Most people switch to e-cigarettes for various reasons. They don’t like the smell, they can’t smoke inside, it stains the walls, etc. But above all else the number one consideration in using an vape over regular tobacco cigarettes is to have a healthier lifestyle. It’s a no-brainer that e-cigs do not carry the tar and other carcinogens commonly found in cigarettes. So is this truly the Holy Grail we’ve been looking for?
Let’s start by talking about the heart. Smokers have bad hearts no question about that. The chemicals in cigarette smoke cause atherosclerosis. A disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries. Over time, the arteries narrows and thus your heart does not get the oxygen supply it needs. I direct your attention to this study: where the heart is tested after a short term period where they compare a group of vapers and users smoking regular tobacco.
The results were e-cigs had no immediate effects to the vaping group. Whereas the other group noticed a deterioration of heart function. I would like to point out this is merely a short-term study. The problem still stands that e-cigs are too new to make any long-term conclusions. However, the studies so far show this to be promising in a healthier lifestyle choice when compared to cigarettes.
Now let’s hit another sensitive topic: smoker’s teeth. We’ve all seen them, yellow and brown not to mentioned disease. The discoloration is due to the tar and smoke in the cigarettes. Surprisingly nicotine does play a factor in gum disease as nicotine will dry out your gums. Without saliva, your mouth is more prone to diseases and bacteria build up. This negative aspect increases with the more nicotine that is introduced into the body. Both e-cigs and cigarettes contain nicotine there’s no way around that. However, you can choose the level of nicotine you want to inhale versus the cigarettes you just get what you get.
There is no such thing an a no nicotine cigarette, there is, however, no nicotine e-juice that can be purchased! Because e-cigs form a white vapor (even with discolored e-juice), your teeth will not be stained. A thin film will be left on your teeth from the vapor. These chemicals know as PG and VG are both found in dental hygiene products such as toothpaste and mouthwash used to keep your mouth from drying out (seriously look it up!).
Lastly, let’s not forget about the lungs. We’ve all seen what smoker’s lungs look like from grade school textbooks. Scare tactics that they used on us and failed for the most part that showed blackened diseased lungs. There are numerous arguments on both sides right now on the effects on e-cigs on lungs. I’m not going to bother linking anything like that. Instead I’ll link something more entertaining for your eyes instead.
This is a video of a smoker turned vaper and how his lungs have improved through X-Rays in a five year period. But alas there are still many people that refuse lung improvement from switching. However amidst all the arguing on both sides, I have yet to have one honest testimonial where someone switched and had a negative reaction to their lung capacity. Every person I’ve spoken to over the years have all stated they can breath better, they’re no longer trying to catch their breath after climbing the stairs, they wake up in the morning without the feeling of bricks on their chest, etc.
I am not going to sit here and sway you away from the facts. There is currently no hard evidence that vaping is healthier for you, nor is there any hard conclusive evidence with them being as worse as cigarettes. Yes, there’s been a few quick studies all of which states more studies need to be done to give a more conclusive answer. I will tell you this though I feel healthier. I can breathe, I can run, I can swim, and I can actually taste my food. Personally the fact that I can do this in my own living room without ruining the value of my property is enough reason for me. The health benefits I have experienced is just the cherry on top of the icing.