There has recently been a lot of speculation in the news regarding vaping after several states in America claimed vaping was the cause of death or serious harm. This has raised a lot of questions within the vaping community, so here are some vaping truths.
The vast majority of the patients affected by the illnesses in the US have admitted to not buying their e liquid from a reputable vape stores. Around 83% of the patients have reported to have been using products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is legal in some states in the US, but it’s illegal in the UK . Recent laboratory tests by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US have found vitamin E acetate – a substance used in some THC-containing e-liquids – in samples from people affected. This is the first time that scientists have found a chemical of concern in patients with these lung injuries. Vitamin E acetate, along with other vitamin additives, are banned as ingredients in UK-regulated e-cigarettes.
It is without question that not smoking is the safest option, however this isn’t as easy as just waking up and throwing out your tobacco for the majority of us. Switching to vaping, or using vaping to help you quit, is much less harmful than continuing to smoke tobacco cigarettes. The NHS have carried out numerous studies (Long-term vaping ‘far safer than smoking’ says ‘landmark’ study) which provide evidence of e-cigarettes reducing harm to smokers by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. The evidence would also seem to support Public Health England’s 2015 report that “E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco”.
E-cigarette vapour does not contain tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke. It does contain some chemicals also found in tobacco smoke, but at much lower levels.
Many current smokers and vapers wrongly believe nicotine causes most of the tobacco smoking-related cancer, when evidence shows nicotine actually carries minimal risk of harm to health. Although nicotine is the reason people become addicted to smoking, it is the thousands of other chemicals contained in cigarette smoke that causes almost all of the harm.
In our opinion vaping should be viewed as a “lesser of two evils” for current cigarette smokers. Nicotine, while highly addictive, is not a significant health hazard for people without heart conditions. It does not cause acute cardiac events or coronary heart disease and is not carcinogenic. Nicotine falls under the same category as caffeine which majority of people would not think twice about.
Vaping, 95% less harmful than smoking. Higher success rates than all other forms of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Cheaper and not as bad as the newspapers make out. Pop into your local vape shop and see if its the right solution for you.
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