Run a search on the term ‘vaping’ online and you might get the impression that it’s fraught with risks. Truth is, it’s safe provided you are responsible enough to use a quality e-cigarette or vaporizer. E-cigarettes are immediately less harmful than smoking since they have zero tobacco.
As we all know, Inhaling (and chewing) burnt tobacco is very damaging to health. If you eliminate the tobacco and the combustion, you eliminate the associated risk. But let’s not sugarcoat: vaping is not absolutely harmless, but if you come to think of it, what is? The most critical point we’re making here is that vaping is safer by a mile than smoking.
In UK, a broad consensus that several health organisations have endorsed since 2016 actually urges smokers to shift to vaping. More recently, more organizations, such as the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association, have issued new reports that refer to e-cigarettes as a good alternative for smokers who would like to quit.
While e-cigarettes are still prohibited in several countries, the trend is slowly changing. Just last year, there was a complete reversal of New Zealand’s position on vaping, putting in new policies that are more in favor of the practice in lieu of smoking. In the same manner, Canada is in the process of legalizing e-cigarettes, though details of this regulatory framework are still being studied.
The main factor behind the caution in certain countries is the fear of vaping becoming an intro to smoking, specifically among young people. There is no evidence that trying an e-cigarette eventually makes one a smoker, and many other issues can explain this, like the obvious fact that tobacco is all around us.
In 2017, results of the world’s biggest study on young people and vaping – a project participated in by more than 60,000 teenagers – were published. It established that despite experimentation with e-cigarettes actually occurring, continuing use by teens who hadn’t tried a smoke ever remains markedly low, at under 1%. In the meantime, youth smoking rates have been shown to decline at a rapid pace. If vaping did cause smoking, these trends would go the other way.
So, how should the average smoker take all this misinformation about the e-cigarettes posing certain risks? If you are a smoker, you can do yourself and those around you the greatest favor of quitting the habit for good. If you would rather vape as a way to stop smoking, that’s great, and you should not be criticized for the choice that you made. Because no matter what the critics say (and as we have mentioned), vaping is automatically better than smoking because it has no tobacco in the first place.