In fact, the NHS confirms vaping is a whopping 95% less harmful than smoking.
That’s why it’s extremely concerning many people are still unaware that is the case. A report published on GOV.UK states the number of people who think vaping is more or equally harmful to smoking, is actually increasing.
Despite this unfortunate trend, all current evidence finds that e-cigarettes carry a fraction of the risk of smoking.
As smoking remains England’s number one killer we decided to take look at some of the most asked questions regarding vaping and health.
Isn’t nicotine bad no matter if you vape or smoke it?
The addictive chemical in cigarettes is called nicotine. Consuming nicotine causes the release of dopamine in the human brain. That dopamine prompts the brain to seek and repeat the same behavior again and again. Nicotine is arguably the main reason people become addicted to cigarettes.
That being said it is not the nicotine that causes health problems most commonly associated with smoking such as cancer. Although addictive, nicotine does not contribute to heart disease, like many believe.
It is the toxic substances in cigarette smoke and not the nicotine that causes the primary health risk.
Therefore even if you choose to vape liquids with nicotine, you are still making the healthier choice.
Is it harder to quit smoking or vaping?
If you are addicted to nicotine, you may know how difficult quitting “cold turkey” can be. And trying to stick to a certain number of cigarettes a day, gradually smoking less and less also rarely proves successful.
When vaping, however, there is an easier way to wean yourself off nicotine. With vaping, you are in complete control of your nicotine intake. E-liquids come in different nicotine strengths that can make achieving your goal of quitting nicotine much more attainable.
Take a look at our WHAT IS THE RIGHT NICOTINE STRENGTH AND TYPE FOR YOU? article, to learn more about the different types of nicotine available to you when vaping.
As said previously, nicotine is not the primary health risk. That being said it is very easy to deduce that there is a far greater urgency for you to quit smoking rather than quit nicotine.
Can vaping affect blood sugar?
Contrary to popular belief, e-liquids DO NOT contain sugar. The sweetness you taste in vape juice comes from flavourings.
Now we have that out of the way let’s talk some more about nicotine.
Nicotine can impair your ability to regulate insulin and thus create insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is when cells don’t respond well to insulin and can’t easily take up glucose from your blood. As a result, your pancreas makes more insulin to help glucose enter your cells.
Nicotine can give you high blood sugar and to people who already have diabetes – it can significantly lower their blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
By smoking excessively you are increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes.
If you are worried about your risks of type 2 diabetes, then you are better off smoking nicotine-free vape juice.
You can give our dessert range a go. Again, no sugar inside and even better – no nicotine!
More and more reports are coming out testifying that vaping is not only a much healthier choice but is also a very powerful cessation tool. We try our best to make light of these studies as soon as they are published so if you are interested in staying up to date with the latest vape news, follow us on Twitter where we share daily.