Is Vaping Better Than Smoking?
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People (especially non-vapers and current smokers) have so many questions about vaping ranging from “are e-cigs safe?” and “is vaping better than smoking?” to “isn’t vaping worse/just as bad as smoking?”.
In fact, very few studies have warned of vaping being bad for you or your lungs. There are, however, many scientific studies showing that vaping is one of the strongest and safest alternatives to assist you in quitting smoking.
Long-term vaping ‘far safer than smoking’ says ‘landmark’ study
“Vaping has been endorsed by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers,” ITV News reports.
This study provides evidence that e-cigarettes and NRT can reduce harm to smokers by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. The evidence would also seem to support Public Health England’s 2015 report that “E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco”.
A total of 181 participants were included in the study.
Significantly lower levels of cancer causing chemicals, TSNAs and VOCs were found in samples from former smokers using e-cigarettes only or NRT only, compared with current smokers. Their levels were lower than both those who smoked cigarettes only, or smokers using either e-cigarette or NRT alongside cigarettes.
Former smokers using e-cigarettes only had significantly lower levels of the toxic chemical NNAL (a by-product of exposure to TSNAs) than all other groups. This was equivalent to a 97% reduction compared with the levels of cigarette-only users.
Vaping has made a significant contribution to the higher success rate of quitting smoking
“More than half (53%) of those taking part in Stoptober last year used e-cigarettes as a quitting aid”.
A new Cancer Research UK-funded study shows that success rates for quitting smoking are at their highest level for a decade, and experts say e-cigarettes have made a big contribution.
In 2016, 15.8% of adults in the UK smoked. Smoking accounts for more than 1 in 4 UK cancer deaths, and nearly a fifth of all cancer cases.
Popularity of e-cigarettes is suggested as one of the main reasons why so many people have successfully stopped the habit since Stoptober 2016. For the first time, they feature heavily in the 2017 campaign as a way to encourage smokers who are keen to try e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking.
Vaping and weight loss
Earlier this year I addressed a common question about vaping and weight gain and it seems more research has been done on the subject… Researchers in New Zealand and the United Kingdom show that vaping help traditional smokers lose weight. This weight gain can be quite concerning if you are looking to quit smoking. Eating gives you something to do to take the place of discarded smoking habit whereas a vaporizer gives you a similar activity without all the extra calories. So, it better to vape rather than eating food and gaining extra calories.
There’s even a thread on Reddit showing anecdotal evidence of vaping helping users lose weight called
Vaping and Asthma
Smokers with asthma may be able to improve their symptoms by switching to e-cigarettes. To understand the relationship between vaping and asthma, a team led by professor Riccardo Polosa recruited 18 asthma patients with a history of both tobacco and e-cig use.
Additionally, a worldwide Internet survey of more than 19,000 consumers found that 76 percent of former smokers with COPD reported an improvement in symptoms after switching to e-cigs, including improvements in breathing, olfactory and gustatory senses, endurance and physical status in general. More than a third of participants also stated they were able to decrease or cease using prescribed medications altogether, and only about 0.8% of COPD sufferers noted worsening of symptoms.
Vaping is Better Than Smoking
While nobody is claiming vaping is harmless, it’s certainly much better than smoking. It seems more and more studies are coming out showing this every few days, but despite the growing consensus there are still public health officials and bodies around the world that are choosing to smear e-cigarettes to try to limit the availability of life saving options to the public. If only everyone knew the truth about vaping!
If you know a smoker who is hesitant to take up vaping because of misinformation, send them here.