We can’t say this is an old question, because it’s not. E-cigarettes have only been around since 2003, so although the jury is still somewhat out on whether vaping is actually safer than using tobacco, the current slant gives vaping a definite thumbs up over the noxious products tobacco smoke emits.
What are you inhaling?
Vaping involves the inhalation of vapourized e-liquid consisting of water, nicotine, a base of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and flavouring. The lack of tobacco smoke inhalation is what leads many e-cigarette users to believe vaping is a safer alternative to smoking. Instead of heating e-juice to a combustion or burnable temperature, it’s heated only to around 400 degrees F, thus producing vapour, not smoke – a kinder, gentler ‘cigarette’, if you will. Vapers aren’t inhaling over 4000 toxic chemicals (69 of them cause cancer!) like cyanide, benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, carbon monoxide and tar.
In 1994 the US government approved the addition of almost 600 additives to regular cigarettes, even though they were never tested for safety as combustibles – unbelievable! In fairness to our comparison of e-cigarettes to tobacco cigarettes, there has been a small concern about the propylene glycol in e-juice, as it has been known to irritate the eyes of a few, and possibly to cause respiratory infections. But most e-cig users agree they’ll take their chances with that versus lung cancer and heart disease.
It goes without saying that your health is the most important consideration when comparing vaping to smoking tobacco. But, there are other perks than your health you can consider as well.
Vaping is hands down less expensive than regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes have superior flavour and purity of taste.
In August 2014 the American Heart Association (AHA) endorsed the use of e-cigarettes, saying “E-cigarettes either do not contain or have lower levels of several tobacco-derived harmful and potentially harmful constituents compared with regular cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. E-cigarettes also present an opportunity for harm reduction if smokers use them as substitutes for cigarettes.”
If the AHA is down with vaping, so are we!