How Healthy is Vaping?
It’s a pretty important question, and something that a lot of people are asking about vaping. When asking how healthy vaping is, there are a few things to think about and we’ll go through them here. Before we begin, we want to remind you that we’re not medical experts, so seek advice from your GP if you’re concerned about your health.
Quitting smoking is very good for you
Nearly 7 out of 10 smokers say that they want to stop, which is a fantastic amount of people who want to make a conscious effort to get healthier. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Smoking harms almost every organ in the body, including the heart. Nearly one third of deaths from heart disease can be explained by smoking or secondhand smoke.
Is vaping healthier than smoking?
Without a doubt, vaping is healthier than smoking. When using a vape pen or e-cigarette, you’re not burning tobacco to inhale nicotine in the smoke, you’re heating e-juice into a vapour to carry the nicotine into your lungs instead.
E-cigarettes, or vapes, do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most dangerous elements of inhaling smoke.
The British Heart Foundation does not recommend that non-smokers start vaping, but says that a November 2019 study published by the University of Dundee indicated that vaping may be less harmful to your blood vessels than smoking.
In the study, a single month of switching from cigarettes to vaping saw an improvement in blood pressure and artery stiffness, two measures for blood vessel health. Though the study was relatively small in scope, it had some promising results. This does not prove vaping is completely safe.
Why do people say that vaping isn’t completely safe?
As with anything that’s relatively new — vaping has been around since 2007 in the UK but saw a spike in popularity in the 2010s that propelled it into the mainstream — long term studies should be performed on vapers to determine what, if any, health issues can arise from vaping. But vaping hasn’t been around long enough for those long term studies to have been performed yet.
It’s for this reason that medical professionals can be hesitant about vaping. However, the consensus is that vaping is much healthier than smoking, and so if you’re quitting smoking, switching to vaping can be a great first step.
The effect of nicotine on the body
Some groups or individuals that say that vaping is bad for you will point to nicotine as the cause. It’s true that most vapers will be using an e-liquid containing nicotine in their vape kits, and the effect nicotine has on the body is something to be aware of.
Nicotine is highly addictive, and it’s the cause of many restrictions surrounding the sale or importing of vape products in certain countries. Nicotine is a toxic substance that raises blood pressure and causes spikes of adrenaline, which increases your heart rate and can lead to the increased likelihood of heart attacks for people with heart problems.
Tell your doctor if you are using nicotine products and have heart disease, as nicotine can counteract many treatments.
When purchasing e-juices for your vaping, pay a great deal of attention to the nicotine levels in the e-liquid you are purchasing. Sometimes, people can find that they vape more than they were smoking prior to switching and therefore increase their nicotine levels.
Is e-cigarette vapour harmful for others?
There’s no evidence to indicate that vape clouds are harmful to those around you, unlike secondhand smoke, which we know is very harmful to those around you.
It’s worth remembering that despite this, many public establishments have decided to ban e-cigarette use as well as smoking; in cafe’s, transport, or pubs for example. It’s within these businesses’ rights to ask customers not to vape.
Do e-cigarettes carry a fire risk?
There have been stories about vape devices catching fire, but as with any rechargeable device you must take care to pay attention to the health of your batteries. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, you should stop using that battery immediately.
When charging your batteries, do not leave them on charge overnight. Always pay attention to them as they’re plugged in.
We advise you against modifying your own equipment or purchasing equipment that has been modified by someone other than the manufacturer. These modified devices carry a greater risk of malfunction.
How safe is vaping?
In the UK, the vaping industry is tightly regulated for safety and quality. When purchasing your e-liquids, vape kits, and other vaping accessories from approved suppliers and stores, you are safe in the knowledge that those products are safely tested and manufactured.
Risk increases when purchasing from non-UK sources, either through friends who “know someone” or from black market suppliers. Make sure you always know where your vaping products come from and say no to unregulated products.
Again, vaping hasn’t been around long enough to completely understand every aspect of the health effects of vaping but what we do already know is that vaping is much safer than smoking and has been shown to help people quit smoking.
Can vaping help me quit smoking?
There are many thousands of people in the UK who have quit smoking already with the help of e-cigarettes of different kinds. If you’re interested in quitting smoking, vaping can be a great way to control your health more whilst working on reducing your nicotine intake.
Nicotine replacement therapy is something that has been used effectively for many years by the NHS to prevent smokers from relapsing.
You won’t gain the full benefits of switching to vaping if you don’t stop smoking fully, so be sure to talk to your local stop smoking service if you have questions.
Getting healthier with vaping
All in all, vaping is an excellent alternative to smoking and studies have indicated that within a month of switching, you will have health benefits. Couple this with exercise and consultation with your GP, and you should see definite health increases with vaping.
Over time more studies will be performed and we will know the true long term effects of vaping on the body.If you want to take that first step to quit smoking today, browse through our beginner vaper kits now.