When it comes to vaping the only thing that can seemingly be agreed upon is that there are lots of very mixed opinions. We’re not just talking about the views of your mates in the pub, states and countries have totally opposing positions when it comes to how they treat and legislate e-cigarettes and vaping. San Fransisco, for example, has become the first US city to ban the sale of e-cigarettes. Whereas in the UK, vape shops are now opening in hospitals.
For someone new to vaping or thinking of trying it to help them quit smoking, these wildly differing viewpoints can be very confusing. So, in an effort to try and cut through the noise that surrounds vaping, we’ve compiled a list of the key pros and cons.
Vaping is Safer than Smoking
Both Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of Physicians agree vaping is safer than smoking for the user. In fact, PHE states that vaping is 95% safer than smoking.
Vaping is Effective at Helping People Quit Smoking
People who use e-cigarettes as part of a supported program are twice as likely to quit smoking as those who use traditional forms of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) such as patches or gum.
Vaping is Cheaper than Smoking
There are a lot of factors that can affect the costs of both vaping and smoking. However, research has shown vaping to be around half the cost of smoking traditional cigarettes.
You Don’t Stink!
As a smoker, you don’t often notice the smell that cigarettes leave on you and your clothes. It’s not until you quit and encounter other smokers that you realise how unpleasant the smell of stale cigarette smoke can be! The smell produced while vaping will depend on the e-liquids you are using, but none come close to the smell produced by cigarettes.
Vaping Gives You Control over Nicotine Intake
With a cigarette, you have no control over the amount of nicotine you take into your body. However, thanks to the varying nicotine levels that e-liquids are produced in, you can very precisely control your nicotine intake. Those who have recently quit smoking will generally use liquids with higher nicotine content. To wean yourself off Nicotine you can gradually decrease the levels until your down to 0mg e-liquids.
Huge Choice of Flavours
There is a bewildering choice of e-liquid flavours, and even the pickiest of pallets will find an e-liquid they love. Many people who have recently switched from traditional cigarettes will find tobacco e-liquids help with their transition to vaping. However, if you’d prefer your juice to taste like Weetabix, Crab Legs or Black Pepper, then bizarrely, they are also available!
A few years ago vaping was a bit niche and felt like a secret society that you had to know the special handshakes for before you could join. Today, you can’t turn a corner without a vape shop popping up, and there are also lots of great online stores ready to meet your vaping needs.
Not Knowing Where To Start
If you are new to vaping, it can still be a bit confusing trying to figure out what equipment you need and how it all works. For beginners, the best advice is to start simple, the last thing you want to do is spend a small fortune on expensive gear and go back to smoking as you don’t know how to use it. Pay a visit to your local vape shop, explain your new to vaping and ask their advice on what you should start with.
The perception of vaping amongst much of the general population is that it is at least as bad as smoking traditional cigarettes. Sensational headlines about devices catching fire, negative research or bogus health claims all fuel peoples opinions on e-cigarettes. The positive view of vaping from Public Health England, Cancer Research and The Royal College of Physicians receive far fewer column inches.
As a vaper, you are unfortunately treated in the same way as smokers. Vaping is banned in most of the same places as smoking, and if you do want to vape in a restaurant or pub, you are generally made to stand outside with the smokers and inhale their second-hand smoke.
Unknown Long Term Health Effects
Vaping is still relatively new, and although lots of money has been invested into high-quality research, there are no long term studies into the effects of vaping on the human body. The studies that have been completed, the longest being 3.5 years, show no negative effects but it’s not until we have studies covering 10, 20 and 30 years plus that we’ll truly have a definitive answer.
Governments around the world have taken very different stances on vaping. The UK has been very positive and promotes vaping as an aid to quit smoking. E-cigarettes are freely available from vape shops, supermarkets and petrol stations. Many other countries have banned e-cigarettes usage entirely or are trying to limit availability. As we mentioned at the top of this post, San Fransisco has now banned e-cigarettes, and Hong Kong is looking to pass similar legislation.
As a supplier of e-liquids, we are obviously not 100% impartial. Our advice to any individual who is considering vaping is to base your decision and research on trusted sources. You will encounter negative views, and scary newspaper headlines, but we believe the facts on vaping speak for themselves.