Is Vaping Better Than Smoking?

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Is vaping better than smoking? Smoking cessation in Coffs Harbour

Quitting smoking is probably the best preventative measure one can take for their well-being. After quitting it not only halts the damage smoking has caused, but your body also begins healing itself almost immediately. 

While quitting smoking can be a daunting task, it also remains the biggest risk factor causing lung cancer, which is why increasingly more people are switching to the vaping device to quit traditional smoking.

While it is true that vaping aerosol is less harmful than traditional smoking, vaping is still not safe. Let’s find out why vaping is harmful and why seeking help from a GP can be easier to quit smoking. 

1. Vaping doesn’t contain all the contaminants like tobacco, but it’s still far from safe 

The vaping device contains nicotine and flavouring agents extracted from tobacco. While they expose you to fewer chemicals than traditional cigarettes, quantitative studies have identified a wide range of chemical components in them too.

The vaping device delivers nicotine in liquid form which can be highly addictive. Additionally, they also contain other potentially harmful substances such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to severe lung disease, other cancer-causing agents and heavy metals similar to what traditional cigarettes contain. 

2. Vaping is linked to causing lung diseases 

The Department of Health states that there is an outbreak of lung health issues linked to vaping in Australia. Vaping is also linked to thousands of other cases of consequential lung injuries resulting in deaths. 

Even lung cancer is a huge concern, given vaping also delivers a host of chemicals into the lungs. The chemical “diacetyl” which is one of the main components of vaping device is linked to causing Bronchiolitis Obliterans, a serious lung disorder also called popcorn lung

3. Use of vaping device can lead to “dual-use” 

Research suggests that vape users are more likely to still stick to traditional cigarettes, leading to “dual-use”.  

Studies have concluded that dual users are also more likely to be associated with higher cardiovascular risk factors and develop heart diseases. 

4. Vaping has a bigger threat to youth and the younger generation 

Young people who vape nicotine are exposed to toxic chemicals that can harm their adolescent brain development and lead to dependence or addiction. 

E-cigarettes and vaping devices have seen massive popularity among Australian youths. Around 14% of 12-17 years old have tried vaping device at least once, and 32% of them have used one in the past month. 

And despite the fact that selling and buying vaping devices or e-cigarettes is illegal in Australia without a medical exemption, they are widely accessible in the market because  buying nicotine online doesn’t require a prescription or proof of age. 

5. Use of the vaping device is not safe during pregnancy

It is well known that the use of tobacco during pregnancy can cause health issues to both woman and baby, and since vaping also exposes nicotine and other toxins, it is as harmful as traditional smoking. 

If you’re pregnant, and you vape, quitting is the best choice for you and your baby’s wellbeing.

What’s the bottom line for using the vaping device over traditional smoking?

A GP can help find other healthy options for smoking cessation like acupuncture or hypnotherapy, GPs on Curzon
  • If you’re looking to quit smoking, switching to vaping devices is not a safe option
  • You should familiarise yourself with vaping devices and how they can affect your health
  • Youth, teens and pregnant women must refrain from vaping and e-cigarettes