Clear research shows that vaping is a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.
Once you understand what’s in an electronic cigarette and how it works, it quickly becomes clear why they’re so much safer than tobacco cigarettes.
Let’s do a comparison, sticking just to the facts and avoiding all the hype.
Electronic cigarettes contain propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG) or a mixture of the two. Both compounds are widely used in the food and entertainment industries. Propylene glycol is a key element in stage smoke machines, and is also used in medical treatments such as asthma inhalers and liquid headache tablets. It’s even used in the current food chain in products such as ice cream amongst other things.
Another key ingredient, so important to smokers, is nicotine. Yes it’s addictive, and yes it’s classed as a poison, but it doesn’t cause cancer like many believe. Plus reports have shown there are benefits for consuming nicotine, such as lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s, relieving depression and helping with weight loss. Nicotine is also present in the everyday foods we eat such as tomatoes and potatoes, meaning everyone is consuming nicotine in one way or another.
In E-cigs, nicotine levels are low enough to be safe but high enough to satisfy cravings. Used sensibly and in small doses, nicotine is likened to caffeine, which is also highly addictive but is widely accepted as part of daily life. It’s because nicotine was only available by smoking tobacco that it’s received such a bad reputation in recent years.
That is until now!
Professor David Sweanor, who has worked for both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Union Against Cancer, says on the comparison of nicotine to caffeine:
…the vast majority of the harm caused by smoking was from the method of nicotine delivery rather than from the nicotine itself. There would be a parallel problem if people got caffeine from smoking tea leaves rather than making an infusion of these leaves in hot water.
E-juice also normally contains flavouring, and this is really the only unknown element in the mixture. But again, test results have revealed there isn’t a high enough level (trace amounts) of dangerous chemicals in e-juice or vapour to cause concern.
In comparison, traditional cigarettes produce 4000+ chemicals, and it’s these that are the extremely damaging carcinogens that cause all the problems in people’s lives.
Electronic cigarettes, on the other hand, do not produce smoke or any of the nasty chemicals because nothing is burning.
Also by using electronic cigarettes, many vapers do report increased breathing abilities and renewed energy for sporting activities. In a survey carried out with University of Alberta, 90% of respondents reported feeling better since switching to electronic cigarettes.
You don’t have to take our word for it. Listen to some of the expert’s opinions:
Expert Studies into Electronic Cigarette Safety
Professor Michael Siegel, on publishing the results of a study on the safety of electronic cigarettes in the Journal of Public Health Policy, said this:
none of the more than 10,000 chemicals present in tobacco smoke, including over 40 known carcinogens, has been shown to be present in the cartridge or vapor of electronic cigarettes in anything greater than trace quality.
He goes on to add that there is no doubt that electronic cigarettes are safer than conventional cigarettes.
Professor Carl Phillips, from the Tobacco Harm Reduction project, said:
…There is absolutely no doubt that it (using electronic cigarettes) is a safer alternative to regular cigarettes…
And there are countless other scientific reports that have come to the same conclusion in answering the question ‘are electronic cigarettes safe?’
We hope we’ve put a few concerns to rest – When you switch to e-cigarettes and stop filling your lungs with a cocktail of cancer-causing tobacco smoke, you’re on the path to a much safer, healthier ‘smoking’ experience.
Try it for yourself.
The proof of the pudding… as they say is when you try it and experience it for yourself. Over a million ex-smokers have, will you?