If you’re looking to use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as a tool to help you quit smoking, you’re not the only one. Quitting is often described as the “hardest thing in the world” but it’s also one of the best things you can do for your health.
You might have heard of people successfully quitting cigarettes with the help of smoking e-cigarettes (vaping for short) and you want to give it a go as well. But before you do, let’s get into the nitty gritty of vaping with the help of cardiovascular professor, Dr Michael Blaha.
Vaping Is Still Bad For Your Health
Okay, there I said it, vaping is still bad for your health. Contrary to what all vape enthusiasts want you to think, breathing anything into your lungs that isn’t called air is not good for you. Vapor is no exception.
Vaping is also relatively new. Only being popularised in 2007, there are still quite a few unknowns regarding vaping like;
“People need to understand that e-cigarettes are potentially dangerous to your health,” says Blaha.
Electronic Cigarettes Does Not Have The Ability To Help Reduce Smoking
According to NSW Health, it is illegal to promote vaping or e-cigarettes to have the ability to help you quit or reduce smoking. At Vape Escape we don’t want to break their rules, however we want to provide facts and allow our readers to draw their own conclusions.
900 people who wanted to quit smoking were selected
450 people were given nicotine vapes and the other 450 given nicotine replacement therapy (gum and patches)
All research participants received weekly counselling
After 1 year, smoking cessation was measured by exhaled carbon monoxide (Should be low if you quit or high if you’re still smoking)
Almost twice as many vapers had quit compared to Nicotine Replacement.
18% of vapers had stopped smoking while only 10% of those who used NRT had quit
There were also reports of reduced coughing and phlegm production for the vaping group as a whole
Check out the below graph for a visual representation of the data.
If you’re trying to quit smoking, everyone is going to try to give you advice. Some people try cold turkey, others try physical exercise. We believe you should try different methods and see what works the best for you. Remember, it’s not about how long it takes you to quit but quitting and not going back.
When a person ingests nicotine either by way of cigarette or vape, the chemical is absorbed into the blood stream and reaches the brain within 10 seconds. The nicotine reacts with a neurotransmitter called Acetyl-Choline (ACh) whichs triggers temporary feel good sensation such as;
The thing is though, nicotine has a short half life, meaning those feel good sensations don’t last very long. This leaves users wanting another hit of nicotine in a short space of time – Resulting in the cycle of an addiction. This happens in both cigarettes and vapes.
How can nicotine vaping be more addictive than cigarettes?
The first reason why vaping can be more addictive than cigarettes is ease of use. It is a lot easier to continuously smoke a vape compared to repeatedly lighting a cigarette. It’s almost like having an infinite cigarette. The convenience of e-liquid aromas not stinking doesn’t hurt either.
The second reason is the ability to increase your nicotine intake by;
Manually increasing nicotine concentrate by mixing in nicotine salts or,
Increasing wattage for higher vapor and nicotine output
“Many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine than they would from a tobacco product — you can buy extra-strength cartridges, which have a higher concentration of nicotine to get a greater hit of the substance” says Blaha
Making the switch to vaping?
Check out our 5 Health Wins for E-Cigarettes.
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