What is worse, vaping or smoking cigarettes?
Smoking Cigarettes Vs Vaping – What Is Better For Your Health. This is a question that has been disturbing the minds of consumers more than scientists. Scientists only rely on research to decide which is better than the other. The results however, will shock every consumer of cigarettes and vaping devices.
Every research done so far has the conclusion that both cigarette smoking and vaping could be potential health hazards if not used in moderation. Prolonged use of vaping devices has also been found to bring about undesirable side effects to the user.
The research so far has concluded that all premature deaths and chronic illnesses are as a result of cigarette smoking and long-term vaping. As such, campaigns to quit any kind of smoking are being held all over the world through the media and other social media sites to create awareness of the effects of both smoking and long-term vaping.
This is a clear indication that none of them is safer. But the question is, could there be a possibility that one of them could be safe? Is vaping a health hazard as research say or could there be a possibility of replacing cigarettes with vaping in the near future? To know more about this, we have a comprehensive research on both cigarettes and vaping on how they are used, possible smoking to vaping side effects and the conclusion of both. First, let us start with vaping.
What is vaping and how does it affect your health?
Vaping is the act of inhaling vapor from an e-cigarette or a similar device such as a vape pen or a personalized vaporizer. Although tobacco is not the primary source of the vapor, an aerosol (which is often mistaken for water vapor) is inhaled to the lungs. For you to vape, you have to own a vaping device.
Vaping devices come in different brands, shapes and sizes specifically formulated to suit your style and needs. E-cigarettes, vape pens, vape mods are among the vaping devices found in almost an vaping shops. Generally, vaping devices consist of batteries, a mouthpiece, a heating component and cartridges that hold the e-liquid or the e-juice.
The e-liquid or the e-juice is what is used to produce vapor. The vapor is produced only when the device is being used. When in use, the heating component [with the help of the batteries] heats up the cartridge holding the e-liquid turning the e-liquid or the e-juice into an aerosol or vapor (as some people call it) which is than inhaled into the lungs and than exhaled by the user. The e-liquid in most e-cigarettes contain flavorings, propylene, glycol, glycerine, and nicotine. However, not all e-cigarettes contain nicotine. So, each time you vape, you are inhaling some of these substances directly into your lungs.
Any side effects of vaping?
Vaping as an act is less dangerous to your health according to research simply because it does not have the harmful and toxic chemicals such as tar and tobacco that are found in cigarettes. However, uncontrolled vaping can have multiple side effects with regular and persistent use.
Although research contradicts the effects of vaping, prolonged use can lead to addiction especially when nicotine is inhaled during vaping. Most vaping devices contain nicotine which is inhaled into your lungs and bloodstream. All of the substances mentioned above that are contained in vaping devices also have no health benefits for your body.
Long-term absorption into your bloodstream could have health complications. A recent study has found out that vaping could have undesirable side effects such as;
-Chest problems such as labored breathing, asthma and chest pains.
Although these effects are nothing compared to the side effects of cigarette, the discomforts cannot be ignored. Some researchers believe that many people suffer from these side effects at the beginning [as the initial reaction of vaping] but future effects on the health of the individual are not explained.
Cigarettes appears as narrow cylinders that contain tobacco rolled into thin paper for smoking. Over 60% of the world’s population today are cigarette smokers. The reason is that it is highly addictive. One cigarette from your friend can result in a lifetime of addictive smoking thanks to nicotine which is found in large quantities in cigarettes.
Nicotine as a substance itself is very addictive and renders it’s users slaves to it. The smoke, containing tobacco, tar and high levels of nicotine when inhaled, goes into the lungs and into the bloodstream making it even harder for smokers to quit. That is why people who make a choice to quit cigarette smoking turn to vaping as the only way to reduce the effects of smoking.
With the high levels of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes, it is no doubt that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of death today. In fact, smoking should be listed among the deadliest and most dangerous activity any human being should not be involved in.
This is due to the number of toxic chemicals that are found in cigarettes ranging from toxic metals such as Chromium, Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium [which is an active component in battery acid] to poisonous gases such as Carbon monoxide, Ammonia, Butane and Toluene which is found in paint thinners.
