Should I switch to vaping?

Smokers often ask themselves “should I switch to vaping?”. If you are a smoker you could benefit from the harm reduction that vaping provides. 

 Unlike smoking, vaping does not expose the vaper to tar or the hundreds of other chemicals that can be found in cigarettes. Burning a cigarette creates over 7000 chemical compounds – 250 are harmful to the human body and 75 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer.

 Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanides and ammonia are all present in cigarette smoke. At least forty-three known carcinogens are in mainstream smoke, side-stream smoke or both.

It’s chilling to think not only about the consequences caused to smokers but what others are exposed to by breathing in the second-hand smoke.

Perhaps this list of ingredients found in Tobacco Cigarettes is enough to make you want to switch to a safer alternative, which only contains 4 ingredients, food-grade flavouring, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine and water with the optional 5th being nicotine.

Some chemicals found in cigarettes

Ammonia: used in household cleaner

Arsenic: used in rat poison

Benzene: Linked to leukaemia. Used for making dyes, synthetic rubber.

Butane:  Gas, used in lighter use

Carbon Monoxide: Poisonous gas

Cadmium: Linked to lung and prostate cancer

Cyanide: Deadly poison

DDT: a banned insecticide

Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animal

Fungicides and pesticides: Cause many types of cancers and birth defects

Lead: Poisonous in high doses

Formaldehyde: Linked to lung cancer. Used to preserve dead specimens

Nickel: Causes increase susceptibility to lung infections.

Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element

So next time you find yourself asking “should I switch to vaping?” remember the hard minimisation benefits from avoiding the 7000 chemical contained in cigarettes.