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.