You’ve probably heard a lot about this topic. E-cigarettes are said to be significantly healthier than conventional cigarettes, which makes them an interesting alternative for many smokers. However, many critics also complain about various health risks with the electronic alternative. What better way to answer the question of which model should be preferred than with a direct comparison? In this article, we don’t want to devote ourselves to unfounded criticisms but instead list the hard facts to clarify whether vaping is a sensible alternative to smoking and, above all, what exactly the reasons are.
It is often assumed that one aspect, in particular, makes e-cigarettes healthier than conventional cigarettes. The mere fact that no tobacco is burned here, but instead nicotine is absorbed with the help of steam gives a much healthier impression. But is that necessarily correct? Above all, it must be taken into account that the technology behind the vape is still very young and has only been on the market for almost a decade. Since then, the e-cigarette has convinced more and more consumers, but it does not take up as much of a part of society as the normal cigarette, and most people do not know very much about e-cigarettes. The relative lack of statistics and research means much dangerous half-knowledge is shared, and much of the information circulating in critic circles is still largely conjecture. It is particularly important for people currently thinking about switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes to present the facts in an unembellished way. To do this, let’s start with what’s in cigarette smoke and vapour and look closely at the chemicals present. Based on this, we examine the realistic health risks emanating from the stimulants. Of course, a complete comparison also includes a cost comparison at the end, which should also interest many smokers.
Chemicals In Smoke And Vape
One thing is very clear: If you consume smoke or vapour and absorb it through your lungs, it will, of course, also have certain effects on your health. Especially with smoking, these effects have been very well researched, simply because the cigarette has been part of society for so long that longer studies were possible. Even if we can draw on significantly fewer research results when vaping, the knowledge gained through smoking also allows many conclusions we would like to mention.
Smoking burns tobacco. The combustion process produces countless chemicals, at least seventy of which have a significant association with cancer. Some of the most well-known of these chemicals are:
Nicotine: Nicotine is the main chemical that makes smokers addicted to cigarettes and fuels the craving for further consumption. So, as a rule, smokers depend on nicotine, not the cigarette itself.
Hydrogen cyanide: Hydrogen cyanide, also known as hydrogen cyanide, is a deadly chemical that has been used and is still used today in pure forms such as executions, biocides, and ordnance.
Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is mainly used for preservation or disinfection.
Lead: Lead is a heavy metal deposited in the body when ingested. It has a toxic effect. The factor of environmental pollution should also not be ignored here.
Arsenic: Arsenic is also highly toxic to humans and is believed to cause direct changes in DNA.
Ammonia: Although ammonia is used for fertilization, it is toxic when inhaled and has a corrosive effect on mucous membranes. As such, ammonia is responsible for nearly half of all air pollution deaths in Germany.
Nitrosamines: Animal experiments have shown that nitrosamines have a strong carcinogenic effect in almost all cases. It also causes organ damage and can damage genetic material.
Vaping eliminates the need for combustion, reducing many of the chemicals above. This is also where many people conclude that vaping is safer than smoking. However, there are also some chemicals in the vapour that we don’t want to withhold.
Nicotine: Propylene glycol (vegetable oil) – propylene glycol is approved in the EU as a food additive and bears the designation E1529. However, it is mainly used in solubilizers, plasticizers and so-called fog liquid because it is very sensitive to oxidation.
Vegetable Glycerin: Glycerin is a sugar alcohol used as a humectant. Animal experiments have shown that consumption of glycerin can entail health risks and is responsible for irritation or cell changes.
Acetaldehyde: Acetaldehyde can be used in chemistry to make many substances, but it is harmful to many organs.
Most of the other chemicals in e-cigarette vapour typically come from flavouring. However, most of these are classified as harmless and have even been approved as additives by the EU. However, whether they pose a different risk when ingested as a vapour rather than as food remains to be determined by further research.
Now that we have already looked at the health risk that arises from the substances produced when smoking and vaping, we want to take a broader look at the risks to your safety and health below.
For a very long time, smoking has posed far greater risks to the health and safety of people worldwide. However, in the course of this, many regulations were also made that were intended to reduce the risks. However, one risk, in particular, is still relevant today.
Fire risk: The fact that fire is handled when smoking and the cigarettes are often still smouldering even after disposal leads to many, sometimes devastating fires every year, which not only damage the environment but also repeatedly result in fatalities. The risk is particularly high when people smoke indoors or when cigarettes are not disposed of properly. Even far-reaching regulations could hardly ensure containment here.
Vaping poses far fewer risks to your health and safety than smoking. However, problems have also arisen here that we would like to mention.
Exploding batteries: Especially in the early years of the e-cigarette and with the first models, the danger emanating from exploding batteries was still very high. It’s still not entirely clear what caused this, although illegal mods may also have served as a trigger. Since 2007, however, fewer than 300 reports of explosions from e-cigarettes, with just under half resulting in injuries. Compared to the thousands of fires that cigarettes start every year, this is negligible every time, especially as battery problems continue to decrease each year and technology is constantly improving.
The Cost Factor
One of the biggest advantages over traditional cigarettes is the cost. Thanks to taxes, a pack of cigarettes can cost quite a bit of money, and depending on the amount required, this can result in over €50 per week. You can expect less than half the cost when vaping, and a starter model is already very cheap. Vaping is much cheaper over the year and saves a lot of money.
The Bottom Line
In summary, it can be said that e-cigarettes are neither free nor free of risks and health hazards. However, all these results become particularly interesting when you compare them to cigarettes. There you can see that the e-cigarette performs much better than the cigarette in most cases. It contains fewer harmful substances, is less dangerous to consume and is significantly cheaper.
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