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Vapes and Cigarettes: Is one better than the other?
August 6, 2022
Smokers who are trying to quit often look for alternatives like e-cigarettes or vapes. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and looking for alternatives doesn’t make quitting easier. Both smoking and vaping has their own risks and side effects. Yes, vaping is a little less harmful than smoking, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe.
People who vape may be at risk of harm for the following reasons:
- E-cigarettes can contain a large dose of nicotine, a substance known to slow the development of brains in fetuses, children, and teens.
- The liquid that creates the vapor is dangerous to adults and children if they swallow, inhale, or get it on their skin.
- Vaping also delivers dangerous chemicals, including diacetyl, cancer-causing chemicals, heavy metals, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Vaping may normalize smoking again as it becomes more popular.
Long-term effects of vaping
Research generally accepts that while vaping can harm the lungs and other bodily systems, its impact is much lessthan tobacco smoking.
However, a 2019 study into the long-term health effects of vaping found that people using e-cigarettes had a higher risk of respiratory disease than people who never smoked.
- damage the lungs
- release free radicals, which promote cancer development, into the body
- weaken the immune system
- delay brain development in fetuses, children, and teenagers
Some people also report sustaining burns when recharging e-cigarettes due to defective batteries leading to explosions.
Unlike vaping, which is relatively new, there are years of research to fully back up claims that smoking is damaging to human health. According to the CDC, smoking causes:
- damage to every organ in the body
- more than 480,000 deaths a year in the United States
- 90% of all lung cancer deaths
- about 80% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- an increased risk of death
- an increased risk of developing health conditions, such as heart disease and stroke
Long-term effects of smoking
- reduces sperm count
- increases the risk of pregnancy loss or congenital disabilities
- increases the risk of cataracts
- impairs immune system function
- increases general inflammation
- can cause cancer in nearly any part of the body, including the lungs, kidneys, and stomach
triggers asthma attacks
- causes blockages in the veins and arteries
- increases the risk of a stroke
In conclusion, neither smoking nor vaping is beneficial to human health. Based on the available evidence, smoking appears more harmful than vaping. However, this does not mean that vaping is safe. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds of these chemicals are toxic, and around 70 cause cancer. A study notes that while vaping liquids contain fewer contaminants than cigarettes, they are still not entirely safe.
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