Vaping vs Smoking

Is Vaping the same as Smoking?

No. But it is a very very good alternative. A good electronic cigarette will give a very similar feeling to taking a drag of a normal cigarette, but without the tar and many other poisons that you get with smoking. They way you drag an e-cigarette is different to a cigarette: drags are longer and slower, you only vape a few puffs and move on – you don’t need to wait until you have smoked it down to the but. When Moving over to vaping; the biggest mistake you could make is to not expact any change at all. The way you vape is different, but once you have made the change you won’t look back!

Smoking is bad for your health as the toxins produced by burning tobacco cause smoking-related illnesses. The majority of health benefits are seen when you stop smoking completely. Some people find cutting down as a helpful step to quitting, but stopping smoking completely should be the end goal.

Vaping is not hamless, but it is much less harmful than smoking.

The healthiest option is not to vape or smoke. Don’t vape if you don’t smoke. Only vape quit smoking.

Fact Check

‘There is now general agreement that vaping use exposes the user to fewer toxicants than smoking tobacco cigarettes.’ (McNeill 2015; RCP 2016. Cochrane Review.)

Yep, one cigarette per day is still risky. Read the meta-analysis of 141 studies to understand why. Keen for a breakdown of the graph? View the 2018 Annual Review of Public Health.

Relative Harm

Smoking

Smoking less and vaping

Vaping only

Smoking less and vaping

Smoking and vaping both deliver nicotine. The difference is cigarettes deliver it by burning tobacco, which creates many harmful toxins. Vaping delivers nicotine in e-liquid, which is a much less harmful way. In smoking, the amount of nicotine in cigarettes is generally fixed, and how much you get depends on how you smoke. In vaping, the amount of nicotine depends on the strength of e-liquid you choose, and how you vape.

The healthiest option is not to vape or smoke. Don’t vape if you don’t smoke. Only vape to quit smoking.

Fact Check

While nicotine is addictive, it doesn’t cause cancer. Understand nicotine and vaping. ‘Some people get addicted to nicotine after smoking just few cigarettes.’ Read more about nicotine at smokefree.org.nz

Nicotine Levels

Smoking

Fixed

Vaping

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Vaping is not smoking, but some people find vaping works to help them quit because it offers experiences similar to smoking a cigarette. Vaping has a similar hand-to-mouth action as smoking, and it can also be social.

The best option is not to vape or smoke. Don’t vape if you don’t smoke.

Fact Check

‘Vaping provides sensations similar to smoking a cigarette. They provide taste and throat sensations that are close to smoking.’ (Cochrane report.)

What can I expect from vaping? Here’s what others have to say.

Craving Control

Vaping

Patches and gum

Cold-turkey

Aside from the initial $40-$60 approximate setup cost, vaping costs much less than smoking.

Twenty cigarettes per day can add up to $9,000 a year. Vaping can cost $900 a year. Try the cost calculator to make more comparisons. Only vape to quit smoking. Fact Check

The cheapest option is not to vape or smoke. Don’t vape if you don’t smoke.

Fact Check

‘The lower cost of e-cigarettes, as well as their ability to help respondents quit or reduce smoking, were also common reasons cited for usage.’ (Ministry of Health Evaluation of the Tobacco Excise Increases as a Contributor to Smokefree 2025, final report 2018) ‘Oh, yeah (I vape) hard out for health reasons, but also it is just so expensive to smoke’ (Exploring Why Young Māori Women Smoke, Ministry of Health, 2017)

Relative Cost

Smoking

Smoking less and vaping

Vaping only

Not smoking or vaping

The above Vaping Facts are brought to you by the Ministry of Health — Manatū Hauora and the Health Promotion Agency/Te Hiringa Hauora. www.vapingfacts.health.nz/vaping-vs-smoking/

Vaping has the potential to help people quit smoking and contribute to New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal.

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