Is Vaping safe?
Is Vaping safe?
Vaping is not completely risk free, though it may be easier to quantify the risks by comparing it to the dangers of smoking traditional cigarettes. According to PHE, vaping devices are 95% less harmful than cigarettes2. One of the main reasons for this is the lack of harmful chemicals that are prevalent in e-cigarettes.
Cigarettes contain harmful chemicals
Cigarettes contain thousands of harmful substances, including cadmium, arsenic and formaldehyde to name just a few. These chemicals can cause a huge range of life-threatening health problems, such as cancers and heart disease. From just a glance, it is clear that vaping presents lower health risks compared to smoking. Martin Dockrell, the Tobacco Control Programme Lead at PHE has stated: “It's really important that smokers understand how much safer e-cigarettes are, compared to smoking."
Vaping is tightly regulated
Having only been introduced in the early 2000s, vaping is a relatively new concept, so there is still research to be done in discovering if there are any long term health effects. For now, it is important to remember that the production of eliquids in the UK is tightly regulated, so you can expect a safe and reliable experience while vaping.
Vaping Myths Busted
Will vaping give you popcorn lung?
Simply put, there’s no good evidence that e-cigarettes can cause popcorn lung. This is one of the most commonly asked health concerns around vaping, so it will help to know a little about the condition first. ‘Popcorn lung’, or bronchiolitis obliterans, is a condition that was first noted in workers at a popcorn factory. The condition arose from very high exposure to a chemical called diacetyl. In the UK, diacetyl was banned in e-liquids in 2016, so any eliquids that are bought in the UK should not contain it.
Are E-liquids harmful as they contain nicotine?
Many believe that nicotine is the most harmful ingredient in cigarettes, which isn’t true. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance, which is one of the reasons it is so hard to quit smoking. However, the health risks of nicotine are actually relatively low, especially compared to other chemicals found in cigarettes. Some of the most damaging elements of cigarettes are tar and carbon monoxide, which are not present in e-cigarettes. The distinction between vaping and smoking is that e-cigarettes contain some of the chemicals found in cigarettes at much lower levels.
Is secondhand vaping dangerous?
We all know that secondhand smoking is one of the most dangerous parts of cigarettes. Cigarettes can release up to 4,000 chemicals into the air when they burn, many of which being extremely harmful to our health and those around us. According to a report by PHE, passive or ‘second hand’ vaping is of negligible risk to bystanders4. This is because E-liquids, which consist of flavourings, nicotine, propylene glycerol and vegetable glycerine, only emit a quickly dissipating aerosol when they are exhaled.
Will vaping make people more likely to take up smoking?
There is concern that young people taking up vaping will then go on to smoke cigarettes. However, studies by PHE have shown that there is no evidence to support this claim. In fact, while levels of young people vaping in the UK are increasing, the amount of young people that think negatively about smoking has increased.
So, What is Vaping?
Vaping is simply the act of inhaling and exhaling vaporised e-liquids. The term "vaping" comes from the vapour (rather than smoke) that is produced when using an e-cigarette.
How does vaping work?
Vaping works rather simply: a flavoured e-liquid is vaporised by a heated coil inside an e-cigarette which is then inhaled and exhaled by the user, releasing a burst of flavour.
E-liquids are the liquid used to fill up an e-cigarette. They are mostly flavoured, and contain various levels of nicotine, although many don’t contain nicotine at all. The variety of e-liquids available is one of the best things about vaping: the huge range of flavours alone will mean you’ll never have to have the same tasting vape juice twice!
What Is Cheaper, Vaping or Smoking?
By making the switch from vaping to smoking, not only are you saving your health, but also your money. To break this saving down: if you smoke a packet of day, in a year you will save £3285 if you decide to vape instead. That's a massive 86% saving!