what is vaping?
The simple definition of vaping is the act of inhaling vapour through a personal vapouriser (better known as an electronic cigarette).
Vaping has increasingly gained popularity over the past few years worldwide, as an alternative to smoking and although vaping may look very similar to smoking, in most important respects it is completely different.
A smoker smokes cigarettes as a way to ingest nicotine. Nicotine is a powerful stimulant, which creates a pleasurable feeling as well as helping to improve concentration. Nicotine can also be very relaxing and it is the combination of these rewarding sensations that makes smoking cigarettes so addictive.
It is often said that people smoke for the nicotine but die from the smoke.
Unfortunately when tobacco is burned, it releases over 6000 other chemicals which are inhaled alongside the nicotine. Over 1500 of these chemicals cause disease and 69 definitely cause cancer.
Everybody knows that smoking cigarettes is incredibly bad for you- smoking will eventually kill 2 out of 3 smokers.
Nicotine alone is relatively harmless and is similar in effect to that other popular drug, caffeine.
There is certainly no evidence that nicotine causes cancer. The confusion about nicotine comes from anti-smoking campaigners talking about nicotine and tobacco as if they were the same thing. Nicotine is no more harmful to our bodies than drinking a cup of coffee, tea or a can of cola. Caffeine can also be found in Protein Bars and chocolate (more in the darker varieties) – and that goes for chocolate ice cream too.
Nicotine is used all the time in licensed stop smoking products such as nicotine patches and gums.
So a vaper uses an electronic cigarette in order to ingest nicotine.
Unlike smoking, vaping does not burn tobacco. An electronic cigarette vapourises a liquid that contains nicotine and that vapour is then inhaled. Because nothing is burnt or combusted in this process, the vapour from an electronic cigarette does not contain the harmful cancer causing chemicals that are present in cigarette & tobacco smoke. Vaping has been estimated by Public Health England to be 95% less harmful than smoking.