Is vaping better than smoking?
Vaping is only a new technology starting in mid 2000’s as there is no precise evidence regarding the long term effects of vaping.
Let’s start with the facts regarding Cigarettes, The burning of one single cigarette contains over 70000 chemicals and 69 of those are proven to cause cancer not to mention 100’s of the chemicals are poisons, does “Tar” ring a bell? That’s the chemical they put on our roads. Since there is no combustion or burning, vapour does not contain carbon monoxide or tar and many of the other toxins which are responsible for most of the negative health effects of smoking. Also, the vast majority of the 7000 chemicals in tobacco smoke are completely absent.
Facts Directly from the World Health Organisation (WHO)
- Tobacco kills 50% of humans (which consume it) around the world
- In total more than 7 million people die each year as the result of consuming tobacco.
- Around 890 000 non-smokers die of secondhand smoking every year.
Let’s talk about Vaping
When inhaled, e-liquid only contains 3 primary components Vegetable Glycerine (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG) & food grade flavouring. Did you know that PG is the major component to many food and product items we use and consume every day! Nicotine can also be added in to the mixture if desired. Vegetable Glycerin is commonly found in Dairy and Protein foods, Grains, baked goods, sauces, condiments and alcoholic beverages. Propylene Glycol is also known to be in Ice-creams, Food colouring, Salad dressings, toothpaste, lipstick, Nicotine quick mist pharmaceutical sprays, boxed cake mix, soft drink and many more items.
It is unlikely that Vaping is not utterly healthy, although the Public Health England (PHE) concludes that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco.
So far there has been no study or review to show that E-Cigarettes come close to containing the amount of chemicals and dangers of smoking tobacco.
So, what about second hand vapor?
This one is fairly well understood. Scientists who’ve taken a serious look at “environmental vapour” (that is, vapour exhaled by the vaper and then inhaled by bystanders) have come up with very little to report about! So, the answer is NO, there is no evidence at all that suggests any risk to by standers from second hand vapour, or aerosol, which is the technical description of what is inhaled and exhaled from and e-cigarette. The bottom line is that scientists looking for things to worry about can’t find any. Does that mean vapers should flout social conventions and blow huge clouds everywhere they go? No. We should be courteous and respect non vapers wishes not to breath in the plethora of fruit and desert scented emissions.
We do hope that the Australian government does legalise the Sale of Nicotine E-Liquid soon, as many other countries around the world already have, just to name a few. United Kingdom, USA, Italy, France, Spain and New Zealand.