Now more than ever you have a reason to quit smoking. In the OCVID-19 climate, tobacco smoking is a risk factor for a severe course of the virus infection.
You already know that this habit is far from healthy. You know you have to quit but you’ve tried using patches and smacking gum with no success. Have thought of trying vaping?
For a long time now, vaping has been recognized by the NHS as a successful and very popular stop smoking aid in the UK.
Let us explore in more detail how exactly does vaping compare to combustible smoking!
1. Vaping is much safer than smoking.
A whopping 95% safer actually, according to Public Health England.
“We need to reassure smokers that switching to an e-cigarette would be much less harmful than smoking.”, said Prof John Newton, director of health improvement at PHE.
Ok, but why is vaping safer you ask?
While combustible (traditional) cigarettes contain dangerous chemicals like Arsenic, Lead, Carbon Monoxide and Ammonia, among others, none of these are found in vaping liquids or e-cigarettes.
It’s the toxic substances in cigarette smoke that cause the primary health risk when smoking, again, these are not an issue when opting to vape instead.
2. Vaping is better not only for you but also safer for others.
All we discussed above is not only putting you at risk but is also affecting everyone around you. We all know about secondhand smoke and it's dangerous (not to mention vile smell). When vaping you are not only making the right choice for your own health but you are also not exposing those close to you to the harm that cigarette smoke brings. No more smoking equals no more passive smoking too!
3. Vaping is less expensive than smoking.
When switching to vaping you will have an initial £40-£50 approximate setup cost. After that, you will find that you are saving a lot of money by vaping instead of buying cigarettes. The lower cost of e-cigarettes in comparison to traditional (combustible) cigarettes has actually been widely cited as a reason for people to make the switch.
If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day that’s an astounding £3000 per year. The average vaper gets through about 10ml of e-liquid per week, which adds up to only £364 per year. That’s a big difference, isn’t it?
Whether this is a primary or secondary reason for you personally to quit smoking, you won’t regret making the change!
4. Vaping offers you a lot more variety.
When choosing vaping over smoking you will be introduced to a whole new world of flavours. If you are not quite ready to quit nicotine yet, you can still vape nicotine but you now also have the option of (almost) every imaginable flavour ever known to man to go with it. Yes, unfortunately, that means garlic vape liquid exists too. We prefer desserts like Apple Pie, Campfire Smores, Cola float, Blueberry Pancakes, and Key Lime Pie, but to each their own.
5. Vaping is less addictive than smoking.
Vaping not only helps you quit smoking. It can help you cut down or completely quit nicotine too as with vaping it is far easier to control your nicotine intake and gradually decrease it.
There have also been studies like the one we will be citing here by Penn State College of Medicine, showing that “People who regularly use electronic cigarettes are less dependent on their product than those who regularly use traditional cigarettes.”.
No matter if you are looking to save money or make a better choice for your health, vaping has been not only gaining popularity but also endorsements for various health institutions, acknowledging it is the safer and smarter choice. Don’t put it off any longer #CommitToQuit!