- Reason #3 – E-liquids often contain minimal amounts of nicotine or none at all.
- Reason #4 – Vapor, since it’s exhaled from something shaped similarly to a cigarette, is often assumed to have the same degree of toxicity.
- Reason #5 – Many people don’t know if electronic cigarettes actually work in getting people away from smoking.
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Reason #3 – E-liquids often contain minimal amounts of nicotine or none at all.
As stated above, the liquids that people use with e-cigarettes don’t tend to contain huge amounts of nicotine. The best selling e-liquids are generally ones with lower doses of the stimulant (6 mg or less). In fact, Floorwalker says that in his Colorado shop, those low-dose e-liquids are more than twice as popular as ones that are in the mid-to-high range (12 mg or more). Virtually all of the companies that produce e-liquids have varieties that don’t have any nicotine at all, and some don’t include nicotine in any of their products. Typically, people who use e-cigarettes to get away from smoking traditional (sometimes called “analog”) cigarettes begin with liquids that contain high amounts of nicotine to avoid symptoms of withdrawal. Once they transition to vape pens and especially with mods, the ecig creates additional vapor, and the experience is pleasant without so much nicotine – in part because nicotine can feel harsh, particularly in larger concentrations. People are further motivated to reduce the level of nicotine when they realize that the flavor is better without it. “Simply put, the less nicotine you use, the better your liquid will taste,” says Floorwalker. You might think that flavor is a secondary characteristic of ecigs, but that really isn’t the case. The idea is to provide an experience that feels good to users beyond any functional purpose for quitting cigarettes; while vaping can certainly involve nicotine, the central component really is the flavor. People often think flavors are similar to those of candy, but the offerings on the market are much more diverse.
Reason #4 – Vapor, since it’s exhaled from something shaped similarly to a cigarette, is often assumed to have the same degree of toxicity.
Smoking is a very similar activity to vaping in the sense that it looks similar, and, of course, nicotine is at least optional for both of them. Smoking is incredibly deadly, leading to 6 million death annually worldwide. Those millions of lost lives make tobacco-related illness the number one cause of preventable death. The science on cigarettes is devastating and has concluded repeatedly that they are cancerous and cause a plethora of other health conditions. That can’t be said about vaping; but the argument is that its safety is not yet proven because the research on electronic cigarettes is sparse or nonexistent. However, there is plenty of evidence from the available studies that vaping is not nearly as dangerous as smoking. Two examples of analyses pointing to ecig safety, as indicated by Jacob Sullum in Reason, include:
- An assessment of a dozen e-cigarette brands published in Tobacco Control in 2013 found that electronic cigarette vapor did sometimes contain carcinogens – but in tiny quantities. In fact, the detectable amounts of toxins measured 9-450 times lower than what has been found in tobacco cigarette smoke. The quantities of cancer-causing agents were often so low that they were at levels that are legally allowable in prescription medication.
- Public Health England looked at vaping in 2015 and determined that the activity should be considered relatively harmless. “It has been previously estimated that [electronic cigarettes] are around 95% safer than smoking,” reported the UK agency. “This appears to remain a reasonable estimate.”
Reason #5 – Many people don’t know if electronic cigarettes actually work in getting people away from smoking.
Electronic cigarettes are gradually becoming bigger business. As that occurs, there are more and more stories of people successfully quitting with e-cigarettes. Research conducted at King’s College London in 2015 and highlighted by CNN looked at 2000 smokers over the course of 12 months. The study revealed that those who used e-cigarettes were likelier to attempt to quit smoking entirely: 65% of people who used vaporizers tried quitting cigarettes vs. 44% of those who had not used the devices. Additionally, 14% of people who used e-cigarettes had cut their tobacco consumption by 50% or more. According to Floorwalker, 72% of people said that e-cigarettes reduced their nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Hence, it makes sense that 92% said they smoked fewer cigarettes when using ecigs. Finally, 96% said vaping had helped them quit regular cigarettes. These statistics really are incredible. They are better figures than those revealed by analyses of other common smoking-cessation methods that fall under the umbrella of standard nicotine replacement therapy (NRP), such as gum or the patch.
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