As more studies are being conducted into the effects of vaping compared to those of smoking, the picture is becoming increasingly clear: vaping is significantly healthier than smoking.
In fact, the results are pretty astounding: research indicates that enormously positive changes to your health are achieved once you switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping.
These effects run the range from serious diseases and carcinogens, short-term health problems and general wellbeing. Switching to vaping can also be a great way to quit smoking entirely.
In the midst of the well-documented long-term and severe health impacts of smoking, this is great news for smokers. Not only are e-cigarettes substantially better for your health, but you can also expect to see health improvements as soon as you switch to vaping.
Here’s a closer look at why vaping is a much healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes and the health benefits you can expect to see once you make the switch.
E-cigarettes Do Not Contain the Chemicals Found in Cigarettes
Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals, many of which are toxic.
Some of these chemicals are materials we are familiar with and would never dream of consuming or inhaling, such as Acetone, Benzene, Lead and even Cyanide.
These chemicals are extremely harmful to your body, with a range of documented impacts on your health in the short as well as long term.
Chemicals found in smoke have been proven to greatly increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, among other chronic diseases. Additionally, smokers suffer from wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath, weaker immune systems, decreased senses of smell and taste, sallow skin, and more.
Vaping, on the other hand, involves inhaling vapour from nicotine which is in a solution of either propylene glycol or glycerine and water, inert and harmless compounds.
Studies have shown that people who vape show massive reductions in the levels of toxins and carcinogens present in their body compared to people who smoke cigarettes with an equivalent volume of nicotine.
Research even demonstrates that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes or other forms of tobacco.
E-cigarettes are Also Free from Carcinogens
The link between cancer and smoking cigarettes has now been proven by decades of scientific research.
Many of the toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke are also carcinogenic, meaning that over time they damage cells and cause mutations which lead to cancer. Smokers of low-tar and filtered cigarettes are exposed to almost the same level of carcinogens as other smokers.
Cigarette smokers are most vulnerable to lung cancer. But cigarette smoke has been proven to cause at least 15 different types of cancer, including in the oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, and liver.
Because vaping does not involve inhaling the carcinogenic chemicals found in cigarette smoke, it does not have the same cancer risks.
There are some misconceptions around the link between nicotine and cancer. Vaping involves inhaling nicotine, which is addictive, but does not cause cancer.
Vaping Can Help You Quit Smoking
While vaping still contains addictive nicotine, albeit minus the toxins and carcinogens found in cigarette smoke, it can be a highly effective tool to help you quit smoking.
Because Nicotine is so addictive, quitting smoking can be extremely difficult. This is why many people struggle to quit and often pick up the habit again after a few months, weeks, or even a matter of days.
The great advantage of vaping is that it allows you to control your intake of nicotine. This way you can either maintain the same levels while getting used to not smoking cigarettes, or gradually decrease your nicotine intake at the rate you choose.
There are even e-liquids available which contain 0% nicotine.
The other reason vaping is so powerful in helping to quit smoking is that it allows you to continue the habit of smoking without the harmful chemicals.
Other than nicotine, one of the toughest things to break for a long-time smoker is the habitual nature of holding a cigarette and bringing it to your mouth.
Vaping has the same action. Moreover, vaping is actually an enjoyable experience, with different flavours and tastes to try. This makes it something to look forward to, rather than a trial you need to suffer through in order to quit smoking.
Improvements to Your Health You Can Expect Once You Switch to Vaping
Although the long-term effects from smoking cigarettes can be severe and even deadly, there is also good news. The sooner you stop smoking, the less likely you are to contract any of the serious diseases associated with cigarette smoke.
Furthermore, you will start to see improvements to your health as soon as you stop smoking. The human body has an incredible capacity to heal itself, and once you stop inhaling cigarette smoke it begins to repair the damage caused by the toxic chemicals.
Whether you choose to start vaping as an alternative to smoking, or as a step to quitting entirely, you will immediately see incredible changes from no longer inhaling cigarette smoke.
After just 24 hours, your body will have cleansed itself of all the harmful carbon monoxide in your system, and will start to detoxify the damaged cells and mucus in your lungs.
After two days, your damaged smell and taste receptors will begin to repair and you will notice and improvement in your sense of smell and taste.
After one month, your lungs will be in much better condition and you will notice a significant improvement in shortness of breath.
One year after quitting smoking you will have halved your risk of heart disease compared to when you were smoking.
After five years, your arteries and veins will have repaired themselves and you will have reduced your chance of suffering a stroke to that of a non-smoker.
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