Cutting through the misinformation…
Costs of vaping versus smoking: Smoking costs on average $200 per month, whereas vaping costs on average $50 a month. This, of course, doesn’t take into account hobbyist vapers that spend additional money on their equipment. However, even when factoring in these “extreme vapers”, vaping remains considerably cheaper than smoking.
Although we had to look beyond the USA and to the UK, there are two government studies that show the benefit of e-cigarettes over cigarettes:
Here are some of the facts from these articles:
Combustion: Tobacco cigarettes use combustion to release nicotine. It is the combustion that causes most of the harm associated with smoking. However with vaping, there is no combustion, and therefore none of the affiliated side effects.
Chemicals: “Tobacco smoke is made up of thousands of chemicals, including at least 70 known to cause cancer.” Even more chemicals are produced in both smoking and vaping during the heating/combustion process. In comparison though, there are only three main ingredients in vaping: nicotine, the PG/VG, and the flavor.
Safety: The latest statistics for fires relating to tobacco products in the USA that we could find online were from 2011. There were a staggering 90,000 fires caused by tobacco products which lead to over 500 deaths.
The contrast to this is that between the years of 2009 and 2016 there have been 195 incidents of e-cigarette related fire/explosions.
Second Hand Vapor/Smoke: Second hand smoke is widely believed to be harmful, hence the proliferation of smoking bans. Second hand vapor in comparison has been shown to be less harmful, “Exposures of bystanders are likely to be orders of magnitude less, and thus pose no apparent concern.”
Health Benefits: E-cigarettes contain nicotine, but not cancer-causing tobacco.
“The levels for vapers were at least as low as those for NRT users and in some cases lower, which is striking because NRT is widely accepted as a safe alternative to cigarettes.
This study, which involved long-term e-cigarette users, reinforces the results of a 2016 study finding large reductions in toxins and carcinogens among smokers who switched to vaping during a two-week experiment.
Nicotine Levels: E-liquid comes in different nicotine strengths and can be titrated to deliver the required levels of nicotine to help smokers smoothly transition away from tobacco. E-liquid has diluted nicotine and therefore should be kept in childproof bottles and away from children and pets. Nicotine is becoming much more interesting now that it is finally being studied away from tobacco. Anecdotally, many who transition to vaping find that nicotine is not as addictive once removed from tobacco. Is there a connection between the combination of nicotine and tobacco that affects its addictiveness?
Environmental Issues: All parts of the e-cigarette can be recycled and disposed of ethically, leaving less of an environmental impact than tobacco cigarettes.
Leaving Tobacco Behind: Switching to vaping puts you back in the driver’s seat. You control the amount of nicotine you intake, you control the flavor of the vapor, and if getting away from nicotine altogether is your choice, then this too can be achieved with vaping.
“The results showed that e-cigarette users were more likely than non-users to make a quit attempt (65 percent versus 40 percent) and more likely to succeed in quitting smoking tobacco for at least three months.”
Pregnancy: Again, we have had to look away from the USA and towards the UK for reliable, credible information. For pregnant women that smoke in the UK, and cannot quit tobacco, they are being encouraged to take up vaping as an alternative. Public Health is suggesting that vaping is less harmful to both the mother and the fetus. Of course, abstinence in this case is the best choice, but if vaping means a pregnant woman is not smoking, then that is the preferred option in the United Kingdom.
Vaping is a harm reduction tool, and when compared to smoking, it causes less harm than tobacco cigarettes and, as a bonus, is cheaper too. If you are looking to make the switch to vaping, visit our website today to find a Totally Wicked vape today!