These are just but a few of the deadliest substances that are found in cigarettes. That is not all, according to research, over 69 cancer-causing chemicals are also found in cigarettes alone. Some of these chemicals contain harmful substances that can damage the lungs and reduce the lifespan of the individual.
The worst case scenario is that the duration of cigarette smoking has nothing to do with the side effects. Whether you are a long term or short term cigarette smoker, any amount of cigarette smoke is bad and harmful to your health. Even second-hand smoke has harmful effects on your health.
What are the possible side effects of cigarette smoking?
Cigarette smoking as an act can lead to numerous health complications in your body.
Some of these health complications that can lead to death include;
-Coronary heart diseases.
-Lung cancer, blood cancer, throat cancer etc.
-The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also is known as [COPO] which is a term that is used to refer to progressive lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and asthma which lead to labored breathing.
-Increased risk of brain damage.
-Stroke resulting from constricted blood vessels thanks to nicotine which causes blood vessels to tighten restricting blood flow around your lungs.
-Premature aging resulting from the wrinkly skin.
-Loss of appetite. Smoking suppresses your appetite because it affects your taste buds. This loss of sense of taste is what leads to loss of appetite.
These are just but a few of the side effects of cigarette smoking. Others include; teeth discoloration, erectile dysfunction, infertility and poor psychological health resulting from stress and anxiety in both men and women.
So, which is worse, cigarettes or vape?
When it comes to vaping vs smoking lungs, it can be concluded that cigarette smoking is way more dangerous to your health than vaping. Although contradictions are welcome, it is possible that you are more likely to die from cigarette smoking than vaping within a specified period of time [if we view this topic at this angle]
However, each person should understand that vaping is not going to keep you safe from affecting your health, but the likelihood of you dying out of vaping is lower compared to the use of cigarettes.
It is important to note that prolonged use of vaping devices can be harmful to your health. So, if you choose to vape, vape with the knowledge that these vaping devices can potentially harm your health and affect the quality of your life in general.
So, what is better for your overall health and lungs?
This is a question every vaper and every cigarette smoker wishes to know. What is good for my lungs? Can vaping keep my lungs safe? What if I have never smoked cigarettes before? Can I still keep my lungs healthy with moderate vaping?
The answers to these questions can be a little bit controversial but the only way to keep your lungs healthy and safe is if you quit inhaling any kind of smoke, aerosol or vapor in general. Vaping and cigarette smoking can all damage your lungs.
All substances that are contained in both cigarettes and vaping devices do not promote healthy lungs. Substances like nicotine, it is highly addictive and has numerous undesirable side effects to your lungs. So, whether you choose vaping as a beginner or switch to vaping from cigarettes, the end product remains the same, unhealthy lungs.
The only thing that will change is the rate at which your lungs are being affected by the vapor/aerosol you inhale on a day to day basis. The more vaping, the faster the rate at which your lungs will be affected.
If you are a cigarette smoker, quit smoking and if you vape, vape in moderation. The decision is always in your hands. You can choose to vape or quit smoking altogether. However, if you have tried everything to quit but you keep on failing, vaping should be your best bet.
Can you quit cigarette smoking and vaping?
Many people struggle with nicotine addiction making quitting impossible. That is a reason why people choose vaping as an alternative to help them quit cigarette smoking. The use of other methods such as rehabilitation centers, drugs that suppress the effects of nicotine can also be used to aid the quitting process.
However, willpower, determination, and discipline are all you need to quit any kind of smoking.
Cigarette smoking is bad for your health. The side effects of smoking are worse compared to vaping which is also less dangerous but not healthy in any way.
So, whether you choose to vape or smoke a cigarette, the effects, in the long run, do not promote healthy lungs. The only thing that can keep you and your lung healthy is you staying sober and free from any kind of smoke, aerosol or second-hand smoke from other cigarette smokers.
This way, you not only increase the quality of your life, but you have the chance[s] of increasing your lifespan. It is not easy to quit cigarette smoking. It is a journey you do not want to take. However, if it is your desire to be part of this lifestyle, vaping is the best alternative to cigarette smoking. Its effects on your health are minimal meaning you can enjoy yourself without worrying too much about your lungs. All in all, moderation in vaping is the key at all times.
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