Vaping – the habit of inhaling vapors from e-cigarettes – is considered as one of the most groundbreaking concept in the past recent years, at least in the health industry. Although there are a lot of “studies” conducted by several groups that claim that vaping is no less than dangerous than smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, many scientists and credible health organizations says that e-cigarettes are one of the most effective ways to help people quit smoking – allowing them to enjoy their nicotine habit without risking their health from carcinogenic elements present in traditional cigarettes.
There are still a lot of question to be asked about the safety of e-cigarettes to its users, but from a smoker perspective, a lot of health benefits can be obtained from switching to vaping. If you are a smoker who wishes to quit smoking, check out some of the potential health benefits of vaping detailed below and see for yourself why it cannot only help you cut down your smoking habit but also enjoy a much healthier lifestyle today.
1. Decrease of Respiratory Infections
A research led by the Queen Mary University of London revealed that a great number of smokers have experienced a significant decrease in respiratory infections just after a couple of months of using e-cigarettes. The study was conducted by assessing 941 individuals who switched to vaping for at least two months, after which the results were published in the Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy. The findings in the study showed that 66% of the subjects claimed significant improvement in their respiratory health, 29% experienced no changes, and only 5% reported that their respiratory condition has gotten worse.
The result of the studies goes in line with other researches done by other organizations such as by Royal College of Physicians in the UK, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, both in the US. Although these findings are only based on self-assessed data by the study subjects, it only shows why vaping is a much healthier alternative to smoking.
This study has debunked previous studies that have led to misleading notions that e-cigarettes are fatal to humans. The finding also showed an interesting insight into the possible cause of reduced respiratory infection. Aside from being one of the most effective smoking cessation method, the improvement in health was said to be possible due to an antimicrobial protection which can be obtained from exposure to propylene glycol- one of the base ingredients of e-juices. This theory, however, is yet to be explored and proven.
2. Nicotine May “Protect” the Brain from Ageing
A recent study published in the Open Access Journal of Toxicology has found that nicotine – known as the habit-forming component in tobacco products – could play a critical role in preventing obesity, thus avoiding brain shrinkage and protect its user from Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders.
The study was carried out by adding nicotine to the drinking water of three groups of animals. Each group received a different level of nicotine: low, medium and high. The group who received the low and medium dosage did not experience any changes in their diet, while the group that received a high dosage of nicotine has gained less weight and have experienced improvement in their neural activity.
The link between obesity and brain shrinkage was already proven by the previous research of the University of Cambridge, which stated that brain shrinkage is much faster in obese people. Therefore, combating obesity with nicotine can greatly diminish the progression of aging of the brain.
3. Improved Cardiovascular Health
A study spearheaded by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos showed that smokers who eventually quit smoking and switch to vaping instead can experience a dramatic improvement in their cardiovascular health. The researchers recruited a group of smokers and gave them an opportunity to use e-cigarettes. The study, which lasted for one whole year, showed significant findings that can prove that vaping is a more viable option for smokers who want to quit smoking.
At the beginning of the study, many of the smokers had experienced serious hypertension. But after switching to vaping, there was an average decline in systolic blood pressure of 16.3 mm Hg. Dual users on the hand have also experienced a significant decline of 10.8 mm Hg in their blood pressure.
This study is critical in disproving misleading ideas that smokers can still experience hypertension and other heart-related problems after they’ve switch to vaping. It proves that vaping is one of the most legitimate and healthier alternatives to smoking, and can even improve one’s health even if they use e-cigarettes and traditional tobaccos alternately.
4. Improves Your Sense of Taste
A long-term habit of smoking can greatly diminish your sense of smell, and can even be damaged for years after quitting cigarettes, according to the analysis of the University of Pennsylvania. Richard E. Frye, one of the authors of the study, said that ‘’If you’ve been smoking two packs a day for 10 years and you quit smoking, it will probably take 10 years before your ability to smell returns to normal.”
The sense of taste of smokers is also very different compared to non-smokers. Time Magazine reported on a taste-related study of smokers: “The study, published this week in the journal BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders not only tested subjects’ taste thresholds, but also examined parts of the tongue known as fungiform papillae, which are known to house high concentrations of taste buds. There too, there was a dramatic difference: 79% of the smokers had fewer of the structures, and those they did have tended to have decreased blood supply and be flatter compared with those of non-smokers.”
E-cigarettes, on the other hand, may not only help you regain your sense of smell but also act as a food or drink enhancer. Because vaping doesn’t have to taste and smell like a tobacco cigarette, it can work as an accompaniment or compliment to your meal. Whether you crave for sweets or sour foods, e-cigarettes have a wide array of flavors that can help you regain your sense of taste back to normal.
5. Cleaner, Whiter Teeth
Another advantage of e-cigarettes has over traditional tobacco cigarettes is that it would not cause any stains or discoloration to your choppers. Smokers are known for having yellow teeth and that is because of the tar produced when tobacco burns. This nasty component is not present in e-cigarettes so there is an assurance that no yellow stains will ever be visible in your teeth.
These potential benefits from using e-cigarettes were derived through complex clinical studies by scientist and doctors that specialize in vaping and tobacco subject. As for those who are about to switch from smoking to vaping, these potential benefits can serve as your own preference of whether vaping is really the road you want to go down or not.