If you haven’t tried vaping yourself then you’re almost certain to have seen others using e-cigarettes. The rise of vaping as an alternative to smoking has been rapid – especially so in the last four years in the UK.
Today the anti-smoking group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) believe there are around 2.8 million vapers in the UK. That number is a fourfold increase on the figures from 2012. And by 2020
it is estimated that vapers will outnumber traditional tobacco smokers.
So what benefits are people finding in vaping as opposed to traditional cigarettes or cigars? Well, for a start there are health benefits that can’t be questioned. It’s true that the effects of long-term vaping are not yet known. But compared to traditional smoking the risks of vaping are much reduced.
In fact, an official report released in 2015 by Public Health England suggested that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco. There are no harmful carcinogens like tar and carbon monoxide in an e-cigarette that can cause lung and throat cancer.
The study by Professors from Queen Mary University and King’s College in London also recommended using vaping as an aid to help people give up smoking for good. And that’s another huge benefit of moving to vaping. Many of the 2.8 million now using e-cigarettes are former smokers.
They get the same hit of nicotine from vaping, only without the more dangerous substances from a tobacco cigarette. Organisations like Fresh Smoke Free North East are already promoting the health benefits of vaping to those looking to pack up cigarettes for good.
Then there are major cost savings. Smoking is reckoned to cost something in the region of £3,000 a year for those who smoke 20 a day. Compare that to the costs of vaping which come in at around £40 for a starter kit then less than £30 a month for refills of e-liquid.
There’s pleasure to be had, too, with vaping. The flavourings added to the e-liquid make for an appealing hit of menthol, strawberries, vanilla, cherry, or chocolate. In fact, there are hundreds of vaping flavours to pick and choose from. Many former smokers who move onto vaping and then try cigarettes again remark on how abhorrent the flavour of tobacco is.
You’ll find yourself more social, too, as a vaper. Few people like to be around a smoker when they’re lighting up, especially as second hand smoke is known to kill over 10,000 people a year according to Cancer Research UK. As a vaper you’ll find you won’t be abandoned by friends each time you need a hit. You can even vape in many pubs.