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The major difference between smoking and vaping is that smoking delivers nicotine to our body by burning tobacco, which can cause smoking-related illnesses that can be life-threatening however vaping can deliver nicotine (if we choose to vape nicotine) by heating a liquid in a much less harmful way.
So what are the benefits of vaping compared to smoking?
- Health benefits
Smoking is known bad for your health as the toxins produced by burning tobacco cause smoking-related illnesses. These illnesses range from minor inconveniences to life-threatening diseases, some of these illnesses are:
- Heart disease
- Lung diseases
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- And also a major risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.
One cigarette a day is still much worse for you than vaping, just one cigarette puts you at risk of all these illnesses!
‘There is now general agreement that vaping use exposes the user to fewer toxicants than smoking tobacco cigarettes.’ (McNeill 2015; RCP 2016. Cochrane Review.)
Quitting smoking is tough, especially when quitting with no help or substitutes. Vaping can be a great substitute and can still offer nicotine if you decide you want to continue using it, however it can be consumed in a much healthier way. Vaping allows you to consume nicotine with fewer of the toxins that come from burning tobacco, you can also choose to vape without nicotine, but this is usually something people choose later on when they are confident they won’t go back to smoking.
When smoking, the amount of nicotine in cigarettes is fixed, and how much you get in your system depends on how you often smoke. Whereas in vaping, the amount of nicotine depends on the strength of e-liquid you choose, and how often you vape, allowing you to control your intake.
People often believe nicotine is what causes cancer, but it’s actually not the nicotine in cigarettes that cause cancer it’s all the other harmful substances in cigarettes, which vaping is free from. Up to two-thirds of people who smoke today and continue smoking will eventually be killed by tobacco. There are about 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, and more than 70 of those have been found to cause cancer. Long-term smokers will die an average of 10 to 15 years early because of smoking, it’s important to quit as soon as possible to protect your health.
One of the main horrible parts of tobacco is that when smoked it produces tar, a sticky brown substance that stains fingers, teeth and lungs. On top of that tobacco gives off carbon monoxide when smoked, carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is found in car exhaust fumes and can cause major health problems. E-cigarettes are free from both of these harmful products in tobacco.
- Taste and flavour
When using a vape you will need vape juice to fill it up with, vape juice comes in a variety of flavours, including candy, bubblegum and other popular tastes that are mostly sweet.
The flavours make vaping more appealing than smoking and are much easier on the throat. Smoking cigarettes leaves a strong, unpleasant aftertaste whereas vaping can leave an enjoyable flavour that you enjoy. Not only is it pleasant for you, but people also don’t smell anything nasty on your breath afterwards.
The flavour doesn’t only affect your tastebuds but also the smell that releases into the air that you and people around you have to take in. Instead of releasing harmful substances and horrible smells into the air, you’re releasing a much safer substance that can smell quite pleasant and is much more comfortable for people to be around. Instead of the smell of car fumes and smoke, it can be substituted with popular flavours such as vanilla and strawberry.
- Much cheaper
Aside from the initial cost of purchasing a vape it’s a much cheaper option and moving from smoking to vaping will show major differences in your bank that you’ll be smiling about. A vape can cost between £15-£50 depending on the type you buy, there are endless options to choose from and the main differences are colour and size.
If somebody smokes 20 cigarettes a day it could cost them over eight thousand a year, however vaping can easily cost under a grand a year! The mix of health and money benefits of vaping compared to smoking is what makes it such a popular option.
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