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6 Little known benefits of vaping versus smoking

Since last fall when the U.S. Centers for Disease control and Prevention first began mischaracterizing the EVALI outbreak as “vaping related,” there has been a flood of disinformation in the media regarding the many health benefits of e-cigarettes.  One day, we might see a glowing review of vapor products as lifesaving devices for smokers trying to quit.  The next, we might trip across a blog post claiming that vaping increases the chances of contracting COPD and other respiratory disorders.

Which should you believe? Below is a list of six, little known benefits of vaping versus smoking.

1.  Compared to smoking, vaping is 95 percent safer.

The UK’s Royal College of Physicians (RCP) represents over 35,000 medical doctors worldwide.  In 2015 just days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its controversial FDA deeming regulations, the RCP released a new public health policy which says vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking. The substantial harm of smoking comes from the burning of tobacco leaves which produces a carcinogenic and tar-filled smoke that causes any number of smoking-related illnesses.  Since vaping is tobacco-free, the RCP endorses electronic cigarettes as both a tobacco harm reduction tool and a smoking cessation aid.

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2.  Regain your sense of smell.

People who have successfully quit smoking are often surprised that their sense of smell quickly returns within just a couple of days.  Not only do they begin to enjoy the mouthwatering aromas of their favorite foods, but they also begin immediately detecting those nasty odors of tobacco smoke still lingering in their clothes and furniture.

3.  Gain control over nicotine intake.

One of the great things about vaping is the ability to manipulate and modify the nicotine dosage just by using a different e-liquid.  Quitting smoking cold-turkey is difficult for most smokers, and those nicotine-enhanced patches and gums do not always work.  With vaping, smokers-turned-vapers can gradually decrease their nicotine consumption by purchasing e-juices with lower levels of nicotine concentrate.  There are even e-liquids with zero nicotine. By progressively lowering the nicotine dosage, smokers trying to quit can forgo many of those nasty side effects, like mood swings and overeating. 

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4.  Gain control over vapor output.

One of the most common complaints of vaping by non-smokers is the sometimes-massive clouds of vapor that emit from the vaping devices and waft across the room.  But newbie vapers should be aware that these big plumes of white vapor are the exception, not the norm.  Yes, there are avid vaping enthusiasts who love to cloudchase – a sort of competition between vapers to see who can blow the biggest vape cloud – but most modern vaping devices allow the user to modify the vapor output simply by pushing a button.  By adjusting the power output, airflow, and coil types, vapers can significantly control the size of their vapor clouds.

5.  Vapers tend to vape much less than they previously smoked.

Because vaping devices are highly portable, vapers have the added benefit of instant gratification.  In times of increased stress, they can simply pull out their vape mod and take a few puffs.  With smoking, however, the highly stressed individually usually feels the need to smoke the entire cigarette whether they really want to or not.  This leads us to our next point.

6.  Vaping is cheaper than smoking.

Regardless of your budget, there is a wide range of vaping products available.  When searching online for your first vaping device, there will be options with costs as high as $150 and those that only cost about $10.  There are disposable e-cigs, vape pens, and sub ohm vape mods.  There are cheap e-juices and designer, top-shelf brands.  And for the first-time vaper, there are even vape starter kits that are very inexpensive.

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