Vaping and Its Solid Advantage Over Smoking
Search on the ‘vaping’ online and you might think that it’s risky. In reality, it’s safe, and the risks only come when you are irresponsible in your choice of e-cigarette or vaporizer. Right off the bat, e-cigarettes are safer than smoking because they don’t contain tobacco.
It is common knowledge that inhaling (and chewing) burnt tobacco is a health hazard. Take out the tobacco and the combustion and the natural effect is risk reduction. But let’s not sugarcoat: vaping is not absolutely harmless, but if you come to think of it, what is? The most important point here is, there is proof that vaping is way safer for your health compared to smoking.
In England, a good number of health organisations are in agreement in terms of encouraging smokers to jump ship and try vaping. Just recently, organisations like the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association have joined the call for smokers to view e-cigarettes as a good alternative.
Though e-cigarettes remain banned in a lot of countries, this is now slowly but surely changing. Just last year, there was a complete reversal of New Zealand’s position on vaping, putting in new policies that are more in favor of the practice in lieu of smoking. Canada is legalizing e-cigarettes as well, though details of such regulatory framework are in process.
A big reason behind some countries’ hesitation with regard to vaping is the fear that it will become a prelude to smoking, particularly for teenagers. There is no evidence that trying an e-cigarette eventually makes one a smoker, and many other issues can explain this, like the obvious fact that tobacco is all around us.
In 2017, results of the world’s biggest study on young people and vaping – a project participated in by more than 60,000 teenagers – were published. It discovered that though experimentation with e-cigarettes did occur, consistent use by teens who had had a regular cigarette remained extremely low, at under 1%. In the meantime, youth smoking rates have been shown to decline at a rapid pace. If vaping were actually causing smoking, such patterns would reverse.
So, what should the typical smoker make of the wrong reports about e-cigarettes being risky and all? If you are a smoker, you can do yourself and those around you the greatest favor of quitting the habit for good. If you decide to vape in order to stop smoking, that’s fantastic, and nobody should criticize you for making that decision. Because no matter what the critics say (and as we have mentioned), vaping is automatically better than smoking because it has no tobacco in the first place.
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