Smoking traditional cigarettes has become distinctly out of favour in recent years with the health implications of smoking well documented. As well as causing many forms of cancer, smoking traditional cigarettes is proven to cause heart disease as well as a host of respiratory problems. The overwhelming health message to smokers is that quitting is the best option but given that smoking is notoriously difficult to stop it is easy to see why many smoking are transferring to e-cigarettes as a healthier and cleaner option. In this post, we’ll try and cover the key benefits of vaping vs smoking. Is Vaping Safe? Research shows that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than traditional cigarettes with an independent review by Public Health in England as recently as 2015 found it could be up to 95% less damaging than smoking. Vaping – The Gateway to Smoking? The main criticism of e-cigs is that it encourages people to start ‘smoking’ in this way and that people who have previously not smoked will view vaping as a healthier option. However, the same review showed that the vast majority of the 2.6 million adult smokers were existing or ex-smokers, which goes some way to disprove that people are taking up vaping from nowhere. The Benefits of Vaping vs Smoking Cigarettes There is a range of benefits to vaping over traditional cigarettes such as: The Smell Often cited as the worst aspect of conventional smoking there is very little odour from smoking e-cigarettes which means they are a much more palatable alternative. The e-liquid you choose can, of course, have an impact on the smell produced but none are as unpleasant as the smell of smoking. Freedom Due to the smoking ban brought into the UK in 2007 traditional cigarettes limited where people could smoke in public and places such as bars and restaurants. There is little odour produced from vaping and no passive health risks so it can, for the most part, be done anyplace, anytime. Cost Prices of traditional cigarettes have never been higher with taxes increased almost annually to try and encourage people to quit. Vaping is considered much more affordable although as the new TPD laws start to impact the industry, we do anticipate price rises. Health There is no doubt that traditional smoking puts pressure on people’s health in the long term. It ultimately has a significant impact on UK health services too, often with doctors and health professionals insisting people quit smoking before granting any treatment or to have the best prognosis. E-cigs give smokers a cleaner alternative as they contain no tobacco which is widely considered the most dangerous aspect. Safety When used as intended e-cigarettes are undoubtedly safer than traditional cigarettes. With e-cigs there’s no fire risk as nothing is being lit and nor do e-cigs burn down. In fact, the London Fire Brigade recently advocated switching to vaping to reduce fire risk. Vaping to Quit Smoking While it must be said that the best outcome for any existing smoker is to quit entirely it is the case that e-cigarettes are much less harmful to health and well-being than traditional smoking. As an alternative to smoking tobacco based cigarettes then comparatively speaking there is a fraction of the risk according to Government findings. For the most part, e-cigs are not intended to attract non-smokers but to offer a healthier option for those looking to quit the traditional route. Once upon a time smoking was the epitome of fashion with many well-known names of stage and screen enjoying a smoke. Nowadays smoking is all but socially unacceptable and as such e-cigs give smokers a much more palatable option to quitting smoking than other stop smoking aids or going cold turkey. By choosing to vape instead of smoke traditional cigarettes people are giving themselves a better option. Despite concerns that e-cigarettes will encourage people to take up vaping there is no significant evidence that supports this theory and nothing to suggest that smoking rates in England are rising rather than continuing to fall.