I’m not gonna sit here and tell you that vaping is definitively healthier than smoking, but what I am going to tell you is that I smoked cigarettes (over a pack a day) for over 10 years and tried to quit/escape several times.
You can call me what you’d like – weak-minded, undetermined, etc – but I failed at every attempt I made at stopping smoking.
The only thing that has made me detest the mere smell of a cigarette has been transitioning to vaping, and to be honest, if I hadn’t, my lungs would probably look like burnt charcoal at this point.
On the same token, I’m also not naive.
I fully understand that using a vaporizer isn’t some miracle that fell from the skies into my hand, but 10 times out of 10, I’ll be happy to choose the lesser of 2 evils any day.
This led me to start looking into the differences between vaping vs smoking, and how vaping seemed to be such a better, less expensive, and healthier option…for me.
Why Smoking Sucks
For starters, smoking works through combustion.
Combustion creates the smoke, which in turn, contains toxic by-products instead of the actual ingredients in the herb. These toxins are the prime cause of lung cancer and so many other respiratory diseases. When you hold in the smoke, tar and all these other noxious chemicals are absorbed into the lungs.
Sounds healthy, I know.
Let’s take a cigarette for example.
Did you know that there are over 4,000 chemical compounds exerted when you smoke a cigarette, and 69 of them are known to cause cancer. I mean if you take a look at what chemicals are in one cigarette alone, I think you’d probably see a pretty clear distinction between vaping vs smoking.
In addition to that, almost 600 additives were given the green light by the US Government when Big Tobacco submitted them back in 1994, and while these additives are approved to be in foods, they were never tested when burned which is absolute insanity. What happens is that when these ingredients are burned, their properties change and they become toxic and/or carcinogenic and can cause horrible short/long-term effects to the people that are smoking them as well as the people around them. Some of these by-products are carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and even ammonia.
This is totally safe right?
Why Using a Vaporizer Can Be Better
When comparing vaping vs smoking, I went over what combustion was and why it was so bad in relation to smoking.
A vaporizer works differently.
Here’s how and why I think vaporizing is better:
- You’re making vapor, not smoke. Instead of heating up the material all the way to combustion, you would heat whatever herbs you would like to vape just under that point which is between 380°F and 410°F. What happens when this is done is that not only do you extract the full flavor and purity of your herbs, but you are also emitting vapor instead of smoke, which takes out 95% of the carcinogens that smoking puts out there.
- Keep more of your money. The money I was spending on cigarettes was absurd, and taking into effect that cigarette prices have gone up so much these past few years makes the decision that much easier.
- Better flavor. Not only can you pick from a wide variety of flavors to suit your taste, but the purity you will get from each one is incredible.
- Keep your lungs pink-er. By not taking in all the tar that smoking causes, your lungs won’t look like charcoal.
- Your material lasts longer. You’ll use much less of your material and get either the same or better effect. A cool tip is to take small, shallow puffs.
So Who Wins – Vaping or Smoking?
When you break everything down in vaping vs smoking, vaping wins hands down in my opinion.
I mean there really is no comparison when weighing out the good/bad between vaping vs smoking. One is gross, unhealthy, more expensive, and harmful to the people around you, while the other is the complete opposite.
Throughout the years, there have been tons of studies that have shown vaporizers being a much healthier alternative to smoking.
If you want to learn more about how a vaporizer works or want to check out some of my reviews of the ones I recommend, feel free to take a look around the site.
In addition, if you have questions that you’d like answers on, I’m always here and will always give it to you straight.