While vaping has been marketed as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes for a long time, we must understand whether or not there are risks involved in vaping.
The outbreak of vaping-related illnesses in the United States has reportedly caused 12 deaths and an alarming 805 cases of lung injury, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Citing the spike in lung illnesses that have recently been reported, President Donald Trump is considering banning all the juice or e-liquid products (which is used in e-cigarettes as flavor). Health officials in the U.S. have warned people to completely avoid using vaping products until the cause of the deaths and illnesses have been revealed.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. no vaping related deaths have been reported so far as the health department continues to encourage the use of e-cigarettes as an effective way to quitting the use of traditional tobacco-based cigarettes.
Several countries including Brazil, Thailand, and India have already banned electronic cigarettes amid this vaping crisis. Despite the health risk, the number of adults vaping around the globe is expected to reach around 55 million by 202, if reports from Euromonitor, a market search group are anything to go by.
Electronic cigarettes are also known as personal vaporizers or vapes that allow users to inhale nicotine in a vapor form and breathing it in via smoke. E-cigarettes are different than cigarettes because neither do they burn tobacco nor do they produce carbon monoxide and tar. However, both the products contain nicotine which is addictive but harmless.
According to research in the U.K. Public Health England and the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have knocked off by saying smoking a tobacco cigarette is far more harmful than vaping.
According to Public Health English (PHE) and NHS, using vapes over traditional cigarettes is a better option. As per a report from PHE, vaping is estimated 95 percent less harmful than smoking.
Professor of Tobacco Addiction at King’s College London, Ann McNeill told The Independent, “Vaping isn’t risk-free, but it’s much less risky than smoking, which kills nearly 100,000 people a year in the UK. If you are a smoker who is struggling to stop smoking, do try vaping and buy your products from a reputable source. And if you are a vaper, it is better to continue to vape than relapse to smoking.”
“Vaping is not without risks. If you don’t smoke don’t vape. But if you smoke there is no situation where it would be better for your health to continue smoking rather than switching completely to vaping. The sooner you stop smoking completely the better.” says director of health improvement at PHE, Professor John Newton.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), cigarette smoking is the biggest preventable cause of death in the U.S. as it kills more than 480,000 people every year, nearly 1 in 5 deaths.
Causing nearly 900,000 deaths per year, Tobacco is one of the major causes of deaths and serious diseases in India. In the U.K. it causes about 80,000 deaths every year.
E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective when it comes to helping smokers to quit cigarettes compared to other alternatives in the market including gums or nicotine patches, according to a UK National Institute Health Research funded clinical trial.
Do you think vaping is better than smoking a tobacco cigarette? Vaping includes nicotine but no tobacco, an ingredient that causes cancer.
While multiple reports suggest vaping is also injurious to health, the actual cause of the illness is still unknown. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and also read “the history of vaping invention” to understand the roots of vaping and why it was invented.