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 automatically safer than smoking for the simple fact that they contain no tobacco.
As we all know, Inhaling (and chewing) burnt tobacco is very damaging to health. Take out the tobacco and the combustion and the natural effect is risk reduction. But let’s say it like it is: vaping is not totally harmless, but then again, 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. Lately, more organizations like the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners have come out with new reports pointing to e-cigarettes as a positive substitute for smokers who are keen on junking the habit.
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. Canada is also in the process of legalizing e-cigarettes, though details pertaining to this are still being ironed out.
The main factor behind the caution in certain countries is the fear of vaping becoming an intro to smoking, specifically among young people. No evidence can prove that trying an e-cigarette will eventually lead to a smoking habit, and plenty other factors can shed light on this , like the well-known fact that tobacco is widely available.
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%. Meanwhile, smoking rates among young people have kept declining rather fast. If vaping were really a cause for smoking, these trends would have run on reverse.
So, what should the typical smoker make of the wrong reports about e-cigarettes being risky and all? If you are a smoker, the best step you can take to benefit your health and that of people around you is to quit smoking. 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 regardless of what the critics claim (and as we have also said earlier), vaping is instantly better than smoking, just for the fact that it contains no tobacco.