Vaping and Smoking, What’s The Difference?
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New Forest Vapor GalleriaYou’ve likely heard a lot about vaping, but truly you might not know much about the details. In addition, there are plenty of common fallacies surrounding the health affects of vaping compared to smoking. So that’s why this article is going to try to teach you the fundamentals of vaping. Let’s start with “Vaping 101,” class is in session.


What Is Vaping?


Someone who vapes utilizes a device like an electronic cigarette (or e-cig), vape pen, or vape mod which vaporizes e-liquid. Sometimes it’s to identify what vaping is not to completely understand the difference between smoking and vaping.


Vapor forming from e-liquid is distinct from cigarette smoke, predominantly in the chemicals present. Vaping does not create a smoke-like odor, has been related with better health, and is far less destructive to the environment than smoking. But how does e-liquid do all of this?


What is E-Liquid?


Most e-liquids, if not all, are crafted using Nicotine, Flavoring, Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG). E-liquid contains a much lower level of nicotine compared to traditional cigarettes, and in fact, many vapers only use a small amount of nicotine or none at all. Additionally, PG is found in products we regularly use such as food coloring or even some medications. VG is a sweet, thick vegetable concentrated liquid that, again, can be found in various products we use daily. Flavor is solely the added ingredient to give the vape a desired flavor, such as strawberry cream.


What About My Health?


First and foremost, vaping is a successful tool to use if you want to quit smoking. It’s obvious what benefits you acquire from quitting the hazardous habit of smoking, specifically when you reflect on the possibilities of lung cancer, bronchitis, heart diseases, trouble breathing, and much more. Apart from of quitting smoking, you are using little to no nicotine while vaping, thus you greatly decrease the chances of addiction and other harmful effects in the body. Finally, it’s a win-win situation because vaping does not create second-hand smoke, which can have negative effects on others around you.


The greatest estimate thus far states that e-cigarettes are around 95% less damaging than smoking. Furthermore, contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that e-cigarettes are opening a gateway to smoking for non-smokers or youth. Numbers and research doesn’t lie; so don’t get tricked with false information.


With the basics discussed and some misconceptions debunked, if you think vaping is something you would be interested in, then you should talk to a staff member at your local vaping shop. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction and assist you in purchasing the ideal product for your personal needs. You can also do your own extended research before going to a shop; a good source to review is here.


Staff members at New Forest Vapor Galleria in Houston, TX are able to answer any other questions you may have about vaping, products, health effects, and more. You can give us a call at (832) 554-5318 or visit us at a location near you or online.