You've done your research, and you've decided that vaping e-cigarettes may be right for you. You already know that e-cigarettes provide an alternative way to consume nicotine by inhaling -- just as you do with a traditional cigarette. You also know they contain no tobacco and produce no smoke. If you have used cigarettes for a long time, though, the thought of switching to another form of nicotine may make you feel a bit uncomfortable. Are e-cigarettes really better than tobacco cigarettes? What are the benefits of vaping? These are just a few of the benefits that you can expect when you switch to e-cigarettes.
Cigarettes can cause plenty of problems in your life. Of those, the greatest problems are the long-term health issues that smoking can cause. The most immediate problem with smoking, though, is the fact that it stinks. Even many smokers hate the smell of tobacco smoke -- not to mention the smells that linger in your home, car, clothes and hair. You can wash your hands frequently and wear as much perfume or cologne as you want. If you smoke, the people around you will know.
Switching to e-cigarettes can instantly make you smell better. The smell of e-cigarette vapour doesn't linger in rooms or on clothes and hair the way that smoke does. If you'd rather keep your e-cigarette usage private, no one has to know that you vape. Switching to e-cigarettes will improve your breath. You'll smell so much better than you may want to replace your entire wardrobe!
Many cigarette users don't like to think about the extent to which smoking can damage one's self-esteem. How does it affect your behaviour during a business meeting -- or the way in which you interact with your mate -- if you're worried about the smell of your clothes or breath? If you've ever worried that people keep their distance from you because you smoke, you'll find that switching to e-cigarettes can massively improve your self-image.
Cigarette smoke dulls the senses of smell and taste. It damages the olfactory nerves, changes the shape of taste buds and leaves a coating of tar in your mouth and respiratory system. The dulling of the senses happens so slowly that many smokers fail to notice their diminished ability to smell and taste until they quit.
If you can't quit smoking -- or don't want to quit -- vaping may be the option for you. Although no scientific studies have yet been undertaken to study the effect of vaping on the senses, many people report that switching to e-cigarettes has restored their ability to smell and taste. If you are a long-term smoker, try switching to e-cigarettes exclusively for a few weeks and see if you notice a difference!
E-cigarettes contain no tar and no carbon monoxide, so they may not affect your body's ability to process oxygen in the way that cigarettes do. There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence that switching to e-cigarettes may increase your stamina and help you avoid feeling winded during athletic activity.
Cigarette smoke contains thousands of different chemicals. In addition to tar and carbon monoxide, cigarettes contain ammonia -- possibly to increase nicotine absorption -- and sweeteners to make the flavour more palatable. E-cigarette vapour contains dramatically fewer chemicals than cigarette smoke.
By 2020, a packet of cigarettes will cost $40 or more in Australia. If you're a pack-a-day smoker, cigarettes will set you back an astounding $14,600 per year. The intent of the price hike is obviously to encourage more smokers to quit, but nicotine is one of the most powerfully addictive substances known to mankind. If quitting nicotine were easy, most smokers would have quit long ago.
Although the long-term health effects of vaping are unknown, many people report that they feel better when they switch from smoking to vaping. A one-year study completed in 2016 examined the cardiovascular effects of switching from smoking to vaping. The study found that, for a smoker with elevated blood pressure, switching completely to vaping can result in a reduction of systolic blood pressure.
Research is ongoing as more people are using electronic cigarettes. A wide variety of e-cigarettes are available and there is emerging evidence that they may help with smoking cessation. This 2018 evidence-based clinical review summarises the evidence regarding use of vaping as a smoking cessation aid.