Vape or Cigarette? Which is the Best?
Vaping heats up flavorings and some chemicals to create the vapor we breathe. There are also lung diseases and deaths associated with vaping. As of January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed 60 deaths in patients with e-cigarette, or vaping, use of lung injury-related products (EVALI).
"These cases affect people who change their vaping devices and/or use controlled e-liquids on the black market. This applies to vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)" Blaha explains.
Before continuing, let us know what is Vape and Cigarettes.
What is Cigarette?
Cigarettes are tobacco that is dried and wrapped in paper. While vape is a device (mod/pod, battery, coil, cartridge and cotton) that uses a liquid containing nicotine. Cigarettes and vaping have the same way of use that is inhaled.
Cigarettes and vaping have no benefits for human health. From the available evidence, smoking appears to be more harmful than vaping. However, this does not mean that vaping is safer.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, vaping may be slightly less harmful than smoking. They write that people who smoke inhale about 7,000 chemicals, whereas vaping likely involves fewer chemicals.
AHA (American Heart Association) notes that vaping liquids contain fewer chemicals than cigarettes. They also state that vaping is unsafe for the following reasons:
E-cigarettes contain large doses of nicotine, a substance known to slow brain development in fetuses, children and adolescents.
Liquids that can produce vapors are harmful to adults and children if they swallow or inhale it or come into contact with their skin.
Vaping also delivers some harmful chemicals, including diacetyl, a cancer-causing chemical, heavy metals, and volatile organic compounds.
Long Term Effects of Smoking
Smoking has many bad effects on the body in the long run. The CDC reports that smoking:
- Can reduce sperm count
- Can increase the risk of miscarriage or birth defects
- Can increase the risk of cataracts
- Can impair immune system function
- Can increase general inflammation
- Can cause cancer in almost any part of the body, including the lungs, kidneys, and stomach
- Can trigger asthma attacks
- Can cause blockages in blood vessels and arteries
- Can increase the risk of stroke
- Can reduce a person's overall health, and
- Can lead to problems such as job loss and increased healthcare costs
Long Term Effects of Vaping
Data for the long-term effects of vaping are currently limited. According to the University of Iowa, vaping is a better way for smokers to get nicotine. However this did not happen. Vaping can cause:
- Damage to the lungs
- Release free radicals into the body, which promote the development of cancer
- Weakening the body's immune system
- Delays brain development in fetuses, children and adolescents
In addition, several studies have shown that people who use e-cigarettes to quit smoking have a lower risk of returning to smoking.
Using vaping has been shown to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms, namely dizziness, increased appetite, and difficulty sleeping, which can occur when a heavy smoker quits smoking.
Smoking can also increase the risk of lung infection (pneumonia). Switching from cigarettes to vaping can reduce the risk of this infection.
However, propylene glycol can be irritating to the mouth and throat. In addition, the long-term effects of vaping and flavor enhancers on vaping inhaled into the respiratory tract are also unknown.
The nicotine content in vapes is not harmless. Consumption of nicotine that is too high can cause indigestion, heart disease, and stroke.
In addition, the attractive taste of vaping can provoke teens to start trying smoking cigarettes. In fact, vaping is only recommended for smokers who are addicted and can't quit, to reduce the dangers of smoking.
The use of vaping is considered effective in helping smokers to quit. The content of vaping is also safer than cigarettes. However, that does not mean this product is completely safe for health. Therefore, if you decide to replace tobacco cigarettes with vaping, you should still discuss it with your doctor first.
So which do you think is better? Of course not smoking is the best thing. Here I just want to provide information about the advantages and disadvantages of smoking tools for people who smoke.