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There is no doubt about it – smoking cigarettes is detrimental to your health. But quitting smoking altogether is a hard feat to accomplish, and one that usually isn’t achieved overnight. Many find themselves fervently convinced by their own desire to quit smoking, only to give up their quest the next day.
Luckily for smokers across the globe, alternatives to cigarettes have never been this effective. Spurred on by damning statistics1 such as cigarettes claiming 80,000 lives a year within England alone, a sizable demand has broken off from the ranks of the tobacco adherents. Trusting rather in what can be considered the ‘second generation of smoking devices’, classic cigars and cigarettes could, at last, be entering their twilight.
According to Government sanctioned research2, e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than their traditional predecessors. How this is achieved, is by heating an e-liquid (propylene glycol) to create a harmless vapour that is thus inhaled. In comparison, regular cigarettes host a number of toxic chemicals such as acetone, ammonia, lead and styrene, a well-known carcinogen. E-cigarettes, in contrast, only make use of propylene glycol, which is known for being used in asthma inhalers and secondly vegetable glycerol, trusted in the production of food and cosmetics.
Furthermore, e-cigarettes do not produce the same toxic, foul-smelling smoke that cigarettes do, while also not being positively infused with nicotine. The e-cigarette vapour does not embed itself into furniture and does not assail the senses of non-smokers nearby, for which cigarettes are infamous for doing so. Rather, it has been proved3 that there is no noticeable health threat to those nearby, and smokers need no longer be ostracised as social pariahs by those who do not partake.
For as long as smoking has been around, there has been the ongoing debate of whether cigarettes actually taste nice. Whilst such a judgement remains subjective to the individual, what is for sure is the effects4 on the senses. Cigarettes are known to dull your senses, and many smokers complain of their smell and taste being dampened. Therefore do the cigarettes really taste bad or is simply their impact on the body that you feel?
Aside from the flavour, smoking also affects vascularisation, as cigarettes increase your blood pressure and dehydrate you. This, in turn, will negatively impact your blood vessels. Subsequently, it has been proven5 that nearly every organ in the body suffers as these vessels find it more and more difficult to get where they need to be. Thankfully, such damage can be reversed over time, if preventative measures are taken.
Returning to taste, though, e-cigarettes come with a very wide variety of e-liquids, ranging from surprising flavours such as yoghurt to homey ones like pastry. While cigarettes all too often taste like acid-coated wood, e-cigarettes can taste like whatever you wish. For those who miss the taste of tobacco, though, fear not – there’s countless tobacco flavours out there for your taste bud’s pleasure.
At the heart of the success of big tobacco firms, nicotine stands as one of the most lethal chemicals on the planet. Prized for its demonstrable ability6 to alter chemicals in the brain, dropping nicotine ‘cold turkey’ is far from easy.
In contrast with e-cigarettes, you can choose exactly how much nicotine you want to vape and can lessen your intake over time.
A huge amount of smokers have found themselves entrapped by nicotine addiction from a simple, casual, social puff of a cigarette. People not only smoke because of addiction but also to pass the time or to engage in the social aspect of collectively smoking with your friends.
Many smokers are used to smoking a cigarette right as they wake up, or after a good meal; during times of stress or with a cup of coffee. Being a smoker is not just being physically addicted to nicotine, but also being psychologically addicted. Smoking cigarettes becomes a habit, and everyone knows habits are hard to kick.
Overall, the main factor that spurs on vapers, is that by transitioning to e-cigs, they are taking back control over the nicotine itself. Now, users have an unprecedented influence over what they put into their body, all whilst satisfying their mental cravings for an intake. Socially, smokers can now quite literally come in from the cold, as never before has smoking been this socially acceptable amongst non-participants. With all the existing benefits of cigarettes minus the vast majority of negatives, it looks like vaping is the breeze on which orthodox smoking is set to drift away.