Despite the growing evidence that vaping is significantly safer than smoking, rumours about the dangers of vaping continue. One of these persistent rumours is the idea that vaping is just as bad for your lungs as smoking. This is completely untrue, but that doesn’t stop people from spreading the myth.
Around fifty percent of smokers will die as a result of smoking related illness. And vaping has been shown to almost double the chances of smokers successfully quitting for good.
Organisations like Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians agree with research showing that vaping is around ninety-five percent safer than smoking. With all this support and evidence, you’d think the rumours would’ve vanished by now.
Smoking and breathing problems
Smoking can severely damage the lungs, causing fatal diseases like pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer. More than eighty percent of people who die from lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are smokers.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease includes bronchitis and emphysema which cause breathing difficulties. Smoking also leads to breathlessness, persistent cough and frequent chest infections.
Quitting smoking can make a huge difference to your respiratory system and vaping has been shown to almost double the chances of successfully giving up for good.
After just three days without cigarettes, lungs will begin to recover and breathing will become easier. This recovery will continue over the first few months after quitting as our lungs get stronger again. This means that we’ll get fewer colds, have more energy and be able to exercise more easily.
If we can give up smoking for good, the chances of dying from lung cancer drop by a half after ten years. So, quitting smoking can make a huge difference to our lungs and breathing.
Breathing easier isn’t the only benefit to quitting smoking. Smokers are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or die from heart disease as non-smokers and each year in the UK around ten thousand people die as a result of second-hand smoke.
Smoking creates hundreds of harmful chemicals which enter the bloodstream and damage circulation which can lead to heart attacks or stroke. Smoking also causes heart damage, increasing the risk of heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and cerebrovascular disease.
Smokers are twice as likely to die from a stroke as non-smokers. And smoking also increases the chances of developing cancer of the lips, tongue, throat, voice box and oesophagus.
As well as heart disease, lung disease and cancer, smoking can also reduce fertility. Over one hundred thousand men in the UK are impotent as a result of smoking. Studies show that smokers are around thirty percent less likely to conceive compared to non-smokers. And smoking during pregnancy can also lead to miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth and illness as well as increasing the risk of cot death.
The biggest reason why people take up vaping is to get away from the dangers of smoking and help them quit for good. In the UK alone about one hundred thousand people die each year because of smoking and around ten thousand of those are victims of second-hand smoke.
Vaping has been shown to almost double the chances of smokers successfully quitting tobacco for good. Research has also shown that vaping is around ninety-five percent safer than smoking. Medical organisations like Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians have supported these findings.
Vaping as we know it today has been around for just over a decade and more research needs to be done into the long term effects. But we already have a lot of evidence that vaping is significantly safer than smoking and major health organisations agree with this research.
Vaping helps people quit smoking in a similar way to other nicotine replacement therapies, by satisfying the nicotine cravings that come with giving up tobacco. Another advantage to vaping is the way it feels, unlike other forms of nicotine replacement therapy, like patches or gum, vaping has a similar hand-to-mouth action and produces a similar experience to cigarettes. This familiar feeling can help make the transition away from smoking as easy as possible.
Vaping also allows for easy control of nicotine intake as e-liquids come in a range of clearly labeled nicotine levels. This means that smokers looking to quit can adjust their nicotine levels to find what’s right to satisfy their cravings and over time its possible to reduce the amount of nicotine being vaped or cut nicotine out completely.
A variety of studies have been carried out in recent years and more needs to be done to give us the clearest possible picture of how vaping affects the lungs.
The most reliable evidence so far shows that vaping is significantly better than smoking. The weight of evidence we have so far is why organisations like the Royal College of Physicians agree that vaping is around ninety-five percent safer than smoking.
Recent research suggests that switching from smoking to vaping can make a big difference to our respiratory system. The study showed an increase in lung functions and significant respiratory improvement after just two months of vaping instead of smoking.
The rumour that vaping is just as harmful to our lungs as smoking has been around ever since vaping started to become popular. But the truth is that vaping is significantly safer for our lungs and there is a growing amount of evidence to support this.
Around half of smokers will die as a result of smoking related illness and quitting cigarettes can make a big difference to our health and life expectancy. Breathing will become easier after giving up smoking, which means fewer colds, more energy and being able to exercise more. Quitting smoking also reduces the risk of dying from lung cancer.
There are a lot of health benefits to giving up smoking and vaping has been shown to almost double the chances of smokers successfully quitting for good.