Side Effects: Vaping vs. smoking

smoking side effects

smoking side effects

Aside from the obvious difference that e-cigs were created as an anti-smoking, harm reduction strategy, smoking combustible cigarettes and puffing an e-cig have many ample differences that stem beyond their simple operation. Most experts actually agree that vaping is vastly beneficial when it comes to quitting smoking.

Short-term smoking side effects:

Granted that smoking side effects can vary from person-to-person, there is no safe level of tobacco inhalation. Immediate effects of smoking tobacco include:

  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Decreased flow of blood to fingers and toes
  • Decrease in skin temperature
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea, abdominal cramps and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Coughing

Long-term smoking side effects:

Nicotine, the addictive chemical compound that is found in tobacco, also has its own list of negative side effects when it is ingested in higher doses (heavy smokers):

  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Confusion
  • Rapid increase in blood pressure and high breathing
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory arrest (breathing stops)

* over 60 mg of nicotine is so fatal it can even cause death in an otherwise healthy adult.

Smoking combustible cigarettes has been known to coat your lungs leading to lung and throat cancer later in life. It can also responsible for the yellowish staining of teeth and fingers.

Research shows that smoking can reduce the amount of oxygen that is available for your muscles, brain and blood. High amounts of carbon monoxide are present in most smoking products causing your body to work harder. The more you smoke over time, the more narrowed your airways become, a primary cause leading to heart attacks or strokes. Other long-term smoking side effects include:

  • Yellowing of your eyes
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Linked to various cancers
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart disease
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Lower fertility rates

Vaping in comparison:

The exciting part is that studies show that vaping has almost none of the side effects that smoking does, so vapers can jump for joy as they put the following list of discomforts behind them:

  • Awful smell (vapers don’t have to deal with the lingering smell that smokers often overlook)
  • The unnecessary mess (since e-juice is a refillable substance, vapers only need to refill their e-cigarettes and not worry about finding a place to dispose of their cigarette butts. Also many e-juice bottles and e-cig batteries can be recycled. Shout yippee for less waste!)
  • Second-hand smoke (second-hand vapor disappears rapidly and almost immediately disperses, so no one needs to smell your second hand smoke anymore)

Although research is still being done in order to fully understand the long-term vaping side effects, current studies do show that since e-cigs don’t burn chemicals like combustible cigarettes and they dramatically decrease the release of harmful toxins into the body. Also, we know that e-juice ingredients are simple, only consisting of the five following compounds — PG (propylene glycol, not an addictive found in Prime Vapor e-juice), VG (vegetable glycerin), nicotine, flavorings and water — unlike cigarettes that contain up to 50 known carcinogens. Since vaping is used as a harm reduction strategy, many smokers turn to it as a way to overcome their addiction to tobacco and with time even nicotine. You be the judge!

How have you used vaping to combat the negative side effects associated with smoking? Tell us in the comments section below.


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