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Many claim vaping, or using electronic cigarettes, to be a healthier choice than smoking cigarettes. Without words, the figure above explains one of the biggest reasons to choose vaping over smoking: CIGARETTES ARE TOXIC.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking harms nearly every organ in the body. The lungs take the most damage when a smoker inhales over 4,300 chemicals, including 69 carcinogens, or cancer causing chemicals, from a cigarette. In the figure above, the pink lungs and heart on the left are those of a non-smoker. The black lungs and yellow heart on the right are those of a daily smoker.
One in five deaths in the United States are smoking-related, about 443,000 Americans a year, including babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and those inhaling second-hand carcinogens. Over 10 times more people have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars in American history COMBINED. Smoking is estimated to increase the risk of coronary disease and stroke from 2 to 4 times, and of developing lung cancer by 25 times!
Vaping is definitely the healthier alternative. There are four main ingredients in an e-liquid: Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Nicotine, and flavoring. The first, Propylene Glycol (PG) is a common food additive. Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is a thick, sweet oil derived from vegetables like corn. Pharmaceutical-grade nicotine is an addictive liquid derived from the tobacco plant, the same liquid that makes one addicted to cigarettes. E-liquids are available without nicotine and multiple strengths of nicotine so one can ween themselves off of their addiction without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Flavoring for e-liquids is the same flavoring used in foods you eat every day. (NOTE: Flavr Vapor Lounge does NOT carry e-liquid containing diacetyl, a harmful substance found in low quality juices.)
The American Lung Association has publicly stated that nicotine replacement products, such as vaporizers and custom e-liquid blends, help alleviate withdrawal symptoms from nicotine. Just one year after quitting smoking, one’s risk for a heart attack drops sharply. Within 2 to 5 years, risk of stroke drops to that of a non-smoker. Within 5 years, the risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder cancer drop by half. After ten years smoke-free, the risk of lung cancer drops by half.
Remember: quitting smoking is tough, but it is the #1 action you can take today to improve your health and reduce your risk of serious health problems in the future. Visit V-2 e-cigarettes you will see how thousands of people have quit smoking with vaping and electronic cigarettes.
If you have walked on any college campus in the past few months, then you are no stranger to the latest trend infiltrating the student body known as, “vaping”. Vaporing has only existed since 2003, since then, many studies have attempted to tackle the big question, “Is vaping or smoking cigarettes better for your health?”
The biggest question that was on my mind is, “why would you even want to vape?” It is time to take it to the UAH students to figure out what the big idea is about smoking a cigarette vs. using an e-cigarette.
Cade Minor, a sophomore at UAH, feels differently about the vaping trend. “I do not vape. Vaping kills my throat and makes me cough a lot.” He goes on to say, “Also, a lot of the initial studies that have come out recently on the health effects of vaping have found that vaping could actually be worse for your long-term health than actually smoking.” Cade says he probably will not ever change over, he does not believe that it is as satisfying. “Plus, I roll my own cigarettes with natural tobacco that are less costly and much less of a health risk than any cigarettes on the market.”
How “healthy” is vaping though? Since many people do not know much on the subject, it may be a good idea to read up on the Huffington Post. According to the video in Huffington Post, Vaporing is relatively healthier at this time, but they still both have bad side effects. Scientists for years have told their patients that there is a correlation between cigarettes and lung cancer. Smoking changes the cells in the lungs, which leads to lung cancer. Aside from that, cigarettes are linked to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases because of the toxic chemicals that cigarettes contain. The Huffington post listed the components of a cigarette including cyanide, benzene, formaldehyde, methanol, acetylene, ammonia, tar, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxide.
Another student from UAH, Sam Walters, spoke about why he vapes, “I vape because it’s a more convenient method of satisfying my nicotine addiction while also giving me the option to ween myself off nicotine all together. I do feel healthier. After a few weeks of switching from cigarettes to vaping, I noticed improvements in my breathing and feel better waking up in the morning.”
Senior, Kyle Brakke, weights in on the subject of vaping, “Vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking mainly because there are no carcinogens in vapor. Cigarettes contain around 7000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.” Brakke also goes on to say, “There are only 4 components to custom e-liquid blends. None of which are known to be immediately harmful. That’s not to say vaping is completely safe.”
Before you ditch the pack and run to the store for an e-cig learn about what all goes into e-cigarettes. Many believe that vaping is determined as healthier because of the lack of smoke inhalation. However, due to the newness of this invention, many of the studies have been unable to say cannot if it is healthier.
How does e-cigarettes work exactly? There is an atomizer that heats the liquid to a boiling point and that becomes the vapor inhaled. Unfortunately, e-cigs have caused irritate in the eyes and infections in the respiratory tract. What many people do not know is, according to the Huffington Post, inhalation of vaporized e-cigarette consists of nicotine, a base of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and occasionally, flavoring.
So, what do you think about this? Would you rather vape, or smoke cigarettes?