Vaping as an industry has grown over the past decade from something that essentially didn’t exist into a large industry that is heavily regulated by the government and sadly, also plagued by misleading information and unauthorized product. Numerous claims have been made about vaping, but the most pressing question for almost everyone is a simple one: is vaping safe? When it comes to any type of smoking, abstinence is always the safest choice, but based on this UK Public Health Study, vaping is found to be significantly less harmful than combustible cigarettes. Here are a few important pieces of information about vaping, its potential hazards, and what you need to know about the practice and industry.
Vaping Contains Fewer Hazardous Chemicals
Vaping is often contrasted with cigarettes, but what it should be compared against is a broader group of products called “combustible tobacco products.” These are any products that use a flame to turn tobacco into a breathable gas, as opposed to vaping, which uses steam and heat. Nicotine alone is not the main source of carcinogenic materials; that would be the burning of the tobacco leaf. People who ask, “Is vaping safe?” need to understand that smoking tobacco products comes with unique hazards that are not present in vaping. Your average combustible cigarette contains over 7,000 chemicals, from ones designed to make the cigarette burn faster to those that enhance the nicotine effects. By contrast, most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, tobacco, flavoring, and little else, removing many of these other chemicals. This means that vaping may not cause as many health issues as combustible tobacco products based on the simple fact that they do not contain many of the harmful chemicals present in your average cigarette.
New Research is Constantly Coming
Truthfully, the question of, “Is vaping safe?” is one that isn’t conclusively proven. Since the industry itself continues to evolve and new studies happen almost daily, regulations will continue to change. It’s important to follow the science and get your information from reputable sites. We do know that, while vaping does contain fewer chemicals than combustible tobacco products, there are some materials present that are linked to short- and long-term health issues. The important thing is to stay informed.
Informed Decisions are Key
At the end of the day, what really harms people who are compelled to use tobacco products is misinformation and the inability to make decisions based on a lack of good information. While combustible cigarettes do have proven long and short-term health effects, and while many ingredients found in vaping products are similarly connected to these same issues, people who use them should be allowed to make a decision based on the information available. So, if you are asking, “Is vaping safe?” make sure you are answering that question with information from credible sources.
Do you work in the vaping community or a related field? Do you have questions about vaping products, and how you can continue to legally purchase and sell them? PMTA Verified is dedicated to giving people in the industry, and users of vaping products, the information they need to know about vaping, vaping products, and the government regulations affecting the industry. We work with experts in legal filings and the medical field to keep you informed.