Stop Smoking. Start Vaping
E-cigarettes, or e-cigs, have quickly become the most popular stop smoking aid in the UK over the past few years. This upward trend has occurred amidst a growing recognition of e-cigarettes’ power to help people stop smoking for good. The growing body of academic literature pointing towards the efficiency of e-cigarettes as smoking aids has spurred people all over the world to turn to this method for a quick and easy lifestyle change that makes all the difference to their health.
If you’re thinking of giving e-cigarettes a try, we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions which come up when transitioning from regular cigarettes. Having this information readily available in an easy-to-read format could prove useful to those who are new to vaping.
What is the difference between e-cigarettes and cigarettes?
The key difference between the two stems from the fact that e-cigs do not contain any tobacco. These battery powered devices heat up a cartridge containing e-liquid, allowing users to inhale nicotine through a vapour rather than smoke. E-cigarettes sidestep the harmful smoke, tar, and carbon monoxide which regular cigarettes produce in order to give users a much smoother and less damaging nicotine intake experience.
Will using an e-cigarette help me stop smoking?
Yes, most people find that making the transition to e-cigs helps them stop smoking. The most important thing to note is that you should tailor your vaping experience to your own nicotine cravings.
How safe are e-cigarettes?
With e-cigs still containing nicotine, some might think that they would be just as bad for your health and that regular use would come with many of the same risks as smoking cigarettes. This common misconception can be swept aside quite easily. Nicotine is relatively harmless by itself; the real harm comes from smoking the deadly cocktail of chemicals which tobacco smoke is laden with.
While e-cigs aren’t completely risk free, they carry a small fraction of the risk posed by their tobacco burning counterparts. It is true that e-cigs contain some of the potentially harmful chemicals which are also found in smoke produced by cigarettes, albeit they do in much lower concentrations.
In fact, this lower level of detrimental chemicals has been estimated by Public Health England to translate to a roughly 95% less harmful experience when vaping compared to smoking. For those looking to improve their overall health, life expectancy, not to mention their quality of life, this makes all the difference.
What about fire risks?
While there have been instances of e-cigs catching fire or exploding, this has frequently occurred because of improper usage. E-cigarettes, like all electronic equipment, should be used with care and should always be recharged through the correct hardware. Moreover, they shouldn’t be left to charge overnight or unattended for long periods of time.
If these easy to follow steps are observed, and if electronic cigarettes are purchased only from reputable vendors which are compliant with UK law, the fire risks associated with e-cigs will be diminished to practically zero.
Do e-cigs cause popcorn lung?
This is quite a common myth, and one that has gained traction on many internet forums in recent years. Bronchiolitis obliterans (also commonly referred to as popcorn lung) comes about after high levels of exposure to the chemical diacetyl. Because diacetyl is also used in some e-liquid flavourings, popcorn lung came to be associated with vaping.
However, in the UK, there is a strictly enforced ban on diacetyl as an ingredient in either e-cigarettes or e-liquids. While the chemical had been detected in some UK e-liquids before the ban, those levels were nowhere near high enough to pose any sort of health concerns; much less cause this rare respiratory disease.
Is e-cigarette vapour harmful to those around me?
Those who have children will be particularly interested in this question. The evidence has identified second-hand smoke as harmful, which is why UK law currently prohibits smoking in enclosed public spaces. However, these laws do not extend to vaping, nor should they.
The reason why has to do with the fact that, unlike regular cigarettes, e-cigs do not emit any side stream of vapour as cigarettes do of smoke. The exhaled aerosol is not harmful to bystanders. In fact, the most recent evidence review of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products states in the executive summary that, to date, no health risks of passive vaping to bystanders have been identified.
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