– Is Vaping Actually That Much Better For You Than Smoking Cigarettes?
Smoking vs Vaping, is there a difference?
In recent years, e-cigarettes have become a very popular stop smoking aid in the UK. Also known as vapes or e-cigs, they’re far less harmful than cigarettes and can help you quit smoking for good.
E-cigarette promoters claim the devices can help people quit smoking. But much more evidence is needed to determine if they are an effective way to quit. The American Heart Association research suggests that users are more likely to continue smoking along with vaping, which is referred to as “dual use.”
According to the NHS, A major UK clinical trial published in 2019 found that, when combined with expert face-to-face support, people who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking were twice as likely to succeed as people who used other nicotine replacement products, such as patches or gum.
How safe are e-cigarettes?
In the UK, e-cigarettes are tightly regulated for safety and quality.
The liquid used in e-cigarettes can be dangerous, even apart from its intended use. Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing or absorbing the liquid through their skin or eyes.
The increasing popularity of vaping may “re-normalize” smoking, which has declined for years. Reversing the hard-won gains in the global effort to curb smoking would be catastrophic.
Can you vape without nicotine or THC?
There are no FDA regulations at this time specifically outlining the contents of what’s in e-juice or liquid nicotine.Products that are labeled zero nicotine can have some degree of nicotine in them.Vaping, the act of vaporizing a liquid to inhale, is an increasingly popular alternative to cigarette smoking. However, it could damage health by irritating the lungs and throat and introducing toxins into the body.
A new study has shed some light on the mystery, revealing that the reason most people vape isn’t too complicated: They think it makes them look pretty cool.
According to the Gov.Uk guidelines Vaping better than nicotine replacement therapy for stopping smoking, evidence suggests
Those using a vaping product as part of their quit attempt in local, stop smoking services have some of the highest quit-success rates – between 59.7% and 74% in 2019 to 2020.
PHE’s advice remains that smokers should switch to vaping products to help them quit smoking, but non-smokers should not take up vaping. Vaping products contain significantly less harmful chemicals than cigarettes but are not without some risks
Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s Chief Executive, said:
E-cigarettes are a still relatively new product – they aren’t risk-free as we don’t yet know their long-term impact. We strongly discourage people who haven’t smoked from using them, particularly young people. But research so far shows that vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco and, as this report emphasises, can help people to stop smoking. The long-term effects of e-cigarettes are unknown but the long-term harms of tobacco are indisputable.
Tips and tricks for vaping to quit smoking
When you think of vaping you probably think of big clouds. Well don’t. Those generally come from low nicotine e-liquid and the large tank style device. They are not suited to people who are starting to quit smoking.
You want a high nicotine, discreet pod or pen style, designed to help quit smoking. Ask if they have starter kits.Trial and error is necessary .Freebase nicotine, nicotine salts, high strength, low strength. What does it all mean? Part of a smooth transition is understanding e-liquids.
It’s good to know that lots of people take two to three months to fully stop smoking and consider themselves a vaper. And that’s ok.
If you’ve got a bigger goal to stop vaping too, many vapers find they get to this stage around the 12-month mark. Don’t rush it. You have a choice of reducing your frequency of vaping over time, and reducing the strength of nicotine in your e-liquid. Only reduce when you feel you won’t go back to smoking, and won’t have to puff more to compensate.