Health Risks of Smoking and Vaping
Quitting Smoking Vs Vaping
Smoking tobacco or vaping e-cigarettes can harm the lungs. It also changes the way that new connections – called synapses – are formed in the brain. This can negatively impact youth’s mental health.
Talk to a healthcare provider, therapist or school counselor about quitting smoking or vaping. They can help you pick a quit date and support you throughout the process.
1. It’s less harmful
When you smoke, you’re exposed to thousands of harmful carcinogens, nicotine, and carbon monoxide. E-cigarettes contain far fewer of these chemicals. In fact, a single puff of an e-cigarette can bring blood oxygen levels back to normal.
While some vaporisers can contain flavourings that can cause lung damage, this is far less common than with cigarettes. It’s also worth noting that many adults who try to transition from smoking to vaping end up using both, and this increases the amount of toxins in the body.
Smoking can also be bad for your heart, increasing your blood pressure and heart rate and reducing your ability to perform during exercise stress tests. Quitting will improve your cardiovascular health.
2. It’s easier to quit
Although it may be challenging, quitting vaping or any nicotine products can be easier than smoking. This is because smoking causes lung damage that builds up over time, while vapor does not.
To help you quit, make a plan and prepare for cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It is also important to understand your triggers, which can be physical or social and vary from person to person. You can learn to manage them by using coping strategies, such as eating healthy meals and staying hydrated, exercising, or spending time with supportive friends who don’t vape.
When quitting, be sure to set yourself up for success by picking a date that is free from stress or other commitments. Also, make a list of all the positive things about yourself that do not involve vaping and post it somewhere you can see it. This can help you feel more confident and motivated to stay smoke- or vape-free. Also, reward yourself for milestones like making it through your first week of being nicotine-free or earning a paycheck without vaping.
3. It’s cheaper
Vaping is substantially cheaper than smoking in the long-term. Even with the most expensive vaping device and high-quality e-liquids, you’ll still save thousands of pounds each year compared to buying cigarettes.
This is because a single vape pod generally contains the equivalent amount of nicotine as about 20 cigarettes. This may be a lot for many users, but there’s a reason that one study1 found that vaporizers were more effective than other nicotine replacement therapies at helping people quit smoking.
Smoking costs us all in other ways too, such as the damage it does to our health. In fact, smokers are more likely to suffer from a number of diseases such as heart disease and lung cancer.
For these reasons, more and more smokers are turning to vaping as a safer, healthier alternative. It’s also less costly than traditional smoking, and helps you live better too. So, what are you waiting for? Start vaping today!
4. It’s more convenient
While cigarettes are drenched in carcinogens and carbon monoxide, vaping is not. However, that doesn’t mean it’s completely safe. In fact, it can cause many health problems. It has been linked to vomiting, nausea, mouth and throat irritation, and even lung damage. And the addictive nicotine is dangerous for the still-developing adolescent brain, harming areas that control attention, learning, and mood.
But there’s good news: A recent review found that people who quit smoking using e-cigarettes, together with expert face-to-face support, are up to twice as likely to succeed as those who use traditional nicotine-replacement therapies such as gum or patches. Getting plenty of physical activity and focusing on positive things that don’t involve vaping can help you to stay smoke or vape free. Surrounding yourself with supportive friends and family can also be helpful. And if you’re struggling, consider reaching out to helplines and apps, like This is Quitting, for advice and support. A personalised quit plan can give you the motivation and confidence to stick with your decision.