SO, HOW MUCH BETTER IS IT TO VAPE EXACTLY?

As vaping is being championed as the 'safer' option when compared with tobacco use can smokers consider themselves 'out of the woods' when it comes to swapping from a habit that is bad for one's health?

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After all Public Health England claim that hot water vapour infused with nicotine and various flavourings is 95% safer than tobacco use.

Well, the answer is 'Yes' and 'No'. Saying that vaping is 'safer' is not the same as saying it is 'safe'.

Inhaling hot vapour can produce long term damage to the lining of the throat and lungs and may increase the risk of cancer still. Although with the absence of the carcinogens found in tobacco the risk is much lower than smoking cigarettes. Nicotine is still present and that is an addictive drug which will naturally increase the tendency to use the vape device and thus increases exposure.

Nicotine also increases the likelihood of gum disease because it can mask the symptoms and allows the disease to progress more unnoticed leading to gum and bone recession.

Vaping devices also contain propylene glycerol which at high temperatures forms formaldehyde a carcinogenic. However this has to be qualified by the fact that we are talking high temperatures here.

Currently there are no studies showing that vaping is effective in helping smokers to stop the habit altogether. There is concern that vaping may encourage those who do not smoke to take up the habit of vaping. Whilst vaping is safer than smoking. Not vaping is safest.

Dental practitioners would still be advised to encourage patients to drop the habit altogether.



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Various types of e-cigarettes... By www.ecigclick.co.uk, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44921909