Experts Agree: Vaping Really Is Less Harmful Than Smoking Cigarettes
Guest Post By Nicotine River
There’s a huge misconception that using e-cigarettes is just as dangerous as smoking the real thing. It’s easy to understand why: anti-tobacco organizations work tirelessly to make you believe it. Those persuasive ads and news stories are working, too. Most people in the U.S. believe that vaping is truly no better than smoking and may even be more hazardous to your health. A recent Johns Hopkins study actually found that the number of people who think that vaping is less harmful than cigarette smoking is on the decline.
But the truth is that researchers have proven time and time again that e-cigarettes are a lot less harmful than you might think, especially in comparison to smoking. That’s because the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes doesn’t cause cancer. While nicotine itself is addictive, that’s not what leads to serious health issues; it’s the tobacco, tar, carbon monoxide, and more than 4,000 other chemicals — including 70 known carcinogens — that smokers inhale every time they take a drag.
Vaping products don’t contain tobacco or any of the other harmful additives cigarettes do, making them a much safer alternative for smokers and for those around them. But e-cigarettes have also been proven to help smokers quit their habit entirely. There are many reasons why, but one is that vaping allows for far less nicotine absorption than smoking does. While a tobacco smoker will absorb 2 milligrams of nicotine from one cigarette, just five minutes of vaping will result in one-fourth of that amount of nicotine absorption. So even though the idea of nicotine dependence may make some people doubt the safeness of e-cigarettes, the reality is that people who vape actually experience much lower levels of nicotine absorption and, consequently, decreased rates of addiction.
When a smoker lowers their nicotine intake, it’s much easier to kick the habit. In one study from the U.K., e-cigarettes helped wean at least 18,000 smokers off tobacco. Even more impressive is the effectiveness of vaping in comparison to other smoking cessation methods: while only 23.1% of smokers who quit tobacco without vaping products were successful over a 2-year period, approximately 61% of smokers who used e-cigarettes to quit were successful during that same time. All told, around 18% of vape users were able to quit cigarettes entirely for at least six months.
The mainstream media may be on a crusade to sabotage e-cigarettes, but don’t let them fool you. Whether you’re looking to quit completely or just want to reduce the unwanted health risks associated with tobacco use, vaping products can satisfy your nicotine craving without having to inhale the dangerous toxins found in cigarettes. They’re more discreet, can be flavored according to your personal preferences, and won’t put your loved ones at risk by exposing them to secondhand smoke. They’re a much safer and attractive choice to smoking.
The next time you hear otherwise, remember that you can’t argue with science.
This guest article was contributed by Nicotine River.