We all understand that smoking is bad for you and comes with many health risks, but we want to know if vaping is bad for you. How does vaping affect your health? Because it is well known that vaping is much safer than smoking. 

Science has proven that vaping is at least 95 percent safer than smoking. Since there aren’t a lot of studies that show us a direct comparison between these two, the available information on vaping is measured against the available information on cigarette smoking.

Vaping Is Less Harmful Than Smoking

E-cigarettes heat nicotine and flavorings to create a water vapor that you inhale. Tobacco cigarettes contain over 7,000 chemicals, and almost all of them are toxic.

We don’t know exactly what chemicals are in e-cigarettes, but there’s no doubt that they expose you to less toxic chemicals than traditional cigarettes.

Is Vaping Bad For Your Lungs?

It is well known that smoking cigarettes cause harm to the lungs. The inhalation of burning tobacco often leads to lung and esophageal cancer, and a variety of deadly lung conditions.

Cigarette smoke attacks the lungs in many ways. It is made out of thousands of chemicals, and more than 70 of which are known carcinogens. It also contains particulate matter, bits of burned tobacco and paper that are deposited in the lungs, where they can be buried in the tissue.

Vaping doesn’t produce carcinogens in quantities that are large enough to be considered real risks, and it doesn’t contain solid particles like smoke.

E-cigarettes use heat from a coil to turn e-liquid into an inhalable aerosol. It looks like smoke but isn’t. Because of that, vaping is automatically less bad for your lungs.

There are some concerns because of the ingredients in e-liquid: propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and flavorings. But, there is no research on the effects of inhaling PG or VG daily for an extended period. PG has been found to cause minor irritation of the airways if inhaled for a long period, but this isn’t concerning in itself.

Are Flavours Harmful To Your Lungs?

Most flavorings are made by mixing chemical compounds, and some are likely worse for your lungs than others. Toxicology studies have focused on showing that the flavorings are safe for consumption.

Unlike cigarettes, e-cigarettes come with a large variety of flavors like cinnamon, vanilla, mint, cherry, strawberry and bananas, caramel, almond, and even popcorn.

Is Vaping As Bad For Your Oral Health As Cigarettes?

Smoking causes a variety of oral health problems. It is well-known that smokers are at high risk of getting mouth, throat or esophageal cancer. Smoking cigarettes can also cause a lot of dental and periodontal diseases, including gingival disorders. And cigarette smoke alters the bacteria in the mouth, which makes existing periodontal problems even worse.

A study examined the oral microbiome of 10 vapers, 10 smokers, and 10 non-smokers. They found that the bacterial profile of vapers is very similar to the non-smoking control group. They came to the conclusion that vapor doesn’t alter the microbiome. Because the study was very small, no broad conclusions were made.

Electronic Cigarettes Can Be As Addictive As Traditional Ones

E-cigarettes and regular cigarettes contain nicotine, which research suggests that

it is highly addictive. Many vape users get even more nicotine than they would

from a tobacco product, because you can buy extra-strength cartridges, which

have a higher concentration of nicotine, and you can increase the vape voltage to get a greater hit of the substance.

Both youths and adults usually find a lack of smoke and bad smell appealing. Because it has no smell, e-cigarettes reduce the stigma behind smoking.

Can Vaping Cause Cancer?

Smoking causes many kinds of cancer because cancer can form not just in areas that have direct contact with the smoke, but also from smoke byproducts in the bloodstream and organs.

Carcinogens have been found in vapes, but at levels that the cancer risk is very low. According to a 2017 study, the cancer risk of vaping has the same risk rates as using pharmaceutical products like nicotine patches. The only byproducts of vaping that can pose a real risk is were carbonyls produced by overheating the vape device.

Nicotine itself found in cigarettes or vapes, or other nicotine products have not been shown to cause any type of cancer. Long-term studies of nicotine replacement therapy users show no provable link between nicotine and cancer.

Cigarettes will most certainly leave permanent damage on your body, damaging the smoker from head to toe. But there is no evidence pointing to similar health issues from vaping or any health problems unless you count possible nicotine addiction. Nicotine isn’t directly responsible for any of the bad results of smoking. Vaping remains a better choice when compared to smoking.

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