Cigarettes are bad for the health, everybody knows that. It’s bad for the pocket, too. But some people continue to smoke anyway because it’s hard to get rid of a habit. But there is a safer and cheaper alternative to smoking: vaping.
According to a report by the Money column of Time, a smoker who consumes a pack of cigarettes a day is bound to save $1,200 a year by switching to vaping. It makes sense because it means that you have to buy a pack of cigarettes a day compared to just buying one product—at a more expensive rate—once every few years or so. An e-cigarette starter kit is in the $20 range. But it can last a long time. You only need to buy the flavored liquid every few weeks or so.
Vaping is safer, too. While the country’s Food and Drug Administration is tightening regulations on vaping, United Kingdom has said that e-cigarettes are way safer than the tobacco-made cigarettes for smoking. Public Health England (PHE), in 2015, had these key findings:
- The current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking.
- Nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realize e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking.
- There is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers.
Understandably, in the country, the government is trying to veer people away from ingesting nicotine in general. So there is a valid reason to shun nicotine in all forms—including vaping. But the government should also realize that it is their responsibility to give people the facts. This is not just about vaping being the lesser of two evils, compared to smoking. This is about how much safer vaping is compared to smoking—because the gap is wide. The five percent harm lies in the long-term effect of the nicotine in the liquid used to make vapor.
According to the Huffington Post, it’s simple: vaporizers don’t contain most of the chemicals present in cigarettes that cause smoking-related diseases. E-cigarettes, being battery operated, don’t contain tobacco, which is the major source of the ill effects caused by smoking. Tobacco usually affects the function of the heart. Even better, vapors were found to have no effect on second-hand smoking.
Despite the lack of evidence, anti-vaping individuals and organizations in the country are claiming that vaping is encouraging young people to smoke. It’s ironic that this is the case when thousands of e-cigarette users in the country have claimed that vaping helped them stop smoking. PHE is recommending the use of e-cigarettes to help constituents quit smoking. New Zealand, on the other hand, commissioned a study that found e-cigarettes to be a more effective smoking-cessation product than the older nicotine patch.
Other developed countries have already accepted vaping as a safe alternative to smoking. The US has not warmed up to the idea, though, prompting some vaping advocates and manufacturers to suspect collusion between government and cigarette manufacturers as well as businessmen.