If you're a smoker, you've probably heard that vaping could help you quit smoking. Well, even when you don’t want to. And, that’s true. Actually, It is reported that e-cigarettes can be at least 95% less harmful than a tobacco cigarette. More importantly, unlike smoking vaping to some extent isn’t prohibited in public places.
But, vaping isn’t a new thing. In fact, the first e-cigarettes came to the market in 2007. From, 2007 a lot has changed in the vaping world. More people are reaping the benefits of switching to Vaping. And, you could too.
With that said, how do you switch from vaping to smoking?
To be honest, while many have switched quickly, others have struggled. Either they make the switch too fast. Or think that it’s just about changing what they stick in their mouth when nicotine craving hit them. Sadly, they end up smoking even more.
However, all is not lost, you can follow the strategy other's have used. For example, when you switch you start as a dual-user with high nicotine user. Gradually, you can start vaping with low nicotine levels e-cigarettes. Then, before you realize you’ll have quit smoking.
Let’s look at the benefits of switching to vaping from smoking. Real benefits. Not just a pro and cons list.
Fact! Not only are cigarettes responsible for almost 7 million deaths per year, but they're also expensive too. Smokers are spending a fortune on smoking without realizing it. Not to mention that they also lower their lifespan.
How much you can save by switching to vaping?
Ready to get started? Let’s look at the numbers.
In Australia, a 20-pack of Marlboro costs $27 at Woolsworth –a mouthwatering amount. That translates to $ 189 a week for a pack a day smoker, adding up to $756 a month. Therefore, the smoker will spend a staggering $9072 for the whole year.
Did I hear you cringe? Don’t snap yet.
Similarly, let’s look at the cost of vaping for the same whole year. For vaping, the vapour will require a vaping or e-cigarette starter kit. Normally, a starter kit for vaping contains a vaporizer, battery, clearomizer or tank, some spare coils, and an e-liquid or e-juice. Whoa! What a list?
Next, let’s look at the total cost of the vaping starter kit.
You’ll have to part with $15 to get a pack of four coils. And, a vaper is likely to use a coil for two to three weeks maximum. For the tank, let ‘s take the Uwell Crown 3 Tank Vape tank which costs $30. The cost of e-liquids, batteries, and charger is around $ 20, $10 and $20 respectively.
Let's add up the numbers. If you have trouble with math don't worry, this won't take long. Assuming the vaper uses $100 for coils, $500 worth of E-Liquids plus the $95 for the Vaping starter kit. All those costs sum up to $700 a year –a far cry from the $9072 for smoking. If you divide $700 by 12, you’ll arrive at $60 per month.
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Besides the high cost, smoking has side effects due to the chemicals present in tobacco smoke. According to the American Lung Association, approximately 600 ingredients are present in cigarettes. Furthermore, these ingredients are responsible for producing more than 7,000 chemicals during combustion.
But, there’s a catch.
Is it better Vaping safer than smoking? Chemical Implications
69 of these chemicals are toxic and are known to cause cancer. Actually, smoking creates an environment for tumours to grow. While many of these chemicals may be found in consumer products, those products have warnings label. However, in tobacco, such warnings are not made to the public.
For instance, tobacco smoke contains arsenic, a chemical used in rat poison. Other chemicals present are:
- Carbon monoxide
- Acetic acid
- Nicotine(what makes tobacco additive)
And, so on. The list is endless. It could probably take the rest of this article.
You may have come across these chemicals in other areas. For, example ammonia is a component in most household cleaners and Acetic acid is present in hair dryers. Meanwhile, Acetone is found in nail polish removers and butane is used in lighter fluids. In the same way, some like cadmium is a contained in battery acid. The bottom line is, consuming these chemicals could be very toxic.
Fortunately, there is vaping. In vaping, the use of e-liquids is what distinctively sets it apart from smoking. To illustrate, while creating an e-liquid, nicotine is extracted from tobacco and mixed with a base. Usually, propylene glycol is used as the base. E-liquids may also contain flavourings, colouring and other chemicals. Besides, unlike smoking, no combustion is required for vaping. Instead of smoke, the e-liquids are converted into vapour while vaping. In other words, vaping eliminates most chemicals present in smoking. Here are the few chemicals e-cigarettes have;
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Propylene Glycol
Generally, the other chemicals present in e-cigarettes are due to flavouring and colouring. These chemicals are typically safe to consume.
Vaping and Fire Alarms
In, the smoking versus Vaping debate, safety is also a concern. Due, to the combustive nature of smoking fire, is involved. Thus, if cigarettes leftovers are not disposed of carefully, they may end up causing smoking-material related fires. Actually, it is estimated that in 2011, US fire departments responded to 90,000 smoking-related fires. A total of 540 people lost their lives in these incidents. Plus, other 1,640 were injured and property worth $162 million was destroyed.
In contrast to smoking, Vaping has significantly few issues of health and safety risks. But, Vaping has also had a share of its troubles. Batteries exploding, is one of the main problems e-cigarettes are facing. In the most extreme cases, batteries have caused serious health and safety issues.
Why do Vaporizers explode?
Since the launch of e-cigarettes in 2007, many cases batteries exploding have been reported. Although It’s not clear the cause of the explosions, substandard batteries and over-changing have played a major role in the explosion.
But, until 2015, there were no cases of injuries reported. Surprisingly, from 2015, injures from batteries exploding have become more severe. This was due to the dramatic increase in the battery sizes. However, overall advances have been made in the Vaping industry to address the health and safety risks. Whether it is when charging, while vaping or travelling. Remember, all this is possible if you keep the batteries under the correct conditions.
Vaping Battery Safety Tips
Otherwise, you should still keep yourself out of harm’s way. Here are a few precautions and battery safety tips you should observe;
Buy high-quality Vaping devices
The vaping industry is selling like hot cakes. It’s growing so fast, and everybody wants a piece of the cake. In particular, there are unscrupulous manufactures out there to rip you off. Out of the self-centred motives they’re manufacturing cheap and low-quality Vaping devices. Thus, you should only buy devices from trusted dealers. They may be a bit expensive, but keep in mind that cheap is expensive. You don’t want to risk your life over a few hundred dollars or do you?
Use Chargers recommended by the manufacturers
Out of all battery explosions, 80% are reported to have been as a result of using a different charger than the one manufacturer recommends. Note that, using a different charger may cause the battery to overheat and thus, explode. In short, only use the charger a manufacturer recommends.
Never leave a battery charging
It is important that you should check the progress of the battery while charging. Consequently, you can be around to control the fire in case the battery explodes. Besides, no extensive damage will be caused.
Store the batteries in the correct conditions
Batteries may overreact and explode if exposed to higher temperature over a period of time. Simply, store the batteries in a cool dry place. Also, avoid exposing them under direct sunlight, even when they’re in their right cases.
Unplug the battery when fully charged
If a battery is still left charging when fully charged, it may lose the ability to hold power. In that case, it may cause an overflow of electricity at first. Then, afterwards, the battery will explode.
Switch off the device while in the pocket
Since vaping devices are designed to enable users to move around with them, some may wish to carry them in their pockets. If you’re in such a situation, lock or switch off the devices. This will prevent the voltage from changing suddenly.
In addition, a short circuit may occur when the battery comes into contact with metallic objects like keys and coins. Thus, it’s safer for vapers to avoid carrying batteries in their pockets. Otherwise, they should always keep their right cases