When you smoke regular cigarettes, you’re burning tobacco and inhaling the smoke. But when you vape, you’re using a device that uses a battery, rather than fire, to heat an e-liquid until it’s transformed into a vapour that you then inhale and exhale just like you would do with the smoke from a traditional cigarette.
But even though the acts of smoking and vaping may seem similar, there are actually many differences between smoking a tobacco cigarette and vaping with an e-liquid. Continue reading to learn what these differences are, as well as why so many people all over the world are ditching their addiction to regular cigarettes and switching over to vaping with electronic cigarettes instead.
Ingredients and Chemicals
In addition to the actual ingredients being safer in an e-liquid than in a regular cigarette, it should also be noted that there are far fewer ingredients in an e-cig juice than there are in a regular cigarette. This is important because more and more people are trying to lead more natural lives. Often, the fewer ingredients that you’re exposed to, the better. This is because there are many artificial and toxic ingredients in everyday foods and products that are actually bad for the body, especially over the long term.
Your electronic cigarette’s e-liquid will only contain four simple, harmless ingredients. These are vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol, nicotine, and flavouring, in addition to water. All of these ingredients are found in other foods and products that you use every day, from medications to cosmetics. Even nicotine is a naturally occurring substance in some fruits and vegetables.
Compare this to a traditional tobacco cigarette, whose smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals. 43 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer. 400 of the ingredients are also known for their high level of toxicity. So, in addition to high doses of nicotine that make it extremely difficult to quit once you’re addicted, you’ll be exposing your body to other toxins, including tar, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, DDT, arsenic, and more every time you light up and smoke a cigarette.
Illnesses and Death
When you look at the ingredients found in a regular cigarette and its smoke, it’s no wonder that so many diseases and ailments are directly attributed to the use of cigarettes. To put things in perspective, it’s worth noting that there are no deaths at all attributed to vaping. The same simply can’t be said for smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes because 50% of people who smoke will die as a result of their addiction to cigarettes.
Second-hand smoke that’s inhaled by those who are around smokers is also dangerous. Even though these people aren’t smoking cigarettes themselves, their bodies are adversely affected by the smoke they end up inhaling. 600,000 people die every year as a result of inhaling second-hand cigarette smoke and all of its toxins.
Changes That Come When You Stop Smoking
Many changes occur after you stop smoking regular cigarettes and start vaping with electronic cigarettes. First off, the body begins to heal itself immediately because it’s no longer being exposed to all of the toxins listed above. Those who’ve quit smoking and started vaping notice that they’re able to breathe more easily and that many of their respiratory ailments begin to go away naturally, or at least reduce in severity. Their stamina increases and they feel better overall as their health continues to improve over time.
The longer you go without smoking, the more changes you’ll notice. You’ll definitely pick up on the fact that you no longer constantly smell of cigarette smoke. You’ll note that your home, car, and workplace also no longer smell of smoke. Your breath, hair, clothes, and belongings won’t smell either.
In addition to no longer needing ashtrays and lighters, and no longer dealing with annoying ash, you won’t have to throw a bunch of cigarette butts into the environment. This will make you a more eco-friendly individual. You will no longer be polluting the air either with your cigarette smoke, and you’ll be able to use the same e-cig device for a long period of time, so there will be much less waste. This means that you’ll be able to also save a lot of money that you would’ve otherwise been spending on pack after pack of cigarettes.
Making the Switch and Getting Off Nicotine
The great thing about e-cigs is the fact that you can use any e-liquid you wish, so you have the ability to choose the flavour that you like best, as well as the level of nicotine you need. This is really important for those who are transitioning to vaping from smoking regular cigarettes. So go ahead and start off with an e-liquid that has a high dose of nicotine, as this will make it easy to switch to an e-cig. Then taper off until you’re using an e-liquid with 0mg of nicotine.