If you google “vaping”, it seems like it’s all bad news. Every other day headlines announce that vaping causes cancer, or that (somehow) it is worse than cigarettes. However, many objective scientists aren’t convinced – and you should take the headlines with a grain (okay, maybe a whole bag) of salt.
While we are a vaping store, we are also concerned about the health of our customers. Addressing the health concerns of smokers and vapers alike is important – and we want to promote a balanced debate around the health risks of vaping.
Let’s get into it and sort vaping fact from fiction in this blog.
What isn’t true
The act of vaping – that is, inhaling vapour into the lungs – is more dangerous that smoking cigarettes.
Certain blogs have explored the possibility that inhaling vapour is more dangerous than cigarette smoke. Vaping cannot be considered harmless – e-juice, after all, contains chemicals that are recognised as carcinogenic. Particular chemicals that have been singled out include diacetyl (common in “buttery” or “creamy” vape liquid), as well as propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine (the two standard base ingredients in e-juice). However, the research is still out on whether these chemicals are carcinogenic when inhaled as vapour.
Vaping is more additive or making us smoke more.
Some people claim that vape users are more likely to transition back to cigarettes, or that there is a whole generation of new nicotine users who eventually will transition to cigarettes. The truth is that vaping is a powerful tool to help quit smoking. We’ve explored this on our blog, and this is confirmed by public health officials, including the Royal College of Physicians of London.
What is true
We don’t know the long-term effects of vaping… and we won’t for a while.
On this front, we have to wait and see. However, public health officials estimate the long-term health hazards from vaping and e-cigarette products is unlikely to exceed 5 per cent of the harm from smoking tobacco, according to the Royal College of Physicians of London.
Nicotine is addictive.
It is powerful and habit-forming. This is especially pertinent for developing minds – the earlier you start nicotine consumption in your life, the harder it is to reduce or eliminate the addiction.
Vaping is a safer alternative to cigarettes.
A number of professional bodies call for regular smokers to switch to vaping because of lower risk of harm.
Understanding risk is important, but risk is contextual. Vapes are proven to be healthier alternatives to cigarettes, and are widely recommended by governing bodies in an effort to reduce tobacco-related harm. However, vaping is not risk-free, and cannot be considered a harmless act. Only you can decide whether vaping is right for you, but we strongly urge you to consider the evidence available. We’ve got a list of further reading below if you are interested in exploring the full health effects for vapers.
Public Health Matters Gov UK clearing up myths around smoking.
Health Govt NZ report of vaping and smokeless tobacco products.
If you would like to try vaping, make sure you check out Mist NZ. We are a trusted e-liquid New Zealand online seller-and-supply shop. With over 30 delicious and cheap e-liquid flavours and many other products, we can cater to all your vaping needs.