Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

Vaping has been the target of Big Tobacco ever since it first was invented. It’s become clear that cigarette use is extremely unhealthy and heavily tied to cancer due to a multitude of different ingredients in them. Vaping has recently seen a spate of deaths related to black market cannabis cartridges, but advocates still maintain that vaping is safer. 

So, is it really safer than smoking? Here’s what we know so far. 

Cigarettes have more ingredients than vapes do. 

According to major studies, cigarettes have thousands of chemical components in each inhale--partly due to nicotine’s breakdown, and partly due to additives. Many ingredients in cigarettes are known to be toxic, though not all are. 

With vaping e-juice, you are looking at around five ingredients. Most of the ingredients have been deemed safe for human consumption, aside from nicotine. With fewer ingredients comes a lower chance of being “surprised” by an ingredient that’s later deemed to be unsafe.

Both vapes and cigarette e-juices contain nicotine. 

The biggest killer when you’re dealing with inhaling smoke or vapor is clearly going to be nicotine. Nicotine is a known addictive substance that is linked to a wide range of different health issues, including cancers and stroke. 

Unless you choose nicotine-free e-juice, it’s safe to say that both cigarettes and vapes will give you a dose of nicotine. This means that both will still put you at a risk for health issues. However, with vapes, you can control the amount of nicotine you’re getting by choosing a lower nicotine e-juice.

Both vapes and cigarettes are addictive.

It’s important to remember that the main ingredient people enjoy in both smokables and vape juice is still going to be nicotine. Nicotine is addictive, and with repeated exposure, can cause addiction in an individual.

If you thought you were off the hook because of vape, you were wrong. It can still cause addiction as long as the e-juice you enjoy has any nicotine in it.

Vaping does not, however, cause smoke damage to the lungs.

One of the bigger differences between vaping and smoking can be seen in the transmission of nicotine. Smoking involves using fire and burning substances in order to get an inhale. Smoke inhalation alone, even without nicotine, can irritate lungs and cause permanent damage with long-term use.

Vaping doesn’t involve smoke. It vaporizes e-juice instead. Since you’re inhaling vapor instead of smoke, the chances of getting smoke-related damage go down to zero. 

Smoking causes more deaths per year than vaping does. 

Smoking is a known killer, with death tolls related to smoking reaching 480,000 per year in the United States alone. While vaping can cause “popcorn lung” and similarly related deaths, the actual death count concerning vaping can’t be easily measured as of now. 

So far, there have only been a couple of dozen confirmed deaths due to vaping. By numbers alone, that makes it slightly safer according to what we currently know. Since vaping is a relatively new phenomenon, it will take a while before scientists will have solid data on the full effects of the habit. Even so, it’s promising.

It’s up to you to figure out the verdict. 

Vaping and cigarette use both have their own risks, but a lot of people tend to feel safer when they use the vaping gear. If you are concerned about the health risks of smoking, switching to vaping might be able to alleviate some of those concerns. 

We at VapeDynamics strongly encourage our readers to research the safety issues in both and to draw their own conclusions. After all, it is your body and you get to decide what you want to do with it.