds found in vapour include its main ingredients and some food-grade additives used in creating the flavours.
Health risksCollectively, one clear-cut fact that we get out of the many studies and reports is that the use of vape devices poses much lower levels of toxicants than smoking. Smoking remains one of the leading causes of deaths and contributes largely to the decrease in life quality and longevity of smokers.
Public healthIn 2010 alone, an estimated 104 people died from exposure to secondhand smoke in New Zealand. Secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer in nonsmoking adults. It also dramatically weakens the health of exposed children, especially younger ones. And the dangers don’t stop at this, because third-hand smoke or the toxic chemicals from smoke that’s absorbed into walls, furniture, fabrics and even on the skin can still cause irritation and is linked to poorer health in children.
Reports on the use of vaping gadgets, on the other hand, shows no known long-term health effects.
Exploding batteriesSince the launch of vaping, exploding batteries have been a problem experienced by vapers. This can happen during use, while charging, and some are even reported due to unknown circumstances. But with the significant advances in manufacturing technology and safety control, we’re expecting lesser incidents.
Cigarette-caused firesDid you know that discarded cigarettes are among the most common causes of fire in New Zealand? These incidents have caused extensive damage to properties and lives. Cigarettes are also one negligent way that humans cause wildland fires.
How many flavours are there?
Cigarettes are commonly sold in menthol or tobacco flavours. But when it comes to e-juice flavours, there are thousands of varieties in eccentric names. Popular Party Vape choices include Pistachio Zcream, Hara Pop, and Sweet’N Zalty.
You can also try a different flavour for every day of the week. Indulge in Gang of Skulls’ Ono, Rima, Rua, Tahi, Whitu, and Toru.
Nicotine in Vaping vs Smoking
Nicotine is the substance that makes smoking highly addictive. The withdrawal symptoms caused by starving the body of this chemical is what makes quitting a huge challenge to overcome for many smokers. This has led to the use of nicotine products such as nicotine patches and gums to gradually decrease the consumption of the dangerous chemical, without inducing severe withdrawal symptoms to make quitting easier. The different nicotine content levels in e-juices can be used in the same way.
Can Vaping E-Liquids Help Stop Smoking?
New Zealand’s Ministry of Health recommends the use of vaping to help smokers quit. The different levels of nic content offer a less stressful transition for smokers. Because vaping is done in a very similar fashion as smoking, it helps with oral fixation which is something a lot of smokers struggle with. Without the burning of tobacco and all the other harmful chemicals, switching to vaping today can significantly lower health risks, and improve your life quality.