Vaping is a rapidly growing trend, with more and more people turning to e-cigs, as the industry swells to the biggest it’s ever been. There are now vape shops on every high street, as well as online vape stores, stocking the thousands and thousands of evolving products constantly hitting the market, with increasingly ambitious mods and innovative new e-liquid flavours being developed every day.
But just why has vaping become so popular? The vast majority of vape users are former cigarette smokers, looking to find a healthier method of getting their nicotine hit, and quitting their dangerous habit. You can’t even look at a packet of cigarettes these days without seeing the gristly image of someone’s diseased organs, and it’s for a good reason – smoking does kill, and vaping is strongly proven to be a lot less dangerous to health, as well as also eradicating several other side effects.
Here are several reasons why vaping is a much better option than smoking…
Chemicals in smoking VS chemicals in vaping
Smoking a cigarette involves the combustion of tobacco, which contains several thousand chemicals, and inhaling the smoke. The many chemicals in tobacco include a group of dangerous substances known as carcinogens, which are strongly linked with causing cancer, and these of course, are inhaled by smokers.
These chemicals include arsenic, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, lead, and hydrogen cyanide, all of which, used heavily over a long period of time, can be strongly detrimental to health.
At the other end of the scale is vaping, in which rather than inhaling the smoke from tobacco combustion, a user takes in the vapour from a heated e-liquid. There are still carcinogens involved in the process, but with there being over 20 in smoking, the small few in vaping sees a big difference in terms of damage to health. The main chemicals found here include propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol.
There’s one key chemical common between the two though – nicotine. It’s this that is highly addictive, causing people to become hooked on cigarettes. This is still present in vaping, with users able to buy varied nicotine strength e-liquids, or purchase liquids with none in whatsoever and top it up with a nicotine shot. This mains that vaping is also addictive, but it’s a less dangerous way of feeding the addiction – you’re still getting your hit of nicotine but taking in much less deadly chemicals.
In 2017, an NHS study declared that “former smokers who have now switched to using e-cigarettes” have “significantly lower levels of toxins than those who continue to smoke regular cigarettes”.
Cigarette smoke vs e-cig vapour
We’ve already covered just how dangerous inhaling cigarette smoke heavily over a period of time can be, and of course this can also affect those around you – passive smoking means that other people may inhale your smoke, and although less likely than the actual smoker, they can still receive the long-term detrimental health effects.
Passive vaping works in the same way – those around you may take in some vapour, meaning they’ll also inhale a small fraction of nicotine. The health effects from vaping are hugely reduced from smoking for the actual user, so any affect via passive vaping will be minimal.
But the smoke from a cigarette isn’t just bad for health – it comes with an unpleasant smell that clings to clothes and furniture, and chain-smokers will find it staining their skin and teeth. Vaping is a more pleasant experience for everyone – the smell can be similar to a variety of things such as fruits, depending on the choice of e-liquid flavour, and it doesn’t stick around as cigarette smoke does.
Cost of smoking vs vaping
It’s a well-known fact that the cost of smoking has increased at a rapid rate over the past few years, with governments adding huge amounts of tax to try and put people off. A packet of 20 cigarettes now costs around £8 on average, and with a lot of smokers using at least 10 a day, the cost can really build up.
Vaping can be an expensive habit itself, but mostly for cloud chasers – those who like to have the best modified equipment that gives the largest clouds and strongest flavours. But on average, vaping costs a lot less. There’s the initial investment required to begin vaping, that being the purchase of an e-cigarette, but starter kits are available now for a reasonable price, giving users a basic, simple to set up and use, but effective device. After that, the main cost is replacement e-liquid. There are many 10ml bottles of e-liquid available for less than £5, with on average, 10ml working out as the equivalent of 100 cigarettes, as detailed by Vapouriz, which can cost around eight times the price. The only other cost a user of a basic e-cigarette that needs to be taken into account is replacement batteries, which can be lowered by using rechargeable ones.
Smoking and Vaping product ranges
There are plenty of smoking options available, but the number of products on the vaping market is massively bigger.
Of course, with traditional tobacco products, you can choose from a wide range of cigarettes, opt for roll-your-own products, chewing tobacco, cigars, and more. But the amount of options within vaping is huge, with the market crowded with constantly upgraded vaping devices, with increased capabilities and features, as well as a giant variety of e-liquid flavours, some fruity, some replicating the taste of tobacco, and others packed with menthol.
Ready to start vaping?
Are you looking for the perfect way to quit smoking? For years, people have tried everything from nicotine patches to gum, but nothing has been as successful in helping people get off smoking than vaping. As well as taking in a bespoke amount of nicotine to suit each user’s addiction, the act of vaping mimics the physical movements of smoking, lifting an often stick-shaped device to the lips, and inhaling.
Vaping has become a hobby for some people, who spend a lot of time building their own coils to ensure they get the biggest clouds and the best tasting, high quality vapor. It doesn’t have to be that complicated though – all you need is an e-cigarette and some e-liquid.
There’s a range of simple to use starter kits available to purchase at low cost, that feature everything you need for a basic vape. The only thing you need to determine is how much nicotine you require in your liquid, with 3mg equivalent to the level a light smoker who uses 10 a day might consume, and 24mg aimed towards those who used to smoke two packs of cigarettes daily.
We produced a full guide earlier this year, detailing everything you need to know to begin vaping.
Highland Vapes stocks a wide range of products to get your vaping journey kick started. As well as a selection of easy-to-use starter kits, we’ve got a huge range of tasty e-liquids, and accessories to customise your experience.