e-cigarettes or vaporisers, you either love them or hate them and there are reasonable
reasons for both opinions but ultimately what is their health impact?
The government review whilst very favorable does not quite fully cover the pros/cons of vaping versus smoking.
Common listed Pros
- Better health
- No offensive second hand smoke
- No fire or flame, therefore no smoke, ash or butts
- Less waste
- No more yellow fingers and bad breath
- Completely odorless, vapor smell doesn’t cling to clothes and hair -- This one is not entirely true, they do not stink a place up like analogue cigarettes and the smell dissipates very quickly, however many e-liquids smell very similar to their flavour
- More cost effective than cigarettes especially with the bigger devices.
- Discreet; can be used almost anywhere -- The mod (e-cigarette device) that I use could never be classed as discreet as its bigger than a regular pack of 20 cigarettes, in addition the amount of vapor that comes from some mods these days is far greater than an analogue.
- No social stigmas -- again not entirely true, so called ‘cloud chasers’ have created a whole new stigma which may not be as bad as smoking but can put vaping in a bad light.
- Many workplaces allow vaping
An additional pro that I should add is you do not have to have e-liquid that contains nicotine and also making you own e-liquid is not overly complicated and significantly reduces the costs.
List of Cons
- Most vapers vape a lot more than they ever smoked
- ‘Cloud Chasers’ may not produce smoke but the vast amount of vapour they produce will offend pretty much anyone not used to/expecting it if it hits them in the face.
- Initial up front cost can be painful, when I started vaping 3 years ago it was costing me more than tobacco, many of the beginner options most smokers will look at first are not as cost effective as they first appear especially those that require cartridges. (modern higher end devices cost around £50 and upwards and some include the tank, the batteries are around £7 a pair, however these devices last a long time and the batteries can be replaced, unlike the cheaper ‘pen style’ e-cigs)
- Since the Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) only 10ml bottles of e-liquid (containing nicotine) maybe sold which increases the chances of spillage onto your skin, it has of course also added to the cost of e-liquid due to the new packaging requirements etc etc. (it should be noted however many companies have over ridden these changes by selling e-liquid in 100ml bottles but with the nicotine sent in a different bottle) In addition you can also make you own e-liquid which reduces the cost substantially)
The following link posted on the UK government website and issued by Public Health England (PHE) is actually fairly informative https://www.gov.uk/government/news/phe-publishes-independent-expert-e-cigarettes-evidence-review
BBC Breakfast this morning as Professor John Britton, Director, UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies shares his positive but balanced views on the news of the e-cig inquiry and helps to clear up some contentious issues that surround vaping. (posted on totallywicked.co.uk on 25th October 2017)
Below is the original post which I wrote in early 2014 (images have been updated)
If you are a vaper or a smoker or a 2nd hand smoker, then this story applies to you. The main question you have to ask yourselves is should the UK government follow suite in allowing ecigs as we know them to be banned in the UK. If you are reading this and do not live in the EU this story most likely still applies to you.
Please bare in mind the UK government has no plans to ban cigarettes and they have been ramming the “stop smoking” down our throats for years now, millions of us stop by switching the the ecig saving thousands of lives every year and they wish to ban them despite all evidence to date proving them to be safe not only to the vaper but to 2nd hand vapers also.
e-cigarette in use
The following excerpts are taken from fullfact.org posted on November 28, 2013
“Smokers will be all too familiar with the price of cigarettes, but perhaps not with how much of it is actually tax.
According to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) figures, the typical price of a pack of 20 cigarettes was £6.83 in 2012. Of this, a full £5.61 was tax, including tobacco duty and VAT. So 82% of the price of a pack is tax which goes back to the Treasury. Hand-rolling tobacco is less burdened by tax (67% goes to the Treasury) and cigars even less so (45%).”
“If current research is anything to go by, smoking is likely to be costing the NHS between £2.5 and £6 billion in today’s prices, although there’s a considerable degree of uncertainty to the estimates.”
“The government takes in a total of about £9.5 billion in tobacco duties, and the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association estimates another £2.6 billion goes to the Treasury in VAT. So the Treasury is taking in about £12 billion directly from tobacco sales.”
The last two excerpts speak mountains to me, if all smokers switch to e-cigs the UK treasury could feasibly lose 6 to 10 billion pounds a year in tax, something tells me our health is of little or no concern to us what so ever.
And finally just to make matter worse the following story angers myself and many other vaper’s with the pure hippocracy our wonderful government is blatantly showing us. http://cigelectric.co.uk/mhra-endorsement-of-electronic-cigarette/
Found this video today (7th march 2018) which should many of the doom seekers to rest. I personally found it very informative and reassuring given that I have been vaping now for at least three years.