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With modernization revolutionizing every sphere of human activity, the world of smoking is not an exception.
Technology certainly has its benefits and it has helped the evolution of gadgets that aid in the sophisticated intake of substances, in our case, nicotine – as opposed to the conventional method of burning cigarettes.
Encouraged by the many advantages of vaping, a number of people have switched from smoking to vaping. While there is a huge amount of discussion happening over the online and offline forums regarding the advantages of vaping, we need to look deep into the available resources to compare the pros and cons of both these intake methods.
To compare vaping vs smoking, we have to first understand what vaping is.
With the use of advanced technology, vaping simulates the experience that a smoker derives from burning cigarettes.
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However, since the content of the e-liquids taken in through vaping is not actually smoke and only water vapor, there is less threat to the lungs compared to the hazards associated with the conventional kind of smoking.
Smoking releases carbon monoxide, which is a carcinogenic agent. While burning cigarettes, over 4,000 chemicals are released. The smoke released from conventional cigarettes can linger in the air for several hours and cigarettes are associated with fire hazards.
Often, the horrendous smell resulting from smoking is highly despised both by most men and women alike. On top of that cigarettes release ash that makes the environment dirty. Cigarettes all have almost the same flavor and variety is not exactly possible.
In the US alone, cigarette butts make up the most of litter in the country. Cigarettes are highly expensive and over a period seriously impact the finance of individuals and families.
A substance known as cellulose acetate used to make cigarette filters takes several years to degrade.
On the other hand, vaping does not pose any highly concerning health hazards as the vapor produced from the vape juices has not been found to cause cancer.
The principal ingredients of e-liquids include nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerol and food flavoring.
The water vapour produced while vaping escapes into thin air within seconds. Most vaping flavours smell like fruits or desserts and are therefore liked by most people and the lips in fact taste sweeter.
There is no obvious fire hazard associated with vaping.
While e-liquid costs around the same as that of a pack of cigarettes, it can last for a whole week and thus enables users to save a good amount of money.
Vaping does not leave behind any ashes. The second hand vapour from vaping does not produce cancer.
There are several vaping combinations you can try since the flavours are myriad. Also, you can have a perfect control over the amount of nicotine intake by regulating the contents of e-liquids while vaping.
Besides several other obvious advantages of vaping vs smoking, the cost factor is yet another alluring point that is pulling bands of smokers to the side of vaping.
Reports by NerdWallet help highlight how much you can hope to actually save while resorting to vaping.
It is estimated that consuming disposable e-cigarettes will need you to spend about $1,387 over a full year. Those who smoke a pack of cigarettes over a day will need to shell out $2,569 over a year.
Therefore, being able to save around $1182 per year is not a matter of negligible importance to people from lower socio economic strata.
Working out the cost savings way further, there is still more encouraging news for those resorting to the world of e-cigarettes. By investing in a reusable vape with e-liquid refills, you can get the cost still down to just $500 to $600 per year and this is really amazing.
This means saving about $2,000 in an average over a year. The other savings that you can hope to do through lesser weighing medical bills and the longevity you can hope to get in return can be attractive additional incentives if you have to move from smoking to vaping.
The reports of a recent study accomplished by Public Health England highlights that, unlike the popular belief, vaporizers are not that much harmful though more research is needed to establish this stand.
At the same time, the contribution of e-cigarettes in assisting people quit conventional smoking is highly encouraging. The above said study asserts that vaping is 95% healthier than smoking.
For instance, smoking works by the process of combustion. During combustion, smoke is created which contains the bi-products released during the burning of the actual ingredients. This is what is the most concerning point about smoking that poses a health risk.
The toxic bi-products released from cigarettes are the main causes of lung cancer and several respiratory disorders. Note than there are more than 4,000 chemical compounds released out while smoking and over 69 of them are found to be carcinogenic and over 400 of them are harmful.
A small list of chemicals released while smoking is enough to drive you mad as it would include carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, DDT, formaldehyde, arsenic and even ammonia.
These hazardous bi-products can produce short term as well as long term side effects in smokers as well as those living around them.
A vaporizer works on a different principle. When you take in the substance through vapour, you are inhaling vapour and not smoke. The process does not combust the ingredients; rather it only vaporizes the herbs chosen for intake.
Between 3800 F and 4100 F, the flavor of the concerned herbs are extracted and therefore not producing any carcinogens in the process. Inhaling vapor does not dirty up your lungs.
The four chief ingredients used in e-cigarettes include glycerin that is naturally found in many vegetables, propylene glycol which is used predominantly in asthma inhalers, nicotine which is a stimulant and food grade flavoring that is used across many foods.
Vaping has only been around for over less than a decade compared to the centuries old smoking habit and therefore, we have not been able to extensively study the effects of vaping on human health.
However, the research done so far has suggested that vaping is a much healthier option to smoking which has helped thousands across the world quit smoking.
In the first place, the concept of e-cigarettes does not involve burning tobacco which releases toxic bi-products due to combustion. Therefore a lot of people argue that vaping should not be the subject of smoking bans.
Instead of polluting and harmful smoke, the e-cigarettes only release water vapor containing propylene glycol (PEG). This is actually the main substance needed to produce the theatre smoke.
However, whether there are any other chemicals that would prove harmful to the people standing by is a question that would need support through more research.
The point here is that though we cannot expect the air around vapors to be as safe as the clean air, it is certainly far better than the smoke filled air due to conventional kind of smoking.
A large number of studies agree that the quality of e-cigarette aerosol or vapor is highly benign in quality particularly from the second hand point of view.
A study published in the BMC central in 2014 confirms that there are no evidences whatsoever to presume the harmful effects of e-cigarettes over those subjected to second hand exposure.
Considering the prescribed workplace air quality standards, it is discovered that the second hand exposure of e-cigarettes would be less than 1% of the threshold limit.
Yet another study conducted in the same year analyzed the phenolic and carbonyl compounds discovered in e-cigarette vapor.
While these compounds can be harmful while overexposed during first hand inhalation, the second exposure is not hazardous as the exhaled aerosol is not found to increase the exposure of these chemicals by the bystanders above the levels noted in exhaled breaths of air.
The FDA has classified e-cigarettes as drug delivery gadgets and therefore vaping has been subjected to regulations under the FDA.
The new regulations proposed by the FDA in 2014 require that the ingredients used in the formulation of e-liquids be disclosed besides furnishing the proof of safety of the different ingredients and also the regulation of the devices used for vaporizing and delivery of the drugs.
In 2015, there were two regulations brought in by the DOT including the prohibition of e-cigarettes in checked in luggage as well as banning the use of e-cigarettes in commercial flights in order to protect the passengers from exposure to aerosol fumes.
Several states have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. In several states, there is a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public places and parks. Several states also have implemented some regulations on using the e-cigarettes indoors.
In many states e-cigarettes are subjects of ban in the smoke free zones. However, most regulations allow the use of e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants.
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