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Vaping vs Smoking

Vaping vs smoking is a long held debate. There are arguments on both sides, but to truly understand if vaping is better than smoking, we should look at real facts and figures.

Studies do suggest that vaping is far less harmful than smoking. ‘Is vaping safe’ is a commonly asked question which we will explore in this guide.

Is vaping Better Than Smoking?

Let’s start with a new study carried out by the University of Oxford. It showed that between 8 and 12 smokers out of 100 quit through vaping. Which is much greater than the 2 out of 100 that quit through other NRTs such as nicotine patches or gum. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) also state that e-cigarettes are at least 95% safer than smoking.

Tobacco is one of the number one causes of preventable deaths around the world. A lot of countries are now bidding to be smoke-free by the end of the next decade. The UK is included, pledging to be smoke-free by 2030. Their first steps to implement this have happened recently with the banning of all flavoured tobacco products, most notably menthol cigarettes.

Vaping vs Smoking – Ingredients

Cigarettes contain thousands of harmful chemicals, a large number of these are carcinogenic, meaning that they cause cancer. In fact, whenever you smoke a cigarette, there are over 4000 toxic chemicals in the smoke. This is what makes traditional tobacco cigarettes so harmful.

Vaping Vs Smoking


E-cigarettes however have four ingredients (three if they are nicotine free); two diluents, flavouring and nicotine. Through extensive studies, it has been proven that nicotine is not the devil, in fact it has the same impact on the human body as a cup of coffee.

The important thing to remember when choosing your e-cigarette and e-liquid is to buy them from a reputable vaping vendor, especially when it comes to your e-liquid. If you are ever concerned ask the vendor for their independent test results, any reputable e-liquid manufacturer will be able to provide these for you.

Vaping vs Smoking – Nicotine

Both cigarettes and vaping contain nicotine. This is the addictive chemical that smokers crave when they try to quit. But nicotine is only as harmful to the human body as a cup of coffee. It is not the part of cigarettes that cause long term damage to the human body, this comes from the 4000+ chemicals.

With cigarettes, you have no control over the amount of nicotine you are ingesting. It is a fixed amount of nicotine, and a lot of it burns away as the cigarette burns. This means you end up craving more cigarettes, sooner, and have to smoke more.

Whereas, with vaping, you are controlling the amount of nicotine you are vaping. There is a choice of nicotine strengths and depending on the type of e-liquid you vape, the nicotine level stays higher for longer, so you are craving the nicotine less. This in turn means that you are ingesting less nicotine overall.

Vaping vs Smoking – Health Benefits

According to the NHS 78,000 people in the UK die from smoking every year. It also costs the NHS £2.4 billion a year. Plus, 72% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking.

Smoking causes a variety of different cancers, including; throat, mouth, and lung cancer. It also dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. This is all down to the 4000+ chemicals in tobacco smoke. It also seriously damages your sense of taste and smell.

Not only are there serious health implications, but financially, smoking is only getting more expensive. In November 2020 there was a tobacco price hike and the cost of smoking will only increase as the UK continues on its bid to be completely smoke-free.

With all the information available and studies done so far, there have been no long-term health implications in terms of vaping present themselves. In fact, even while passive smoking is dangerous for those around anyone smoking a cigarette, passive vaping is not an issue, it has been found through independent studies to be harmless.

So Is Vaping Better Than Smoking?

Looking at the evidence from both government bodies and credited university studies, it is clear that vaping us much better than smoking. Not only is it 95% safer, it is also much cheaper.

If you want to make the switch from tobacco cigarettes to vaping, here is the ideal place to start. We have been helping smokers start vaping for over 10 years and have a range of vape starter kits ideal for your first e-cig.

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