It is well known that after you quit smoking cigarettes, your body goes into a repair mode right away. That gunk in your lungs is cleaning out within the first month, making it easier to breathe. In fact, if you stop smoking before your 40th birthday, scientist say you could live as long as somebody that never has smoked.
But what about those who switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigs? Are they helping their health as much? Well, the long-term effects of electronic cigarettes haven’t had enough research done to make that conclusive decision … yet.
There have been smokers that starting vaping while they continued smoking traditional cigarettes that have still been diagnosed with lung issues. But at the same time, there are those who switching from traditional to electronic cigarettes totally and have seen improvement in their health. The general opinion of medical experts is to 100% quit for the best results.
And yet, for many Americans that smoke, the electronic cigarette is socially acceptable and a way to reduce their nicotine addiction.
Others Weigh In Differently
Other experts in addiction and behavior studies still claim that because the brands vary in electronic cigarettes, it is hard to determine anything conclusive. Each brand’s e-juice is different, for example, the nicotine delivery in all electronic cigarettes can be customized by the user.
While we know for fact that electronic cigarettes haven’t be around in popularity as long as traditional cigarettes, we can’t argue that there isn’t any burning smoke from the e-cig as there is from the traditional cigarette. Thus, the amount of carbon monoxide that is exhaled from e-cigs is less than that from traditional tobacco cigarettes.
But is the e-juice chemicals as unhealthy? Studies have shown that the lung cells do experience damage from the aerosols and flavorings used in e-juice. But the studies are still considered incomplete and many say the studies are rushed to fulfill the demands for information are high.
The CDC has developed a new campaign that is sending a strong message: Smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes and vaping too is not a good idea. While the kids of today have been raised with the belief that smoking is not good, they are seeing that electronic cigarettes have gained in popularity. Add that into the many different flavors of e-juice, the concern is they will see vaping as acceptable and okay, when in fact, the long-term effects are still unknown.
Over 16,000 secondary school children were surveyed in the United Kingdom. 1 out of every 5 admitted to using electronic cigarettes. The concern for many experts in this area is that the students who accessed electronic cigarettes far outnumbered the number of students that had never smoked, simply because they wanted to try something new. Because the packaging of electronic cigarettes made them look safe.
But while the experts aren’t 100% sure of the long-term effects of vaping over smoking, they aren’t discouraging anyone that switches from tobacco to vaping. The majority of the results are still showing vaping is better than smoking, and many that have made the switch are claiming to feel better. And while we know the human body does start to repair itself after a smoker quits, what happens if they start vaping is unknown still.