It is becoming increasingly common to see people walking around with e-cigarettes. Whilst some use these as an alternative to cigarettes, others use them as a way of quitting smoking altogether and this has proved to be particularly effective for many. Switching to e-cigarettes is something that all smokers should consider, as there are many health benefits whilst still giving the look and feel of smoking – a key factor for many smokers.
E-Cigarettes and “Vaping”
Before outlining the health benefits of switching, it is worth defining e-cigarettes and how they work. Designed to look and feel the same, they don’t contain tobacco and the nicotine is instead inhaled by converting liquid nicotine into mist or “smoke”. This is commonly referred to as “vaping”. People often use different e-liquid flavours and can alternate nicotine strength; this enables them to slowly reduce the amount if stopping altogether.
The Health Benefits of Switching
With vaping, there is no fire, ash or toxins from the burning tobacco (the primary cause of death and disease in relation to inhaling tobacco). This immediately makes them a much healthier alternative. A study showed that nearly all e-cigarettes contain less than 5% of the total concentrate of toxins found in regular cigarettes. This also means that second-hand inhalation is much safer (some bars allow you to vape inside).
Those that make the switch usually report that they have more energy and do not cough as much, with some doctors also noticing blockages in arteries clearing up. In addition to these health benefits, the stale smoke smell, which stains clothes, hair, fingers and more, is not an issue. Not only does this benefit the smoker, but also those around them.
Although stopping altogether is the healthiest choice, the fact is that this can be extremely challenging, stressful and emotional for many. Whilst nicotine patches or gum work for a few, it seems that e-cigarettes are proving to be the most effective way of gradually quitting. Some smokers make the switch with no plans on stopping altogether, which means that e-cigarettes are certainly the healthier option.
Making the Switch
For those looking to make the switch, there are many different types of e-cigarette available – including small and lightweight devices through to bulkier boxes for more control. There are now many specialist suppliers, like Vype, who supply devices, liquids, accessories and more. Whilst the upfront cost is more expensive than a packet of cigarettes or pouch of tobacco, the investment can also save you a fortune in the long run.