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Vaping vs. Smoking: Who is the Ultimate lung killer?

Vaping vs. smoking, which one is worse? There are negatives to both sides and this discussion will hopefully give you more insight on the dangers of vaping vs. smoking.

A Smokey Overlook

In the last couple of years, vaping has gained a popular following overshadowing the traditional cigarette. The properties held within a vape device have led some to believe that it is a healthier alternative to cigarettes. There are negatives to both sides and this discussion will hopefully give you more insight on the dangers of smoking vs. vaping.

Understanding Smoke & Vapor

Vaping occurs through the use of an electronic cigarette device that heats a chemically bound liquid (also known as e-liquid), and contains nicotine and a variety of flavors to choose from; it is then inhaled into the lungs. When exhaled, an aerosol of flavors and chemicals is released into the air.

Smoking entails burning tobacco using a lighter or any heat source, and inhaling chemicals, carbon monoxide, and tar, into your lungs. This practice has been around for centuries and with new laws and the growing popularity of vaping, this practice may soon die out.

In 2011 there were roughly 11 million people who reported that they have vaped in the last 30 days. As of 2023, 86.1 million people have now reported that they have vaped in the last 30 days. 

A common misconception is that vaping is entirely harmless, or at least less harmful than smoking. It is true that vaping eliminates the combustion process that allows the toxins and chemicals to be inhaled and exhaled, there are still thousands of chemicals that are inhaled while vaping. Regardless of the argument of vaping vs. smoking, there are major health risks and you could be permanently damaging your lungs. 

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Lung Health Risks

Whether you are vaping vs. smoking, the results are the same and both are damaging your health and body. Here are some key research findings providing insight into the risks of both behaviors:

  1. Lung Diseases: Smoking can lead to numerous amounts of lung diseases and lung cancer, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chronic bronchitis is a long-term inflammation of the airways (bronchi). Symptoms include coughing mucus over a long period.
  2. Harmful Chemicals: Generally vaping contains fewer toxins and chemicals than cigarettes, there are still harmful substances such as nicotine, lead, nickel, and tobacco. Though your lungs will not be affected directly, you can still acquire risks from secondhand smoking.
  3. Respiratory Symptoms: Respiratory symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and loss of breath can be shown as major health risks to heavy smoking and vaping. Long-term effects will affect the lungs, not allowing for proper air circulation and chest pain.

Vaping vs. Smoking Analysis

Vaping vs. Smoking will be a never-ending argument with factual data thrown left and right by each side.

What is certain are the health risks that will affect your lungs and respiratory system, and long-term effects such as: damaging your blood vessels, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive issues. 

The popularity of cigarettes is decreasing, as popularity is rising for e-cigarettes. This crisis can eventually come to an end by spreading awareness and having these products taken off the market.

Let us know your story and any comments you may have, and help Freedom to Breathe spread awareness to those who need it most.