Cold turkey. Nicotine gum. Nicotine patches. And so very many more. Smokers have been trying different ways to quit smoking for decades – and, for too many of them, each of these different techniques has failed miserably and simply seen them return to that tobacco-fuelled habit in time.
However, over the course of the last 10 years or so, something else has emerged and looks like it might genuinely be a game changer. Yes, research suggests that trying to make the switch from tobacco-filled cigarettes to the far, far less hazardous act of vaping via e-cigarettes, seems to be bringing success for smokers – vaping then, is helping them to kick the habit.
In which case, let’s take a look at this hugely significant reason why you might want to move from ciggies and on to e-cigs – and other reasons too…
Yes, of course, this is the primary reason why you ought to make the switch. In short, smoking is very, very bad for you – essentially, it can kill you – while, by contrast, changing to the far less harmful act of vaping does your body nowhere near as much harm, if any at all. From a health perspective then, it’s pretty much a no-brainer.
According to the Action on Smoking and Heath (ASH) organisation, more than 100,000 people each year lose their lives battling illnesses related to tobacco smoking – the likes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, strokes and various forms of cancer. And it’s no surprise, given that of tobacco’s 4,000 chemicals (approx.), about 60 of them are known to be carcinogenic.
By contrast, vaping’s been around in the UK for the past 13 years and is now commonplace and hasn’t been cited as the cause for one death. That’s despite the fact it contains nicotine, the one chemical it shares with tobacco. While nicotine is deemed a toxin (but one that’s far less harmful than many others in tobacco), it’s of great significance to note that, thanks to comprising this addictive ingredient, vaping is capable of providing current and former smokers with the ‘hit’ they crave from conventional cigarettes, thus ensuring they’re successfully able to make the switch and slowly improve their health by substituting vaping for smoking.
Fair dos, you may well have read negative news stories and articles swirling about the Internet about the supposed health risks of vaping – and the reality is that, with its technology being so relatively new, the research into potential health risks is still evolving – and yet, much of the academic research so far has resulted in very positive findings. For instance, recent work carried out at the UK’s Queen Mary University concluded that “… long-term health effects of EC (e-cigarettes) use are unknown but compared with cigarettes, EC are likely to be much less, if at all, harmful to users or bystanders”1.
Moreover, Clive Bates, the former head of ASH, notes in a briefing document he wrote on the topic that the “… current state of knowledge about chemistry of liquids and aerosols associated with electronic cigarettes indicates that there is no evidence that vaping produces inhalable exposures to contaminants of the aerosol that would warrant health concerns by the standards that are used to ensure safety of workplaces … Exposures of bystanders are likely to be orders of magnitude less, and thus pose no apparent concern”2.
Another major benefit for switching to e-cigs that isn’t often highlighted – and so, should be mentioned much more – is how much cheaper vaping works out over the long-term than smoking. Estimates based on ASH research suggest that, on average, a smoker spends as much as £2,900 on a smoking habit – and that’s just in one year! And don’t dismiss the fact that, owing to inflation, that figure is only likely to increase.
Meanwhile, vaping, yes, requires some initial outlay on an e-cigarette kit and there are regular costs for both coils for a device and e-liquid (which is the active ingredient a user transforms into a vapour). Yet, when you consider that buying e-juice regularly is only likely to set back a user around £5 for every 10ml bottle they purchase (the rough equivalent of 140 cigarettes), the substantial cost savings compared to smoking become obvious.
Finally, let’s face it, the actual taste of tobacco smoke isn’t exactly the most delicious you’ll come across; not necessarily so with vaping, though! Yes, precisely because the e-liquids you buy from a vape shop and then vape with your e-cig device are created and manufactured to feature fantastic flavours and terrific tastes (and, in that regard too, a huge amount of choice between them all), vaping’s an activity that sates not just a nicotine craving but also becomes a hugely pleasurable sensory experience – not least because ex-smokers often experience much improved senses of taste and smell once they ditch the tobacco-packed ciggies. In the end then, it’s a win-win all round when you make the switch to vaping.