We live in an age of social and paid media. A search term such as “Is Vaping Bad for You” is going to deliver varying results. The answers to the question is vaping bad are not so simple. They are also not concrete or absolute. Research on the topic continues every day and results are constantly contradictory. There are some facts and supporting details that show vaping is a better alternative to smoking. Follow along to discover the truth about vaping.
Is Vaping Bad for Your Health?
100 years ago nobody thought twice about combustible tobacco products. Imagine a time when cigarettes were promoted as healthy and a great lifestyle choice. Now, in 2018, we know without any doubt that cigarettes are killers.
Cigarettes boast a staggering 7.1 million deaths per year statistic. Think about that number. Now imagine if you as a smoker could find an alternative to cigarettes that was A)As Effective and B)Considerably Safer.
Enter Vaping. In 2001 a man by the name of Hon Lik was fed up with using nicotine patches. A Pharmacy major with experience in the field took it upon himself to develop something he thought would make delivering nicotine more effective.
Flash forward to 2004, Mr Lik filed the patent for the very first Ecig. Now, 14 years later the industry is worth billions.
Along with the growth of the industry, has come retaliation from governments around the world. Scare tactics and false claims about e-cigarettes are present all over the internet. Without proper source identification or research on the topic, many are left to believe the lies and that vaping is indeed bad for you.
The truth: We do not know 100%, but studies have shown it is 95% safer than smoking traditional cigarettes.
The common misconception about e-cigarettes is the term “quitting”. While leaving cigarettes for vaporization is certainly a win, it is more considered a switch.
Instead of delivering nicotine into the body via combustion and introducing thousands of carcinogenic chemicals to the body, vaping offers a much safer alternative to nicotine delivery.
Vaping is all about harm reduction. Sure, the goal in the long term is to also leave nicotine behind completely but in the short term vaping is going to reduce the risks to the body by 95%. This has been proven in several studies, most recently by Public Health England.
When traditional combustible tobacco is inhaled into the lungs it comes as a package deal, just not a good one. Several thousands of carcinogenic chemicals are present along with the nicotine that is considerably worse than anything delivered from a vaporizer.
The liquid in a vaporizer is made up of about 4 things. Vegetable Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Flavoring, and Nicotine.
Each one of these items has been approved and deemed safe for human consumption. Inhalation is a bit different than consuming so over the years many labs have done studies on e-liquid. Today we have strict standards to follow when making the product.
The 3 main ingredients, VG, PG and Nicotine are all pharmaceutical grade ingredients and are very clean. Some derived from plant matter as well.
The Big Scare
A few years back an article was published and quickly spread across social media. This was the first big scare that set in motion the strict guidelines for e-juice manufacturing.
The term “Popcorn Lung” appeared in headlines across the internet and non-vapers immediately took to shaming vapers for their poor health choices. The proper term is bronchiolitis obliterans.
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People were meant to believe that vaping in any form caused a major risk of popcorn lung which is very fatal. In truth, this is completely false.
The ingredient that would cause popcorn lung is called Diacetyl. This is certainly found in e-juice for e-cigarettes BUT it is also found in traditional cigarettes.
Traditional cigarettes actually contain 10,000x the amount of Diacetyl compared to e-juice. What does this mean? Nobody has ever died from popcorn lung from smoking.
E-juice contains 10,000x diacetyl than cigarettes so the article was quickly dismissed and forgotten about. It does seem that it circulates now and again bringing with it a new wave of anti vapers.
Well, Is Vaping Bad?
The short answer, No. It has been proven time and time again to be considerably safer but there is a catch. It could take another decade before we have real concrete evidence of this. Studies are ongoing all the time and almost all of them are pointing towards vaping being much healthier and a safe choice for smokers.
This is apparent in the UK as well. The entire country is very pro vaping and the industry there flourishes very nicely.
For now though, despite every negative article that is read, there are a dozen others that say otherwise.
The answer to the question: It is SAFER. Much, Much safer. There is proof and concrete evidence that it is safer. As far as being bad or unhealthy. We may not know for many years to come but safer is better and if nicotine is something you desire this is the best way to get it.
I am John Pietersma, a 30-year-old husband and father of three children who lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. Having vaped and built coils for four years, I am very passionate about vaping and writing product reviews for everyone to read.