Electronic cigarettes are becoming more and more widely used and accepted around the UK. There are now said to be over 2.1 million adults here alone who who regularly vape. Let’s take a closer look at vaping versus cigarettes and find out why vaping is now so popular.
How Healthy is Vaping?
It probably doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that vaping is healthier in comparison to traditional cigarettes. You only have to look at an overview of the ingredients in both to get a sense of the health differences.
Electronic cigarettes use a liquid (or e-juice) to create the vapour that is made up of three base ingredients: propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and polyethylene glycol 400. These are combined with different flavours and different concentrate levels of nicotine to create your vapour. These three base liquids are commonly used in food additives, asthma inhalers and even toothpastes.
We know that traditional cigarettes contain a range of toxins like hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene, methanol, polonium, ammonia, acetone, nicotine, radon, butane, toluene and tar.
There have been calls for bans on traditional cigarettes over the years, yet they are still for sale and the safety of vaping has also been brought into question. However the known long-term effects of traditional cigarettes include cancer and heart disease, amongst other ailments. We don’t know the long-term effects of vaping just yet, but we do know that they are a healthier alternative.
In fact from 2016 onwards, electronic cigarettes will be regulated by the MHRA, and classed as a medicine. Doctors will begin to prescribe vaping to help smokers cut down or quit for good.
Functionality of Vaping
The great thing about vaping is the way that users can alter their nicotine levels. For smokers wanting to quit, it’s beneficial to begin with a higher nicotine cartridge and gradually move downwards with less and less nicotine, to the point of none at all. Electronic cigarettes are simple and convenient to use and give a far ‘cleaner’ experience. They now come in many different shapes and sizes with new technology coming into play in newer models, such as the addition of USB ports to program your settings.
Social Implications of Vaping?
Traditional cigarettes are incredibly difficult to quit and previously used methods to help users quit like nicotine gum and patches just aren’t as effective as using electronic cigarettes. Vaping is not covered by the smoking ban and is far more acceptable in public places. Vapers also don’t have to worry about the harmful effects of passive smoking on those nearby.
Some airlines however have decided to ban electronic cigarettes because they look too much like traditional cigarettes and may alarm other travellers. Be wary of this ban when booking a flight. During 2014 the UK government brought forward legislation to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to those under 18 to avoid selling to children.
Vaping looks set to be around for a long time and may eventually replace traditional cigarettes for good, especially with the upcoming NHS health regulations coming into place. More and more smokers will begin to replace their traditional cigarettes with vaping and the future is very positive for electronic cigarette manufacturers and fans of vaping alike. If vaping weans smokers off traditional cigarettes then surely that’s a good thing. What do you think?